If you’re not yet acquainted, Comic Neue is the font that saved Comic Sans. See www.comicneue.com for more information.
The world wants this font
I tweeted the website to 200 followers on Monday morning the 7th of April. In 24 hours it was trending worldwide on Twitter, in a few days it was featured in news publications around the world. It started a global conversation. The response has been amazing.
Let's make Comic Neue rad
Comic Neue isn't finished yet. Currently it only holds a basic set of characters that support English. If funded, Comic Neue will support German, French, Spanish, and all 41 languages covered by ISO 8859-15 and 8859-2.
The current version of Comic Neue is rough. If funded, technical aspects such as anchoring, metrics, and kerning will be refined by a professional type designer, turning Comic Neue into a high quality typeface.
Forever free, la-di-da!
The new and enhanced Comic Neue will be provided for free on the www.comicneue.com website, and submitted to the Google Font Library.
By contributing to Comic Neue you'll get your hands on the font well ahead of the general public release. See the Timelines section below for dates. All contributors will also be recognised on a Contributors Board, which will be featured on the Comic Neue website and in a beautifully designed souvenir book that tells the story of how Comic Sans was saved.
The souvenir book will be a beautifully designed token commemorating the point in time when Comic Sans was saved (!). It will include the story of Comic Neue, selected interviews, a detailed look at the font's characters, illustrations, and the Contributor Board.
A Collector’s Poster will be produced for those who want to own a limited edition piece of Comic Neue, This poster will be illustrated by me, and will be printed by a specialty printer in Kyoto, Japan to produce an amazing, individually numbered collectors item.
The final reward is a speaking engagement. I will tell the story of Comic Neue to your audience, big or small. I will promote your event over a double-page spread in the Comic Neue souvenir book. I will provide a copy of the souvenir book for every audience member in attendance. Note in addition to the pledge, you will need to cover the travel costs and accommodation for me to speak at your event.
The funding goal
If the funding goal of $10,000 is reached, support for over 40 languages will be added; and the anchors, metrics, and kerning of the font will be refined by a professional type designer. Additional funds will go towards the bonuses outlined below.
If $15,000 is reached, full math character support will be added. Complex math equations become basic arithmetic when set in the light and breezy Comic Neue.
If $20,000 is reached, manual hinting will be performed. Hinting affects the way the font fits into the pixel grid of your display. This becomes critical when a font is used at smaller sizes. A certain degree of hinting is applied automatically to a font, but manual hinting produces the best result.
If $30,000 is reached, the form of each character in Comic Neue will be assessed and refined by a professional type designer. Comic Neue will become a true work of art. Improvements will be made under the original font creator’s supervision.
If $80,000 is reached, an italic version will be created and added to the font. Comic Neue currently features oblique variants, which is simply the light, regular, and bold weights set at an angle (12°). Italic is more cursive in nature, with aspects of hand-writing in its forms. If this bonus stage is reached we can create a truly beautiful, flowing form of Comic Neue.
If $130,000 is reached, Comic Neue Extra Bold will be created and added to the font.
If $180,000 is reached, Comic Neue Condensed will be created and added to the font.
Any milestones achieved ahead of schedule will in turn be delivered ahead of schedule, with the exception of the font's public release date.
End of funding period.
1. Comic Neue font released to contributors.
2. Comicneue.com is updated with a Contributor Board.
3. Comic Neue souvenir book digital copy emailed to contributors.
1. Collector’s edition poster mailed to contributors who pledged accordingly.
2. Comic Neue souvenir book mailed to contributors who pledged accordingly.
Comic Neue released to the general public as a download on the Comic Neue website.
Speaking engagement timeframe
Date and time to be negotiated with those who funded accordingly.
Timeframes for bonuses will be determined with the type designer if and when they are funded. Expect a two to three month time frame per bonus. Contributors will be kept in the loop via updates.
Risks and challenges
I have shown you my dedication to this project by working on the current version of Comic Neue over three years, launching it, and standing by it while being scrutinised by the world’s media. I am as excited as you are to see this project carried through to completion. Emails will be sent to contributors whenever there is an announcement to make, so you’re always in the loop. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. I’d love to chat.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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