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This project was successfully funded on June 12, 2014.

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Sydney, AU Typography
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About this project

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.

Rewards

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.

Souvenir Book

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.

Collector's Poster

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.

Speaking Engagement

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.

Bonuses

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.

Timeframes

Any milestones achieved ahead of schedule will in turn be delivered ahead of schedule, with the exception of the font's public release date. 

Mid June

End of funding period.

August 1

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.

September 1

1. Collector’s edition poster mailed to contributors who pledged accordingly.

2. Comic Neue souvenir book mailed to contributors who pledged accordingly.

December 25

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. 

Bonuses

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.

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    62 backers

    CONTRIBUTOR.
    Show you believe in Comic Neue. Pledge $1 and have your name added as a Contributor to the Comic Neue Contributor Board, featured on the website and in the Comic Neue souvenir book. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    57 backers

    CONTRIBUTOR. BOOK (DIGITAL).
    Have your name added to the Contributor Board as a Contributor. Receive a digital copy of the Comic Neue souvenir book telling the story behind the font that saved Comic Sans. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $25 or more

    24 backers

    VALUED CONTRIBUTOR. BOOK (DIGITAL).
    Have your name added to the Contributor Board as a Valued Contributor. Receive a digital copy of the Comic Neue souvenir book telling the story behind the font that saved Comic Sans. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $50 or more

    20 backers

    VALUED CONTRIBUTOR. BOOK. PERSONAL THANKS.
    Have your name added to the Contributor Board as a Valued Contributor. Receive a hard and soft copy of the Comic Neue souvenir book including a hand-written, personal message of thanks from its creator. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    11 backers

    PASSIONATE CONTRIBUTOR . BOOK WITH YOUR MESSAGE. PERSONAL THANKS.
    Have your name featured at the top of the Contributor Board as a Passionate Contributor. Receive a hard and soft copy of the Comic Neue souvenir book including a hand-written, personal message of thanks from its creator. Contribute a short message to the book stating why you love Comic Neue. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR. BOOK WITH YOUR PROFILE AND MESSAGE. PERSONAL THANKS.
    Have your name featured at the top of the Contributor Board as a Gold Contributor. Receive a hard and soft copy of the Comic Neue souvenir book including a hand-written, personal message of thanks from its creator. A full page profile about you in the book with a message stating why you love Comic Neue. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    COLLECTOR’S EDITION POSTER. GOLD CONTRIBUTOR. BOOK WITH YOUR PROFILE AND MESSAGE. PERSONAL THANKS.
    Receive an individually numbered poster, illustrated and signed by the font’s creator, printed by a speciality printer in Kyoto Japan using speciality products. Have your name featured at the top of the Contributor Board as a Gold Contributor. Receive a hard and soft copy of the Comic Neue souvenir book with a hand-written, personal message of thanks from its creator. A full page profile in the book about you with a message stating why you love Comic Neue. Receive the font ahead of the public release.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT / PLATINUM CONTRIBUTOR / BOOK WITH DOUBLE-PAGE SPREAD PROMOTING YOUR EVENT / COPIES OF BOOKS TO DISTRIBUTE TO AUDIENCE. You want to see the story of Comic Neue told by its creator in front of an audience. Have your name featured at the top of the Contributor Board as a Platinum Contributor. Receive enough hard copies of the Comic Neue souvenir book to distribute to your audience (travel and accommodation costs covered by you). Receive the font ahead of the public release.

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