v.1.1, Copyright (c) 19972002 TypeArt(R) Foundry Inc. All Rights Reserved. This TypeArt(R) font was designed by Lloyd Springer. "TypeArt" is a registered trademark of the TypeArt Foundry Inc. "Verbal Cues" is a trademark of the TypeArt Foundry Inc.
Verbal Cues™ is based on text styles from old comic books. While researching comic book lettering for the production of our Superhero™ family, we discovered some very interesting lettering styles along the way. Verbal Cues™ is a collection of some of the best of those alternative letters. The original characters upon which all others are based, are those found in the "Medium" font. The lowercase letters did not exist in old comic books and had to be invented from scratch.
BRACKETS, HYPHENS AND QUOTATION MARKS
Because comic book text works best when set in uppercase, and because we believe that most Verbal Cues™ text will therefore be set in all caps, the x-height of the brackets, hyphens and quotation marks have been adjusted to appear most pleasingly balanced with the uppercase characters.
BURPING, FARTING and a few HICCUPs
Even Comic Book characters need to burp, fart, gasp and hiccup. The traditional way for a comic artist to indicate that Superman or Charlie Brown was making a non-vocal sound through a body orifice, was to surround the word (which described that sound) with a special set of quotation marks. These special marks are included in your Verbal Cues™ fonts!
--For Mac users, simply type option-x and option-y
--For PC users simply type alt-0188 and alt-0189
The usual option-x and option-y characters (i.e. the "Approximately Equal" and the "Yen") are still included in the fonts, but are in character slots which are normally unavailable to Mac users (i.e. the "3 superior" and the "2 superior" slots, respectively). To access these characters, Mac users will need to use an application that will allow modification of character positions (e.g. Fontographer).
PC users must also access the "Yen" character in its new "2 superior" position (i.e. alt-0178).
SETTING COMIC TEXT
The traditional way for setting comic book text is to emphasize important words with the bold oblique version of the font, which creates better contrast between the 2 type styles. For increased contrast, you can increase the point size of the bold oblique text by 1 or 2 to points (or even more if you are setting the text at larger sizes).
The balloons in the Superhero™ Balloons are also available to Verbal Cues™ customers at a reduced special rate. These special fonts allow you to create almost 200 different types of comic book balloons, including thought balloons, talking balloons, connecting balloons, whisper balloons, radio and TV balloons, evil character balloons, and description boxes. There are also a full set of masking balloons which match the balloons described above, but which mask the background, allowing you to easily fill a balloon with a solid or non-printing colour. You can view some of these balloons by selecting the "Download PDF" link on the Superhero™ family page of the website.
OTHER COMPANION FACES
If you would like even more alternative comic book fonts, you may be interested in our full Superhero™ family. It includes the 8 different comic book fonts as well as the 2 balloon fonts described in the section above. If you license this family within 1 month of the commencement of your Verbal Cues™ license, you can get Superhero™ and the Superhero™ Balloons (a total of 10 additional fonts) at a special reduced rate.
Verbal Cues™ was the first TypeArt™ family to incorporate the new Euro Symbol. It is located in the Currency character slot (Mac: Shift-option-2, PC: Alt-0164).
FULL CHARACTER SET
Each font in the Verbal Cues™ family has a full character set of 232+ letterforms, with all characters designed in the style of the font.