Free comicbook fonts

Those intending to make comic books using iClone renders and Comic Life (or Adobe Illustrator, if you fancy wrestling with an unintuitive application that’ll take years to learn), may like to look at the wonderful range of free comicbook fonts over at Blambot. Blambot seems to have blossomed, since I last looked at it. It’s now become a viable free alternative to the expensive Comicraft fonts range.

Also useful for those needing good-looking animation-friendly fonts for a movie’s opening titles (definitely something that iClone movie-makers need to pay more attention to, I’d suggest). Check out Blambot’s “Design Fonts” section.

Oddly, Blambot doesn’t appear to have any speech-balloon fonts? The Comic Life software has its own limited selection. But, for those exporting panelled Comic Life pages to do the bulk of the small lettering in Photoshop, I suggest the free fonts Komika Bubbles (komikabb.ttf) and Talk (talk.ttf). Just paste them into C:\Windows\Fonts


Play back an iClone project file inside a web browser?

cNet reports that Google is getting behind WebGL, by offering an open source project that will translate it “on-the-fly” into Microsoft’s Direct3D. This means Windows users will be able to use it. WebGL is currently in the developer builds of Firefox, but a WebGL-capable Firefox hasn’t yet been released to the public.

For those who haven’t fallen asleep yet, here’s what it seems to mean, in plain English: web browsers will be able to easily tap the power of a PC’s graphics card, to do the heavy-lifting needed to display real-time 3D inside a web-page. So one day we may play an iClone movie simply by streaming an iClone project file into someone’s web browser, assuming the viewer has added an “iClone engine plugin” to their browser. For those who can assemble a complete movie in iClone (it’s possible) that can play back in real-time, it could mean no more rendering to video files and no more three-hour uploads to YouTube!

And assuming that the source file is in a genuine 3D format (like an iClone project file), Google’s YouTube could then theoretically automatically apply a stereo-3D filter to it as a standard option.

Catputer by Sarah G.

534-page printed iClone 4 manual

I’ve finally managed to convert the full 534-page iClone 4 Pro PDF manual to a new PDF that has accepted for printing as a paper book (simply uploading the existing PDF isn’t enough, nor is re-saving it with the Lulu printing profile).

It’ll be a one-off paperback book for £13.35 ($19) including shipping, printed as a 6″x9″ black & white paperback of near-bookshop quality. It’s privately listed, so don’t go looking for it on Lulu. I’ll let readers know how well it printed, when it arrives in the post. I’ve found in the past that Lulu are either incredibly speedy or take several weeks to ship, so it might take a while to arrive.