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It is no longer just comic book characters being forced away from their origins. Even the format of the comic book itself is no longer what it used to be.

Like Batman, digital publishing has good intentions with a dark side. In a post by David Crotty on The Scholarly Kitchen titled “The Comic Book Font, and How Digital Technologies are Changing Lettering,” he provides an insightful video that outlines the evolution of lettering in comics. What used to be done by hand is now done by computer. Crotty suggests that this transition creates new possibilities for storytelling in the comic book world, but where there is a gain there is also a loss.

All comic book nerds know the incredible feeling of going to a comics store and scouring through original issues by classic writers like Stan Lee and Frank Miller. The lettering was far from perfect, but there is something endearing about old comics that has been lost in the digital age.

The newer editions certainly draw the attention of passersby. The graphics are breathtaking. The lettering is clean and easy to read (unless we’re discussing Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum). Yet it seems like this shift from handwritten lettering to digitized fonts has changed the way any comic book story is being perceived by its loyal followers, as if the characters have become computerized as reflected in the way their thoughts and spoken words are being conveyed.

Gone are the days where comics’ imperfections somehow separated them from the rest of the publishing world. Now, even comics have surrendered to digital publishing.

To view the content shared by David Crotty, visit The Scholarly KItchen.

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