Bare Shelves and Bleak Futures at Borders

Bare Shelves and Bleak Futures at Borders

I went into my local Borders bookstore this weekend because I heard that Pyr had just released the latest book by legendary Science Fiction author Mike Resnick. The book is called Flagship and it is the conclusion of a five-book series of classic space opera set in Resnick’s Birthright universe. The first four books have been extraordinarily well written and …


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2009: A Year in Fonts

In 2009 we released 20 entirely new fonts (pictured here) plus an assortment of revisions, variations and special fonts. 18 of the 20 fonts were released through the Font Club and two were special releases associated with the Steampunk and Art Deco packages. For those who aren’t in the Font Club and didn’t want to buy all of these fonts …


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Classic T-Shirt Designs

As the father of a teenage girl, I’m constantly exposed to the latest trends in fashion. Nothing is more popular these days than the ‘vintage’ look, which basically comes down to fairly simple clothing – especially t-shirts – decorated with graphic arts designs with antique, ethnic and often highly stylized designs. I have to admit that some of these designs …


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Classic Font: Beaumarchais

Beaumarchais was one of our earlier font designs, part of a series of display and title fonts we released in the early 1990s based on Art Nouveau period designs. It was later used in a publishing venture we were partners in as the primary title font for the card game Quest for the Grail at which time it was revised …


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Classic Font: Ereshkigal

Ereshkigal was the dread crone of the underworld in ancient Mesopotamian mythology. She was the wife of the plague god Nergal and the judge of the dead. She was the dark counterpoint to her beautiful sister Ishtar. So when we made a font with a bit of the look of dried reeds and spider legs it seemed like her name …


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The Dream Tarot Revisited

This article originally appeared in 2006. An additional card graphic has been added since the original article, based on the parameters established in the dream and representing the Hands suit which is not in the original graphic and featuring art by Walter Crane. The other night I found myself sitting at a table with the crusty old men of the …


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Things to Do With Books, Besides Reading Them


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Night on Bald Mountain

Especially appropriate for Halloween, an example of when animation transcends genre and becomes a remarkable work of art. As with all of the segments in Fantasia, this one draws on the work of particular classic illustrators. In this case the main influences seem to have been Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen who was under contract to Disney at the time …


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Classic Font: Taranis

Taranis was one of the very first fonts we ever produced. It actually originates way back in 1987 when it was first drawn as a font for the cover of the old Ysgarth roleplaying system when we were still mainly in the game publishing business. It then went through a number of revisions and improvements and was eventually kind of …


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New Font: Cascade

In looking through our fonts for something to use on a project my teenage daughter complained that we don’t have enough fonts which feature characters with decorative inside the character form. We have a lot of decorative initials, but only a few fonts where the decoration is inside the character rather than surrounding the character. The two most notable examples …


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Sighting: Buccaneer in Starbucks

It seems our fonts have invaded the world of “corporate coffee.” Earlier this week, while picking up a coffee for my daughter at the local Starbucks I noticed that they were selling mugs labeled “Austin,” presumably in an effort to make them seem less corporate and generic and more tied in to our local culture. Having no larger interest in …


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Arthur Rackham Fonts and Art

Arthur Rackham is probably the best-known book illustrator of the early 20th century. . In the early 1900s Rackham was in constant demand to illustrate childrens books and fantastic novels in his detailed and meticulous style. Rackham’s most famous illustrations are probably his plates for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and his various illustrations for classic …


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