Because you're making assumptions? A lot of groups use fonts similar to Anime Ace or WildWords. Those fonts only have SLIGHT variations between capital and lower-case letters. Trust me, they're using lower case, even if you can't tell right off the bat.
Last edited by student_sol; September 19, 2009 at 04:25 AM.
Here's one example of a scan that clearly uses lower case letters:
I don't think there's anything wrong with using lower case. It's just a matter of choice/taste.
I have the all caps button activated most of the time (there's an option on ps that forces the output text to become all caps, even if you're copying strings with lower case letters which is generally the case), but like it was said, it's a matter of taste...
Last edited by L0ki; September 19, 2009 at 02:00 PM.
Most comic lettering fonts are all caps because that's how the hand letterers did it in the pre-digital age. It's since become a natural part of the "comic book look." People simply expect the dialogs in a comic to be lettered that way.
That doesn't mean you can't use lowercase fonts. There are a few cases, like Soil, where the relatively small speech bubbles and "rigid" artwork might be better served by such a font.
You could also combine both type of fonts by using the lowercase font for whispering and non-verbal vocalizations like "uh," "heh," "umm," etc. It makes the dialogs livelier and more fun to read.
I'd like to think that choosing a font for a manga is more than just a question of taste/preference. A good letterer chooses fonts that suit the manga's artwork and don't distract the reader too much. Make no mistake, bad font choices are more likely to ruin the reading experience than a bad translation.
For more information on this topic, I strongly recommend this guide by Nate Piekos (of Blambot fame). Every typesetter who takes his/her job seriously should at least be familiar with the rules and conventions described here.
Last edited by Nomad Soul; September 19, 2009 at 04:06 PM.
(Or maybe I just haven't noticed it before, like [Ju-Ni]Vicissitude said)
I can't see why though, maybe cos I'm no good with fonts and all XD
Thanks Nomad Soul. So that's the story behind using capitals a lot...
I'm the kind of guy who has to ask my sister which fonts look better,
so it's unlikely that I'll ever be able to tell when lowercase will look better or not anyway ^^
and thanks for the link, finally some guidelines on fonts and lettering!
Last edited by student_sol; September 19, 2009 at 09:39 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
I think I've done all my scanslations in lower-case so far. Every time I start one I plan to use upper case, but the lower-case always seems to fit better, especially when you're doing a series with small or oddly-shaped bubbles. It all boils down to the editor's choice in the end.