Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Minor Comic Style Improvements

I've made a few minor adjustments to the comic's style coinciding with the restart. You might not notice unless you have a keen eye for detail.

Font Upgrades


First, I've set a specific font for the free-text in comic frames. The speech bubbles have always used Sniglet, but any text that just floated there was actually set to Verdana with a fallback to sans serif. Sure, it looked fine for Windows users and didn't look too bad when I viewed them on Linux, but sometimes I'd be on a weird browser and get a weird font that looked...weird. I don't know why I never fixed this in the first three years of the comic, but when I set my mind on it I had a lot of trouble picking a free font that I liked. I ended up going with Ubuntu. Now the text should look consistent for all browsers on all operating systems.

Here's a sample of a comic in the original font:

And here's that same comic using the new font:

The difference is subtle, but I think it's important. I'm much happier with the new font.

In addition that font fix, I've added another font option for comics. Anything that's supposed to look hand-written will now use the Architect's Daughter font. It's clean and easy to read but also warm.

Here's an old comic with writing on the whiteboard:

And here's that same comic, updated for the new font:

Mobile Theme Color


Mobile users may also notice another minor change that I've made. I set a "theme color" so the address bar will be green. Oddly enough, this is done via meta tags instead of CSS like I'd expected.

<meta name="theme-color" content="#006600">

Here's what it looks like for me, in Chrome for Android:



More to Come

That's all for now, but there are more updates coming along with the new comics. Here's this week's:

Amphibian.com comic for 8 August 2018