Grab Bag 2
I’m only a few pages into the November ’34 issue, and already there are so many examples of unique types that they bear examination, even when they appear in otherwise unremarkable pages. After growing up with the tyranny of a handful of 80’s spec books and then experiencing the recent(ish) explosion of digital faces, it’s easy to forget the breadth of variety that could occur when each was hand drawn. I’m full-on geeking here, but comparing the subtleties of the scripts is something I could do just about all day.
First up is this lovely Crane’s – italic enought to be almost a script. You could quibble with the letterspacing, but the shapes are so delicate that it’s totally charming me. The great shape of the C and the cool terminus of the s make up, to some extent, for the spacing problems.
I’ve done a couple script pieces by hand so I know how much it sucks using a technical pen or sharp pencil to make the final artwork, so it’s nice to know that even these guys were fallible. That O’s got some flat spots; I’m not sure I’m altogether buying the choices on the W, and the lower case w seems like a copout. Still, I’m liking the contrast with the block subhead.
At first glance, you have to wonder about the unnecessary punctuation, but even though overall it’s kinda nice, it still seems a little rough. Couldn’t make up his mind on the serifs for the C’s, and that B must’ve been on deadline.