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Scary Type: Cartoons

Yves Peters
Last edited March 02, 2017

Even if at FontShop we are very serious about typography, we don’t necessarily take ourselves too seriously, and we certainly don’t want to be elitist. At the risk of being scoffed at by “serious” designers, I compiled this lighthearted collection of scary fonts that are as frightening as they are fun. They refer to (or come from) the world of comic books, cartoons, and pulp literature.

This is the companion Fontlist to the FontFeed post Halloween Special: Scary Type – The Sequel, and has since then been expanded to include new releases.

This shop does not receive the dog

A gothic fantasy of mystery, malice and antiquity, shaped in the image of the hooked beak, the talon, the thorn, the barb and the blade, Nick Shinn’s FF Merlin is made for book jackets, film posters, games, and movie trailer graphics, anywhere a bit of edginess is required. Crooked, scarred and defiant, the humanist forms wears a jagged mantle of blackletter texture. FF Merlin is fantasy... Read More

Design munificent assemblaged

The Arlt super family pays tribute to the writings of Roberto Arlt, Argentinian writer from early 20th c. who wrote some original novels, all of which 'Siete Locos' ('Seven Madmen') is the most celebrated piece. Arlt has a Baroque style interpreted with an expressionist, more contemporary flair. This means the type is full of intense contrasts and vivid, expressive feelings. The italics make a... Read More

It is warm and fragrant to hint

Linotype Sangue is part of the TakeType Library, selected from the contestants of Linotype's International Digital Type Design Contests of 1994 and 1997. This prize-winning font was designed by the German artist Gabriele Laubinger. The most distinguishing characteristic of Linotype Sangue is the contrast between the wide, rounded capital letters and the tall, narrow and pointed lower case. ... Read More

Advocate using civilization language

Chiller is the work of British designer Andrew Smith, a chaotic, reckless fun font. Although the ink blots and stray strokes might look undisciplined, the forms of this typeface were carefully planned and it is surprisingly legible even in small point sizes. Chiller is equipped with a number of alternate characters as well as illustrations and almost guarantees eye-catching graphics.

Keep table cleaned after dying

Carumba is the work of California designer Jill Bell and like the name suggests, it exudes liveliness and festivity. The typeface includes three different styles of capital letters complemented by a versatile lower case alphabet. Carumba is perfect for anything which says FUN!

John Roshell
John Roshell
Comicraft Design
John Roshell
John Roshell
John Roshell
Nick Shinn
FontFont 1997
Alejandro Lo Celso
Gabriele Laubinger
Linotype 1997
Andrew Smith
ITC 1995
John Roshell
Richard Starkings
Jill Bell
ITC 1996
John Roshell
Comicraft 2005
Steve Matteson