Unpackaged Font of the Week

Unpackaged Font of the Week: Comic Serif Pro

Comic Serif Pro is another fun font – it’s a slab serif font useful for headlines and other creative treaments – including comic books. 🙂

I actually found out about the font from my ever-awesome fellow FOSS artist pal Ryan Lerch, who showed me a comic mockup he’d made using it. I contacted the creator, Hannes von Döhren, who very graciously not only agreed to relicense the font under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, he also similarly licensed the rest of his impressive set of free fonts under CC-BY-3.0. (If you enjoy them, please consider giving Hannes a PayPal contribution on his site or consider purchasing from his collection of beautiful non-free fonts to show your appreciation.)

So, you want to package HVD Comic Serif Pro?

Holy cow! You’re awesome! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header:

Our fonts packaging policy, which the above refers to, is documented here:

And if you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to ask on the Fedora Fonts SIG mailing list:

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About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


10 thoughts on “Unpackaged Font of the Week: Comic Serif Pro

  1. You’ve written “So, you want to package HVD Comic Sans Pro?” with “Sans” instead of “Serif” 😉

    I hope nobody wants to do that!

    Posted by Ralph Aichinger | November 10, 2009, 5:09 pm
  2. I’m unclear on my obligations when I use a font that has this kind of license. If I give someone a paper copy of the document, does that document need to credit the font author for the use of the font?

    Posted by Joe Buck | November 10, 2009, 5:46 pm
    • The license only applies to the font as software… not the typeface.

      Posted by mairin | November 10, 2009, 5:49 pm
      • As much as we may want quality libre/open comic fonts, we also need to be aware that picking a Creative Commons combination is problematic for fonts because CC licenses are designed for content not software. It will introduce a lot of unintended side-effects in the context of fonts. CC discourages that explicitely in their FAQ: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ#Can_I_use_a_Creative_Commons_license_for_software.3F

        Fonts ARE software. Better pick a software license for software… If attribution is the only goal then MIT or BSD would be more suitable for example.

        BTW, thanks again for the great design and advocacy work 🙂

        Posted by yosch | November 15, 2009, 2:13 pm
  3. Funny.. My hometown, Saskatoon is nicknames Toontown…

    Posted by Jason | November 10, 2009, 7:41 pm


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