Free Comic Book Day is only a week away! The annual give away to promote comics and your local comic shop presents an opportunity for publishers to try out new stories and formats, and Dark Horse Comics’ Project Black Sky is embracing the challenge. The issue features the Comics Greatest World character Ape-X: He’s a psychic cyborg gorilla, and when he needs to communicate to his cohorts without using his fists, he uses sign language. So, writer Fred Van Lente worked with letterer Nate Piekos to develop an American Sign Language font.
To avoid usage rights with an already existing sign language font, Piekos drew pictograms and built a library of images. It’s an ambitious undertaking and a really cool idea. Piekos said, “I knew they would have to be legible at a very small size, so the hard part was minimizing detail and maximizing each hand’s gestural qualities.”
Here are some Nerdist-exclusive pages showing off the new font:
If you’d like to pick up Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day titles on Saturday, May 3rd, search for a participating shop near you.