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Thunderball FAQ:

Q: What's with the name?
A: At some point over the holidays, the movie Thunderball was on and I got to thinking about jet packs, Aston Martins, archenemies, Blofeld, SPECTRE and whether Miami is really worth 100 Million in diamonds or if it might have been better just to keep the diamonds instead of trying to save Miami. I mean, at the time of the movie, Miami hadn't even discovered cocaine yet and really wasn't on the map. If I were Blofeld, I would have picked an entirely different city to hold a bomb threat over. It was the sixties after all, take out San Francisco. Incidentally, at one point in the movie Bond finds himself in the Bahamas in the middle of a junkanoo, which is a kind of street fair where folks wear insanely colorful costumes (mostly of feathers) and dance around. Junkanoo! Now that would make a great name for a font. Much better than Thunderball. Is it too late to change the name?

Q: Your recent output - including this clodhopper - seems to be stuck on the 1.8 brick size filter, is your filter toggle stuck or something?
A: Your Mom's filter toggle is stuck, buddy! And my next font will be called Clodhopper, and it will be yet another font built at 1.8 and it's going to be big and thick so you'll really feel it when I beat on your skull with it.

Q: Whoa! Touchy. Ok, how about that uppercase 'T', it's awfully funny looking, you gonna change it?
A: Oh Boy. You just don't know when to quit, do you? The 'T' began as a spacing compromise but over the last few days it has grown on me - overtaken me really - like some saccharine soaked pop song that I hate but secretly love. So back off on the 'T', it's not going anywhere.

Q: Any last thoughts?
A: Blofeld, Junkanoo, Clodhopper - all rad names for fonts that have yet to be born. Q.E.D.
Info Created on 29th December 2008 . Last edited on 22nd June 2009.
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Comment by afrojet 16th January 2009
Fantastic. How about an alt 'T' for all us dopes who can't appreciate its charm?
Comment by Stephen Coles (Stewf) 16th January 2009
really like the sample.
also nice solutions for V and W.
Comment by David Neustadt (saberrider) 16th January 2009

(and the sample as usual is superb!)
Comment by Em42 16th January 2009
@CharmlessDopes473: Alright. Ok. I will bend. Two versions of an alt 'T' have been add, an anorexic one and a bloated one. Unless I've overlooked something obvious (which is entirely possible), I think that's as good as it gets.
Comment by afrojet 16th January 2009
Great font. Awesome sample.
Comment by aphoria 16th January 2009
Comment by funk_king 16th January 2009
I think the unmodified T is charming and full of personality. Totally titillating.
Comment by thalamic 16th January 2009
I can see why you're hooked on the 1.8 scheme -- the way the circle brick overlaps the joins is nothing short of miraculous. I'm glad you didn't abort the t before we all got to look at it; there's nothing wrong with it. In fact it just adds charm to a design that's already bristling with niceties.

Can niceties be said to bristle? In the world of Mr Bond, indeed they can.
Comment by intaglio 16th January 2009
very nice one.
by the way keep the t as it is!
Comment by jmarquez 17th January 2009
Thanks everyone for the bristling comments filled with titillating niceties. Although, I've enjoyed my time hanging out in the 1.8, I'm going to take my leave now and adventure out to undiscovered lands. Maybe I'll try 1.4 or .73 or maybe even zero, (shudder).
Comment by afrojet 17th January 2009
I love the effects you get with the 1.8 brick size. Nice work. Great sample.
Comment by Sketchbook B 16th June 2009
Great font. I like it. Thanks
Comment by Norule 4th August 2009
Just stumbled upon this. Congrats afrojet, this is definitely one of the more glamourous font lists to turn up on... ;)
Comment by Tobias Sommer (shasta) 19th December 2010