Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Papyrus Virus

If you haven’t noticed any Papyrus typeface today, you probably haven’t been looking.

This blog will document, catalog, and attempt to stamp out via ruthless mockery the growing virus that is the Papyrus font.

King County Metro Buses: Now With 100% More Papyrus!

Papyrus: On View Now!

The Burke Museum resorts to Papyrus to tout their coffee exhibit on the back of King County Metro buses.

As if dedicating an entire exhibit to the devil’s brew weren’t disgusting enough on its own.

David Horsey: Papyrus Lover

David Horsey: Papyrus Lover

I usually try to avoid exposing myself to the predictable and unfunny graphical musings of SeattlePI.com “cartoonist” David Horsey, but I spotted something in today’s thumbnail on the SeattlePI.com front page that caught my eye.

Yes, that’s right. The P-I’s illustrious illustrator couldn’t even be bothered to hand-draw his own script for today’s “comic.” He went with Papyrus.

I wouldn’t have previously thought it possible, but I think my opinion of David Horsey just fell even further. Tsk.

I Heart Scott Kurtz

Scott Kurtz, the artist behind the webcomic PvP has put up a gem of a comic today. I won’t spoil it by pasting a small excerpt here. You should just go and spend 10 seconds reading it yourself: PvPonline » The Font Snob

God bless you, Scott Kurtz.

Tap Plastics Bids Farewell to Papyrus

After just one week and as many posts, the looming specter of impending mockery on The Papyrus Virus is already an agent for typeface improvement in the Seattle area.

Behold, Tap Plastics on 9th Ave. N near Broad Street:

Before (March 27th)
Tap Plastics: Papyrus Lover
(Also visible on Google Street View.)
After (April 7th)Tap Plastics: Rid of the Papyrus Plague

Even if they did make the change only in the face of imminent ridicule at the hands of The Naked Loon, we are still glad to extend kudos to Tap Plastics for getting ahead of the curve and doing their part to eliminate this vile plague from our fair city.

Welcome to The Papyrus Virus!

Franz Lemon Snaps & Vanilla Wafers - Now with 100% more Papyrus!Welcome to the new Naked Loon blog: The Papyrus Virus.

If you haven’t noticed any Papyrus typeface today, you probably haven’t been looking. The font covers the country and our beloved Puget Sound like a plague.

This blog will document, catalog, and attempt to stamp out via ruthless mockery the growing virus that is the Papyrus font. We’ll be highlighting our own spottings of the omni-present lettering, but we are also happy to receive user submissions as well. Just send pictures to jones %at% nakedloon %dot% com

So let’s jump right into the Papyrus ridicule, shall we?

Pictured at right is a pair of cookie products we spotted at a local Top Food and Drug outlet. These Franz Lemon Snaps and Vanilla wafers are lousy with Papyrus. I really think the usage of Papyrus makes these cookies super-classy, don’t you?

I mean, what about “written on ancient parchment” doesn’t say “delicious snack” to you?