Blackadder ITC is a deliberately distressed-looking typeface based on the handwriting of 16th-century England. Its irregularities, as well as its antique style, give it an eerie effect that cries out for use on Halloween or a pirate-themed party invitation, or for some other occasion that requires a scary feel.

The typeface was created by British type designer Bob Anderton and issued by International Typeface Corporation (ITC) in 1996. Anderton used the shaky signature of Guy Fawkes, the English insurrectionist who attempted to blow up the British Parliament (the origin of today’s Guy Fawkes Day holiday), after Fawkes was captured and tortured.

Blackadder ITC is already based on italic handwriting, so it has no italic style, nor any bolder weights. Its capital letters have demonstrative flourishes, known as swashes, which make each one stand out by itself or with lowercase letters, but would make them look tangled together and hard to read if set in all capitals.

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