It is one of the basic principles of Latin type design that verticals should be thicker than horizontals. But does it need to look silly if they aren’t? In my graduation project I set out to create a serif typeface suitable for text that has just slightly heavier horizontals than verticals. Exploring reversed-stress typeface design beyond the usual cartoon/cowboy clichés, Mica aims to be distinctive, lively, but usable and somewhat inconspicuous. The family contains romans and italics in four weights and a sketch for a potential companion sans.