Originally Posted by pietvo
Then it still may be an issue with a bad font. You could try to rename the directories /Library/Fonts and ~/Library/Fonts to something different temporarily (like: put .save at the end of the name), and retry, maybe after rebooting and/or cleaning the font cache.
Sure enough it was a bad font. After about 20 restarts I located the fonts that caused the issue. They're deleted now and everything is working A-OK. I appreciate everyone's help with this.