The History of Comic Sans

Love it or hate it, there's no denying that Comic Sans is an iconic (and very, very popular) font. Emily Steel of The Wall Stree Journal wrote a fascinating history of the creation of the font (by designer Vincent Connare) and the movement to ban it:

The proliferation of Comic Sans is something of a fluke. In 1994, Mr. Connare was working on a team at Microsoft creating software that consumers eventually would use on home PCs. His designer's sensibilities were shocked, he says, when, one afternoon, he opened a test version of a program called Microsoft Bob for children and new computer users. The welcome screen showed a cartoon dog named Rover speaking in a text bubble. The message appeared in the ever-so-sedate Times New Roman font.

Mr. Connare says he pulled out the two comic books he had in his office, "The Dark Knight Returns" and "Watchmen," and got to work, inspired by the lettering and using his mouse to draw on a computer screen. Within a week, he had designed his legacy.

A product manager recognized the font's appeal and included it as a standard typeface in the operating system for Microsoft Windows. As home computers became widespread, Comic Sans took on a goofy life of its own.


I believe it's short for SANS SERIF or "without serif" . It's difficult to describe what a serif is without an example, but consider them a sort of font furniture, an embellishment on certain fonts.
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Well... my eyes burn with rage whenever I see that font!

And sometimes I see it in government forms. Imagine that.

Sometime ago I've seen a video of the guy who designed it saying that if you love comic sans you don't know anything about graphic design BUT if you absolutely hate comic sans you don't know anything about graphic design!

@Sock Poppette
seefish3 is right... When a font as a "sans" in the name it means it doesn't have a serif. A serif is that finishing embellishment to a letter... Take a look at Neatorama's N for instance... See that "continuation" of the N's vertices? That's a serif right there.
If you're confused google it... Wiki has a good article on that.
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@Sock Poppette

If I have to choose between the rather poor Windows default set for a website, I'll say Georgia or Lucida.

If we're talkin fonts in general then Gotham and Helvetica :)
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Comic Sans is pretty good for the a font that is prepackaged with other cheap fonts on various common software. Unfortunatly it's so over used, and put in situations it shouldn't be in.
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Comic Sans ro><ors.

I love it. But I think I use it for what it is/was intended for, kids.
They have an easier time learning to read.
Arial Unicode and Tahoma also work.
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