Comic Sans: Threat Or Menace?

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World-class journalists at the famed BBC News bureau agree, Comic Sans is a menace to society.

Where, oh where are the so-called avengers of the alphabet, the superpowered typeface designers who sweep out of nowhere to rescue innocent citizens menaced by the sinsister schemes of Comic Sans?

Lettering heroes of the world, the public calls on you for help!
 

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Comic Sans has its place. It's one of the few fonts that "a" looks how kids learn it. It's a good thing. Just really not appropriate outside early years education...

Don't make me use comic sans. You won't like me when I'm...GAHHHHHHHH!
 

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I actually can't see the Sans. So either my phone is trying to protect my sanity by blocking the font, or I've already lost it and Comic Sans now looks like TNR to me.
 

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I use it all the time in dialogue bubbles for social media. I can't think of any other use I've had for it other than for pissing people off.
 

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Comic Sans is awful. I'm in graphic design school and at the end of the year some students and I created a fake project and handed it in for fun using all of the elements our teacher told us to never to use. Comic Sans was the icing on the cake. :)
 

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I have a Chrome plugin to change fonts on sites to Comic Sans.

That list of places is growing larger and larger. :evil
 

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I would like to see the graphic design no-no project.
 

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See, now I'm curious. Is this what you call a 'gateway' font? Next, will I start using monospaced fonts, and mixing my stripes and plaids?

Hmm. I don't feel any different...
 

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It always starts that way. Then before you know it, you're underlining Papyrus and doing Comic Sans in <whisper> yellow <whisper>
 
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<whisper> yellow <whisper>

Shouldn't that second one be a </whisper>?

Comic Sans is good for what it says it's for: direct emulation of informal (but trained) hand printing. Comic captions, stuff like that. It's not that different from what engineers used to use on blueprints.

You can get a great blackboard effect in HTML using white or (tell it not in Gath, utter it not in the streets of Askelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice!) yellow Comic Sans on a black background in a grey frame. Chalk-stick graphic on the "ledge" optional.

But using it at random is a bogus as using a blackletter font at random.
 
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Yair . . .

I like comic sans.

For my style of dialogue heavy writing and two finger typing I find it easier than other fonts to "construct" a page . . . it's easy to place the cursor.

I work in it exclusively but convert the file before submission.

I made a boo boo last week while printing off 430 pages for my agent . . . I was half done and realised I hadn't switched. I gave her a ring and she reckoned to continue on with the whole M/S and she wouldn't let it sway her judgement. (big grin)

Cheers.
 
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