Comments: The erosion of civil writes

Ugh. I have gotten sooo much flak from my graphic design friends for using comic sans in my brochures. I can only imagine what non-children's theater folk will have to endure from the haters.

It's just font.

But I get it. It's ugly.

Posted by Dianna at July 5, 2007 12:26 PM

Flyers for children's theater may be the only appropriate use for comic sans in the world.

Posted by Francis at July 5, 2007 12:30 PM

Disturbing but relevant
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004688.html

Posted by Laura Dickerson at July 5, 2007 12:54 PM

If you're pointing me there because of the comic strip, I'm guessing you didn't follow the link in the post, which goes to the same cartoon.

Here is the creator of Comic Sans explaining himself.

Posted by Francis at July 5, 2007 12:59 PM

I've just finished reading a book on graphic novels for librarians that uses Comic Sans for all its chapter titles, headings and subheadings. I'm sure someone thought it was a clever in-joke, but it really clashes with the tone and content of the book. Oh, and this book also introduced me to the wonder that is...Comic Sans Condensed.

Posted by David. at July 5, 2007 02:18 PM

I'm hoping there's at least one additional legitimate use for it. You'll find out next week.

In my defense, the Apple version of Marker Felt has an annoyingly high baseline for my purposes, and I didn't feel like mucking with it.

When a friend of mine used to work at Adobe, someone suggested he should add a warning dialog that would appear if you attempted to use Hobo.

Posted by Rubrick at July 5, 2007 06:22 PM

You know, come to think of it, I just used Comic Sans in a flat in the Enigma. I stand by that decision though.

Posted by Lance at July 6, 2007 03:58 PM

Is this an eggcorn? Does he really think there is a style of serifs called San?

"The original working name was Comic Book but this was a silly name and it was later changed to Comic Sans since most of the letters were of the San serif style. Some of the simple forms such as the Capital I has serifs to distinguish it form the lowercase L."

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