Whether you're an artsy Helvetica fan, a Garamond classicist or an unwavering devotee of Futura, we can all agree on one simple fact: Comic Sans is the worst
. No other typeface in history has ever evoked such pure, blinding hatred, to the point where there's so much rage involved in it that you'd think it shot every graphic designer's parents in an alley and sent them on a life-long mission of revenge.
But while hating on Comic Sans has been the fashionable choice of fontophiles everywhere, the past few months have seen a backlash in the form of The Comic Sans Project
. Rather than just singing the font's praises, the CSP has gone a step further by envisioning a
world where Comic Sans isn't just the dominant font, it's the only
font, replacing the logos we're all familiar with their Comic Sans equivalents. Check out a few of our dubious favorites after the jump!
For those of you who don't obsess over fonts, Comic Sans was created by Satan in order to inflict more suffering on an already weary world. Wait, sorry, I accidentally looked that up a graphic design website.
It's was actually created by Vincent Connare
-- the poor soul satirized in what's probably the most famous Achewood strip
-- in order to fill the need for a typeface that was a little more kid-friendly than Times New Roman. To that end, he grabbed the two comics he had handy, Watchmen
(lettered by Dave Gibbons) and The Dark Knight Returns
(lettered by John Costanza) and tried to make a font that matched those.
The end result, well... It's not great. In fact, Gibbons himself had some bad words it when asked about Comic Sans in an interview with The Guardian:
"It's just a shame they couldn't have used just the original font, because it's a real mess. I think it's a particularly ugly letter form," he says. "The other thing that really bugs me that they've used an upper case I with bars on it: it looks completely wrong to the comic eye. And when you see store fronts done in it, it's horrible."
I have to admit...
... it is a bit lacking. But regardless of Gibbons' feelings about his typographic grandchild and Connare's insistence that it was never meant to be released to the public, it remains the favorite font of grandmas and people who don't know where to put quotation marks to this very day.
And for the Comic Sans Project, that is just as it should be:
MicroSoft's Blue Screen of Death:
The Nintendo Seal of Quality:
Truly, it is a terrifying glimpse into a horrible world of of Tales From the Crypt
ian proportions. But never let it be said that we here at ComicsAlliance stand in the way of a movement, and our own Caleb Goellner
would like to be the first to welcome our poorly kerned overlords: