Comic Sans is at once the most overused and despised font in the, um, fontosphere. Originally developed to mimic comic book lettering, Comic Sans has become the go-to typeface for the typographically tone deaf for more than a decade.
There are even groups dedicated to eradicating Comic Sans from usage.
But according to the Wall Street Journal, the anti-Comic Sans movement may be just as ignorant as the ruddy-faced secretaries and HR reps who use the font for every memo and letter they write. Vincent Connare, creator of Comic Sans, says he’s not to blame:
“If you love it, you don’t know much about typography,” Mr. Connare says. But, he adds, “if you hate it, you really don’t know much about typography, either, and you should get another hobby.”
A quick check with the bold-faced and italic Mrs. Pax Arcana confirms this notion. The problem is not with the font itself — but with the rampant and widespread misapplication of it. Blaming the font itself is like blaming beer and the Pope for spread of the Irish population. Okay maybe that’s a bad example.
Anyway, it’s not Connare’s fault:
Mr. Connare, 48 years old, now works at Dalton Maag, a typography studio in London, and finds his favorite creation — a sophisticated typeface called Magpie — eclipsed by Comic Sans. He cringes at the most improbable manifestations of his Frankenstein’s monster font and rarely uses it himself, but he says he tries to be polite when he meets people excited to be in the presence of the creator. Googling himself, he once found a Black Sabbath band fan site that used Comic Sans. The site’s creators even credited him. “You can’t regulate bad taste,” he says.
You can if Congress passes any of the bills I sent to them anonymously over the past 15 years.