If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet, you know that there are vocal hatreds for every single thing in the world, from Wesley Crusher to Don Heck to The Sixth Doctor.  All three of those things are harshly over-criticized, by the way, but few fires of rage burn hotter than the flames of dislike for the use of the font called Comic Sans.  I admit to disliking the look of it myself, and I’m quite tired of people explaining to me that it’s derived from the lettering of ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, as if the popularity of those stories somehow overcomes a purely aesthetic preference.  Interestingly, my daughter’s fourth-grade teacher informed me that it’s a popular choice in schools because the construction of letters (specifically the vowels “a” and “e”) is the construction that they are teaching the children, a fact that might amplify the seeming ubiquity of the letters.  Still, this is the internet, so you can’t confuse issues with mere facts, leading us to today’s hand-written query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) isn’t a font snob, but knows a few (*coughOtterDisastercough*) and realizes that the image for today is making temples throb, asking: Do you share in the popular Comic Sans hate?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Tyce
    August 15, 2014 at 11:45 am — Reply

    While I understand and share the common hatred for comic sans, it’s a fairly relaxed hatred when compared to the fad fonts that burn through the design world every year or so. Like Bleeding Cowboy, may it burn in a thousand hells until it’s darker than French roast.

  2. Rome
    August 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    I admit that it does not seem very appropriate for professional purposes, and for some reason I just don’t care for it in my personal uses as well. So yeah, I guess I’m a hater.

  3. August 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    You could claim that Brigade and Spawn also ‘derived’ from Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. Meaning you can can pull some bad lessons from good things.

    Comic Sans is a terrible font, used in church and office newsletters in attempts to elicit a sense of ‘whimsy’ or ‘fun’ in the laziest way possible.

    It is the graphic design equivalent of the scene where they sing ‘Happy BIrthday’ in Office Space. Awkward, cringe worthy, and just plain uncomfortable for everyone involved.


  4. August 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm — Reply

    The style simply does not appeal to me, but I don’t “hate” it. I have plenty of other fonts to choose from, both those that come already available in programs and the numerous free fonts available online, so I usually forget it is even there anyway.

  5. gary
    August 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    A font for which there is no reasonable justification for its use? Sure, hate on!

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