Comic Sans Font Family Information

Comic Sans is a digital typeface from Microsoft Corporation designed to imitate comic book lettering, for use in casual and informal settings. It was designed by in-house designer Vincent Connare in 1994, and a font has been shipped with Microsoft Windows since the introduction of Windows 95, initially as a supplemental font in the Windows Plus Pack. It has since become one of the most popular Microsoft system fonts, partly because it was used as the font for the text inside the tags of Beanie Babies.

Some text in the comic sans typeface

Because of its ubiquitous use, Comic Sans has become the subject of a campaign by designers to eliminate its use, on the grounds that (as typographic purists claim) it is poorly designed and that its inclusion in the Microsoft system fonts package lends itself to inappropriate use - for example, as a text face in documents or at large sizes in signage.

It is alleged by detractors that the typeface is poorly drawn, virtually equal weight being given to the downstrokes and horizontals, and little thought given to the kerning between character pairs, eliminating any of the informal characteristics of true hand-drawn lettering.

To his defence, Connare claims that it was not originally designed as a typeface, but as a solution to the problem of finding a font suitable for the packaging of children's software.

Comic Sans is used in both print and web comics as a substitute for hand-lettering, although many comic artists prefer to use custom-designed computer fonts instead.

Sample of the Comic Sans MS Font Typeface

The following paragraph is in Comic Sans if it is installed on your machine. If not, a monospace font is used. Note that this sample may include characters which are not present in the font, in which case some user agents may substitute a different font to display these characters.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. ??????? Numbers: 1234567890

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