Defending the Comic Sans font
We’re as shocked as you are that someone made a ten minute video defending Comic Sans, and even more shocked that it was made by Michael Stevens of YouTube channel VSauce fame, as he is known for his high level of intelligence. How could someone defend Comic Sans? Stevens tells the story of the font and how it has come to be so vehemently hated.
In the video A Defense of Comic Sans, Stevens noted that the font is so highly disregarded that it is the second most complained about topic on Twitter, with only Justin Bieber topping the hated font. The only thing complained about more than Justin Bieber, although less than airlines, is Comic Sans, the video notes.
In fact, the font has become so hated that there are websites devoted to “killing” comic sans through a shooting game. Further, it has become so hated that ironically, it is making a comeback. Thanks, hipsters. We blame McSweeney’s for their comedic first person monologue written as Comic Sans.
Stevens says that the font has “amassed a lot of haters, but it was never intended to be used so often or in such inappropriate situations,” like on government signs, Canadian coins, gravestones, and the like. “And so, in reality, the fault may lie with us. The typers.”
Although Stevens defends the font, not for its beauty but for its history, many sites and editorials are reserved exclusively for the hatred of Comic Sans:
- The Kill Comic Sans shooting game
- BanComicSans.com, “putting the sans in comic sans”
- Ironic “death to comic sans” t-shirt
- Actual font called “I hate Comic Sans”
- Oatmeal comic, “How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell” features the hated font extensively
- Comic threatening to punch a bunny every time you use the font
- Chart outlining the only appropriate uses for the font