The most hated (and loved) font today is
Two graphic artists, Dave and Holly Combs, drawn together by their hatred of Comic Sans, fell in love, got married and joined forces to banish it from the internet.
"Comic Sans looks like someone threw up on the keyboard and that's what came out," Dave insists.
The movement has picked up impetus with such websites as
which offers you a pledge to sign never to use it again
And there is even this:
So how did this all get started?
In an interview in the Huffington Post with Vincent Connare, the inventor of Comic Sans, he says it started as so many things do--with a little dog.
Back in 1993, and I remember this on my first computer, a little dog called Microsoft Bob was developed to make the computer more user friendly by talking in speech balloons like in a comic book.
Microsoft Bob the dog spoke in Times New Roman and Connare knew that dogs obviously didn’t talk in Times New Roman so he came up with a font that looked like something from a comic strip.
Comic Sans didn’t make it to Bob’s balloons, but a few years later it was included as a font choice in the Windows 95 operating system, where everyone with a PC could use it.
And they did use it.
Not just for dogspeak, humorous writings, or material for children.
The world fell in love with Comic Sans. People without experience in choosing appropriate typefaces demanded it for their company prospectus and brochures. It was used for government and military papers. The Vatican used it. Lawyers used it. It was, and still is, everywhere.
And in some most inappropriate places.
What does Connare say to the critics of his most famous and beloved invention who want to ban it?
“Get a hobby.”