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Meet the new Comic Sans: Comic Neue

Comic Sans MS, arguably the finest example of typeface trolling of all time, drew more criticism than any other font since Microsoft excreted it in 1994. Created to mimic the classic bubble lettering of comics, the "fun" san-serif font quickly accelerated away from its intended casual purpose, seeping into Vatican publications, official emails, Cavaliers press releases, and in other places it had no business being. In an attempt to tame the wild, fun, casual original, one designer has revamped the world's most reviled typeface into something new — Comic Neue.

According to the Comic Neue website, the twelve fonts in the typeface family have "beaten" the "squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs" of the original into shape, "while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular." Seeking feedback, the designer of Neue Craig Rozynski asked the original creator for his thoughts.


Terse and blunt. (Would we feel that way if it were written in Comic Sans?)

Acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris once said, "The conscious awareness of Comic Sans promotes — at least among some people — contempt and summary dismissal." Morris then found that people are less likely to believe something written in Comic Sans. Have you ever seen the words "AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED" written in all-caps Comic Sans on an eBay listing and not smiled? Even if the new one is less untrustworthy than the original, there's no way it can surmount the Comic Sans credibility deficit. Let's see if Neue sticks to its intended use: "Perfect for writing passive aggressive office memos."


Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. He likes Spartan better than Futura. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.