Comic Sans font in Prince George city report ridiculed
Charelle Evelyn's tweet about Prince George city report sparks debate about Comic Sans
Comic Sans may be the world's most publicly hated typeface — so much so that even the City of Prince George has failed to avoid ridicule.
The city's cardinal sin came to the notice of local journalist Charelle Evelyn, last week, when she saw a report on a public market project on the city's website was typed up in Comic Sans font.
There's a document from the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CityofPG?src=hash">#CityofPG</a> planning department written in Comic Sans. This is unacceptable.—@CharelleEvelyn
After Evelyn tweeted about the report, it caught the attention of several others, sparking a debate about a font that is often characterized by haters as cartoonish.
Some argued the beleaguered font was only appropriate for children, while others described its use by the City of Prince George as "magnificent."
<a href="https://twitter.com/BrianSkakunCity">@BrianSkakunCity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CharelleEvelyn">@CharelleEvelyn</a> I concur - comic sans should only be used by kids 10 and under!!—@camillereports
<a href="https://twitter.com/CharelleEvelyn">@CharelleEvelyn</a> Unacceptable? I think it is magnificent.—@pjames
<a href="https://twitter.com/CharelleEvelyn">@CharelleEvelyn</a> ok not sure what the issue is other than the type of print—@BrianSkakunCity
Not so Comic Sans
This is far from the first time the use of Comic Sans has pit people against each other, particularly where official or government documents are involved.
In 2013, the Holy See published a 62-page digital album to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI. The album was filled with photos of the Pope Emeritus, as well as Comic Sans captions that evoked strong responses.
Oh no! Some poor catholic designer is not getting past the pearly gates <a href="https://twitter.com/GuyKawasaki">@GuyKawasaki</a>: Comic Sans, font of Holy See <a href="http://t.co/kkww0W8o28">http://t.co/kkww0W8o28</a>”—@tashanado
And in 2012, the researchers who discovered the Higgs Boson particle, or the so-called "God particle," also presented the significant advancement in Comic Sans glory — to much mockery.
Possibly the biggest scientific discovery of our time, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Higgs?src=hash">#Higgs</a> Boson, announced in glorious MS Comic Sans Font <a href="http://t.co/jDxLkqNx">http://t.co/jDxLkqNx</a>—@ColinEberhardt
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With files from Andrew Kurjata