Why do teachers often use comic sans

What's wrong with Comic Sans?

There are technical , compatible , legal , authentic and subjective Reasons for Not Using. I will list the reasons one by one with examples and references.

Start with:

Hitler freaks out about Comic Sans

Technical reasons

There are a handful in there technical Reasons not to use it.

The first was a lack of italic variants. Comic Sans Pro tried to correct this, and Microsoft merged the new variants into Comic Sans in Windows 8.

Second, Comic Sans isn't a very good comic font, it has sub-optimal and shaky characters with poor kerning:

It should be noted that Comic Sans scores very well in some studies for readability - Diemand-Yauman, C.; Oppenheimer, DM; Vaughan, EB (2011). "Happiness Favors the Bold (and Italic): Impact of dissatisfaction on educational outcomes ".

Comic Sans has also been criticized for print disabilities and is unsuitable for large blocks of text.

Here is a small block by the architect on the left and a comic without it on the right:

While Comic Sans is very much loved by many teachers and self-proclaimed readability experts, from the passages above you will see that there are quite a few fancy letter functions in relation to the font on the left, while the other passage is more as you imagine, the hard-working teacher would have written on the blackboard. You probably think sometimes that Comic Sans is easy to read, that the teachers just like it.

taken from http://typoface.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/typefaces-for-disabilities.html#comicasb

Examples of unusual letter forms are the euro symbol:

"The EU would sue us about it." - Vincent Connare

While it is criticized, it is also recommended for others. Few studies have been conducted to prove this, however, and most of Comic Sans' support is justified by simplicity and personal anecdotes ("Well, my brother is dyslexic and he says ...").

It is noteworthy that Comic Sans has a few features that are helpful in this regard, such as: B. Asymmetric glyphs for b / d, p / q etc.

Here is the attitude of the British Dyslexia Associations:

We asked members of the Dyslexia Forum. Few people answered. Hence, it may not be a burning problem for most dyslexics. It is likely that line length, line spacing, and font size are just as important. Some loved comic sans, others hated it. Some liked Century Gothic and teachers like Sassoon for sale. The screen and print settings may differ.

Learn more about dyslexia and fonts related to Comic Sans

Here's a Skeptics Stack Exchange question: "Is the Comic Sans font easier to read for dyslexics?"

Microsoft's own Comic Sans copy quoted in the Comic Sans Café:

Comic Sans is the groovy script font that comes with Windows 95 Plus! Pack and is now available for the Apple Macintosh. While it can be thought of as a novel font that is great for titles, it is very readable on the screen even in small sizes, which makes it a useful text face.

The above quote and the full Microsoft Comic Sans website with full sample can be found here


In Regarding the compatibility Comic Sans isn't as widespread as people think either. See this superuser question for Comic Sans MS Linux support. Use of Comic Sans does not guarantee any compatibility .

If you're on Ubuntu, here's how to install the Microsoft Core fonts.

"If this site does NOT look like Comic Sans, you are probably using Linux!" - The Uncyclopedia page on Comic Sans


Legally speaking Comic Sans is not an open and free font, just very, very common, and there is a little-known request for a license from Microsoft & Monotype. A subscription to fonts.com is also required for use in css. Unfortunately, the author does not receive any royalties as Vincent was a contributor when he produced the font. The main reason users can use it is because Microsoft is paying Apple and others for these licenses.

Authenticity & Sincerity

There are Reasons of authenticity for not using Comic Sans. While most of these are undone by the simple fact that Comic Sans is a digital font, the idea of ​​comic fonts is that they are analogous to real-world attempts at hand lettering.



Or this xkcd:

Now, compare these fully to this comic set in Comic Sans for an example of how effective Comic Sans is as a comic font:

Some good points regarding sincerity were made through an art installation called the Sincerity Machine:

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The sincerity machine was a typewriter set entirely in Comic Sans


There are, however subjective Reasons not to use it:

  • There are fonts with superior design and technical characteristics like comic new ones
  • Comic Sans was designed for comics in the age of low resolution screens. It should never be printed on billboards and placed in PowerPoint slides
  • Comic Sans is not a legitimate font, and its use in legitimate applications is either satire or indicates a lack of seriousness or professionalism
  • There are more readable and readable fonts

Vincent Connare

There is also the testimony of the author of Comic Sans:


In his own words on an article on deezen.com:

"I think people who don't like Comic Sans don't know about design," Connare told Dezeen. "They don't understand that you have a job in design."

He later compares the font to pink tracksuits and Justin Bieber:

"There are 200 to 300 fonts on every computer, but people choose Comic Sans because it's different and it looks more like handwriting than an old-school textbook," said Connare. "It's a personal choice. The same one might ask why people like Ugg boots, Justin Bieber, or pink tracksuits."

"Comic Sans was in line with the mandate of the entire Microsoft Consumer Division to install a 'computer in every home' and popularize something for the people in those homes and their children. Comic Sans is used by children, mothers, and many others Loved fathers So it did its job very well. It suited the job! "

For more information, check out a story from Comic Sans by Mashable here


Comic Sans also has terrible kerning, so it's not even that good for comic lettering.


Note that Vincent's comments on Comic Sans are incredibly sarcastic.

Francis Davey

Why do you suppose that "there are a number of fancy lettering features related to the typeface on the left" is a factor that may make it less legible? In my experience, the visual form of words makes reading easier for me (severely dyslexic) and my wife (visually impaired). Surely that would argue the other way around. Indeed, the example you gave (with different text on each page) showed that Comic Sans is easier for me to read. I think your reasoning needs more filling.


+2 - This is one of the most comprehensive outside-community responses I've seen in my life on SE

Tom J Nowell

Updated with a note on authenticity as a comic book font. @ DavidRicherby I haven't found anything about this, but if you can find a reference I'll include it