I also use digital strip. those fonts are also free to use... unless you sell a comic using it ;(
comic sans just looks so ridiculous and tacky... and with more options out there, there's pretty much every reason in the world to avoid it.
It's generally a taboo to use Comic Sans. It's pretty awful. I saw a poster at Walmart that used comic sans all I could think was "Wow, really the picture of professionalism happening here." Then I took a picture and sent it to my art-y friends. Whoever made that poster had a pretty bad sense of graphic design overall (if I can tell you done hecked up, it's pretty bad) but the comic sans is what took the cake.
I wouldn't use comic sans, makes ya look unprofessional.
E: unprofessional isn't the word i want to use but I can't think of what the word is. :/ closest i've got.
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Kev:I had to google what comic sans looks like. I don't hate it. I don't even see an issue with it. I'm curious why it's considered unprofessional and why people dislike it? Anyone? :-/
It being part of the default package of Windows everything means that it's used for... everything. Every church pamphlet. Every birthday party poster. Every "silly" work E-mail. Every time old people with no experience in design or art want something to look "fun," they use Comic Sans. Professionals tend to pick specific fonts for specific purposes; big, serious companies often pay outright for niche fonts. Comic Sans is available to anyone with a computer, and is the only default font that looks... like it does. So it gets used by old, out of touch stiffs trying to look like they're not old out of touch stiffs, and has been used that way for decades. Comic Sans has become ingrained in modern culture as the mark of an amateur, much like how the font Impact is now the DNA of memes. If you put words in Impact font under a picture of a cat, you will give people war flashbacks.
There's dozens and dozens of alternatives that are cleaner, easier to read, and don't make you look like a soccer mom advertising a garage sale.
If you are an independent/small press comic creator, you may use Blambot free fonts in your comic book project--even if you are making money with your project--even if you use the fonts printed on merch in support of your comic. (This excludes Embedding, Webfont, and Redistributive use.) This is Blambot's way of supporting the independent comic community, and applies only to indie/small press comic book creators.
Why do folks do this? If you google "comic sans," the first three sites after the Wikipedia article are about people not liking Comic Sans, why you shouldn't use Comic Sans, and that there's better fonts to use than Comic Sans.
It is not some magical phobia exclusive to this site
I don't like comic sans because I don't think it actually looks like comic book lettering in the comics I've read. Whereas digital strip, and several others from Blambot, do. That's my only reason for not liking it.
I considered it for my next comic.
I find that a lot of fonts look wrong on 3-D comics and tried to figure out what would fit best. My conclusion was to rule out all fonts that would look right as a magasine's main font, because then my brain associates it with a caption and doesn't see it as part of the panel, as well as curly, script, and otherwise fancy letterings, because they clash too much with computer imagery's neatness.
I don't think I'll end up using Comic Sans, because I have a fairly exact mental image of what I want and it's a bit straighter and taller, but if I don't find something ideal, it's an adequate alternative.
And there's a side advantage to Comic Sans: by repelling the readers that let memes tell them what to hate, you're left with the readers that judge from what they actually see. :P