Comic Sans MS font family

Overview

Comic Sans MS is the groovy script font which was first supplied with the Windows 95 Plus! pack. Although it might be seen as a novelty typeface, which is great for titles, it's also extremely readable on-screen at small sizes, making it a useful text face.

A note from Vincent Connare, Comic Sans' designer.

During 1994 I noticed that a large number of cartoon/comic style software titles were under development at Microsoft. As Microsoft Creative Writer had a need for fun fonts, I had an idea to make a lettering script similar to the lettering used by the major comic books.

There was a consistent style used in comics, which was quite unlike the style of lettering you see in newspaper cartoon strips. I also noticed that many people were inappropriately using drafting lettering in comic speech balloons.

I started to make the font in October 1994. Initially it was picked up by the team working on Microsoft 3D Movie Maker for use in speech balloons. As 3D Movie Maker progressed, the programmers added sound so that the characters didn't use balloons. However, the regular weight was still used for help pop-ups and dialog boxes.

Because the regular weight was cleanly hinted for the screen it was also included with the Windows 95 OEM version, the Windows 95 Plus pack, Publisher and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Hope you find the font fun.

Interesting fact - the euro has eyes.


Comic Sans MS version history

Version 2.10 - This version includes some minor table updates, but no new glyphs.

Version 2.00 - Comic Sans version 2.00 was added to our core fonts for the Web page on 4 March 1998. This WGL4 version includes the euro currency symbol.

Version 1.20 - Comic Sans MS version 1.20 was first supplied with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3, and included as one of the original Microsoft core fonts for the Web. This version was also supplied with Internet Explorer 4.

Version 1.10 - This version of Comic Sans MS was supplied with the Windows 95 Plus! pack.

File name comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
comicz.ttf
comici.ttf
Styles & Weights Comic Sans MS
Comic Sans MS Bold
Comic Sans MS Bold Italic
Comic Sans MS Italic
Designers Vincent Connare
Copyright © 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Font vendor Microsoft Corp.
Script Tags dlng:'Cyrl', 'Grek', 'Latn'
slng:'Cyrl', 'Grek', 'Latn'
Code pages 1252 Latin 1
1250 Latin 2: Eastern Europe
1251 Cyrillic
1253 Greek
1254 Turkish
1257 Windows Baltic
Mac Roman Macintosh Character Set (US Roman)
Fixed pitch False

Licensing and redistribution info

  • Font redistribution FAQ for Windows
  • License Microsoft fonts for enterprises, web developers, for hardware & software redistribution or server installations

Products that supply this font

Product name Font version Fonts
Access 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Access 97 SR2 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Age of Empires 1.0a 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Creative Writer 2 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Excel 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
FrontPage 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
FrontPage 98 1.01 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Greetings 99 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Home Publishing 99 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Internet Explorer 4.0 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Internet Explorer 5 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Office 2000 Premium 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Office 97 Small Business Edition SR2 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Office 97 SR1a 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Outlook 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
PhotoDraw 2000 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Picture It! 2000 2.10 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Picture It! 2002 2.10 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Picture It! 98 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Picture It! 99 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Plus 95 1.00 comic.ttf
Plus! 98 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
PowerPoint 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Publisher 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Publisher 97 1.20 comic.ttf
Publisher 98 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows 2000 2.10 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows 7 5.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows 8 5.11 All
Windows 95 0.21 comic.ttf
Windows 98 1.20 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows 98 Second Edition 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows Server 2003 2.10 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows Server 2008 5.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows Vista 5.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows XP 2.10 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Windows XP SP2 2.10 comicbd.ttf
Windows XP SP2 2.20 comic.ttf
Word 2000 2.00 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf
Works 9 2.21 comic.ttf
comicbd.ttf

Style & Weight Examples:

Comic Sans MS

Comic Sans MS

Comic Sans MS Bold

Comic Sans MS Bold

Comic Sans MS Bold Italic

Comic Sans MS Bold Italic

Comic Sans MS Italic

Comic Sans MS Italic