Comic Sans MS font family

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.

Comic Sans MS

Comic Sans MS

Versions 5.11
File name comic.ttf
Authors Vincent Connare
Copyright © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Trademark Comic Sans is a trademark of the Microsoft group of companies.
Font vendor Microsoft Corp.
Unicode ranges
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)
Number of glyphs 1099
Symbol encoded False
Fixed pitch False

Licensing info

Products that supply this font

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

Comic Sans MS Bold

Comic Sans MS Bold

Versions 5.11
File name comicbd.ttf
Authors Vincent Connare
Copyright © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Trademark Comic Sans is a trademark of the Microsoft group of companies.
Font vendor Microsoft Corp.
Unicode ranges
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)
Number of glyphs 1099
Symbol encoded False
Fixed pitch False

Licensing info

Products that supply this font

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

Comic Sans MS Bold Italic

Comic Sans MS Bold Italic

Versions 5.11
File name comicz.ttf
Authors Vincent Connare, Terrance Weinzierl
Copyright © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Trademark Comic Sans is a trademark of the Microsoft group of companies.
Font vendor Microsoft Corp.
Unicode ranges
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)
Number of glyphs 1134
Symbol encoded False
Fixed pitch False

Licensing info

Products that supply this font

Product name Font version
Windows 8 5.11

Comic Sans MS Italic

Comic Sans MS Italic

Versions 5.11
File name comici.ttf
Authors Vincent Connare, Terrance Weinzierl
Copyright © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Trademark Comic Sans is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Font vendor Microsoft Corp.
Unicode ranges
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)
Number of glyphs 1134
Symbol encoded False
Fixed pitch False

Licensing info

Products that supply this font

Product name Font version
Windows 8 5.11