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My Relationship with Comic Sans
For most writers, we have our own set style of writing. We like to work with the same size, format, and font. Take me for example. When I'm just writing for fun during my spare time, I like size 10, double space, times new roman. Page after page, file after file, everything looks the same, I'm sure I'm not the only writer who does this.
Now, while we all have our favorite fonts to write with, we also have those fonts that we can't stand. Just the appearance of it makes us cringe. And what I've picked up over the years is the most despised font out of all the others is...
The very appearance of comic sans is childish, immature, and unprofessional. It's something children use to decorate their display boards on what they did for their summer vactions. The serious writer stays away from this writing atrocity and sticks their noses up at anyone who associates with it.
Don't believe me? Google 'Comic Sans' and see what comes up on the very first page. Look at the images for even more proof.
I, myself, will laugh at a good joke at comic sans' expense.
Comic sans walks into a bar and the bar tender says, "We don't serve your type."
And then everyone in my creative writing class erupts in laughter before another joke is told, comic sans always being the punchline. Always the butt of the joke.
But it didn't always use to be that way.
You see, long ago, Comic sans and I were once very close...
It was actually high school when Comic sans and I first met. One of my teachers required Comic sans to be used for every paper we wrote in her class. True, it was a funny looking font, but it was for a lighthearted creative writing class, so I didn't mind.
We hit it off right away. Our first piece we wrote for the class got a fantastic grade and was proudly displayed on the class wall for anyone to read. It was a great feeling and Comic sans and myself were very proud.
It was my favorite class and Comic sans was my favorite text. We wrote everything together. Every genre and style from 1 page snippets to full on 5-7 page papers. And every time we worked together, our result would be proudly displayed on the wall of glory for all to see.
Those were happy times we had in high school. My creative flair with his fun style were taking us places. It was the perfect match.
Yep. Those were the good days. Even as I matured through high school, Comic sans was still there by my side to help me with my writings along the way. Even after my creative writing class ended, I took Comic sans with me into other classes. I even took him on my own creative writing escapades when I first started to write my own original short stories in my free time. Throughout high school, the two of us remained very close friends.
Of course, high school doesn't last forever. After a few short years that felt more like months to me, I was done, graduated, and accepted into a great university. It was both exciting and terrifying. It was a new chapter in my life...and I knew deep down that Comic sans wasn't meant to write it.
We said our goodbyes.
My first year of college was a new and confusing time in my life. I wasn't sure what to do with myself. I took some basic freshmen classes that were just your basic requirements, but that was it for the most part. I kept to myself in my room, occasionally interacting with my other dormmates.
I talked with my supervisor on what I should be doing with my classes and around campus, but he wasn't very helpful. He even led me in the wrong direction on more than one occasion, causing me to fall behind when I had only just begun. I was at a lost.
Then I started my first English class. Suddenly, the clouds in my head vanished and a bright, warming sun appeared. "English. That's right. I love English!" I reminded myself. "I've always thought it was fun and I'm not half bad at writing papers. I can be an English major!"
In a flash, my major was changed from 'Discovery' ((AKA: I have no idea what the heck I'm doing)) to 'English' and I signed up for as many different classes as I could. I was ready for a new year and a new set of classes.
Of course, so many English classes meant many, many papers. It was then that I became more acquainted with...
Times New Roman
I had met Times new roman before, but I never actually took the time to get to know the font. He just never seemed very interesting to me before, but as we spent more time together, I got to see him in a whole new light. And I liked what I saw.
Times new roman certainly knew how to treat a lady. We worked on a paper almost every day, sometimes multiple papers in one day. Sometimes it would be first thing in the morning or late into the evening. Just me, Times new roman, and a mountain of textbooks.
I matured a lot through college and Times new roman was with me every step of the way. He was there through my toughest classes and my funnest classes. He helped me as I discovered new depths to my writing abilities. As I carefully crafted new and brilliant passages, he was there to capture them.
Silly Comic Sans
Times new roman had impacted so much of my life that I had completely forgot about old Comic sans. And when he finally did reappear in my life, it was probably in the worst way possible.
In one of my courses, we were learning ways to make our writing stronger, to leave a bigger impact on our readers. The subject of texts and fonts came up. What was acceptable, preferred, and popular. Which then transitioned into the subject of not so acceptable texts.
Everyone agreed that Comic sans was the worst of the worst, telling horror stories of classmates turning in documents written in the dreaded font. My friends looked to me for my tale as well. I told them about my awful teacher that forced us to write in the font for all of our assignments, and everyone gasped and laughed in reply, I, myself, joining in.
I felt like I had just stabbed a friend in the back.
True, I had grown attached to Times new roman, but Comic sans never hurt me. He never hurt anyone.
So the next time you start trash-talking Comic sans, remember that he's trying to do the same job as any other font. He may not do it as professionally or maturely, but he reminds us all that maybe we need to take a break and have a little fun with our writing. It doesn't always have to be about business and deadlines. Writing can be fun and exciting too.
The next time you're in the mood for a little creative writing, try sharing your time with an old friend. Try sharing your time with Comic sans. No one will judge you or laugh at you. It's just you and some silly looking letters.