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Sudden change of heart for anti Comic Sans campaigners

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The campaign to ban Comic Sans becomes the campaign to use Comic Sans

INDIANAPOLIS - May 25, 2019 - EntSun -- Inspired by Shepard Fairey's Obey Giant campaign, husband and wife team of Indianapolis-based graphic designers, Dave and Holly Combs started the campaign to ban the Microsoft font Comic Sans in 2002. For more than 15 years they've been the driving force behind the "Ban Comic Sans" campaign and have cited its ugliness, its poor design, and the widespread inappropriate use of the reviled font as reasons to ban Comic Sans. In a 2013 Huffington Post video interview, Dave stated, "Comic Sans looks like someone threw up on the keyboard and that's what came out." In the same interview, Holly said of people who use Comic Sans in inappropriate contexts, "It's tools in the hands of morons."
What is perhaps even more puzzling than their distaste for what has been called "the best font in the world" by the designer of Comic Sans, Vincent Connare, is the couple's sudden change of heart about the matter. Now anyone looking for the Ban Comic Sans website will be redirected to the Facebook page "Use Comic Sans" and they have registered the domain usecomicsans.com to also direct people to their Use Comic Sans Facebook page. On their page users have posted comments such as, "WTF happened with this page?. Hacked?. Comic Sans must die! Cya." and, "Not a snowballs chance in hell. Have deleted from EVERY PC I use!"

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Dave Combs offers the explanation for their sudden change of heart that "it's all in fun anyway and since we were loved by so many people in the graphic design world for such a long time why not turn heel and see how that plays out. I was going to leave it at that, but I will confess there is something in me that over the years has grown to like Comic Sans the same way people like an ugly dog or a dirty old pair of shoes. We've had a lot of fun at the expense of Comic Sans over the years and I guess there's some kind of weird gratefulness for that. I don't expect that makes sense to anyone else, but it's true." For more visit: http://usecomicsans.com

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Source: Use Comic Sans
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