Comic Sans for Cancer

The much maligned Comic Sans is the star of the show at London exhibition Comic Sans Cancer which both celebrates and pokes fun at the most clownish of fonts – and all for a good cause.

By Multi Adaptor and Neil Edwards
By Multi Adaptor and Neil Edwards

It’s the 20th anniversary of the birth of Comic Sans this year and to mark the occasion designers and artists from 34 countries have illustrated what the font means to them.

Some 200 posters will be exhibited and all sale proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK.

By Kiosk
By Kiosk

Among those to respond to the brief are Vincent Connare, the typeface’s creator, whose work will be rubbing shoulders with naysayers Ban Comic Sans  as well as the likes of Bibliothèque, Build, Purpose, Spin, The Partners and many more.

By Grotesk Studio
By Grotesk Studio

Our favourites are Kiosk’s ridicule of Nigel Farage and Grotesk Studio’s very literal interpretation of the words ‘comic’ and ‘sans’, which they have read to mean without laughter rather than without serif.

By Laura Darby
By Laura Darby

We also rather like Laura Darby’s submission for summing up the font rather succinctly and Sean Rees’ humble letter from Comic Sans rejecting its own infamy.  

By Sean Rees
By Sean Rees

The exhibition has been curated by designers Chris Flack and Renee Quigley and Soapbox & Sons creative director Jenny Theolin.

A selection from Comic Sans for Cancer by multiple artists
A selection from Comic Sans for Cancer by multiple artists

Comic Sans for Cancer runs from 20-24 August at The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET

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