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I'm looking for free fonts that are similar to Comic Sans, but that aren't actually Comic Sans.

Why not Comic Sans itself? Well, its been overused, its too easy to recognise, I want something a bit more distinctive. And also: because of this.

edit: Its for a children's story, if that helps.

So, free fonts along the lines of Comic Sans ... who can help?


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Just because someone might be interested, a huge number of published comic books are lettered on a computer using fonts developed by Comicraft: They're far from free, though. – wfaulk Oct 20 '09 at 22:38
up vote 3 down vote accepted has a number of high-quality free and pay comic lettering fonts. Web Letterer is my favorite of the free ones, though it's uppercase-only.

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Helvetica. I know, it's not very much like Comic Sans. Which is the point :-)

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I don't care if dark grey helvetica on a light grey background is cliché, it still looks fantastic. – Phoshi Oct 20 '09 at 21:41
Just don't use Helvetica in all caps, it looks awful. – Jason S Dec 8 '09 at 15:38

I found some answers to my own question ...

It turns out the 'bancomicsans' site I linked to actually has its own free fonts archive, with lots of Comic-Sans alternatives.

Also, this page on FontSpace has some Comic-Sans-a-likes

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Of those, cartoonist hand seems the least egregious – Stef Oct 28 '09 at 20:39

Lexia is a great free font that compares very well to Comic Sans.

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Site Point has some articles along this line. The most notable (and applicable in this case):

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Andika is a font designed for beginning readers. One of it's design features is to break symmetry: b is not an exact mirror image of d, etc.

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Some free fonts 'for kids' that may fit the bill:


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HVD Fonts Comic Serif Pro is the one I use when Comic Sans Pro is requested.

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