Are there Cyrillic/Greek/Japanese/Chinese equivalents of Comic Sans?
That is, is there a font in these character sets that is:
- Well known,
- Widely used for inappropriate purposes, and
- A marker of questionable design choice in serious application?
In Japanese, a great candidate for Comic Sans is 創英角ãƒãƒƒãƒ—体 sÅei kaku poppu tai. This font is extremely informal, is widely used (for example in leaflets in government offices, whatever), comes with Windows, is widely frowned upon (read: "hated"), etc. This is the font
and this is what comes up as a suggestion when searching for it on Google:
The third suggestion is ãƒ€ã‚µã„ "uncool". Need I say more?
In Chinese, the corresponding font seems to be "Young Lady", like this one
which for example is compared to Comic Sans here
(roughly) To be honest, foreign designers' perception of Comic Sans might be like Taiwanese designers feel about [Young Lady]!
I think the font is called 華康少女 in Traditional and 华康少女 in Simplified Chinese.
Cyrillic and Greek
Cyrillic (U+0400â€“U+04FF) and Greek (U+0370â€“U+03FF) are both covered by Comic Sans MS, so if you want The Comic Sans, look no further. (The first version to support Greek & Cyrillic scripts is version 2.00, released in the summer of 1997.)
But one wonders whether speakers of languages with the Cyrillic alphabet identified much with a font associated with comics of American superheroes such as Superman or Captain America, in universes where Russians and Communists and Soviets were supervillain material...