A Kaleberg
Mar 10, 2019 · 2 min read

Comic Sans — obviously Red Skelton, the comedian. He had a relatively loose style of broad humor and would, now and then, lapse into questionable taste. It’s odd how quickly his name came up. I don’t know who his modern heir would be. Somehow, I think the old vaudeville connection that so many old comedians used to have is reflected in this font.

This is a fun article, and you are in good company. Dickens often linked typefaces and writing styles with people’s characteristics. From Great Expectations:

“The shape of the letters on my father’s, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, ‘ALSO GEORGIANA, WIFE OF THE ABOVE’, I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine… I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trouser-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.”

or David Copperfield:

“There was one boy — a certain J. Steerforth — who cut his name very deep and very often, who, I conceived, would read it in a rather strong voice, and afterwards pull my hair. There was another boy, one Tommy Traddles, who I dreaded would make game of it, and pretend to be dreadfully frightened of me. There was a third, George Demple, who I fancied would sing it.”

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