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The Sydney Morning Herald Is Now Using Comic Sans On Its Front Page

Because it's a 13-year-old girl, apparently.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, first printed in 1831, has long been one of Australia's most venerable newspapers. Today it took the extraordinary step of using Comic Sans on its front page.

An editor at News.com.au was one of the first to throw some shade on the paper and question the future of Fairfax, publishers of the SMH.

When they record the downfall of Fairfax, the comic sans front page will be seen as the beginning of the end

Rob Stott@Rob_Stott

When they record the downfall of Fairfax, the comic sans front page will be seen as the beginning of the end

7:55 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The SMH's Deputy Editor responded with a sick burn to the tabloid competitor.

@Rob_Stott don't knock the font! Your whole website is, metaphorically speaking, in comic sans

Ben Cubby@bencubby

@Rob_Stott don't knock the font! Your whole website is, metaphorically speaking, in comic sans

8:52 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Sydney Morning Herald's Editor, who has weathered recent scandals and serious economic troubles, was willing to stand by the art department.

Love that comic sans. Under-rated font! @rickeyre @bencubby. Appalled by ex Treasurer's claims he was cool with leaked documents. Outrage!

Darren Goodsir@sirgooddarren

Love that comic sans. Under-rated font! @rickeyre @bencubby. Appalled by ex Treasurer's claims he was cool with leaked documents. Outrage!

8:51 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dear MarkAs you can see, I love the font - but am more than aware that my affections are not universally shared. As for the newspaper, the decision was made to match the surreal nature of the shocking revelations at the ICAC - and it was felt the font would best depict the comic-book feel we were trying to give to the front; as if to make a mockery of the appalling displays in the witness box from a former politician and a current parliamentarian. I am very pleased with the result, but that's about it.bestDarren

Needless to stay, people are mocking the newspaper.... mercilessly.

The Editor's response was a firm support for the font.

And there was exceptional help for the front page design of its website.

.@smh unveils their new-look homepage. #ComicSans

Matthew Jones@mjonesy_87

.@smh unveils their new-look homepage. #ComicSans

11:48 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tomorrow's print edition is ready to go.

I've saved some time for @smh and sorted out tomorrow's front page for them.

Reid Parker@ReidParker_

I've saved some time for @smh and sorted out tomorrow's front page for them.

10:46 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Guardian's Nick Evershed took some time to run the top news sites through a Comic Sans filter.

here's The Oz, actually looks pretty good in COMIC SANS #comicsans

Nick Evershed@NickEvershed

here's The Oz, actually looks pretty good in COMIC SANS #comicsans

12:44 PM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And some of it looked better than others. Like here's Australia's most popular tabloid, News.com.au.

here's @newsdotcomdotau's homepage in COMIC SANS #comicsans

Nick Evershed@NickEvershed

here's @newsdotcomdotau's homepage in COMIC SANS #comicsans

12:42 PM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Guardian's very own website wasn't free from a bit of Comic Sans.

here's what @GuardianAus homepage looks like in COMIC SANS #comicsans

Nick Evershed@NickEvershed

here's what @GuardianAus homepage looks like in COMIC SANS #comicsans

12:38 PM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

What if... *gasp*... what if NYT were Comic Sans-ified.

here's the New York Times in COMIC SANS #comicsans

Nick Evershed@NickEvershed

here's the New York Times in COMIC SANS #comicsans

12:46 PM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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