Alternatives to Comic Sans

You were forced asked to use Comic Sans? But you just can’t. Because … well … because of Comic Sans. You want something more sophisticated, less seen and better executed? These are my top suggestions, that come with a similar appeal, but less hated 😉.

Uberhand Pro

Uberhand Pro was designed by Jens Kutilek, and a more advanced successor to his free alternative Comic Jens. It also comes with a handwritten appeal, is more sophisticated, has plenty of weights and also UI Icons, and is also available on Adobe Fonts.

Uberhand Pro Feels friendly, approachable and organic. 
It’s a bit wider and more playful than
Comic Sans, also coming with UI Icons.
Uberhand Pro is wider than Comic Sans, more interesting and playful.


One of my most loved handwritten style typefaces. Supermarker, designed by Ulrike Rausch, is available from Fontwerk. I absolutely love the genuine handwritten impression it makes, due to the many alternative characters. I did a review about it here.

Supermarker Creates a genuine handwritten
impression, because each letter was drawn
in three to four different variants.
Supermarker brilliantly fakes handwriting, much better than Comic Sans 😉.

Itim (free font)

The free font Itim, designed by Cadson Demak, goes in a little different direction. It is more striking, also available on Google Fonts. It comes with only one weight, which is somehow semi-bold, and more suited for headings or larger text. Since it’s by a Thai foundry, it also covers Thai script.

Itim appears playful & expressive. It comes
with two alternate character designs to seem more handwritten and supports Thai Script.
Itim is a more striking alternative to Comic Sans, available on Google Fonts.


I discovered this typeface in my Typodarium calendar and really like the simple marker pen vibe it conveys. Kopik, designed by Jonathan Hill from The Northern Block is a modern hand-drawn script inspired by the 1960s architectural handwriting style, creating a simple, readable, monolinear impression. The typeface is also available on Adobe Fonts.

Kopik Kopik is a modern hand-drawn script inspired by the 1960s architectural handwriting style, coming with a few stylistic alternates too. It also looks great in All caps
Kopik comes in 6 styles, from light to bold with matching italics


SideNote by Borys Kosmynka and Jamie Clarke is super casual cool and versatile. Coming as a variable font with three axis, weight, width and slant. This gives you a lot of freedom to design with, and lets you adjust it to the space you have available. All while remaining a friendly and approachable vibe. Buy it here on I Love Typography (affiliate link), also available on Adobe Fonts as well. Thanks for pointing me towards this, Borys!

A softly bent typeface that comes in a variety of widths, weights and even a slant axis as a variable font.
Side Note Compressed
SideNote Normal
Side Note Expanded
SideNote has various weights and widths, so you can make your content fit anywhere

Shantell Sans (free font)

The sophisticated handwritten style free font Shantell Sans is based on the handwriting of the artist Shantell Martin. It is made for joyful text and can be spiced up with playful animations. Read my full review here. Available on Google Fonts.

Shantell Sans
A sophisticated handwritten style free font, made for joyful text, that can be spiced up with playful animations.
Shantell Sans Regular
Shantell Sans Bouncy Bold
Shantell Sans is best used in animation, where the bounce axis can be moved.

Playpen Sans (free font)

The approachable free typeface Playpen Sans immigrates handwriting very well and is a little calmer than Shantell Sans. It has plenty of character variations to create an authentic impression, and also comes with some adorable icons. Read my review here, Playpen Sans is also on Google Fonts.

Playpen Sans
An adorable free font that is imitating casual handwriting very well thanks to plenty of character variations and intelligent shuffling.
Compare the f and you will see the little variations, charting an authentic handwriting impression.

What are your alternative to Comic Sans? Tell me in the comments below!

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    1. Cool, did not know that, Ulrich! I think it makes a good first impression, but only with with OpenType Contextual Alternates activated. Otherwise it shows too little variety to live up to the expectation of really handwritten.

  1. Hy Oliver! What a classic article about alternative fonts to Comic sans. I check the list of fonts you mention. I would try to use a few of these fonts in my upcoming projects.

    1. That’s wonderful, Josh! Hope it will make your next project even better ☺️. For what kind of job are you planning to use it?

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