Defining Moment of the week: Comic Sans For Cancer

Two hundred posters are going on show tonight at The Proud Archivist in London, each with a similar aim in mind – to make something eye-catching using Comic Sans and raise money for Cancer Research UK in the process. Ahead of the opening of Comic Sans for Cancer, the curators sent us a selection of the posters that will be exhibited…

Can Comic Sans have a positive effect on society?” ask the organisers of an exhibition which looks to take one of the world’s most divisive typefaces, have some fun with it, and make some art along the way. Vincent Connare’s typeface is twenty years old this year, and since its inception as part of a Microsoft package where it was used to render text in speech bubbles, the face has become ubiquitous – and much maligned, if not misunderstood.

Deciding to play with this idea, in some cases turning the image of Comic Sans completely on its head, TVC’s very own Chris Flack, Renee Quigley and Jenny Theolin put a call out for submissions for a show where all the work would be made available to purchase (see below), with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. They received over 500 pieces of work and their selection of 200 opens to the public tomorrow, running until August 24 (full details below).

Exhibiting artists include Connare – and his nemesis Ban Comic Sans – Bibliothèque, Build, Bunch Design, Oli Frape, Believe In, Hey Studio, Purpose, Spin, Sawdust, The Partners, Kiosk and many more.

Posters will be available to buy at A2 (£75) and A3 (£50), while a newspaper catalogue (£5) and limited edition book (£20) will also be on sale (cash only). Donations can also be made by texting ‘SANS94’ to 70070.

Opening times: 
Aug 20, 6pm – 10:30pm
Aug 21 Closed
Aug 22-24, 8am – 10:30 pm
The Proud Archivist
2-10 Hertford Road 
London N1 5ET
Regents Canal (off Kingland Rd / Haggerston overground)
More at comicsanscancer.com and theproudarchivist.co.uk.

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