I need help to install the comicsans package and the fonts. My system is TeX Live 2011, and Windows 7. Below is what I did:

  1. Copied comic.ttf and comicbd.ttf in C:\texlive\texmf-local\fonts\ttf. (I created the ttf directory.)

  2. Copied dvips, tfm, and vf directories from the comicsans.zip to C:\texlive\texmf-local\fonts.

  3. Ran mktexlsr to update the file name database.

  4. Copied comicsans.dtx and comicsans.ins in C:\texlive\texmf-local\tex\latex\comicsans. (I created the comicsans directory.)

  5. Ran tex comicsans.ins in C:\texlive\texmf-local\tex\latex\comicsans.

  6. Ran mktexlsr to update the file name database.

  7. Ran updmap-sys --enable Map=comicsans.map.

  8. Ran mktexlsr to update the file name database.

Using TeXworks, I tested it with:


This is a text.

and it did not work. No font change, no error message.

Did I make any mistake, or miss any step? I believe some of the above steps are unnecessary, which one?

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    Unless it is going inside a cartoon, let me just say thank god it's not working! ;-)
    – morbusg
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 21:01
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    I am using pdflatex. Of course I don't use comicsans for articles. It is actually for presentation slides, using beamer. Anyway, I want to see my slides in comic sans; please help the installation.
    – Chang
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 21:56
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    The decision to use LaTeX/beamer for your presentations might have something to do that you are interested in high quality output and a professtional presentation. However, your choice of font is not optimal see this article mentions some reasons why and lists possible alternatives. Most important reason here: It looks unprofessional.
    – Marco
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:16
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    Off-topic : There is no single font that has resisted this much of hate and still around. The reason why it is around is because it is a damn good font, though heavily misused. I feel the same to Apple products or Helvetica font which introduces unnecessary formalism, but can not deny their design is beautiful. Hence, this question demands an answer. I use Miktex so I wish I could answer. I can feel the hate. Bring it on :P
    – percusse
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:33
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    Whilst I loathe comic sans as much as the next person, we should still try to help, here. (And I'm pleased to see that despite the comments, no-one's actually voted against the question.) Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 7:43

1 Answer 1


Your steps for installing the font appear to be correct. You get no font change in your sample document because you're defining ComicSans as the default "sans serif" font, but you aren't choosing that font family.

Somebody would say that this \textsf{Hello world} printed
with a fancy font is awful.

If you want the font to be used throughout the document, redefine \rmdefault or say


This regards the technical part. Now a comment.

Don't use ComicSans other than for strips or particular short text. It's not a font designed for continuous reading and it will probably annoy your audience during a presentation or, in the worst case, make them laugh.

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