Friday, November 16, 2012

Types of Speech Balloons and Captions for Comics and Graphic Novels

These are examples of different types of word balloons and captions. These are not the only way to portray these types. You can be very creative in your interpretation of these types.

Dialogue - used with quotes when it's in a caption.
Thought - with captions sometimes a symbol is used in the upper left to let you know who is thinking and/or it is color coded.

Computer - indicates computer audio.
Double Gutter Burst - two balloons one inside the other to indicate yelling; not screaming.
Icicle - indicate cold shoulder being given or pissed off attitude.
Loud Speaker
Radio/Electronic - indicate speech broadcast via radio, TV or other devices.
Robot - indicate artificial being speaking.
Telepathic - indicate character is using their mind to communicate.
Telephone - indicate person speaking on other end of phone.
Weak - indicate character is distressed, dying, tired or becoming unconsciousness  in some way.
Whisper - indicate softly spoken speech.

Types of Balloons and Captions

and many more that haven't been done because you haven't created it.

The typeface chosen and color can add to the effect also and should be used where needed.

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to be continued...

read next - Sound Effects for Comics and Graphic Novels
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