Monday, October 14, 2013

Twerking, Stagerring and Agitating the Visual Vocabulary of Comics

Iconography Part 6 - Visual Vocabulary of Graphic Novels, Comic Books and Comic Strips

Physical action or state

Staggeration - The dotted lines tracing the path of an inebriated character.

Blurgits  - Curved lines preceding or trailing after a character's moving limbs.

Briffits - Clouds of dust that hang in the spot of a swiftly departing entity.
Hites - Horizontal straight lines trailing after entity moving with speed.
Hites and puffs of smoke indicate great speed.

Sphericasia - Curved action line indicating great swing like a roundhouse punch.

That-a-tron - Lesser sphericasia indicating the repeated motion of pointing, usually a pair of curved lines parallel to the end of the pointing digit or object.
Agitrons - Wiggly lines around a shaking object or character. Lesser sphericasia indicating the repeated motion of a head shake, usually a pair of curved lines parallel to the head. (you often see these when a character is stunned by what they see) Double lines (one or more sets) - indicate vibration, movement, trembles or shaking
Swalloops - complete sphericasia. (classic example is the arc of Thor's swinging hammer)

Neoflect - Entity is brand spanking new.

Musical notes - singing
teardrops - crying
Bubbles coming from someone’s nose or mouth – inebriation

to be continued... 

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