In a lot of manga, characters can express movement, show great excitement, or receive an epiphany within the space of a single panel. Since a comic panel is a single snapshot in time, how best to express that movement or excitement? One solution that manga partakes in frequently is speed lines.

These lines of varying weight are drawn directly on the background behind any character elements, often taking the place of the background. Speed lines can be straight or circular, parallel or concentric, thick or thin. It all depends on the kind of motion that needs to be expressed in a panel.

Note that these lines may also be called motion or ...

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