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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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The Secret Language of Comics

COMMUNICATING WITH SERIFS AND BALLOONS

 

Are there secret messages hidden in the pages of comic books? Do the fonts and balloons tell us more than just the words? While this might not be something you spend much time thinking about, there is a method to drawing the various “speech balloons,” “thought balloons,” “dream balloons,” and “everything else balloons” that you come across while reading a comic book. This “secret” art form involves communicating with shapes and using visual indicators that elicit a quick and direct response from the reader. If you read comics, chances are ...

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