Comics and Sequential Art Setting & Symbolism

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Balloons

The container used for text dialog spoken or thought by a character, balloons emanate from the character by tails. Their arrangement contributes to the measurement of time - if the reader/viewer cooperates and reads them in order (left-to-right and top-to-bottom). Balloons' shapes convey the character of sound - normal, unspoken, electronic. Lettering reflects character and emotion as well as the artist's style. It is poor practice to break thoughts over several frames in separate balloons or to break a thought into multiple balloons in a given panel.

Border

The outlines of a panel, borders can be thick or thin - or not existent - to organize the action of a comic in time and space.

Gesture

Human movements of expression, gestures are "almost idiomatic" to specific regions or cultures (although "a surprising number are universal"), are generally subtle, and do not involve a wide range of...

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