Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Comics Grammar And Tradition

I just came across this post about comic book lettering that talks about all of the "rules" (which were made to be broken, sometimes) involved with laying out text in speech bubbles in comic books. It's very cool how much of a "language" there is involved with this, and how much a few marks (i.e., the "breath marks") can tell us.


Allie said...

This is a great find! I'm going to print some of it to hang on the wall of my home studio :)

Bob Flynn said...

WOW! This is great. I'm not sure I'd ever seen the rule about the crossbar "I" in writing, but I intuitively do this with comic fonts that offer the two "I's." (I'm pretty sure I did it throughout the Labyrinth comics).

It's good to keep in mind that these are just comic book conventions. Doesn't mean you can't invent your own.