Comic book Grammar

gram_italicsMix together in my brain too much thinking about grammar, Korean Champs’ suggestion to study with comic books, and a blog blam bot, and my brain decides it needs a break from verb conjugations by writing about Comic Book Grammar.

Here is a comic panel with various style dialog bubbles.

Unlike many who grew up reading comic books, I have always found the format a bit difficult to process.  Clues that were being provided in the format like certain kinds of fonts and word bubbles meant nothing to me.  Throw in all the words in a foreign language, and using comic books for learning becomes a chore.

Comic books have their own style conventions and typography rules.

Korean comic book GoongKorean comic “Goong”

There are also ways emotion is express such as anger, tears, and blushing.  I suspect the comics have the same kind of “sound effects” that I have come to expect from Chulmoon’s emails (hur hur, ye?, other non-verbal words)  I wonder how differences in language affect how it appears in comics.  Are there cultural differences in the comics between USA and Korea?  How does that affect how the comics are drawn on the page? Hmm.

I am still struggling to make it through my first Korean comic book.  While not exactly the same, I thought it would help to start with the Comic Book Grammar described by Bambot.

ASTERISK An editor's note

ASTERISK
An editor’s note

BALLOON TAILS point to a character's mouth

BALLOON TAILS
point to a character’s mouth

JOINING BALLOON TO BALLOON related ideas

JOINING BALLOON TO BALLOON
related ideas

JOINING BALLOONS W/ CONNECTORS 2 characters in conversation

JOINING BALLOONS W/ CONNECTORS
2 characters in conversation

BOLD emphasis on a word

BOLD
emphasis on a word

BREATH MARKS a cough

BREATH MARKS
a cough

BURST BALLOONS screaming dialogue

BURST BALLOONS
screaming dialogue

CAPTIONS 5 types: Location & Time, Internal Monologue, Spoken, and Editorial

CAPTIONS 5 types: Location & Time, Internal Monologue, Spoken, and Editorial

DOUBLE DASH speech interrupted

DOUBLE DASH
speech interrupted

DOUBLE OUTLINE BALLOONS add emphasis to dialogue

DOUBLE OUTLINE BALLOONS
add emphasis to dialogue

DROP CAPS inner monologue  or  location/time captions

DROP CAPS
inner monologue or location/time captions

ELLIPSES speech trails off

ELLIPSES
speech trails off

EMANATING DIALOGUE character speaking off-camera

EMANATING DIALOGUE
character speaking off-camera

FOREIGN LANGUAGES character speaks in a >

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
character speaks in foreign language

LOWERCASE "Uh", "Heh", "Umm", etc.

LOWERCASE
“Uh”, “Heh”, “Umm”, etc.

MUSIC NOTES whistling, singing

MUSIC NOTES
whistling, singing

OFF-PANEL DIALOGUE

OFF-PANEL DIALOGUE

QUESTION MARK/EXCLAMATION POINT COMBO  shouted question

QUESTION MARK/EXCLAMATION POINT COMBO
shouted question

QUOTATION MARKS spoken captions when a character is speaking off-camera.

QUOTATION MARKS
spoken captions when a character is speaking off-camera.

RADIO BALLOONS radio, TV, telephone

RADIO BALLOONS
speech on radio, TV, telephone

ROUGH BALLOONS creepy or distorted voice

ROUGH BALLOONS
creepy or distorted voice

SMALL DIALOGUE/BIG BALLOON mutters, says something to herself, speaks sheepishly, or whispering.

SMALL DIALOGUE/BIG BALLOON
mutters, says something to herself, speaks sheepishly, or whispering.

TELEPATHIC BALLOONS When a character is speaking telepathically

TELEPATHIC BALLOONS
When a character is speaking telepathically

THOUGHT BALLOONS

THOUGHT BALLOONS

WAVY BALLOONS  "weak balloons", when a character is in physical distress.

WAVY BALLOONS
“weak balloons”, when a character is in physical distress.

WHISPERING

WHISPERING

See a sample comic script

comic book script

 

 

 

 

 

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