SIGNS - ONOMATOPIES
SIGNS - READING
TEXTBALLOON and TEXTCODE
| You can also learn to read
comics in a totally different way. Discover lots of style figures, symbols,
Below you can find the most common styles in a strip.
|Each announcement, text, fulfils different functions: it can be relaxing (a function of game), it can bring new information to the story (cognitive function), it can emove you (emotional function), it can convince you to find something good or bad, beautiful or ugly (persuasive function) it can even change your ideals or your behaviour.|
| If you see
such signs then you ask yourself the question "how can I translate
this in normal, spoken language". But on the other side you know you
already understand the signs. You can understand it because of what you
see in the drawing, or the situation, ... Kabbalistical signs = secret and
only comprehensive for insiders. They suggest a certain atmosphere, the
mood in which the text has to be read. These signs are also a form of selfregulation.
This is needed because a comic is mostly read by a young audience. And socially
they have to meet with certain expectations. That's why so few four-letter
words, curses and protective language layers (words like sexualitity or
death) are used.
Another kind of specific signs (who stand much closer to written language)
are the imitations of sounds or onomatopoeia. Imitations of sounds are a
primaire form of language acquisition: Imitations of sounds made by humans,
objects, vehicules, ... gradually a consensus originates within a linguistic
comunity about the reproduction of a certain sound (e.g. barking) and from
threr the onomatopoeia follows the rules of grammar. These imitations of
sounds can be put outsite as well as inside the textballoon.
drawing where the artist replaces the speed of the action with for instance
the multiplication of limbs. These unrealistic drawings accentuate the movements
of people, objects and animals. They can express themselves in lines which
indicate the speed, drops of sweat, stars when someone is hurt,...
|Punctation marks are a expedient for indicating rythm and intonation, but just like other metaforical signs they not point directly to real perceptions. In the comic the most frequent signs are the interrogation and exclamation mark ; they replace a spoken word or thought.|
|TEXTBALLOON and TEXTCODE|
The textballoon mainly serves the role of link between the text and the
thinking/speaking figure in the image.