Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Word balloons were invented a long time ago

Three silent penultimate panels for this Tuesday, May 2.

Luann by Gregg Evans
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

Thanks to the internet (and some assistance from Ugliness Man) I've been able to broaden my scope here. It's a tireless watch.

Today's Sally Forth uses a sit-com device that I was tired of the first time I saw it: The Family Guy Flashback.

It doesn't seem like cartoonists have settled on a standard convention to indicate what is being typed on a computer screen. And I don't think the solution seen in today's Blondie will be it.

In case there is any doubt as to why words are appearing in the space above Dagwood's head, there is a large arrow pointing to the monitor indicating their origin. Yes, computers are new-fangled devices that most Americans have never seen before in real life, but I think we can figure out what's going on here without a giant drop-shadowed arrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also to make a flashback effective, it's important to show the characters in some previous state - younger, different hairstyles, something like that - not wearing the SAME DAMN CLOTHES!

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby Blues also had a penultimate panel today.

1:27 PM  

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