Why I use horizontal dialogue balloons by Marwan

Why I use horizontal dialogue balloons

Marwan

26 April 2019 at 17:47:12 MDT

Just some silly one-page vent comic I did, as a personal rant regarding people's use of vertically-aligned dialogue balloons in order to try to make their comics look more like a manga.

I'm not saying that people are wrong to use such dialogue balloons meant to fit vertical text such as Japanese. It's just that I felt that it's more natural to use horizontal dialogue balloons instead for languages with strictly horizontal writing systems such as English, and the text look less cramped and more pleasing to read, too. Plus, this is one of the reasons why I also studied American comics as well: so I can study how dialogue balloons in those comics are placed, and make the best use of them in terms of panel compositions.

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