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January 22nd, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Reply melaredblu, January 9th, 2014, 1:55 am

I don't know if anyone has noticed this, but in recent pages, I've changed the lettering a little. I've been looking at some of my old issues of Mad Magazine and noticed they tend to bold the most crucial words in a bubble even if the word itself isn't verbally emphasized. It's sort of like a context emphasis instead, which I kind of like, but I wonder if it might be disconcerting to readers, so I'll leave it up to all of you. Should I continue using this style, or would you rather the bold letters be used only for sound emphasis?

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Reply GroovyKinda, January 22nd, 2014, 2:35 pm

@melaredblu: I vote sound emphasis, because that's how I read it.
For example, I read Cordelia's sentence on the previous page as: "Well? I DON'T HAVE all DOOMSDAY, Princess."
Much as I encourage everyone to read old Mad magazines, I think that it doesn't translate well.
I may be MISTAKEN, but there it is.
Nice job on this page. I like how you have the first panel fill the whole page, with the other panels over it. And Leopold's expression. And everyone's body language in panel one. And Cordelia's dig at June.
And...okay, I'll save room for others.

Reply NitztheBloody, January 22nd, 2014, 4:04 pm

Usually stories that reference copyrighted games try to file the serial numbers off. With "Street Kombat Bros." you mashed all the serial numbers together into a hideous frankenstein's monster of a name. I like this approach much better.

Reply Delta-v, January 22nd, 2014, 5:54 pm

I vote for verbal emphasis for the same reason, although I would make an exception and use it for things like Street Kombat Bros.

Reply Hjels, January 22nd, 2014, 6:23 pm

Marvel has done the same for as long as I can remember. I tried to read it as sound emphasis, becuase that's what seemed natural. But it never really fit. I'm not a fan of it to be honest. Never saw the reason for it.

But it's not a big problem.

Love that last panel. And Spider's expression. And... what the hell is Sonny doing?

Reply GroovyKinda, January 22nd, 2014, 6:42 pm

@Hjels: I use it for sound emphasis, and for characterization. Some of my characters punch their words more than others. I think it helps to show inflection.
Of COURSE, it can be overDONE.
I think Sonny's leaning on June's shoulder and giving her a noogie. Which, at any other time, would be suicidal.

Reply Delta-v, January 22nd, 2014, 11:17 pm

Hmmm. I took a closer look at the first panel, and it looks to me like nobody is holding on to anything except Cordelia (and possibly April--I can't see her hands). One good air pocket, any you might have to change the comic's name to "Cordelia, The Lonely Witch".

Reply melaredblu, January 23rd, 2014, 10:38 pm

@GroovyKinda: I was afraid of that. Whatever the cartoonists of Mad Magazine are doing, it's working for them and not so much for me. The tribe has spoken, sound emphasis from now on.

Reply melaredblu, January 23rd, 2014, 10:39 pm

@NitztheBloody: I only wish I'd thought of that joke last chapter. Referencing video game titles directly just wasn't nearly as funny.

Reply melaredblu, January 23rd, 2014, 10:41 pm

@Hjels: Hey, I wouldn't have asked about the lettering if I didn't want to know. I appreciate the honesty.
Like GroovyKinda said, Sonny is leaning on her, though he's not so much giving her a noogie as he is just resting his hand on her head.

Reply melaredblu, January 23rd, 2014, 10:42 pm

@GroovyKinda: It really wouldn't be suicidal for Sonny to do that at the best or worst of times. He's got a habit of invading June's personal space and she's got a soft spot for him, so she doesn't mind it. Now if, say, RANDALL tried that...

Reply melaredblu, January 23rd, 2014, 10:44 pm

@Delta-v: To be fair, she did warn them to hang on. If they choose not to, well...surely nothing would go wrong in this story, right?

Reply GroovyKinda, January 24th, 2014, 1:10 pm

@melaredblu: It is kind of shameless, the way he flirts with her.
I get the sense that he just likes to mess with Cordelia, because she can be a little too tightly wound, but he genuinely cares for June.
Poor Randall. The original Hard Luck Kid.

Reply Delta-v, January 27th, 2014, 4:52 pm

@GroovyKinda: "shameless the way he (sic.) flirts (sic. also). Ooooh! Ooooh! I know where that came from!

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