Thursday, November 15, 2012

Balloon and Caption Placement for Comics and Graphic Novels


Word Balloon and Caption Placement


If you are working from a full script, then put in your text first to get a general idea of space needed.
Do this whether you are working digitally or traditionally.

text placed on page

Then draw your figures. 


Layout figures

Then you can go back and finalize the text position and balloons.


Do final ballons and captions

If you are working from a plot, then leave the top third empty, but don't leave empty space. As you draw leave a dead space just begging for a balloon or caption. 

Check out more on balloon and caption placement from one of the masters in the field; Todd Klein on his blog.


Also check out this article by the great Nate Piekos on grammar and aesthetic traditions

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