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3rd Aug '17 2:52:04 AM Spindriver
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[[caption-width-right:350:Delirium and Dreams, talking.]]


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* In ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', on two [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/that_was_uncalled_for separate]] [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/28_is_lucky occasions,]] when characters become coldly angry, their speech bubbles start dripping icicles.
3rd Aug '17 12:36:20 AM Spindriver
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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, making keeping track of which character is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text. If any character, regardless of alignment, is wanting to give a menacing but subtle tone to their dialect, then it can be a black speech balloon with either white text for a black-and-white strip, or red text for a color strip.

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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; interruption]], and different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, bubble, making keeping track of which character who is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text. text, and mechanical voices sometimes get rectangular "bubbles". If any character, regardless of alignment, is wanting to give character needs a subtly menacing but subtle tone to their dialect, speech, then it can be rendered in a black speech balloon with either white text for a black-and-white strip, or red text for a color strip.
(the latter maybe implying more anger). Also, madness can be indicated with mangled text, and foreign languages or accents with exotic fonts.



* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' uses this to good effect.

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* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' uses this speech bubbles to good effect.
2nd Aug '17 11:04:46 AM Scalondragon
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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, making keeping track of which character is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text.

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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, making keeping track of which character is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text. If any character, regardless of alignment, is wanting to give a menacing but subtle tone to their dialect, then it can be a black speech balloon with either white text for a black-and-white strip, or red text for a color strip.


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* In ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' Eva, a model, has [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/pair-of-laugh-riots taken a shine to Marie]] but when Eva's stylists Adrianne (fashion) and Adrienne (makeup and hair) cruelly put down Marie, Eva's face goes dark with an evil glint in her eyes, and [[PetTheDog her dialogue]] for that followup scene is in a black balloon with white text.
6th Jul '17 2:04:58 PM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.

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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous Malevolus speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.
6th Jul '17 2:03:06 PM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him. Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him. Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].
6th Jul '17 1:59:53 PM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles.

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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.
5th Jul '17 1:35:43 PM StFan
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* Several characters in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' have distinctive speech bubbles or fonts -- each of the Endless and Matthew, in particular. At one point, Matthew "imitates" Morpheus with a speech bubble that looks like his. Delirium's speech bubbles contain wild swirls of color and wavering text, but when she was Delight (and sane), the colors were subdued and straight, and the text linear.
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is the sanest and most down-to-earth of the Endless and the only one whose Speech Bubbles are completely normal.
*** DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT...OH. '''THAT''' DEATH. SORRY.
* Jamie Madrox's duplicates in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' get slightly different fonts from standard speech bubbles.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', the language of the Goths is represented by a Gothic font, Greeks speak in an angular font resembling the Greek alphabet, and Egyptian speech bubbles contain hieroglyph-style rebuses (even for onomatopoeia). When Obelix repeats a phrase in Egyptian, it looks like a shakily-drawn stick figure.
** ''Asterix and the Cauldron'' featured a Roman tax gatherer whose rectangular speech bubbles resembles modern tax forms, complete with check boxes.

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* Several characters in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' have distinctive speech bubbles or fonts -- each of the Endless and Matthew, in particular. At one point, Matthew "imitates" Morpheus with a speech bubble that looks like his. Delirium's speech bubbles contain wild swirls of color and wavering text, but when she was Delight (and sane), the colors were subdued and straight, and the text linear.
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linear. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is the sanest and most down-to-earth of the Endless and the only one whose Speech Bubbles are completely normal.
*** DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT...OH. '''THAT''' DEATH. SORRY.
* Jamie Madrox's duplicates in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''ComicBook/XFactor'' get slightly different fonts from standard speech bubbles.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** The
language of the Goths is represented by a Gothic font, Greeks speak in an angular font resembling the Greek alphabet, and Egyptian speech bubbles contain hieroglyph-style rebuses (even for onomatopoeia). When Obelix repeats a phrase in Egyptian, it looks like a shakily-drawn stick figure.
** ''Asterix and the Cauldron'' featured features a Roman tax gatherer whose rectangular speech bubbles resembles modern tax forms, complete with check boxes.



* Nearly every important character in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' has either a different color/style speech bubble, or a different font. Sometimes both.

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* Nearly every important character in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has either a different color/style speech bubble, or a different font. Sometimes both.
5th Jul '17 5:23:31 AM StFan
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** Undead use black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubble changes to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[VoiceOfTheLegion echoey voice]].
** Diverse colored speech bubbles for outsiders such as celestials, infernals, and ghosts. Infernals usually have black speech bubbles with colored text inside (lampshaded with Qarr the Imp, who is recognized by his red-on-black speech bubble). Celestials have brightly colored bubbles with black texts. Elementals like Celia have a color related to their plane of origin.
** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles related to their species. Giants too.
** The shape is sometimes significant too, like with [[LawfulNeutral modrons]] having rectangular bubbles.
** The arrows pointing to which character is speaking also give indications. They are straight when the character is healthy, but become irregular for a wounded or dying one to represent shaky speech. Minister Malack's are always this way, hinting of a raspy voice.
* ''[[Webcomic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'' does the same as ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].

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** Undead use [[TheUndead Undead]] have black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubble changes bubbles change to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[VoiceOfTheLegion [[PowerEchoes echoey voice]].
voice]]. Redcloak clarifies that this is because Xykon no longer has a functional larynx, so his voice is magically powered by negative energy.
** Diverse colored speech bubbles for outsiders such as gods, celestials, infernals, and ghosts. Infernals usually have black speech bubbles with colored text inside (lampshaded with Qarr the Imp, imp, who is recognized by his red-on-black speech bubble). bubbles). Celestials have brightly colored bubbles with black texts. Elementals text. Elemental spirits like Celia have a color related to their plane of origin.
** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles related linked to their species. Giants too.
too, it seems.
** Being under some magical effect can alter the color of a character's speech bubbles, like with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0331.html the Oracle doing a prophecy]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html Vaarsuvius under the Soul Splice]], or [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0767.html Haley having imbibed a Potion of Glibness]].
** The shape is sometimes significant too, like with [[LawfulNeutral modrons]] LawfulNeutral Modrons having rectangular bubbles.
bubbles.[[invoked]]
** The arrows connectors pointing to which character is speaking also give indications. They are straight when the character speaker is healthy, but become irregular for a sick, stunned, drunk, confused, wounded or dying one character, to represent shaky speech. Minister Malack's are always this way, way [[spoiler:until he shows his GameFace]], hinting of a raspy or hissy voice.
** More classically, bubbles with dotted borders and grey text indicate whispering. Zz'dtri's bubbles always have grey text, since he's TheQuietOne and hardly ever raises his voice.
** Early in the comic, mumbling to oneself or aside comments by the characters were texts without bubbles and just a connector. But this became rarer and rarer and has phased out by book 3 -- except for the Demon-Roaches, [[TheArtifact who only ever talk this way]].
* ''[[Webcomic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'' does the same as ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with undead, and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].
5th Jul '17 5:16:52 AM StFan
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* The use of [[HolyHalo Halos]] in Western religious art was, at least in part, to function as Speech Bubbles, putting the prayers of angels or famous Papal quotations as written text on the Halo itself.
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* And don't forget the distinctive [[MediumAwareness yellow bubbles]] and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/DeadpoolYellowBoxes.jpg/250px-DeadpoolYellowBoxes.jpg boxes]] utilized by ''{{Deadpool}}.'' [[NoFourthWall He certainly can't]].
* This has been in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip a few times. Most notably, the distinctive voice-treatment given to Daleks is represented as an angular font in a jagged speech bubble. This has been the case since they had their own strip in ''TV Century 21'' in the 1960s.

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* And don't forget the distinctive [[MediumAwareness yellow bubbles]] and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/DeadpoolYellowBoxes.jpg/250px-DeadpoolYellowBoxes.jpg boxes]] utilized by ''{{Deadpool}}.''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}.'' [[NoFourthWall He certainly can't]].
* This has been in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip a few times. Most notably, the distinctive voice-treatment given to Daleks is represented as an angular font in a jagged speech bubble. This has been the case since they had their own strip in ''TV Century 21'' in the 1960s.
can't]].



* In ''ComicBook/PS238'', aspiring supervillain and [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror]] Zodon has a chip inserted into his head to make him stop cussing all the time. The innocuous words that replace his attempts to swear are rendered in a blocky font.
** When he really goes [[AC:caroling]] ape-[[AC:beans]], he starts singing show tunes.
** Nick Zerhakker in ''SkinHorse'' has a similar problem. He doesn't sing, though. Yet.
* In Creator/DonRosa's early ''ComicStrip/ThePertwillabyPapers'' series, nearly every character had their own specific font and speech bubble design, reflecting their personalities. The tradition carried over to his [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] stories in part later on.

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* In ''ComicBook/PS238'', aspiring supervillain and [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror]] Zodon has a chip inserted into his head to make him stop cussing all the time. The innocuous words that replace his attempts to swear are rendered in a blocky font.
**
font. When he really goes [[AC:caroling]] ape-[[AC:beans]], he starts singing show tunes.
** Nick Zerhakker in ''SkinHorse'' has a similar problem. He doesn't sing, though. Yet.
* In Creator/DonRosa's early ''ComicStrip/ThePertwillabyPapers'' series, nearly every character had their own specific font and speech bubble design, reflecting their personalities. The tradition carried over to his [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] stories in part later on.
tunes.



* In ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', P. T. Bridgeport spoke in circus posters, Deacon Mushrat used Olde Englishe lettering, and Sarcophagus [=MacAbre=] (the natural-born buzzard) spoke like a sympathy note.



* Manfred Schmidt, author of German comic ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'', commented that they were a primitive tool in his POV - "bubbles coming from the heads, eyes, ears, noses or mouths of characters to indicate what they think, see, hear, smell or say".



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* This has been in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip a few times. Most notably, the distinctive voice-treatment given to Daleks is represented as an angular font in a jagged speech bubble. This has been the case since they had their own strip in ''TV Century 21'' in the 1960s.
* In Creator/DonRosa's early ''ComicStrip/ThePertwillabyPapers'' series, nearly every character had their own specific font and speech bubble design, reflecting their personalities. The tradition carried over to his [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] stories in part later on.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', P. T. Bridgeport spoke in circus posters, Deacon Mushrat used Olde Englishe lettering, and Sarcophagus [=MacAbre=] (the natural-born buzzard) spoke like a sympathy note.
* Manfred Schmidt, author of German comic ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'', commented that they were a primitive tool in his POV -- "bubbles coming from the heads, eyes, ears, noses or mouths of characters to indicate what they think, see, hear, smell or say".
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-->'''Harry''': Then she tells me that somebody in her office is going to South America and she can sub-let his apartment. I can't believe this, and the doorbell rings, 'I can sub-let his apartment', the words are still hanging in the air, you know, like in a balloon attached to a mouth.\\
'''Jess''': Like in the cartoon.\\
'''Harry''': Right. So I go to the door, and there were moving men there.

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-->'''Harry''': -->'''Harry:''' Then she tells me that somebody in her office is going to South America and she can sub-let his apartment. I can't believe this, and the doorbell rings, 'I can sub-let his apartment', the words are still hanging in the air, you know, like in a balloon attached to a mouth.\\
'''Jess''': '''Jess:''' Like in the cartoon.\\
'''Harry''': '''Harry:''' Right. So I go to the door, and there were moving men there.



** The ''MarioAndLuigi'' trilogy shares this love for playing with the speech bubbles.

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** The ''MarioAndLuigi'' ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' trilogy shares this love for playing with the speech bubbles.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Black and red bubbles with "..." in them appear above [=NPCs=] who have things to say, and dialogue now appears as square boxes with triangular attachments pointing to the mouths of the {{Character Portrait}}s that accompany them.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Black and red bubbles with "..." in them appear above [=NPCs=] who have things to say, and dialogue now appears as square boxes with triangular attachments pointing to the mouths of the {{Character Portrait}}s that accompany them.



* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' uses a different color balloon for each character; the differences are usually subtle. When [=Shadow2=] copies another character's voice, this is indicated by his balloon's color. One character's bodily possession is indicated by overlapping balloons.
** Initially even minor character got their own bubble colors, but this was later dropped; in later chapters, only the major characters get colored speech bubbles. Most minor characters have even lost the bubble colors they once had (e.g. Paz, whose bubbles used to be brown, but now are a generic white).
*** Possibly intended to represent the characters initially having a foreign accent and that accent becoming less obvious over time.

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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' uses a different color balloon for each character; the differences are usually subtle. When [=Shadow2=] copies another character's voice, this is indicated by his balloon's color. One character's bodily possession is indicated by overlapping balloons.
**
balloons. Initially even minor character got their own bubble colors, but this was later dropped; in later chapters, only the major characters get colored speech bubbles. Most minor characters have even lost the bubble colors they once had (e.g. Paz, whose bubbles used to be brown, but now are a generic white).
*** Possibly intended to represent the characters initially having a foreign accent and that accent becoming less obvious over time.
white).



** Undeads uses black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubble changes to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[VoiceOfTheLegion echoey voice]].

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** Undeads uses Undead use black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubble changes to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[VoiceOfTheLegion echoey voice]].



** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles related to their species.

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** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles related to their species. Giants too.



* ''anti-HEROES'' does the same as ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'', and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].

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* ''anti-HEROES'' ''[[Webcomic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'' does the same as ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].



* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has the Dark Warriors, were everyone but Bikke has weird speech bubbles; Garland's are red on black (formerly black on gray), Drizz'l's are white on black, and Viblert's are black on red. There's also Sulk's (a whiny version of The Hulk), which are green. The Light Warriors also get uniquely-coloured text when they don't speak in normal speech bubbles; this has led to much [[WildMassGuessing discussion]] over the identities of the speakers in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ one particular comic.]]
** A question which has recently [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/19/episode-1129-there/ been answered.]] '''(Spoilers!)'''

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has the Dark Warriors, were everyone but Bikke has weird speech bubbles; Garland's are red on black (formerly black on gray), Drizz'l's are white on black, and Viblert's are black on red. There's also Sulk's (a whiny version of The Hulk), which are green. The Light Warriors also get uniquely-coloured text when they don't speak in normal speech bubbles; this has led to much [[WildMassGuessing discussion]] over the identities of the speakers in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ one particular comic.]]
**
]] A question which has recently [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/19/episode-1129-there/ been answered.]] '''(Spoilers!)'''



* Agatha and other "Sparks" in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' get a gradual change of font as they draw more and more on the madness that is their source of power... it's not just for decoration, either. With all the cool machines the Sparks can build, it's easy to forget their most insidious power -- the ability to draw the easily-impressionable to them, binding their wills, and turning them into "minions". When the font starts getting curly, people start kneeling. Agatha just has a bit of extra punch in that department, thanks to her [[spoiler: Mongfish]] blood.
** When Bangladesh [=DuPree=] breaks her jaw and has it wired shut, her speech bubbles become rebuses.
*** Some of Agatha's little clanks "speak", using rebuses as well.
** Other groups that have their own special speech bubbles: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031027 Jagerkin]] (and the Generals are even more special), and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130911 voice-enabled clanks]]. Castle Heterodyne [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080709 has a bubble similar to the Jagers]], and the Geisterdamen have their own particular fonts, but the same speech bubbles as human characters.
*** Tinka, a malfunctioning clank, gets a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051107 strange effect]] around the edge of her speech bubbles, vaguely reminiscent of broken pixels on a low-resolution screen.
*** Von Pinn has her own very distinctive bubbles, with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081119 curved slices]] all around the edge, faintly reminiscent of a circular saw blade.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
**
Agatha and other "Sparks" in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' get a gradual change of font as they draw more and more on the madness that is their source of power... it's not just for decoration, either. With all the cool machines the Sparks can build, it's easy to forget their most insidious power -- the ability to draw the easily-impressionable to them, binding their wills, and turning them into "minions". When the font starts getting curly, people start kneeling. Agatha just has a bit of extra punch in that department, thanks to her [[spoiler: Mongfish]] [[spoiler:Mongfish]] blood.
** When Bangladesh [=DuPree=] breaks her jaw and has it wired shut, her speech bubbles become rebuses.
***
rebuses. Some of Agatha's little clanks "speak", "speak" using rebuses as well.
** Other groups that have their own special speech bubbles: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031027 Jagerkin]] (and the Generals are even more special), and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130911 voice-enabled clanks]]. Castle Heterodyne [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080709 has a bubble similar to the Jagers]], and the Jagers]].
** The
Geisterdamen have their own particular fonts, but the same speech bubbles as human characters.
*** ** Tinka, a malfunctioning clank, gets a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051107 strange effect]] around the edge of her speech bubbles, vaguely reminiscent of broken pixels on a low-resolution screen.
*** ** Von Pinn has her own very distinctive bubbles, with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081119 curved slices]] all around the edge, faintly reminiscent of a circular saw blade.



* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him.
** Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', all the dragons have their own distinctive fonts.
** Lampshaded in [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2006/04/10/ozy-and-millie-1632/ the April 10, 2006 strip.]]
* Vinci of ''[[http://www.vincifruit.com/ Vinci & Arty]]'' has a thick Greek accent, which is generally rendered phonetically only when other artists "borrow" him. In his home comic, it's represented by a pseudo-Greek font.
** Most characters in ''Vinci & Arty'' have distinct fonts, with the exception of non-recurring characters, who just get a generic font.

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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him.
**
him. Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', all the dragons have their own distinctive fonts.
**
fonts. Lampshaded in [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2006/04/10/ozy-and-millie-1632/ the April 10, 2006 strip.]]
* Vinci of ''[[http://www.vincifruit.com/ Vinci & Arty]]'' has a thick Greek accent, which is generally rendered phonetically only when other artists "borrow" him. In his home comic, it's represented by a pseudo-Greek font.
**
font. Most characters in ''Vinci & Arty'' have distinct fonts, with the exception of non-recurring characters, who just get a generic font.



* Since the characters of ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' are actually ''in'' a comic strip, they have no audio even to them; their voices are distinguished instead by their fonts.
** Well, they seem to "hear" their voices, but in the same sense that we do -- by seeing the fonts and imagining how they sound. This provokes a bizarre conversation halfway through the strip where they begin arguing about what their voices sound like. Zadok the grass golem is told that only he thinks his voice is a sexy rich baritone instead of a creepy rustling scratching.
* ''[[http://thinks.com/family-fun/kim-and-jason.htm Kim & Jason]]''

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* Since the characters of ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' are actually ''in'' a comic strip, they have no audio even to them; their voices are distinguished instead by their fonts.
**
fonts. Well, they seem to "hear" their voices, but in the same sense that we do -- by seeing the fonts and imagining how they sound. This provokes a bizarre conversation halfway through the strip where they begin arguing about what their voices sound like. Zadok the grass golem is told that only he thinks his voice is a sexy rich baritone instead of a creepy rustling scratching.
* %%* ''[[http://thinks.com/family-fun/kim-and-jason.htm Kim & Jason]]''



* In ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'', the GM spoke with square speech bubbles with yellow background, and [=NPCs=] (played by the GM) had regularly shaped speech bubbles, but also with yellow background.
** This convention was picked up by ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''... And nearly every CampaignComic in existence.

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* In ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'', the GM spoke speaks with square speech bubbles with yellow background, and [=NPCs=] (played by the GM) had regularly shaped speech bubbles, but also with yellow background.
** This convention was picked up by ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''... And and nearly every CampaignComic in existence.



* Most dialog in ''WebComic/TheEasyBreather'' is set in three standard Apple fonts: Chicago for heroes, Sand for villains and Chalkboard for other characters. In the second story, the "neutral" dialog font was changed from Chalkboard to [[http://www.1001fonts.com/font_details.html?font_id=3220 Rehotalko]], and [[http://www.blambot.com/font_sdb.shtml Self Destruct Button]] is used for talking robots.

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* Most dialog in ''WebComic/TheEasyBreather'' ''Webcomic/TheEasyBreather'' is set in three standard Apple fonts: Chicago for heroes, Sand for villains and Chalkboard for other characters. In the second story, the "neutral" dialog font was changed from Chalkboard to [[http://www.1001fonts.com/font_details.html?font_id=3220 Rehotalko]], and [[http://www.blambot.com/font_sdb.shtml Self Destruct Button]] is used for talking robots.



* ''WebComic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'''s speech bubbles are mostly in the distinctive "Good Dog" font, but {{Satan}} has his own font, and the cyborgised Brazil speaks in a plainer font to suggest his computer-synthesised monotone.

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* ''WebComic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'''s ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'''s speech bubbles are mostly in the distinctive "Good Dog" font, but {{Satan}} has his own font, and the cyborgised Brazil speaks in a plainer font to suggest his computer-synthesised monotone.



* Although ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'' mostly uses standard speech bubbles and fonts, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10122009.shtml this strip]] deserves special mention for its humorously creative use of bubble colour, heavy outlining and symbols such as storm clouds, teardrops and a [[DeathByNewberyMedal dead kitten]] to convey heartbreak.
* ''WebComic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' started out using Comic Sans for everything. Later on, it switched to Gemelli -- but when characters are under mind control or otherwise possessed, their font changes back to Comic Sans. Additionally, the narrator speaks with floating rectangles instead of bubbles -- whenever a character [[InteractiveNarrator imitates the narrator]], they too use rectangles.

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* Although ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'' ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' mostly uses standard speech bubbles and fonts, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10122009.shtml this strip]] deserves special mention for its humorously creative use of bubble colour, heavy outlining and symbols such as storm clouds, teardrops and a [[DeathByNewberyMedal dead kitten]] to convey heartbreak.
* ''WebComic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' started out using Comic Sans for everything. Later on, it switched to Gemelli -- but when characters are under mind control or otherwise possessed, their font changes back to Comic Sans. Additionally, the narrator speaks with floating rectangles instead of bubbles -- whenever a character [[InteractiveNarrator imitates the narrator]], they too use rectangles.



* ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' has mostly normal speech bubbles, but occasionally, an Immortal (or flat out {{Eldritch Abomination}}s) get black speech bubbles that get progressively less normal as they get angry and/or emotional. The Goo doesn't even have a speech bubble, subtly implying that the Goo does not speak using vocals, but instead through telepathy of some sort.
** Also, in one strip, where a new character with long hair is introduced, a little bubble naming him shows up with 'gothic' script. He glances over and notices it, [[BreakingTheFourthWall physically strikes it with a fist]], and it reverts to normal text. It's in the 'one shot' strips, though, where that's more common.

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* ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** The comic
has mostly normal speech bubbles, but occasionally, an Immortal (or flat out flat-out {{Eldritch Abomination}}s) get black speech bubbles that get progressively less normal as they get angry and/or emotional. The Goo doesn't even have a speech bubble, subtly implying that the Goo does not speak using vocals, but instead through telepathy of some sort.
** Also, in one strip, where a new character with long hair is introduced, a little bubble naming him shows up with 'gothic' "gothic" script. He glances over and notices it, [[BreakingTheFourthWall physically strikes it with a fist]], and it reverts to normal text. It's in the 'one shot' "one-shot" strips, though, where that's more common.



* In ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'', The Unspeakable's speech bubbles use the Caslon font, as opposed to a "normal" comic font for other characters.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'', ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'':
**
The Unspeakable's speech bubbles use the Caslon font, as opposed to a "normal" comic font for other characters.



* In ''WebComic/Level30Psychiatry'' translated PokemonSpeak is rendered in Blue and Yellow balloons reminisant of the Pokemon logo.

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* In ''WebComic/Level30Psychiatry'' ''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry'' translated PokemonSpeak is rendered in Blue and Yellow balloons reminisant of the Pokemon logo.



* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevelous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles.

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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevelous Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles.



* Many cartoons of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation the silent era]], such as WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, would use SpeechBubbles as opposed to the word cards usually seen in live action silent films.
** Lampshaded by Creator/WaltDisney in his first color television show, when he goes over how cartoons acted prior to the dawn of sound.
--->'''Walt:''' And as for sound...Well, if a character had something to say, he said it like this.
--->''[[MediumAwareness (he notices a bubble with what he just said written in it,]] [[PaintingTheMedium which he pops with a baton)]]''

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* Many cartoons of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation the silent era]], such as WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', would use SpeechBubbles as opposed to the word cards usually seen in live action live-action silent films.
**
films. Lampshaded by Creator/WaltDisney in his first color television show, when he goes over how cartoons acted prior to the dawn of sound.
--->'''Walt:''' -->'''Walt:''' And as for sound...sound... Well, if a character had something to say, he said it like this.
--->''[[MediumAwareness (he
this.\\
''[[[MediumAwareness he
notices a bubble with what he just said written in it,]] [[PaintingTheMedium which he pops with a baton)]]''baton]]]''




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* The use of [[HolyHalo Halos]] in Western religious art was, at least in part, to function as Speech Bubbles, putting the prayers of angels or famous Papal quotations as written text on the Halo itself.
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** Lampshaded by Creator/WaltDisney in his first color television show, when he goes over how cartoons acted prior to the dawn of sound.
--->'''Walt:''' And as for sound...Well, if a character had something to say, he said it like this.
--->''[[MediumAwareness (he notices a bubble with what he just said written in it,]] [[PaintingTheMedium which he pops with a baton)]]''
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