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You want to introduce the action from someone's point of view, but [[WallOfText walls of text]] are often a good way to lose readers in the typographic flood. Rather, some authors choose to employ a method for showing the action as it's being told (or thought about), by enclosing the relevant comic panels inside the [[SpeechBubble speech or thought bubble]].

Speaking in Panels doesn't require that the entire narrative be laid out definitively, though that's certainly an option. Some authors may instead decide to show only specific key parts of the story and allow their readers' imaginations to take over between the panels.

Distinct from the RebusBubble in that Speaking in Panels actually includes full comic panels that show or imply a narrative, while Rebus Bubbles are more simply icons and/or equations to indicate a line of reasoning or thought process.

Compare PictorialSpeechBubble, SeparateSceneStorytelling. Subtrope of {{Flashback}}.



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* There are some flashback scenes in early ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' where a character's thought or sending (telepathy) bubbles occupy entire pages.
* Used in ''Tamara Drew''. We see a scene and then this device shows us Tamara is remembering and thinking over these events


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Happens in ''Webcomic/NeverMindTheGap'' when Gretel recounts her last encounter with Miwa.
* Occurs once in ''Webcomic/QuestionDuck'' on [[http://questionduck.smackjeeves.com/comics/1394051/278/ this page]].
* ''Webcomic/StupidFox'' uses this on [[http://stupidfox.net/27 page 27]].
* ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'' does this all the time, especially as a way of showing people's thoughts.
* All the time in ''Webcomic/TodayNothingHappened'', starting on [[http://www.todaynothinghappened.com/index.php?c=2 the second page]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'':
** Shows what a cat is dreaming in [[http://xkcd.com/729/ this]] strip.
** Is used for an ImagineSpot in "[[http://xkcd.com/429/ Fantasy]]".
** "[[http://xkcd.com/817/ Mutual]]" has an infinite loop of this.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Sarah has [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-20 a fantasy]] of what the MagiTek transformation watch Nanase's wearing might do to her.