Comic Art Terms – Word Balloons
Word Balloons are a graphic convention used most commonly in comic books and comic strips to be understood as representing the speech of a given character in the comic.
Word Balloons are elliptical with a pointer to indicate who is talking, although those used to represent screaming or anger tend to be spiky, and square boxes have been used to represent dialogue spoken by robots or computers. Whispers are usually represented by balloons made up of broken lines. Surprised thoughts in Japanese Manga are usually round and tend to spike out. Balloons such as radio, or TV, may be represtented by a spiked balloon. Certain creators are particularly renowned for their inventiveness with the format of the balloon.