Thought balloons! OMG!on May 27, 2008 at 12:00 am
Yes… * shudder*… the latest Twilight Lady tale, “Peace Time”, utilizes this much-maligned storytelling device.
Sometime in the 90s, it became “uncool” in mainstream comics to use thought balloons, a traditional method of offering the reader a glimpse into the mind of a character.
I’ve always wondered why. The quirks and conventions that make the medium unique should be celebrated, not frowned upon… and certainly not phased out in favor of a “more cinematic” approach.
One of the dangers of such a trend is that comics could eventually become, if they haven’t already, a mere vehicle for wannabe screenwriters.
Personally, I’ve always loved that in comics you are privy to a character’s inner world, their thoughts and hidden feelings, in a way that is impossible to capture in any other visual medium.