Karen: I miss thought balloons. And narrative boxes.
These are two tools of the comics trade which have gone out of fashion. Today's writers seem to prefer using only dialog to get their stories across. But why? Thought balloons and captions were perfectly legitimate methods of advancing a story. The most obvious reason for their abandonment is that comics are trying to move closer to films in format, and films only have dialog (typically). But that's ridiculous. A comic is not a movie. Each does certain things well, but there's no reason a comic should emulate the methods of film. Most books have both dialog and narrative -does anyone ever complain about that?
Karen: What are your thoughts regarding this change in comics? Do you miss thought balloons?
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