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Glossary
« on: May 25, 2017, 08:34:18 AM »
Page layout
Panel
Also known as: Panel, frame, box
A single drawing on a page. Often (but not necessarily) contained within an outline, the shapes of panels can be used as a narrative device, to show actions, flashbacks or dream sequences, or to manipulate pacing.
Gutter
The space between panels. This area might be coloured to denote events happening in a different time, to evoke a particular emotion, or to group panels together.
Tier
A single row of panels
Splash
Also known as: Splash page
A full-page illustration, often used for high-impact scenes, establishing a setting, chapter headings, and opening or closing scenes.
Spread
An image that spans more than one page. Two-page spreads are common, but three- or four-page spreads are possible with the use of fold-out pages.



Elements
Speech bubble
Also known as: Speech balloon, word bubble, word balloon
A container for dialogue, often with an indicator (pointer, or tail) leading to the character doing the speaking. Speech bubbles can be shaped to indicate the tone of voice (eg: spiked for shouting, hanging icicles for disdain).
Thought balloon
Also known as: Thought bubble
A container for thought or unvoiced speech.
Caption
A container for narration, thought or speech, often used to set the scene. Notably used in Deadpool, to show an internal dialogue between different facets of the main character’s personality.
Sound effects
Also known as: Onomatopoeia
Words that indicate non-verbal noises, and add emphasis to action.



Concepts
Closure
Performed by the reader; the mental act of combining panels and background information into a sequence of events
Encapsulation
The act presenting selected key moments in a story in such a way that allows the viewer to connect them into a coherent narrative. Encapsulation is a technique exclusive to comic creation.



Job titles
Cartoonist
Also known as: comic strip creator, creator
A person who does all, or most, of the artwork for a comic. A cartoonist may also write the comic.
Writer
Also known as: scripter, plotter or author
Writes the script, including action and dialogue. Writers convey this to the artist in various ways, from a formal script through to thumbnails.
Artist roles
  • Penciller
    Does the underlying pencil work, designs the page layout and panel placement
  • Inker
    Also known as: finisher
    Inks the pencil sketch, creating a high-contrast image, suitable for reproduction. An inker may adjust the underlying pencil sketch to improve the appearance of the ink work.
  • Colourist
    Colours the inks, adding texture, highlights and lighting effects.
  • Flatter
    Adds flat colours, as part of a digital workflow. Flat colours can be selected by the colorist, to speed up their workflow.
Letterer
Places and fills the speech bubbles. Western comics are frequently hand-lettered, allowing for variation in weight,size and font to create mood or emphasis.
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