Speech Bub­ble Ba­sics

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Ja­panese peo­ple tra­di­tion­ally read top-to-bot­tom and then right-to-left. To ac­com­mo­date this, manga speech bub­bles are much taller than in Western comics. They’re also roomy, with lots of space around the let­ter­ing. An­other key fea­ture are tails de­not­ing the speaker are ei­ther very small or non-ex­is­tent. Rather than re­ly­ing on tails, the speech bub­bles are po­si­tioned near the speaker’s head – use those cam­era an­gles wisely! Ja­panese di­a­logue also tends to makes it clear who’s speak­ing, due to spe­cial verb end­ings and slang.

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