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Saturday, June 12, 2021 

Sound effects on the panels

The Conversation's written about the use of sound effect words in what's otherwise a silent medium, including the words employed when Spider-Man shoots his webbing, and Wolverine takes out his claws. The topic is an interesting one, but the article is ruined when they inject a most entirely unnecessary example:
In My Friend Dahmer, created by a school friend of the infamous serial killer, the protagonist is seen carrying a dead cat on his way home by a group of kids. Comics creator John “Derf” Backderf applies bigger-bold words in one of the kids’ speech balloon to emphasise the shouting and surprise of onlookers.
I can't believe they're spoiling this all for the sake of including the work of a left-wing propagandist. Worst, the word "protagonist" does not suit the subject of a person was, quite the opposite, an antagonist. Why, it all demonstrates what's gone wrong with comics coverage today as much as with writing and illustration: too many politically motivated items, to say nothing of an over-focus on darkness and depression.

So again, the study of sound-effect words in the panels is a good one, but if these kind of divisive subjects are injected into the article, it sullies the whole topic.

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