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#1 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3810 posts) - - Show Bio

In general, writers are told to never use exclamation points, no matter how emotional the dialogue is. Yet in comics, most word bubbles are filled with exclamation points. Often when the dialogue isn't even emotional. I wonder what the reasoning is for the constant use of exclamation points.

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#2 Posted by Wolverine008 (51027 posts) - - Show Bio

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#3 Posted by SupBatz (2186 posts) - - Show Bio

Lets not forget the randomly bolded words, ridiculously annoying onomatopoeia usage, and frequently blocked out swear words ($#@*%).

All just little things that have been baked into comics for a very long time.

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#4 Edited by Jphu8414 (4044 posts) - - Show Bio

To emphasize things...like when you're telling somebody you're going to kill them...to DEATH!!!

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lol

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#5 Posted by Billy Batson (60686 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember Walt Simonson giving a reason:

One note about the routine use of exclamation marks in comics back in the day - I was told back when I asked about it myself that exclamation marks were used because the printing and the use of newsprint occasionally meant that a regular period didn't always print clearly, thus creating sentences that didn't end properly. The exclamation mark was more reliable. I don't know how true this is or how often periods didn't print with clarity, but I did have a sentence in one of my earlier issues of Thor print without an " 's " at the end of it, thereby completely reversing the meaning of the word balloon. This was corrected in the Omnibus, but I was pretty annoyed at the time.

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#6 Posted by BlackLegRaph (5305 posts) - - Show Bio

For Effect!!!!!!!!!

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#7 Posted by JediXMan (41962 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember Walt Simonson giving a reason:

One note about the routine use of exclamation marks in comics back in the day - I was told back when I asked about it myself that exclamation marks were used because the printing and the use of newsprint occasionally meant that a regular period didn't always print clearly, thus creating sentences that didn't end properly. The exclamation mark was more reliable. I don't know how true this is or how often periods didn't print with clarity, but I did have a sentence in one of my earlier issues of Thor print without an " 's " at the end of it, thereby completely reversing the meaning of the word balloon. This was corrected in the Omnibus, but I was pretty annoyed at the time.

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Interesting.

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#8 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

Because commas are boring!!!!

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#10 Posted by Wolfrazer (15838 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphu8414 said:

To emphasize things...like when you're telling somebody you're kill to them...to DEATH!!!

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lol

Best line ever lol!

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#11 Posted by Husk (462 posts) - - Show Bio

@manwhohaseverything:

Tradition.

in the early years of comic books periods would sometimes be skipped over by the printers, so an exclamation point would be more likely to survive the process, so Exclamation points replaced Periods as a more visible alternative.

Printing has become better, so they stick around mostly as a traditional stigma, but sometimes because the off brands aren't using super quality printing methods.

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#12 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3810 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember Walt Simonson giving a reason:

One note about the routine use of exclamation marks in comics back in the day - I was told back when I asked about it myself that exclamation marks were used because the printing and the use of newsprint occasionally meant that a regular period didn't always print clearly, thus creating sentences that didn't end properly. The exclamation mark was more reliable. I don't know how true this is or how often periods didn't print with clarity, but I did have a sentence in one of my earlier issues of Thor print without an " 's " at the end of it, thereby completely reversing the meaning of the word balloon. This was corrected in the Omnibus, but I was pretty annoyed at the time.

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@husk said:

@manwhohaseverything:

Tradition.

in the early years of comic books periods would sometimes be skipped over by the printers, so an exclamation point would be more likely to survive the process, so Exclamation points replaced Periods as a more visible alternative.

Printing has become better, so they stick around mostly as a traditional stigma, but sometimes because the off brands aren't using super quality printing methods.

Interesting. I wonder if they stopped using them, if the average comic fan would feel something was missing, or was different. Thanks for the replies, and to @jphu8414 for the comic relief. I mean, comic relief!!!

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#13 Posted by DCrunstheShow (61 posts) - - Show Bio

why do batman comics (or does DC do it in general) bold random words?

the exclamation points I understand, it adds excitement, style. But the bolded words make no sense. "thanks for the food Alfred. It tasted good"

i made that quote up but that's basically what they do. wtf?

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#14 Edited by FearTheLiving (8837 posts) - - Show Bio

@billy_batson said:

I remember Walt Simonson giving a reason:

One note about the routine use of exclamation marks in comics back in the day - I was told back when I asked about it myself that exclamation marks were used because the printing and the use of newsprint occasionally meant that a regular period didn't always print clearly, thus creating sentences that didn't end properly. The exclamation mark was more reliable. I don't know how true this is or how often periods didn't print with clarity, but I did have a sentence in one of my earlier issues of Thor print without an " 's " at the end of it, thereby completely reversing the meaning of the word balloon. This was corrected in the Omnibus, but I was pretty annoyed at the time.

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While reading some Silver Age Marvel, one of the mail bag questions was this and this was essentially the answer.

SIDE NOTE: George R. R. Martin wrote to Fantastic Four and has a few published in the book. Thought I was making a huge discovery until I looked it up online and it was already known...

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#15 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember Walt Simonson giving a reason:

One note about the routine use of exclamation marks in comics back in the day - I was told back when I asked about it myself that exclamation marks were used because the printing and the use of newsprint occasionally meant that a regular period didn't always print clearly, thus creating sentences that didn't end properly. The exclamation mark was more reliable. I don't know how true this is or how often periods didn't print with clarity, but I did have a sentence in one of my earlier issues of Thor print without an " 's " at the end of it, thereby completely reversing the meaning of the word balloon. This was corrected in the Omnibus, but I was pretty annoyed at the time.

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Very cool to know.

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#17 Posted by DarthAznable (16928 posts) - - Show Bio

I just hate that they block cuss words. Damn you children!!!!!