Although the exact details were not necessarily set when the first volume was published, Girl Genius, like many modern comics, uses different specific fonts and outline shapes in speech bubbles (also known as word balloons: the large white shapes with writing on them that indicates what the characters are supposedly saying; a source of amusement to some, especially on pages where the characters' other pneumatic bits are not depicted) to indicate different types of speech.
Speech types in Girl GeniusEdit
In the first volume, lettering with letters of irregular size was used to indicate the voice of a Spark in the active state.
Comicraft is credited as the source for most of the fonts used in the creation of the Girl Genius comic.
In the second and subsequent volumes:
- The Comicraft font Spookytooth was used for utterances made by Sparks in the , as well as other speeches by characters who were angry or who were imitating a Spark;
- The standard (unshifted) characters from the Comicraft font GrimlyFiendish were used for dialogue by the Geisterdamen when .
Thought bubbles, which have the outline of a mass of air bubbles or a cumulus cloud, represent a character's unspoken thoughts. They are used only rarely in Girl Genius. This is slightly inconsistent with the work's limited (i.e., not omniscient) point of view as discussed in the article on the "canon".
From their scarcity, it would be reasonable to conclude that the artist prefers to convey information through pictures and dialogue, but sometimes finds a thought bubble necessary to convey a character's mental state. Either that, or they just appear when having one would be funnier.
Speculators find thought bubbles particularly useful because characters who might prevaricate in a speech bubble would have no motivation to do so in a thought bubble.