Thursday, February 03, 2011

Graphic Onomatopoeia

I'm still musing over Sound in Comics.
Onomatopoeia is an overly fancy word for a word that imitates the literal sound it is describing: like "Boom" or "buzz".
So when comics artists make graphic images out of onomatopoetic words, is there a fancy word for that?

And what if the artists is making a graphic onomatopoetic double entendre (something with a fully intended, but thinly veiled naughty or subversive meaning)?  Do we need a word for that?
Like the image above.  The doorbell just rang "Bong", yet the placement of the smoke makes you wonder what kind of "Bong" just got hit by Wong and the good doctor?  Hope it's not the cops at the door.
Echoes: Stephen Strange and Wong from "The Mystic Hands of Dr. Strange #1" Marvel Comics.
Drawn by Frank Brunner

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