Talking About Speech Balloons: Other Balloon Shapes

Part 5 of 7

Round-shaped or rectangular-shaped speech balloon designs are the most commonly used but there are many other shapes that can be utilized to portray emotions or characteristics of message delivery. In the fifth part of the speech balloons series, different speech bubble shapes is discussed. Here are several examples of different balloon shapes.

Angry Speech Balloon

An angry speech balloon is displayed with a fiery appearance to express the heated anger a character is feeling.

An example of an angry fiery speech balloon.
An example of an angry fiery speech balloon.

Announcement Speech Balloon

An announcement speech balloon indicates a proclamation. It is shaped like a scroll or a formal document.

An example of a scroll speech balloon.
An example of a scroll speech balloon.

Broadcast Speech Balloon

A broadcast speech balloon typically has jagged or lightning bolt tails and a square or jagged outline. They indicate the speaker is communicating via electronic device, like a radio or television. The dialogue is sometimes italicized.

An example of a broadcast speech balloon.
An example of a broadcast speech balloon.

Icicle Speech Balloon

An icicle speech balloon has icicles handing off of it to indicate a cold attitude or chilly atmospheric temperature.

An example of an icicle speech balloon.
An example of an icicle speech balloon .

Monster Speech Balloon

A monster speech balloon has slime or blood dripping off it. They are usually spoken by a scary creature.

Example of a monster speech balloon.
Example of a monster speech balloon.

Uneasy or Wobbly Speech Balloon

An uneasy or wobbly speech balloon has shaky lines indicating a character is unsure, feeble, queasy, sick, baby talking, singing, or drunk. The words inside the balloon are usually wobbly too.

An example of an uneasy speech balloon.
An example of an uneasy speech balloon.

Shout/Scream Speech Balloon

A scream speech balloon indicates a character is shouting. They typically have a jagged outline with a thicker line. The text is usually larger and bolder than other speech.

Whisper Speech Balloon

A whisper speech balloon is usually conveyed with a dotted outline or an unsteady shape. The font is usually smaller than other text, and the lettering is usually lighter in color to indicate the speech is softer.

Examples of a scream and a whisper speech balloon.
Examples of a scream and a whisper speech balloon.

Next time: Thought Balloons (Part 7 of 8) will be discussed.

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