Stu Versus San Francisco, Part 26
Original Release Date: January 6, 2009
I tried to use a shade of gray on Mike and Renee's dialogue to indicate that they were whispering, but it's more or less noticeable depending on your individual screen. In print, it's not really noticeable at all. The traditional method of indicating a whisper in comics is to make the outline of the word balloon dotted or dashed. I thought my idea was better, but it turns out it's too dependent on individual computer screens, as well as print quality. In other words, I shouldn't have tried to fix what wasn't broken!
Of course, since Gary and Tiffany are sharing something of a tender moment, they immediately have to remind us they're evil by leaving to inspect an evil ice cream maker. Hey, when you're evil and things aren't quite going right, what better way to feel better than evil ice cream?
In the second-to-last panel, I use a really subtle visual cue to indicate that Mike and Renee have just thought of the same thing at the same time--their pupils get small. I do this a lot to indicate realization or fear, and in other situations. It says a lot without having to explain anything.