Monday, June 20, 2011

Did you know that comics did this?!

Comics often uses a question mark followed by an exclamation mark to show the "excitement" of the question. Such as this panel from Spider-Man...


Maybe comics could start combining other punctuation marks to better explain an emotion, such as combining a period and exclamation mark to show mediocre excitement.

6 comments:

Miguel and the Detroit Wolverines said...

the question mark/exclamation is known as an "interrobang"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang

Kerry Callen said...

I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing.

Richard Bensam said...

I don't think I've ever seen .! used, but ...! and ...? are both fairly common ways of indicating speechlessness. The first could be interpreted as being stunned; the second as being more puzzled. And if you add either one to the end of a statement, it connotes trailing off in a meaningful way. If you see what I mean...?

Warren Ludwig said...

And here are other some nifty ways to express your feelings with punctuation:

:•) mildy amused clown

:•D really happy clown

:•{ queasy clown

Anthony Vukojevich said...

If you ever read Steve Englehart's West Cost Avengers, you will notice that EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE ends with an EXCLAMATION POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


really!

Scott Haley said...

In the old days, comics were printed cheaply on cheap paper, and periods often just vanished. Guys like Jack Kirby never ended a sentence with a period. They used question marks, exclamation points, and ellipses... It made the dialogue exciting!