BLAMBOT, a very interesting site for comic-book grammar and traditions, offers a nice review of typographic conventions in comic-book lettering. There have been increasingly interesting design changes in comic book conventions as comic books, or rather, the graphic novel, has mushroomed in popularity. We thought the one above, concerning how to affect a whisper, was worth a post.
WHISPERING: Traditionally, whispered dialogue is indicated by a balloon with a dashed stroke. More recently accepted options are a balloon and dialogue in a muted tone (grayed-out), or with a lowercase font in conjunction with small dialogue/big balloon. Italics are a possibility as well.
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