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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:09 am 
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Schlock Mercenary uses a comics convention of having a small star/asterisk next to a character's face to indicate the emotion of surprise.

I've not seen this in any other comic. Is it something unique to Schlock Mercenary?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:24 am 
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onigame wrote:
Schlock Mercenary uses a comics convention of having a small star/asterisk next to a character's face to indicate the emotion of surprise.

I've not seen this in any other comic. Is it something unique to Schlock Mercenary?

I think it was used in a few comics in the 1990's? I've seen it off and on, I think the latest was in Girl Genius where the baron of Paris was ceremonially stabbed in the back.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:45 am 
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grahamf wrote:
onigame wrote:
Schlock Mercenary uses a comics convention of having a small star/asterisk next to a character's face to indicate the emotion of surprise.

I've not seen this in any other comic. Is it something unique to Schlock Mercenary?

I think it was used in a few comics in the 1990's? I've seen it off and on, I think the latest was in Girl Genius where the baron of Paris was ceremonially stabbed in the back.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:09 am 
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I'm pretty sure it's supposed to represent being rendered speechless.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:52 pm 
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It's not unique . . . this usage comes and goes, though there's some variation in the shape of the star/asterisk, and whether it's in a speech balloon or not.

And yes, it usually indicates being nonplussed into speechlessness.

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