Since the early days when I was drawing, my cartoons had dialogues in the balloons, as usual in comics. Later, in magazines such as “La Settimana Enigmistica”, I discovered that the cartoons had the text in a caption.
But for me it was natural drawing them with the classic comic bubble, because it gave me the idea of a more dynamic scene, not static. Or, maybe, I was brought to put the lettering in the balloons and not in a caption because, reading the Mickey Mouse comics, I did not consider other ways.
The balloons in the cartoons
I remember that in a school book, when I was in middle school, there were some satirical cartoons of past centuries. Balloons seemed to come straight out of the characters’ mouths.
This is the meaning of the speech bubble in the comics: it symbolizes the breath, within which the voice expands in the air.
When I use the comics bubbles in my cartoons
Generally, I draw my cartoons using balloons, deciding each time whether to use hand lettering or insert it with Photoshop.