Let's say the flashback flashes in the protagonist's mind, what can you do besides graying the gutters, or graying the panels, or making the borders fuzzy? Is there a way to make it clear where the end and beginning is, and convey that the thoughts are violently flashing inside the mind of the protagonist? I couldn't find anything beside what's explained in the video.

  • "graying the gutters, or graying the panels, or making the borders fuzzy" - you listed three ways to do it already...I'm curious why none of these three work for you
    – levininja
    Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 22:21

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It depends on the length. If it is an extremely long flashback, then you would want to use a new chapter that begins with italics. For example:

Chapter Two

Fifteen years ago:
I stood above the bodies of my parents, the room filled with a red haze.

Another way, if the flashback is short is to just use italics in a new paragraph. For example:

I looked around the apartment and saw that is was similar to a place that I had lived before.

"Jerry! Jerry!" My mom called out as she came out of the kitchen from our small one bedroom apartment

  • The question is tagged "comics". Is your answer about comics or regular novel writing? (Also, please don't use code syntax.)
    – Laurel
    Commented Jun 20, 2022 at 2:33

The simplest way is to label them. "Fifteen years ago." "Current day." etc.

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