I'm working on my first comic and I'm not sure if I should make the panel/bubble lines faded or sharp. The story is very romantic, sad, and magical, but I fear that since the images are already faded, if the lines and bubbles are faded as well it might be hard to follow along. Then again, it may add to the dreamy-like effect. What do you guys prefer? Btw, you can critique the art as well.
I also have this one where the lines are sharp-ish but the bubbles aren't.
I prefer the last one. The first one is fine too but in the long term might lose some consistence. It feels very dreamy, or flashback-y. As the previous poster said, the full bubbles are kinda jarring.
Out of curiosity, have you tried using sharp text and bubbles but of a lighter shade than black? The strong black *really* jumps out but I'm wondering if a grey tone in solider lines might blend better and retain readability both.
That most recent one looks pretty brilliant. I think you could loosen the boxes a little more still if you want it to feel more 'floating' for the magical and romantic you're going for. The text looks best in that last by far. :)
Did you plan on needing to alter borders for anything? Like, for example, do you have flashbacks planned? 'Cause as someone said, it has that feeling of a memory already. I'm curious how you'd distinguish between the flashback and the normal style, but I bet it can be done.
Perhaps, in addition to up-sizing the font to make it more visible, the text bubbles could be sized and shaped according to the text therein. This serves several purposes, most notably that it will obscure less of the background artwork.