Let’s talk graphic conventions. I’m pretty happy with the English standards when it comes to thought bubbles and speed lines and word bubbles. However, I’m supremely jealous of the Japanese standard of making gutters black in flashback. As far as I can tell, American comics don’t observe this tradition, and instead have black gutters whenever the artist feels it is aesthetically pleasing (protip: it never is).
Well I gave up last night. My flashbacks weren’t clear enough, so now pages 1, 2 and this page have black gutters.
Readers familiar with Japanese comics will understand it instantly, and hopefully American readers will at least see something is different between the two scenes and intuit that it’s a flashback.
Are there any other graphic conventions that other countries use in comics and Americans don’t? I can’t think of any.