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    Senior Member Hamachi's Avatar
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    Hrm. Oddly enough the English language is really limited to gunshot sounds for some reason. Krack might work as in the crack of a gunshot, but it mostly works only with a single shot. Also, if you said "Crack" you might confuse readers into thinking something was getting broken... you could try POP but that sounds way too wimpy. I think you might be pretty limited in this area.

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    What if I say Pugfh! ? xD or Thag! ?

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    Pugfh might not work, lol. I know exactly what you're going for though. Thok might be a good sound for the bullets hitting something. Hmm... maybe something like Kshh might work? That might work as a single shot, or from far away when the sound echoes start blurring the noise. When there' s a lot of percussion-like sounds in comics I've noticed that a lot of times artists would just put in consonants while leaving out the vowels. But Thag does sound unique, at least maybe for a single shot.

    That being said, I think using Blam is your best, at least with lots of shots, because it keeps the most meaning when repeated a lot. (Try saying "duck" twenty times and see if it means much to you at the end haha... this gets worse with words without any meaning) Ultimately half the effect is the word choice and the other half the artwork put into the lettering, so if you do a good job with lettering it still might look pretty good.

    Also the sounds you hear will obviously depend on the view on whatever you're drawing. For example, if it was zoomed up with the revolver as the closest object to you, you'd definitely hear it clicking as it rotated. If you're close enough for a full-body shot as the shells hit the ground you'd almost always expect to see little clink sounds drawn around them, while if your POV was a bit further off you just might hear the gunshots. If you were really far off you'd hear the gunshot(s) echoing; something like CRAA~CK.
    Last edited by Hamachi; 02-13-2011 at 12:51 AM.

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    yeah I was thinking the same (like sticking with Blam, but doing the art work in a credible way).

    Still for my Blam sounds like 2 pans hitting each other.

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