"My dad did his script for American Vampire, and he showed it to me, and I didn't have a lot to tell him, but the one thing I did have to say was, 'Dad, they don't use thought balloons any more.' And he was shocked, he was scandalized, he couldn't understand why you don't use thought balloons. And I'm like, 'I don't know, it just doesn't look cool any more.' [...] But I don't know, maybe it's time for thought balloons to come back. If surf rock can rise again, surely there's room for thought balloons. [...] The problem is thought balloons have always been used expositionally. It's always like, 'My God, if I don't turn off the tractor beam, the alien Zurg ...' or whatever it is, and it's just like, 'Uh, no one thinks this.' If the thought balloons were like, Reed Richards, like, looking at Dark Phoenix and she's in the Dark Phoenix thong or whatever and the thought balloon was like, 'Man, I'd like to do her,' that would be fresh."
-- Locke & Key writer Joe Hill, bestselling author and son of Stephen King,talking with CBR TV at WonderCon about, well, thought balloons