As a few of you may know, I work with my partner,
on a web comic called Soldier. The comic resides at her dA page, and someone asked recently for help on speech bubbles.
In response, I have created this tutorial, outlining my process in Illustrator for putting those bubbles together. This is not the only way to achieve these results- it's just the way I've been doing it.
If you have recommendations that might save time or improve the process or results, fire away.
The panel used to demo the technique is from Soldier, and is (c) Moonsongwolf, since she was the last person to touch it. (you're it!)