Mundane Tasks

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 27, 2018



Have you noticed that it’s very rarely that in a webcomic (or any narrative work) there’s a category of tasks or activities that people do very often in real life, but extremely rarely in stories?

Watching TV, being on the computer (when NOT being a hacker or doing ...



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How Much is Just Right when it Comes to Shock Value?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 12, 2017



Having decided that shock value is needed in your comic and you must scare, disgust or generally traumatize your audience in some way in order to get the emotional reaction to serve your theme and your subject matter, how do you decide when and where to draw the line? (note ...

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An Attractive Fantasy

Banes at 12:00AM, July 6, 2017

There are several ways to make a series interesting. I've been working on a new one for the past few months and endeavoring to make it something people will be compelled to read (or watch, if it ends up being animated).

To hook people in, you know? How does ...

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COMEDY - part two - Creating Comedic Characters

Banes at 12:00AM, April 20, 2017



Last week I looked at a theory of the “comedy premise” that has to do with crossing the mundane with the unusual.

Here's that post:

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/apr/12/comedy-part-one-the-premise/

This week: Creating Comedic Characters!

Using the same principle as the “premise” creation, we can ...









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Dialogue is a Paintbrush

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 11, 2017



In any work of art where storytelling is concerned, dialogue (should) play a central part. The relatability of the characters hinges on how they behave, and a lot of that behavior is verbal, especially in movies, theatre and comics (but also books. And everything else.)

So how do we create ...



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Adapting Myth to Modernity (part 1)

Tantz_Aerine at 5:03AM, Feb. 11, 2017



In a chat where we were discussing our comics, Pit-Face told me that if Bones from Putrid Meat is Odysseus, then Blitzov from Epic of Blitzov is Gilgamesh. And that very solid analogy of the two characters’ function in her stories, got me thinking about how myth of all sorts ...

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Quackcast 306 - Culture club

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 17, 2017

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Patriotism, flags, nationalism, religion, politics, national symbols hijacked by racists! These are some of the unique aspects of our cultural identity and national differences we chat about on this quackcast. I was inspired by HippieVan's newspost on Friday (about Cultural identity and how it defines our writing), to ...

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The Journey Home

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 21, 2016



I found myself at a crossroads two weeks ago where I felt that my mind and my heart were in two separate places. I would carry on the same routine for months, following the motions of getting to work, performing a mundane task, and then driving home with heavy eyelids ...

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"What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye"

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 15, 2016


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince (2015)

When I was very young, my mom had placed a series of book collections on the headboard of my bed before I learned how to read or developed any interest in books. Among the titles, nestled between C.S. Lewis' Narnia series ...


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Quackcast 280 - Ruts and Dreams

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 19, 2016

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Art by Ozoneocean

For THIS particular DD Quackcast we were inspired by clever and incisive newsposts made by Pitface and Kawaii. Kawaii made a great post about the idea of going for your dreams before it's too late, using the Paradise Falls trip from the movie UP as ...


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