Nothing Under the Sun

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 22, 2018



A friend of mine, many years ago, showed me a cartoon that was fascinating, funny, and horrifying. In my memory, it was the first anime I'd ever seen. I'd forgotten most of it over the years, and would try to find it once every so often, without knowing ...

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Before the Beginning

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 14, 2017



One of the great things about the original Star Wars movies was the strong sense of a grand, adventurous, and terrible history before the movie started. So much is hinted at through Obi Wan Kenobi about the Jedi Knights, Anakin Skywalker, great friendships, laser swords, and terrible war and loss ...

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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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Writing a Scene and the Hobbling of IMDB

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 9, 2017



I was actually asked some writing questions the other day. Who the deuce would ask ME for advice? But I happened to have a little.


Here are some thoughts on writing that smallest unit of a story: the scene (reprise):


First off, what is a scene? What defines it?

It ...









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Before the Beginning

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 3, 2016



One of the great things about the original Star Wars movies was the strong sense of a grand, adventurous, and terrible history before the movie started. So much is hinted at through Obi Wan Kenobi about the Jedi Knights, Anakin Skywalker, great friendships, laser swords, and terrible war and loss ...

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What are Your Influences, part 2

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 12, 2015



It was great to read about the various influences on people's comics last week. I don't know if this topic called for a second part, er, so here it is!

Once again, these are the major influences I've identified for my current comic, Typical Strange. They stretch ...



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Originality...?

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 17, 2015



A friend of mine, many years ago, showed me a cartoon that was fascinating, funny, and horrifying. In my memory, it was the first anime I'd ever seen. I'd forgotten most of it over the years, and would try to find it once every so often, without knowing ...

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WRITING A SCENE

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 13, 2015



Here are some thoughts on writing that smallest unit of a story: the scene.


First off, what is a scene? What defines it?

It's Change.

Something changes between the beginning and end of a scene.

Here's a way to write one if you're stuck. These are the ...










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An Ode to Sidekicks

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 17, 2014



I have been slowly lamenting over the end of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson ever since he announced that he was stepping down from hosting late night television in April. Needless to say, the jokes from his show have been a welcome distraction from the daily grind and ...

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Halloween 2014 Masquerade Mash: An Original Comic Character and Costume Challenge (Answers Revealed)

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 3, 2014



The October season has come and gone. Candy is on sale, pumpkins are discounted, it is daylight savings time (Fall back) across most of North America, and I hear it already started to snow in some places. To say the last few days have been exhausting would be a gross ...

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