The Circle of Arcs

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 9, 2018



For this week, I wanted to begin a new series of articles inspired by the most recent podcast “JUST DO IT!”. Part way through our discussion, the topic of creating stories came up and I, quite clumsily, tried to explain the theory of narrative circles and arcs as told by ...

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The Chosen One’s Origin

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 2, 2017



One of the most prevalent motifs in fantasy, science fiction/ space operas and similar folklore style genres is that of the Chosen One- the one character (99% the main character/protagonist) that is destined to save the world from the big bad- the evil sorcerer, the overlord, the empire, the ...

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Political Comics

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 11, 2017



Considering that a lot of comics have politics embedded in their stories or worldbuilding or actively part of their characters’ parameters, what would constitute a political comic as opposed to a comic containing politics?

In my opinion and from the general descriptions of this budding genre, a political comic is ...



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Quackcast 347 - Psychopomps and Death Personified - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAWAII!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 7, 2017

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First up: Happy birthday to Kawaii! Happy 32nd birthday and 4 year of doing admin stuff on DD ^_^
We all love and respect you on DD XX

A psychopomp is a physical manifestation of death. These are of course impossible in reality since death is a process, not ...




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That Damn Amnesia

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2017



Amnesia is a very frequently used plot device in narrative works, especially in genres like romance or mystery or melodrama. It’s a perfect way to achieve either of the following (or all):
(a) Draw out a story that should have wrapped up already
(b) Reuse a character’s ‘naïve ...



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Storytelling styles through the ages

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 29, 2017



I was watching the 2015 series of Poldark the other day and I noticed something strange;
None of the characters have the moral grey areas and twists that we expect of characters in modern stories, where they behave one way but it turns out they were thinking the opposite all ...


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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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Grit --> Gore --> Gorn : When is it true to subject matter and when is it porn?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 5, 2017



We’ve heard it and experienced it many times: For a creator to make an impact, to truly etch his/her message in the brains of his/her audience when it comes to art, from novels to films to comics, imagery with a high shock value is employed or simulations ...

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Constructing Your Fantasy World Rigging

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 22, 2017



Every building needs a skeleton in place before building begins, so that the end product will be sound. It’s no different with fantasy world building: before you begin gathering and using your story’s bricks and mortar (= the research) you need to have the world’s skeleton, or rigging ...

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Quackcast 332 - The trouble with immortality

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 18, 2017

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In this Quast we talk about immortality, which is a common trope in literature. Who seeks immortality in stories? It's usually bad guys, and it usually has some sort of extreme price,catch or dark side, so much so that people actually believe that if immortality WAS real ...

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