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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Nemesis

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2017



Just the name inspires awe, a level of attention and gravity. Because it was a name before it became a noun: she was the ancient Greek goddess of revenge and retribution against those who committed any kind of hubris.

In stories though, a character that takes the position of nemesis ...



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Quackcast 305 - Chekhov's phaser

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 10, 2017

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Chekhov's gun is the principal (as I understand it), that if you have some item, fact or piece of information introduced into your story that you draw specific attention to, then you'd better use it some how later on in your story. The simplest example is a ...

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Chekhov's Gun

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 7, 2017



To me this is one of the most fascinating elements of storytelling. The idea behind Chekhov’s Gun is to employ parsimony in the information comprising a plot and content: If something isn’t essential to the story, just don’t include it. Little by little, it became more “if ...

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Quackcast 304 - eeeeeevil!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 3, 2017

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What defines evil in fiction?
I say the simplest one is bad guys are selfish, good guys are selfless.
That is massively over simplistic but it's a good easy template for basic hero's and villains. Basic ones
I was just doing a quick thought experiment to work ...




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Beginnings

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 31, 2016



Happy New Year’s Eve!
Thinking about the new year that is just about to begin, I thought to talk about beginnings in stories, and especially in webcomics.

How a story begins, the very first pages of it, are key for catching the audience’s attention and keeping it. The ...




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Quackcast 303 - Christmascast

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 27, 2016

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Art by Tantz Aerine

It's Christmas time again… well at least it was two days ago when we recorded he cast. Today's Quackcast is a rambling christmas discussion of various things that take our fancy like the Secret Santa gift thread (linked down bellow), and the amazing ...


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A Fate Worse Than Death

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 24, 2016


part of the painting “The last days of Messolonghi” by François-Émile de Lansac

First things first- Happy Holidays everyone!

In all types of creative writing and artwork, and definitely in webcomics we always talk about the ultimate stakes in the game- death. Death is absolute and irreversible (except when it ...




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Quackcast 302 - the agendacast

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 20, 2016

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Art by Ozoneocean

Today we talk about works of pop-culture that have an obvious political agenda, so obvious that t not only gets in the way of the entertainment but also dictates to the audience without letting them have a chance to come to their own conclusions: forcing you ...


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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 17, 2016



So this quote that, according to Google, is attributed to Picasso, popped up in my facebook feed, and now I want to talk about it.

At first I thought to make the newspost about plagiarism vs. inspiration, but it sounded something self explanatory, especially in a community of comic artists ...



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