Showing and Telling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 10, 2018

Anyone who ever dabbled in creative writing or any sort of narrative work, had the phrase “show, don't tell” hammered into them. The sheer anxiety of being caught ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’ made us all think in terms I assume only exhibitionists do.

The truth though is, that sometimes ...

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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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On boredom and the slip into daydreams

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 16, 2018

In my day job, I am occasionally asked to attend events or webinars as part of professional development. Earlier this week I happened to be at one of these activities focussing on the future of artificial intelligence, which you would think would be a riveting topic for discussion. But soon ...

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It’s the Mileage

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 3, 2018

A discussion at twitter (you should be there! If you haven’t looked for @Drunkduck you should, add DD and you’ll be added back!) brought to my attention a very subtle but very aesthetically and narratively pleasing element that, when we take the time as artists to factor it ...

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The Origin Stories of Webcomics | Part 3

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 2, 2018

So here we are.

The final part.

The end of the journey.

Settle in kids because this is looooong. I’m going to get a bit real and it may be confronting for some people so I just want to warn you.

I was in my final year of university ...

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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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The Origin Stories of Webcomics | Part 2

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 26, 2018

Last week I decided to be indulgent and explain where I came from as a webcomic creator and this week I am finishing that story, at least up to where I am now. It was so lovely reading all your comments about your origins. It is very easy to look ...

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The Origin Stories of Webcomics | Part 1

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 19, 2018

For this week I decided to take a break from the usual topic of comic promotion and, instead, talk about something more personal. Every now and then I get asked how I got into webcomics and, as an inevitable follow up, where should they start. If you’ll indulge me ...

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The Turn

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 23, 2017

There are few scenes more dramatic, more alluring and more riveting than the moment when the one of the main characters of a story makes the Turn: the moment where they change their convictions- for better or worse.

If properly prepared, the Turn is an extremely cathartic and exciting moment ...

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The Dream Sequence

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 9, 2017

Kim Luster’s The Good Walker webcomic is what inspired me to write this newspost about dreams.
Depicting a character’s dreams in a story is a very powerful and useful tool! Especially when it comes to visual narratives, such as webcomics and movies, a dream sequence can communicate to ...

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