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QUACKCAST 422 - Positive promotion and controversial characters

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 16, 2019

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The entire gang comes together today for two topics that were taken from recent newsposts: Emma Clare's Positive self promotion, and Tantz Aerine's Handling Controversial Characters. First up we chat about why it's always a great idea to sell yourself positively, NOT be arrogant or douchey, but rather by talking enthusiastically about what you genuinely love about your work and using that REAL and SINCERE enthusiasm to infect others with your love of what you do. Emma was mainly talking about the way you introduce your comics to friends and family but it definitely applies more broadly to self promotion in general: Don't try and get sympathy through self depreciation (oh, it's not very good…), and don't be an arrogant ass (My stuff is AWESOME!), rather you should just be honest about what you love about it (This story was so FUN to write!).

There are exceptions. “READ HARKOVAST” become a great catchphrase for the author of that comic ;)

Next up we talk about Tantz's subject of handling controversial characters: Real controversial characters and established characters in fiction that have very different interpretations and views about them can be tricky to use in fiction. WHICH of the popular interpretations do you choose? - The one that says they were an insane dictator or the one that says they're a hero of their people? Whichever you do you'll have audience members who're angry about it in some way. Examples are characters like Jesus (comics linked bellow), and Mother Theresa. Jesus obviously means a lot of things to different people, there's around about 2000 years of culture focussed on him and people during the time he was meant to have lived would have regarded him very differently to the later worshippers. Mother Theresa during her lifetime was almost universally regarded as a living saint, her name was common shorthand for being extremely caring. After her death opinions changed and fractured desperately. To many she was either a monster, a scheming witch, or a stupid naive backwards woman who was used as a promotional tool. Which approach do you as a writer take?

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Featured comic:
Breached -

Featured music:
Tusk -, by Fallopiancrusader, rated T.


Positive promotion newspost by Emma Clare -
Controversial characters newspost by Tantz Aerine -

Holy Bible the Albino Ginger version -
Jesus 2016 -
Look who's back (movie) -

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
Banes -
Tantz Aerine -
Pit Face -
Ozoneocean -
kawaiidaigakusei -



Banes at 1:48PM, April 17, 2019

ShaRose - I’m kind of in that camp, too. I guess that’s the idea of freedom of speech - saying that speech we DON’T like should be allowed and protected.

Ozoneocean at 7:40AM, April 17, 2019

You can respect a religious figure but still be controversial. Artwork depicting Jesus with dark sort hair, a big nose, and dark skin, like a Jewish man would have looked like 2000 years ago still made people angry.

am8 at 4:23AM, April 17, 2019


Ozoneocean at 8:05PM, April 16, 2019

It's a complex subject/

ShaRose49 at 5:58PM, April 16, 2019

I disapprove of disrespecting religious figures, but freedom of speech should stand

Ozoneocean at 6:45AM, April 16, 2019

Knowing which way to depict them is hard... but even if it's just an established character like the Joker, which version of him do you use?

mks_monsters at 5:27AM, April 16, 2019

I have to admit that controversial stuff is not my cup of tea, but I just steer clear of it while keeping in mind what the writer intended. Especially if it is just a joke. I won’t always laugh, but I will not get offended either.

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