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QUACKCAST 502 - Definitive character moments!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 27, 2020

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What is the most definitive version of your character? Where does it pop up in your comic? What part of your work most defines your main character and why? What about TV, movie, comic, and story characters?

For example, Pinky from my OWN comic, Pinky TA, is best characterised by her version in Chapter 6. Looks-wise the prime Pinky is the original from the first couple of pages of Chapter 1, but the version in Chapter 6 is best defined in her thinking and attitude due to her direct interactions with other characters.
One of my fave characters in the media is Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, her first debut was her manga and then the excellent 1990s movie… but personally I feel the definitive version of her is in the TV series Stand Alone Complex. That best defined her look, taking the best from the manga and the film, as well as defining her as a thinking and feeling character and the leader of her team within section 9. If someone were to ask me how to get into Ghost in the Shell I'd direct them right to that series.

And THAT is what we're taking about in this Quackcast. :)
Please share your own prime versions of your characters or ones from TV and other sources.

The musical feature this week that Gunwallace has given us is theme to Small Gods. It's classical, melenholly and stately. The cello sings us in and the rhythm guides us. The music layers and builds upon itself, crafting a stately pile. Hints of chaos flash through as the theme continues… then all of a sudden it comes crashing down with a clash of cymbals!

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Featured Music:
Small Gods -, by Boy Phaff, rated T.

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Ozoneocean at 1:13AM, Oct. 28, 2020

Structure in contrast to comic story?

PaulEberhardt at 11:16PM, Oct. 27, 2020

Since I only have episodes from a single panel to one or two large pages I could probably locate these character moments very precisely if I take some time. One or two candidates come to my mind right now, and with me it's always more or less in the panel with the punchline or close to it. That's possibly because of the structure in contrast to that of a story comic (although I've known graphic-novel-like webcomics where each update revolves around some main gag as well - could be an interesting topic on its own).

cdmalcolm1 at 3:41PM, Oct. 27, 2020

I never thought about it. Would that be an arc or something else? If I have to choose a point it would be when she first reviled herself to the world. As a sin she always stayed in the shadows of men and women making them addicted to their vices. Knowing her. She got bored of staying in the shadows. Once that happens, she shows herself and just went on a rampage while feeding off the vices of human kind. Once she loses her memories, she has to start anew in another universe. This version of her is a much nicer person. Her peek in this version would have to be when she fights her alternate version of herself. They both push each other to the limit where both of them blew each other away. When that happened, it created a worldwide threatening tsunami. Other superheroes from around the world, had to scramble to stop these massive waves from hitting shores. These are points so far that she is at her best.

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