Pure Evil

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 20, 2019



I've talked about villains before and how they can be very nuanced in their motivations (without those motivations being redeeming) but today, thanks to Emma Clare's Friday post, I became inspired to talk about abject, absolute, abominable villainy! The twirling mustache type, the one that is so pure ...

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Villains you love to hate

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 19, 2019



One of the best types of villains are those that you love to hate. Despite how much you would love for them to shuffle off the mortal coil, they continue to captivate you with their malice and determination and you know that when they do leave the plot, whether deserved ...

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Emotional Impact

Amelius at 1:10PM, April 14, 2019



Have you ever read something and it gave you the “feels?” Something that was so intense that you couldn't help but feel the emotional truth of a fictional moment in time? In many ways that is the highest form of our art, and possibly any art; to communicate an ...

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Handling Controversial Historical Characters

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 13, 2019


image by Ben Burgraff

When writing a historical fiction, it's very likely that you will need to include some actual historical personalities along with your historically-adept yet fictional cast.

Depicting a historical character is hard enough when there's a general consensus among historians and popular belief about who ...




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Talking about your comic to others (and why you should)

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 12, 2019



You have a comic! You love it! You think it's amazing! But when faced with explaining it to other people outside of the webcomicshpere, you feel yourself deferring, prefer instead to shuffle your work under the rug, hoping that you don’t find yourself looking too weird. At least ...

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Targeted Practice

Amelius at 8:06AM, April 7, 2019


When I see artists just getting into the craft or people simply looking to improve their art ask for advice, the most omnipresent answer is “practice”; I don't like that answer. It assumes the person asking the question doesn't realize this is obvious, and hasn't already been ...

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On Reviving an Era

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 6, 2019



I had a meeting the other day with a director, who asked me “how do you approach a historical era to keep true to it?” and “how do you keep from being biased?”

I fear that I eclipsed the poor guy with my soap box lectures, but that aside, I ...



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Be nice to yourself

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 5, 2019



There may be times along this path of being a content creator, where you feel that you are moving backwards; that your work is not worth looking at and that you feel like a phony trying to even attempt it. “Real life” may be calling and you have no choice ...

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The Use of Nightmares

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 30, 2019




When they happen, nightmares can be anything from a terrible experience to a nuisance that can be settled with a warm cup of tea or chocolate. And while they harp on our peace of mind and our precious time asleep, the general consensus among psychologists is that, if it isn ...


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Reaching the breaking point

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 29, 2019



The breaking point of a story is where the protagonist has been beaten down so many times that they throw life to the ground and yell, “Enough of this shit!”. Keep in mind that the breaking point does not necessarily mean it’s the climax, more it is a pivotal ...

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