Building the stakes

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 2, 2021



Not long ago, I wrote about utilising cliffhangers. This week it’s all about them stakes. When it comes to creating a comic, it is important to give a reason for the reader to care about it. Stakes are a pivotal part of that. Cutscene University explains what stakes are ...

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Who Are Your Characters?

damehelsing at 12:00AM, March 28, 2021



This might be a simple question, but I think it’s much deeper than most think.

Characters, whether they’re our own or not, have an origin, have traits, personalities, ideas, morals and goals. Each one is different and all of them share a similarity: their creator.

We can all ...





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Archetypes Through a Psych Lens: Psychodynamics

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 20, 2021



When talking about personality, one must mention Freud.


pictured here with a small cigar.

Yes, even me. (Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a fan)

Despite my personal thoughts about his theory, mad props and respect has to be given to Sigmund Freud for being one of the ...








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Hang on! It's a cliffhanger!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 19, 2021



As webcomics are uploaded periodically, be that in pages, chapters or episodes, it’s imperative that we use all the tricks in the book to keep them coming back. One sure fire way to keep your readers coming back for more is by exploiting the cliffhanger device.

A cliffhanger is ...



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Looking at Archetypes Through a Psychology Lens

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 6, 2021



We have all talked of and considered character archetypes when designing and building characters.

There are many sets to pick from and it's not really a shocker that most of them, if not all, have their roots at psychology. (I'm looking at you, Carl Jung)

Far be it ...





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The Dynamic use of Space

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 5, 2021



The physical space that a character inhabits often seems far more passive than it really is. Space is more than a matter of creating a backdrop, though. Why is it that some characters feel as if they’re moving against a wall paper background while others inhabit a far more ...

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The Loner

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 13, 2021




Silent types can be very alluring. They don't really engage with other people, they are content to be on their own, they have developed their own special, unique manner of wading through life independently, which makes them interesting. They are their own kind of strong, even if they are ...


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The Duo

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 6, 2021



We've all been told how in story telling, showing is a lot better than telling.

Showing gets hard if your main character is a loner that interacts with nobody. Even harder if he/she is a stoic that emotes very little. The audience will have no way of knowing ...



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Star Trek Economics

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 4, 2021



I just finished a rewatch of The Mandalorian series and one of the things I thought about was the vicious profiteering and scramble for money (or ‘credits’, or valuable metals or what have you) that indicates what kind of economy is at work in that show.

Granted, so far we ...



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Everyday Joes and the Best of the Best

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 21, 2021




Everyday Joes and the Best of the Best

Star Wars and Star Trek are long-running siblings in science fiction pop culture. I don't know if there's really a “rivalry” between the two; SW has always been more popular I think, and the two are very different.

One big ...






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