80 Years of Superman

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 13, 2018



2018 marks the 80th birthday of the big guy himself - the OG superhero.

Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938.

Actually, there were precursors to Superman. But he popularized and defined the ‘Superhero’ character-type and genre. He was the template for countless characters who came later, with his ...





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Black Panther's Killmonger Followed a Real Hero's Journey (Includes Spoilers)

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 19, 2018

I believe enough time has passed since Black Panther has come out in the movie theater and enough people have seen it that I can finally talk about it without the fear of giving away too many spoilers.

I am not familiar with the original Black Panther comic that came ...

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Damaged Protagonists

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 18, 2018




A well written protagonist will generally have some flaws, starting out as an underdog of some kind, with lessons to learn and improvements to make over the course of the story.

Granted, some heroes are, well, just heroes, who are pretty much who they need to be from the beginning ...




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The Power of Comments

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



Feedback from your audience has always been important- from the renaissance palace parlors to enlightenment salons to the modern art galleries, how much the audience is pleased by what the creator procures is central.

But in the age of the internet and webcomics, where comics are updated page by page ...



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Quackcast 65 - Men and Women in Tights - RETRO

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 1, 2017

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No new Quackcast this week so we're going retro.

Sorry guys… 334 didn't record correctly. I only discovered that while editing. Two Quackcasts we'd recorded didn't work, TWO in a row: the spare AND the current one! I don't check them right after I ...



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Quackcast 329 - Character Archetypes, the Jung ones!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, June 27, 2017

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Art from Wikipedia

Welcome to the the yungle
Characters make or break a story. In this quackcast Tantz Aerine brings all her skills as a head-shrink to bear and gives us the low-down on Jungian character archetypes! Jung was a clever Swiss bloke, a contemporary of that strange fellow ...



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Basic Shapes in Character Design

Banes at 12:00AM, April 6, 2017



From the Best of Banes Collection…

CHARACTER SHAPES

I've never consciously designed characters this way, but I recently remembered hearing about this notion some time ago, on the dvd special features for an animated movie or show. I don't remember which one.
Characters derived from basic shapes can ...






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START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON

HyenaHell at 11:17PM, March 23, 2017



Every now and again, an acquaintance or friend who ain't as deep in comics culture and creation as I am (which is to say they ain't really got much of an idea about comics but have seen the Sunday funnies page and know that Batman is a thing ...

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The Hated - Part One

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 19, 2017


art by Sandy Jarrell


The Hated, Part One - Villain Heroes

I've picked up all the “new” versions of the Archie universe and enjoyed them to different degrees for the most part. Sometimes there are a few laughs. Or some nice artwork. Or just the fun of seeing the characters ...





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Nemesis

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2017



Just the name inspires awe, a level of attention and gravity. Because it was a name before it became a noun: she was the ancient Greek goddess of revenge and retribution against those who committed any kind of hubris.

In stories though, a character that takes the position of nemesis ...



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