A Wayback Playback

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 7, 2023



I have a handful of hobbies that mean a lot to me - from an early age, reading, and music (drums at first), and drawing were all important pastimes.

The other day I found an old workbook dated from when I was eight years old. It was an A to Z ...



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The Thirds Rule

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 30, 2023



The Rule of Thirds


When most people take a picture or draw a picture, the natural thing to do is to photograph or draw the subject in the center of the frame.

But one of the big tenets of visual composition is the RULE of THIRDS.

So pretty much, the ...








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A movie playing a movie disguised as another movie

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 23, 2023



There's a specific type of movie “trick” where we'll see something that seems as though it's really happening. I mean, it seems like it's “really happening” within the movie.

For instance, it'll be some kind of elaborate action sequence, or horror sequence, or whatever, but ...



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Time Stand Still

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2023



Time doesn't really exist in comics. Someone can blast through multiple pages in seconds, or linger on one panel for years. Well, that would be rare. But you see what I'm saying.

What if you want to make your readers slow down? To give your pages the pace ...



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MCU scraps, do-overs and to reboot or not to reboot

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 9, 2023



I've been busy or distracted or something, and the weeks continue to fly by so quickly - this is just a loose, MCU ramble…

It seems clear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not the powerhouse it was just a few years ago.

I think if I were handed the ...





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Your Friends and Neighbors

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 2, 2023



Greetings!

Well, we're past October once again, and past the spooky season. But I had another thought about
scary stuff - and stories filled with tension and fear is always in season!

One area that is always fun to explore is the paranoia about our the friends, neighbors, and strangers ...






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Horror is Small

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 26, 2023



Horror is Small

I think horror is better and more effective when it's small.

A dark hallway with one person nervously tiptoeing through it…a creepy phone call or knock on the door in the middle of the night…the demented, sinister weirdness of someone's new step parent ...





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So Many Ways to be Scared

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 19, 2023



Horror…and the baddies and creepies and long-legged beasties of horror…come in many flavours.
These divisions might be incomplete or somewhat meaningless in a way, but hey, I have to approach it somehow…


Reality Bites: Human Creeps, Scary Animals and Nature
-Serial Killers, Jason, Michael Myers, The Strangers, And ...






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Making Horror Comics

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 12, 2023


image by Banes, based on a story narrated by Lazy Masquerade


Making Horror Comics - a chat with Genejoke


I spoke to Genejoke about making horror comics. GJ makes a lot of comics here on the Duck. He has an anthology series here called Lite Bites, and multiple other series on ...






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October Arrives

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 28, 2023



I've always loved Autumn - and we're in it now, in my part of the world. To be honest, it's just beginning to come in, so I'm anticipating the leaves turning into those beautiful oranges and yellows (and all the variations therin), before they begin piling up ...

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