What's in a theme

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 6, 2018



A narrative theme is, in essence, the meaning behind your story. It also serves to tell your audience what your story is about. Establishing it’s core early on enables you to keep it grounded and focused as you begin to unfold your characters and plots.

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Yes! We can take shortcuts!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 29, 2018



Did you know as an comic creator you are more than allowed to take a shortcut here and there? It’s true! You want to know something else? Everyone does it! So this week I want to share some shortcuts I have found immensely helpful when trying to speed up ...

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Speed Vs Detail

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 22, 2018



Balancing detail and speed is one hell of a trick for a webcomic creator. It is common pitfall for many of us starting our webcomic. Unfortunately one cannot always have both of these qualities in the work. We go ham on all the intricacies early on and then wonder why ...

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Quackcast 379 - Troptastic

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, June 19, 2018

LISTEN!

ALL the tropes!!!!
Based on Emma Clare's newspost, tropes are damn useful but they can also be your undoing if you handle them badly. Tropes are shortcuts to meanings, scenes, procedures or jokes that take too long to set up in their own right. You can use them ...


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Finding your style

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 15, 2018



When you look at a developed artist you can recognise their work straight away. Maybe it is in the way that they do their lineart, or it could be the facial expressions that characters have, (think the Dreamworks Smirk), or maybe it is the tropes that they use in their ...

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The Sheet of Glass and Other Tropes

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 8, 2018



Tropes aren’t bad. In fact, they are a useful and, at times, necessary shorthand that creators, particularly in the webcomic field, can wield to enhance their work. J Hillis Miller posited a trope as, “… the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect.”

Every ...



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When your muse skips town

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 1, 2018



Inspiration is quite the rush. The mind is set alight with seemingly limitless possibilities and, in that moment, you want to experience them all. For a creator, inspiration is the high that we pursue. But eventually our creative significant other packs up their stuff and quietly disappears into the night ...

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Being a Generous God - when they go against the divine plan

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 25, 2018



As creators, we believe that we are the gods of our stories. The tales we weave are of our construct and the characters are subject to our petty whims…at first. When we begin to craft our worlds and populate them with, what we hope, are well rounded characters, we ...

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Quackcast 375 - Categories, genres and rants

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 22, 2018

LISTEN!

In this Quackcast we chat about the categorisation of work by specific genres and how it makes it easier to promote your work to people, while for fans it makes it easier to find what you're into, but it can also be a bad thing when people categorise ...

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The Democratically elected hashtag is #QuackChat

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 18, 2018



Hi there everyone!

The results are in! After a week of democratically lead voting on Twitter we can finally announce the hashtag to follow. A big congratulations goes out to Ironscarf whose suggestion shall now reign supreme on all our chats from henceforth!

And without further ado the hashtag is ...





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