Showing and Telling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 10, 2018



Anyone who ever dabbled in creative writing or any sort of narrative work, had the phrase “show, don't tell” hammered into them. The sheer anxiety of being caught ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’ made us all think in terms I assume only exhibitionists do.

The truth though is, that sometimes ...



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Points of view - part two - Unreliable

Banes at 12:00AM, March 8, 2018



Last week we talked a little pov basics.

This time, how about we talk the fascinating device called the Unreliable Narrator. For anyone who doesn't know, this type of narration (usually first person in prose, but not necessarily) tells the story in question…but is not necessarily giving an ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Invaded

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 3, 2018



The small town of Barnsley (Tarn) of Northern England is about to get a visit from outer space. Stanley Ramsbottom is an every-man skilled as an electrician, handyman, and plumber was getting ready to clean some vermin when he is confronted by a beast in a laundry dryer in his ...

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The Turn

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



There are few scenes more dramatic, more alluring and more riveting than the moment when the one of the main characters of a story makes the Turn: the moment where they change their convictions- for better or worse.

If properly prepared, the Turn is an extremely cathartic and exciting moment ...



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Cosmic Horror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 26, 2017



So you've got your maniacs, masked or otherwise. Scary! Or how about savage animals from, whether realistic or altered in some way? Or maybe monsters like vampires, zombies, were-folk and…er…mummies are your jam? Or what about ghosts, spirits and alien beasties?

When it comes to horror fiction ...



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Quackcast 341 - Objectification and porn

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 26, 2017

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In this Quackcast we chat about how objectification can rob the humanity from a character and turn them into a meaningless object which can in turn alienate your audience by making your work less relatable, but with things like porn where character is less important than the on screen ...

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Wardrobe Is a Tell

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 2, 2017




They say that the best and most important elements in visual arts, from movies to comics, are done well when the audience doesn’t quite notice them. And that is definitely true- research and plot development and world building are some of them about which I’ve already talked about ...


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Drawing Attention #5

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 25, 2017



This week I wanted to dredge up something from the past and talk about a comic that is effectively dead. Launched in June 2010, rightly featured in October 2010 and last updated with an actual page of content in August 2012. But still one of my favourite comics on the ...

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Quackcast 332 - The trouble with immortality

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 18, 2017

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In this Quast we talk about immortality, which is a common trope in literature. Who seeks immortality in stories? It's usually bad guys, and it usually has some sort of extreme price,catch or dark side, so much so that people actually believe that if immortality WAS real ...

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Where's Chuck?

Banes at 12:00AM, July 13, 2017
tags: retcons



Where's Chuck? - Retcons

Hello again!

On the previous Quackcast we talked about retcons - here's that episode if you care to listen:

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/08/quackcast-331-retconning-your-work/

A retcon is a little tricky to define perfectly, but I guess it boils down to an alteration ...









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