The building blocks of world building

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 6, 2020



World building is a cornerstone of any story. From your neighbourhood slice-of-life to an out-of-this world space opera the world in which the characters inhabit draws the reader and keeps them invested in the character’s struggles. Here are some questions to consider when constructing your new universe.

What is ...



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Uncompressed Storytelling

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 5, 2020


stretchin' out them stories!

I think I first heard the phrase “uncompressed storytelling” via the great John Byrne, comic artist and writer, and man of very strong opinions. He was criticizing some other writer or comic series (I don't remember which one) about hinting at stories that wouldn't ...


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Happy Halloween! How's your Memento Mori?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 31, 2020



Halloween, aka Eve of All Saints, is a Day of the Dead.

Days of the Dead exist in nearly every culture. There's the famous Dia de Muertos from Mexico, but there are also less known ones.

For example, in Greece we got “Soul Saturdays” which are basically two Saturdays ...





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Shuffling a character off this mortal coil

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 30, 2020



Whether it be planned from the beginning, or a sudden decision, some characters just have to go. As a creator, one should endeavour to do it for the right reasons. Shuffling off this mortal coil may be a catalysing event for the plot, a much needed kick for the protagonist ...

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The Work of the Mentor

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 17, 2020




Might as well get it out of the way: if you're a mentor in a story, chances are you're going on a boatride over the river Styx at some point.

When a mentor dies it's often the signal that the main character, the one being mentored, is ...




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Horror - Immersion and the Slow Burn

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 15, 2020



I just started the Netflix series called “The Hanting of Bly Manor”.

It's hard to say how it's going to turn out in the end, since I'm just at the beginning. But overall so far, I'm enjoying the thing. There are many unanswered questions already, and ...



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Hung, drawn and quartered - Making goals for comics

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 18, 2020



We are well into the second half of the year, spring is here in the southern hemisphere, whilst the autumn winds are settling in for winter in the north. With the change in seasons, what better time to get inspired and motivated than now and you know what that means ...

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On the Outside Looking In

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 17, 2020




I was surprised and saddened to learn just the other day that Rene Auberjonois passed away at the end of last year. Even before the upheaval of the pandemic hit us, I think life was busy and a bit chaotic, and I just missed it.

I'd been a fan ...




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QUACKCAST 496 - titular titularity!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 15, 2020

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Titles are surprisingly important for your comic! We don't often realise that when we first start them, but a title is one of the very first ...



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Is making fan comics a bad idea?

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 3, 2020


Guest post by Genejoke



In the time I've been making comics, until recently that is, I'd never made a fan comic. It's something I've considered but always felt more comfortable doing my own thing, much like Banes talked about in his newspost a couple of weeks ...




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