The first webcomic page

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 25, 2019




I’m in the process of moving house and I took the opportunity to go through some childhood belongings. During my excavation I stumbled across the very first comic page I ever drew. This was quite the find as I had long believed that my first ever webcomic, with its ...


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Writing Mental Illness (Part 1)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 12, 2019




Writing a character with mental illness can be a very tricky thing. Writers usually go for the extremely rare, exotic and spectacular: multiple personality disorders, extreme manifestations of psychopathy or sociopathy, high functioning autism with that ever alluring ‘savant’ magic going for the character, bombastically spectacular schizophrenia… in many ways ...


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Exposition - Just the tip

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 11, 2019



In a nutshell, exposition is a big ole mound of information that the author wants the reader to know before they move on in the plot. It often gets a bad rap but that is usually due to it being used incorrectly. There is definitely a place for exposition so ...

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Convergent Creation

Amelius at 1:15PM, Dec. 9, 2018



Inspiration strikes! A new idea forms, and you're really excited about it. You want to take your time, however– you want this to be great, and no great thing just springs fully formed from one's brow. For years you toil, tweak, refine, moving ever closer to the point ...

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QUACKCAST 402 - Audience expectations with characters

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 27, 2018


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We're all back together this week and we're chatting about audience expectations for characters versus the intentions of the creator. Which is more important? Well it's a bit of a ...



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Recycling Ideas From The Trash

Amelius at 12:04PM, Nov. 18, 2018



There are no bad ideas, just poor execution…..terrible, awful execution.

You may have seen those games that go around on social media, such as “Describe a classic movie/video game/novel in the worst way possible”, it shows how easy it is to make any concept seem like the ...



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Beginning your plan!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 12, 2018



When it comes to creating stories or comics you get one piece of advice that is now standard and that is, when it comes to making a story, you’ve got to plan it out. This means creating an outline, doing thumbnails, correcting and editing dialogue and creating pages in ...

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Before the Beginning

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 27, 2018



One of the great things about the original Star Wars movies was the strong sense of a grand, adventurous, and terrible history before the movie started. So much is hinted at through Obi Wan Kenobi about the Jedi Knights, Anakin Skywalker, great friendships, laser swords, and terrible war and loss ...

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Drawn to Brighter Colors

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 17, 2018



The other day while I was crocheting, I noticed that a lot of the yarn colors I had picked out over the years had a lot of grays, warm neutrals, and toned-down, muted shades of color. They were all lovely colors, but my eyes needed something more vibrant and stimulating ...

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