Writing your hopes and fears

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2019


Do the things you draw come true?

At the end of Annie Hall, Woody Allen's character writes a play that recreates his breakup with Annie. But in the fictional version, they stay together and the romance continues. Narrating the movie, Woody apologizes to the movie's audience and says ...


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The Devil Inside

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 21, 2019



Nowhere to Hyde

Last time we talked about characters who are not what they seem. Folks who are introduced one way but are revealed to have a secret nature, or hidden depths, or a hidden agenda.

Another type of “hidden side” I enjoy is a little less universal, but can ...





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Not What They Seem

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 14, 2019



edward norton in “primal fear”

One of the things I like in fiction is characters who are not what they seem.

Like all things, this sort of thing can be done well, or badly, or somewhere in between. It can be fascinating and surprising, or cliche and predictable. It can ...





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Demographics

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 7, 2019

Who's it for?

In writing instructional books, there used to be this bit about deciding who your story/screenplay/series is FOR. This is a notion used in the industry (so I've read) to figure out who the audience is going to be for a given project. In ...

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Metaphors in Horror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 24, 2019



Metaphors in Horror



Horror is perfect for metaphor and allegory. In fact, a horror story is often allegorical by default, what with its bizarre landscapes and freaky beasties.

Here are some categories of horror and some thoughts on what they symbolize:

Reality Bites


psycho killer! Qu'est-ce que c'est ...












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The Head, The Heart and the Gut

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 17, 2019



There are things that appeal to the head - intriguing “what ifs” in terms of world building, and insights into technology, culture, politics, and history that capture the imagination in an intellectual way.

Then there's the heart - stories without emotional connection are the ones that critics and audiences call “sterile ...



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Structural Integrity part 2

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 3, 2019



Last week I talked about structure in webcomics, and asked you about how you make your longer-form comics digestible by new readers as well as ongoing readers.

But what about other alternate ways to present a webcomic?

Most of the ones I've read are roughly the dimensions of a ...





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Angels of the Fallen Reaches One Year Milestone!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2019




https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Angels_of_the_Fallen/

Angels of the Fallen by Busty Laroo is celebrating its one year of updates today, October 1st.

BustyLaroo writes: “I'm super excited about this because it's the first time in my life that I've worked this consistently for this long.”

Congratulations, BustyLaroo ...








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Structural Integrity

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 26, 2019



We've talked many times about story structure and different elements of it. But what about structure that's specific to web comics?

If someone does a “gag” or standalone series of strips, it's one thing - but there are still questions to answer. Like, do you have a character ...



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The Death of the Method?

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 12, 2019



The Death of the Method?


In the past, I've been a proponent of the Banes Method - really, the Save the Cat Method - of story construction and story improvement.

The method became all the rage in film production in Hollywood apparently - and has received some criticism as well, for being ...






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