The Understudy Hero

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 18, 2024




There's nothing more shocking than when the hero dies …at the beginning.

Don't worry, Banes isn't dead! I'm just standing in for him this week, he will return! This is only about fictional main characters that didn't get the memo they should reserve their death ...




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FEATURED COMIC --> GRM

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 17, 2024



Grimmy Gruesome’s alarm wakes him up at 6:66 AM each day. His micro-wardrobe has been filled with the same black, hooded cloak since the Dawn of Time. Grimmy is very serious about taking lives for his job and excels at reaching weekly death toll quotas. Grimmy’s days ...

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Hurt and Comfort

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 13, 2024




There's few moments more dramatic than when the hero gets hurt. The more serious the injury (or illness or poisoning or other type of affliction) the higher the drama.

And from that drama (the hurt) comes the period of treatment, convalescence, and recovery (the comfort). This is a plot ...




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Top Five Tales of Teaching

Banes at 12:00AM, April 11, 2024


teacher, teacher, can you teach me –

I was revisiting a classic movie, one of the ones on this list, in the past week or so, and thinking of the archetypal teacher/student dynamic in fiction.

So, in line with my Top Five Tales of Bands from last year, here's ...




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Of flaws and foibles - creating characters with rough edges

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 6, 2024



Hello hello Quackateers! Today, let's chat about the secret sauce that makes webcomics, hell comics in general, pop – crafting a character with flaws so relatable, they spark lengthy reddit discussions!

Think about it. What makes your favourite characters stick with you long after you've closed the comic tab ...



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Panel By Panel: 'Thirley Peak' and Evolving Craft

hpkomic at 9:19AM, April 5, 2024



Hello, everyone, and welcome to Panel by Panel, a periodic exploration of comic panels around The Duck. This week I want to look at the work of one of the most recently prolific creators on the Duck. I wanted to look at the growth of creator HawkAndFlowAventures, by looking at ...

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Fooled Ya!

Banes at 12:00AM, April 4, 2024



Here we are - Thursday again! I tells ya, the weeks and months just FLY by.

It was April Fool's Day the other day, and I was thinking about stories, and how sometimes books, TV shows, movies, or whatever will try and FOOL us. Like, the entire story is a ...



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Defying Death

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 30, 2024



For a huge chuck of Christians around the world, today is Resurrection Day (or Good Saturday), which is easily one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, no matter when you observe it. For those that do, therefore, I hope you have the happiest one yet, and since ...

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Early Words

Banes at 12:00AM, March 28, 2024


It's just, like, my opinion, man



I've been rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation lately, and so much of what I loved about it on first viewing holds up beautifully.

Watching a series which is almost all standalone episodes is interesting, too. There's a basic premise of ...






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Creator Interview: Dragonsong12

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 23, 2024





Today we are interviewing the accomplished and proliferate Dragonsong12 who has actually completed multiple webcomics!



There's so much to tell as an introduction to Dragonsong12 but suffice it to say that she has one of the most recognizable and uniquely beautiful art styles I have encountered on the Duck ...







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