It’s the Mileage

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 3, 2018



A discussion at twitter (you should be there! If you haven’t looked for @Drunkduck you should, add DD and you’ll be added back!) brought to my attention a very subtle but very aesthetically and narratively pleasing element that, when we take the time as artists to factor it ...

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The Origin Stories of Webcomics | Part 1

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 19, 2018




For this week I decided to take a break from the usual topic of comic promotion and, instead, talk about something more personal. Every now and then I get asked how I got into webcomics and, as an inevitable follow up, where should they start. If you’ll indulge me ...


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Damaged Protagonists

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 18, 2018




A well written protagonist will generally have some flaws, starting out as an underdog of some kind, with lessons to learn and improvements to make over the course of the story.

Granted, some heroes are, well, just heroes, who are pretty much who they need to be from the beginning ...




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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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Knowing what you Write

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 7, 2017

Last week we talked about “writing what you know” … but how about ‘knowing what you write’? I knew I wanted to do this one as soon as I posted the previous article…just for the title.

In a TV show, series of books, movie, printed comic series, or newspaper strip ...

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That Damn Amnesia

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2017



Amnesia is a very frequently used plot device in narrative works, especially in genres like romance or mystery or melodrama. It’s a perfect way to achieve either of the following (or all):
(a) Draw out a story that should have wrapped up already
(b) Reuse a character’s ‘naïve ...



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Storytelling styles through the ages

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 29, 2017



I was watching the 2015 series of Poldark the other day and I noticed something strange;
None of the characters have the moral grey areas and twists that we expect of characters in modern stories, where they behave one way but it turns out they were thinking the opposite all ...


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The Power of Comments

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



Feedback from your audience has always been important- from the renaissance palace parlors to enlightenment salons to the modern art galleries, how much the audience is pleased by what the creator procures is central.

But in the age of the internet and webcomics, where comics are updated page by page ...



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Objectification

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 22, 2017



This is mainly an issue with female characters…
But what IS objectification?
Objectification is when you rob a character of traits that make them human and turn them into something closer to an object.

One common view, that I feel is in error, is that characters are objectified by how ...





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Where do you get your design inspiration?

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 21, 2017



When you're just starting out, coming up with good designs is pretty simple, but when you've been doing it for a while or it's your job, you run out of easy ideas- you've picked all the low hanging fruit. What do you do then?
This applies ...


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