What's in a theme

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 6, 2018



A narrative theme is, in essence, the meaning behind your story. It also serves to tell your audience what your story is about. Establishing it’s core early on enables you to keep it grounded and focused as you begin to unfold your characters and plots.

Despite a longer piece ...



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Yes! We can take shortcuts!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 29, 2018



Did you know as an comic creator you are more than allowed to take a shortcut here and there? It’s true! You want to know something else? Everyone does it! So this week I want to share some shortcuts I have found immensely helpful when trying to speed up ...

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Speed Vs Detail

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 22, 2018



Balancing detail and speed is one hell of a trick for a webcomic creator. It is common pitfall for many of us starting our webcomic. Unfortunately one cannot always have both of these qualities in the work. We go ham on all the intricacies early on and then wonder why ...

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Finding your style

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 15, 2018



When you look at a developed artist you can recognise their work straight away. Maybe it is in the way that they do their lineart, or it could be the facial expressions that characters have, (think the Dreamworks Smirk), or maybe it is the tropes that they use in their ...

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On Being Militant

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 9, 2018




Anyone that knows me even a little is aware that I have strong involvement in common affairs, activism and maintain strong political views. My comic also has a lot of social and political commentary woven into the story and I strive to make my case through my art, be it ...


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The Sheet of Glass and Other Tropes

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 8, 2018



Tropes aren’t bad. In fact, they are a useful and, at times, necessary shorthand that creators, particularly in the webcomic field, can wield to enhance their work. J Hillis Miller posited a trope as, “… the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect.”

Every ...



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When your muse skips town

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 1, 2018



Inspiration is quite the rush. The mind is set alight with seemingly limitless possibilities and, in that moment, you want to experience them all. For a creator, inspiration is the high that we pursue. But eventually our creative significant other packs up their stuff and quietly disappears into the night ...

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Being a Generous God - when they go against the divine plan

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 25, 2018



As creators, we believe that we are the gods of our stories. The tales we weave are of our construct and the characters are subject to our petty whims…at first. When we begin to craft our worlds and populate them with, what we hope, are well rounded characters, we ...

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Black + White = Gray (part 3)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 28, 2018




And so we're finally here. The magnificent, ever so popular and edgy Gray characters are the object of our observation today!

Gray characters are those that sit on the fence, being not quite white and not quite black, and this ever walking the tightrope of the narrative's morality ...




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A Stream of Consciousness

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 27, 2018



Welcome to a stream of consciousness.

There are times, more than we might like to admit, when we encounter the chasm of blank thought that is writer’s block. So often in fact, that there are countless books, articles and videos on how to get around it; to spark your ...



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