High Brow Humor: “I Am Not a Wassily!”

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 10, 2018



A nineties sitcom that completely fell under my radar was Frasier, the Cheers spinoff about a radio psychologist who moves back to Seattle to live closer to his private practice psychologist brother, Niles, and aging father, Marty.

The season one pilot reeled me in after a couple of jokes about ...



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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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Strong Women, Strong Men

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 8, 2018



A ton of things have been written about “strong female characters”- how we need them in narratives, and what it means to have them in a creative work's cast. Tons of discussions and social media wars have been waged on what it is that makes a female character strong ...

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Serialized vs Episodic Storytelling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 1, 2018



There is a general trend in mainstream media and sequential art to generally value serialized works (in shows, series, comics, etc) over episodic ones. They are considered to be more elegant, more dynamic and more interesting than episodic ones. While this might definitely hold true, is it so as a ...

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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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The Double Edged Sword of Stereotyping

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 24, 2018



Stereotypes permeate our every day lives. Whether we like it or not, our brains are wired for making quick estimations and judgments based on patterns and pattern recognition.

This very pattern we're looking for to identify at a glance is what a stereotype is. And it's very useful ...



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Quackcast 401 - Stan Lee, a stupid comedian, and the new prudes

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 20, 2018

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This is Quackcast 401! Error, error! Pitface and Tantz were absent so Banes and myself were left to go quietly off the rails and expostulate all sorts of radical, half formed, badly articulated ...


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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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The Need To Denigrate

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 17, 2018



Lately there has been this pattern that I've noticed in both social media and mainstream comics/cartoons outlets that is very saddening: the use of denigration and belittlement as a promotional tactic, or as an argument.

More and more I seem to notice that new series, reboots, retellings or ...



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Quackast 399 - How many characters is too many?

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 6, 2018

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How many characters is too many? Ensemble casts can be fun and the interaction between characters can be more interesting than the actual plot of a story! But keeping track of characters from ...


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