Dusting off the Past

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 29, 2020



There used to be an unbreakable connection between myself and my desktop computer during my college days. My computer was an extension of me, a mech of sorts and as I started getting better at creating and using programs like Photoshop, SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Revit, I needed to constantly upgrade ...

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The Genre Defines the Lines

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 9, 2020



We grin and support John Wick as he ploughs through dozens of people per minute in his revenge quest over his murdered dog and ruined car, but we gasp with shock when the Wicked Witch of the East pursues a single person to take revenge for killing her sister with ...

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When Being Confined

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 4, 2020



Nearly a billion people, perhaps more, are being confined in their homes as you read these lines, due to the Covid-19 quarantine to stem the pandemic. A good percentage are going stir-crazy right now, or are juggling with the limitations and necessary work-arounds of having to stay in a single ...

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Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 9, 2020



I like mentor characters.

This is not just me of course; the mentor and protagonist relationship is powerful. Some of the best moments in many stories are the first encounter with the mentor, the training and sense of discovery for the protagonist, and the eventual loss of the mentor character ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Ripping Off King Arthur

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 25, 2019



There's a theory that the key to success is simply to rip off the story of King Arthur, ok? But you have to do it in a way that isn't too original or a slavish knockoff, there has to be perfect balance… only then can you be a ...

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Motivation, Ideology, Action 4: Your Thoughts

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 7, 2019



Having completed the (very quick) foray into the workings of motivations, ideologies and behaviors, the time has come for a look-see of all your amazing comments, from all three articles!

I haven't done this before so I'm not entirely sure how to present them. I'll wing it ...



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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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The Importance of Comedy in Horror

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 9, 2019



There is a very important relationship between humor and horror.

Bill Hader credits sixteen-year-old, Finn Wolfhard, for his meeting with the casting director in the latest installment of the Killer Clown franchise featuring Pennywise, It: Chapter Two. If that was not enough, he has joked in several interviews how he ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Limbo Road

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 4, 2019



Limbo Road is an interesting little place filled with a cast of colourful characters and the dumb things they get up to. Doctor Faust for instance: he's the resident mad scientist, he routinely finds himself creating sassy, smart talking animals like Panda-bat and a talking turtle with a giant ...

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Point of view 2 - Unreliable Narrators

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2019



Unreliable

Last week we talked a little pov basics.

This time, how about we talk the fascinating device called the Unreliable Narrator. For anyone who doesn't know, this type of narration (usually first person in prose, but not necessarily) tells the story in question…but is not necessarily giving ...





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