Writing your hopes and fears

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2019


Do the things you draw come true?

At the end of Annie Hall, Woody Allen's character writes a play that recreates his breakup with Annie. But in the fictional version, they stay together and the romance continues. Narrating the movie, Woody apologizes to the movie's audience and says ...


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The Devil Inside

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 21, 2019



Nowhere to Hyde

Last time we talked about characters who are not what they seem. Folks who are introduced one way but are revealed to have a secret nature, or hidden depths, or a hidden agenda.

Another type of “hidden side” I enjoy is a little less universal, but can ...





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FEATURED COMIC --> Interstellar Dust

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



Welcome to this intergalactic prison filled with a wide range of creatures and prisoners committed to serving time in space. Each inmate, including a rocket pack hotshot, a street-brawling young man, and a lawbreaking, exotic kitty-lady dancer, spends their time thinking back to the exact moment that landed them in ...

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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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Unanswered

Banes at 12:00AM, May 9, 2019



What's in the Box?

An iconic part of the movie Pulp Fiction is the McGuffin that Jules and Vincent deliver to their boss, Marcallus Wallace. It's a briefcase that, when you open it, glows on the face of the person looking at it and absolutely astonishes them. Is ...



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A Proposed Counterargument

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 4, 2019



THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

I was amazed and surprised to see that I wasn't the only one that had an idea to talk about setup and payoff and Game of Thrones this week! The lovely Emma Clare did it ahead of me, and she ...



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Making a hero feel real

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 26, 2019



Last week we looked at lovable/hateable villains. So, in that spirit why not flip this coin and talk about what makes a hero feel real. Now, a protagonist is not necessarily a hero. For instance, despite being the main focal point through which we, the audience experience the story ...

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Reaching the breaking point

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 29, 2019



The breaking point of a story is where the protagonist has been beaten down so many times that they throw life to the ground and yell, “Enough of this shit!”. Keep in mind that the breaking point does not necessarily mean it’s the climax, more it is a pivotal ...

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Stuck in the Middle

Banes at 4:43AM, March 21, 2019



Stuck in the Middle - Midpoints

I've often found the Midpoint of a story difficult to find and difficult to write.
It's one of the big three pillars in story structure, and it's the
most subtle.

The Midpoint doesn't have the “dragged into a new world” of ...







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Drawing something you’ve never drawn before

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 15, 2019



One of the challenges of drawing comics is that you will, inevitably have to put together a scene you have never attempted before. This is an incredibly daunting task as trying to translate what you have in your head (which is always amazing) to your hand can prove to be ...

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