All is Lost

Banes at 12:00AM, April 30, 2020



I've talked many times about story structure. Even with a structural approach, there are a lot of questions to be answered, struggles to be had, and hard thinking to be done to make a story work.

One big moment that I like thinking about early in the writing is ...



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Chris Claremont

Banes at 12:00AM, April 9, 2020


Classic X-men reprinted the Chris Claremont stories and included new Claremont stories A+

Chris Claremont is one of the all-time greats in comic book writing, and probably my favorite comics writer.

He's most famous for working on the Uncanny X-Men series from the 1970's to the early 1990 ...




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SquareEnix Life is Strange Review

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 6, 2020



With more time spent at home, I have been able to dive into some of my favorite past-times that I used to do when I was middle school aged. One of them being playing video games. Growing up, Squaresoft and the Final Fantasy video game series completely shaped my identity ...

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An Unexpected Pause.

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 16, 2020



At around ten o’clock on Friday morning, I was refreshing my email box for any messages from the boss regarding the status on whether we were required to report to work the following week. There was no word sent from the higher ups that was being trickled down.

Thirty ...



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The Cartoons that Raised Us: Daria (1997-2002)

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 2, 2020



In the late nineties, mTV answered the call for the need of a high school student that was not centered around the cheerleading squad or the football jocks with Daria. Luckily, I was in junior high, living in the Southern California suburbs around the debut of the series, which meant ...

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Believing the Unbelievable

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 13, 2020

The suspension of disbelief happens automatically in readers and audiences if a story does its job.

Audiences WANT to believe in a story when they start reading or watching it.

I mean, you can' t count on everyone. I remember going to see the Benjamin Button movie and my friend ...



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The Icons - Jughead

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 6, 2020



I'm not sure who the first fictional character was that I became attached to. The Cat in the Hat? Superman or Batman? Animal from the Muppets? Oscar the Grouch?

In any case, Jughead Jones was somewhere in that very early group of beloved characters. I liked Archie, and envied ...



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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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Reimagining Ethnic Stereotypes

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 16, 2019



Following the release of Disney’s latest streaming device, I have had the opportunity to watch the newest live action movie of Lady and the Tramp based on the 1955 animated version of the same name. I would be remiss not to to say that I started my subscription mainly ...

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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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