The Importance of Writing a Character with Flaws

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 12, 2018

In the latest issue of Game Informer, a magazine produced by GameStop in North America, there was an entire article about a new game being released called “Night in the Woods” featuring anthropomorphic animals that exhibit mental health characteristics such as depression and bipolar disorder. This article struck a chord ...

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Unfunny Funny

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2017



Lame jokes.

Sometimes I love them. They can make me howl with laughter these days - but I find it's important to be careful with them.

Where was the first place I heard and ENJOYED bad jokes? David Brent of the original “The Office” is the first guy that comes ...





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Memes

Banes at 12:00AM, March 16, 2017




A Meme is a comic, really. Pictures and words put together to get some kind of point across.

It's a fascinating phenomenon. I'm tempted to try to explain what they are, but the meme up top has reminded me not to attempt that.

Seeing them, whether I understand ...






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The Hated - Part Two

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 26, 2017




The Hated, part two: Heroes we hate

Last week I blathered on a bit about villain Protagonists. These are evil, or “bad” characters who get to be Protagonists!

But what about more traditional heroes, or supporting characters are written to be the “moral compass” or “voice of reason”, or just ...






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Your Self-Insert is Everywhere

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 26, 2016




I came across a little blurb the other day about Mary Sues, and fanfiction, and how the writer of a fanfiction is basically writing a fantasy, inserting themselves as the character at the center of attention, immaculate, glittering and perfect. Basically everything you want to smack into a different galaxy ...


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Al Jaffee

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 8, 2016



MAD Magazine shows up once in awhile in our conversations around The Duck. Not a whole lot, but once in awhile. And when someone mentions it as an influence or whatever, there's usually a chorus of Duckers who chime in, expressing their agreement and their love for MAD.

Al ...



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FEATURED COMIC -> The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, June 29, 2016



Du’an Stahl has HAD it! The historical magazine that he's worked a for 10 years has turned into the History Channel. Now is finally time to quit and use his skills and intelligence on something worthwhile… it's finally time to write that book he always planned on ...

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Natcherly

Banes at 12:00AM, March 3, 2016



I'm not sure where I first heard of Li'l Abner. Maybe some bits and pieces in a Comic Review Magazine or something.

The Shmoo was a character on the old Flintstones cartoons I used to watch, and Lena Hyena had shown up on the movie Who Framed Roger ...



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Advice for creating and using weapons in fiction

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 7, 2016



If you want to decent job of it, creating and using weapons in fiction can be quite tricky. There are a lot of pitfalls that newbies and even long time veterans of creating fiction fall into.

1. Number one is simply copying what others have done without understanding it yourself ...



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It needs to be said.

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 12, 2015



Last Thursday, when I read the latest news headline about the attacks on Paris-based satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo, it struck a chord with me. It was not because this was the latest sad event in a sea of heartbreaking news. It struck a chord with me as a person whose ...

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