What if Nobody Ever Sees It

Banes at 12:00AM, June 25, 2020



Early in my writing efforts, I mostly did short stories. Scenes, really. I'd imagine a whole story around the scene I wrote and drew. I did a series of scenes about two private detectives hired to solve a 20-year old murder. I had no idea who did it, why ...

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On Writing Therapists 3

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 25, 2020



And so we have arrived to the juicy stuff- Evil Psychologists!

You'd be surprised, but there have been a LOT of those in real life. It's the reason that the ethics code and penalization if that code is broken is so severe for professionals in the mental health ...



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Writing Mental Illness (Part 2)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 19, 2019




How to Pick, Research and Implement Mental Disorder in a Character

So last time I talked in general about some basic concepts and principles about what constitutes mental illness, or, more accurately, mental disorder. The important thing to remember and keep from all of that is this set of truths ...




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Tattoo Art

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2019



While walking down the street in San Diego’s gas lamp quarter I pass a tattoo shop and my friend says to me, “Let’s get tattoos! I already know what I want my next design to be.” I hesitated and walked on not because of my lack of interest ...

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Farewell to Stan Lee

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 15, 2018
tags: stan lee



Stan Lee

1922 - 2018

'Nuff said.




No, of course, ‘nuff can likely never be said about this man and the body of work he’s left behind for us.

It's been a rough couple days for comic fans. I must admit, I've been a bit of a wreck ...












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The Sacrificial Lion

Tantz_Aerine at 6:09PM, Aug. 31, 2018



One of the toughest tropes in any kind of narrative work, from novels to comics to movies is the Sacrificial Lion - but not for what might be an obvious reason: having to axe a top tier character. It's because the trope is something that will affect and carry through ...

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Taking a swim with the fishes - Offing your characters

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 17, 2018



There comes a time in any webcomic creator’s career where they have to be mean to their characters. And there is nothing meaner than letting the proverbial Sword of Damocles fall on a beloved (or equally unloved) character and watching their head roll to the chorus a shrill cries ...

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Quackast 387 - History and Pastiche

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 14, 2018

LISTEN!

In this Quackcast Tantz and I chat about the differences between working with historical settings and the different approaches we take. Tantz's comics (Without Moonlight and Brave Resistance), are both set in a real period of history: Nazi occupied Greece during WW2. Pinky TA is set in the ...

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It’s the Mileage

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 3, 2018



A discussion at twitter (you should be there! If you haven’t looked for @Drunkduck you should, add DD and you’ll be added back!) brought to my attention a very subtle but very aesthetically and narratively pleasing element that, when we take the time as artists to factor it ...

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That Damn Amnesia

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2017



Amnesia is a very frequently used plot device in narrative works, especially in genres like romance or mystery or melodrama. It’s a perfect way to achieve either of the following (or all):
(a) Draw out a story that should have wrapped up already
(b) Reuse a character’s ‘naïve ...



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