QUACKCAST 530 - What is SciFi?

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 11, 2021

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So what IS SciFi? Well it's a pretty wide umbrella term and contains a lot of different things. In some senses it's just an imaginative ...



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The Beauty of Science Fiction

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 3, 2021



The top-rated late-night radio show in the late-nineties was bestowed on Coast-to-Coast AM, a talk show program that centered around paranormal topics and the supernatural. The show’s host was broadcaster and author, Art Bell. Listeners would tune in during long distance commutes, with some positive reviewers exclaiming how much ...

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Twitter, outrage and the nature of parasocial interactions - A case study

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 16, 2021



Buckle up. This is going to be a dense one.

Social media dominates our lives. In the webcomic community, content is generally in the form of comics, however, we have podcasts, YouTube videos, Instagram accounts and of course Twitter. We immerse ourselves in the online world, broadcasting our efforts and ...



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QUACKCAST 526 - A return to Mary Sue!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 13, 2021

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Mary Sues are always a fun topic!
There are some misconceptions about them though… Mary Sues aren't all female, they can be any gender. Being super ...




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Unlikely Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, March 25, 2021


the cruel tutor himself, Pai Mei

One of my favorite character types is the gruff/grizzled old mentor. Tough as nails, mean or cranky on the outside but with great knowledge or support to offer when you know them, or when they know - and trust - you.

I've talked about ...




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Meet Me Halfway

Banes at 12:00AM, March 11, 2021



Last week I talked about what kind of stuff to stick in the middle section of stories.

Here's a tangent I found myself on, about the actual halfway mark:

Well, the middle bit almost always contains the actual halfway point of the story. In many stories this is a ...





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Punch to the Midsection

Banes at 12:00AM, March 4, 2021



In the beginning, we set up our character
Iin the middle, we get them into trouble
In the end, we get them out of trouble.

Sounds so simple! It's tougher than that to pull off.

The middle of a story in particular, as people have talked about, is often ...







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The dance of chemistry

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 12, 2021



When it comes to characters and their arcs, their relationships, or more specifically, their chemistry, has a large role to play in how they develop. From day to day we absorb and reflect the behaviours, views and values of those we interact with, be that at work or school or ...

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Tooning With Banes - The Horizon

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 11, 2021



The Horizon

Even though I've been drawing/cartooning for longer than I can remember, there are major holes in my knowledge. Even after a lifetime of drawing, and making hundreds of webcomic pages.

Luckily I found some great info while cruising around the ‘Net.

You may already know this ...







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Handwaves, Explanations and Just-Go-With-Its

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 24, 2020



The long-running series Supernatural just came to an end and I enjoyed the last couple episodes. Even though I haven't seen the last few seasons and don't plan to, I knew the series fairly well from its first 6 or 7 years. I could say more about this ...

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