Reflection Characters

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 2, 2020




Reflection Characters

When I was doing a little reading on the “Mentor” character type, I learned about something called “Reflection Characters”. It was an eye opener; I'd never heard of this before, though I could instantly see how it made sense in storytelling, and dozens of examples came to ...




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Strangers and Strange Lands

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 12, 2019


Peter Quill is an earthling living and working in space

In an interview about SNL creatives, it was said that actors who write prefer Strange characters in a normal world. While writers will write pieces about Regular people in a bizarre world. I have no idea how true that is ...


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Knowing when to end

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 2, 2019



When Stranger Things ended their first season I didn’t feel that there was a need to continue. The character’s had had their arcs come full circle, most loose ends were neatly tied and, despite the ending being left slightly ambiguous, for the most part, it was wrapped up ...

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FEATURED COMIC --> The Caraway Crew

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, July 17, 2019



Coincidental premonition-filled dreams surrounding a magical key, strange writings that look like ruins, and the disappearance of several people in a town clouded in mystery. The Caraways are a family of siblings who encounter weird happenings and seek to solve problems around Eldritch New England. They uncover a trail of ...

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The Mysterious Stranger

Banes at 12:00AM, July 11, 2019




The Mysterious Stranger


This is about ‘the mysterious stranger’ in fiction. Well, one of the variations of that, at least. I'm not talking about the mysterious stranger who becomes the MC's lover in a romance novel, or the mysterious stranger who knocks on the door or gets into ...





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Countdown to Free Comic Book Day

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 1, 2019



Free Comic Book Day is coming up and there is still time to figure out if your local comic book shop is handing out free comic books. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, several comic books shops will have comic books on the racks at no charge to you. It is ...

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15 Years, I Keep On Duckin'

Amelius at 12:13PM, Jan. 6, 2019



Oh what a coincidence, that my newspost day should fall upon the date of my 15th year on this very site! So naturally, on this anniversary, I'd like to open up and reflect on how the Duck has left a major impact on my life and work.

Every year ...



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Convergent Creation Part 2

Amelius at 12:21PM, Dec. 16, 2018




Last weekend we discussed that strange phenomenon of independent creation, where there's more than a passing resemblance to another work but it's not a case of plagiarism. Interestingly, not long after I posted that I saw not one but two instances of independent creation being brought up (though ...


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Convergent Creation

Amelius at 1:15PM, Dec. 9, 2018



Inspiration strikes! A new idea forms, and you're really excited about it. You want to take your time, however– you want this to be great, and no great thing just springs fully formed from one's brow. For years you toil, tweak, refine, moving ever closer to the point ...

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Character and subtext in horror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 18, 2018


The Haunting of Hill House is masterfully done horror with humanity

The Drunk Duck Awards, 2018 are underway! Check 'em out here:

https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2018/

In the movie “The Innkeepers”, two clerks in an allegedly haunted hotel work on the last night before the place closes down. They ...






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