Justifying the Tragic Backstory

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 21, 2018



Throughout literature and modern media, many faults and drives for leads, damsels and villians have often been motivated by a tragic backstory so much so, that to employ one for your story may appear trite or cliche. There is, however, a way to use a tragic backstory effectively and can ...

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What to do when you are going to miss an update

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 14, 2018



It almost seems an inevitability for unpaid webcomic artists but there may come a time where you will miss an update. Various reasons aside, there remains the question of what should one do in the event that this occurs?

Upload a notice
Most readers are forgiving and would like to ...




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The Importance of Reading Other Comics

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 7, 2018



At times, you might find yourself struggling to come up with creating new pages and plot lines for your comics. It might but that the structure of page is not as impactful anymore or it could be that a pose that is proving difficult to land. This was the problem ...

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When you hate your characters!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 31, 2018



You’ve gone through the arduous process of fleshing out your world, the themes and the lore and you’re standing back looking at your shining new playground; but there is a blight standing right in the centre that you can no longer ignore. You hate your characters. Maybe it ...

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Give it Your Best Shot

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 30, 2018

Ironically, no picture this time…and it's a Newspost about pitchers!


Beyond writing our stories and characters, figuring out our plots and dialogue and character design, and all the other stuff that goes into creating a comic, we have to choose our shots. Our camera angles.

Very much like ...




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Quackast 389 - Intimidating Baddies

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 28, 2018

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What makes bad guy intimidating? Tantz Aerine made a great newspost about the question, carefully outlining various key bad-guy properties like confidence, composure, efficiency, and amorality. Banes, Pitface, Tantz and I stomp ALL over that, traipsing about like drunken, muddy rugby players, as we blather on about our opinions ...

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Enter stage left - Introducing new characters

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 24, 2018



Last week, we looked at killing off characters. So it seems only fitting to follow it up by talking about introducing new characters into your story! This is your quick cheat sheet to helping ease your readers into getting to know the new players in your world.

Try to introduce ...



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Quackast 388 - Coding for Men and women

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 21, 2018

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In this Quackcast we discuss the artistic coding used to represent males and females in comic art in a simple, minimal way. Pitface joins us, along with Banes and Tantz Aerine!
Much like an expert physicist is able to simplify enormously complex equations into something seemingly simple like E ...


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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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Where DO you need Planning for your Plot?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 11, 2018




So there's a lot of talk and discussion on how to approach the creation of your webcomic (or novel, or short story) regarding planning out your plot, the degrees of planning out, and the option of flying by the seat of your pants.

I have done both, both in ...




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