Superpowers Magic and Technology

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 23, 2020



Greetings, citizens!

Superpowers coming from magical abilities or fantastic technology are essential to many stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres. They can show up in other genres, too, like horror and of course, superhero stories (are they science fiction stories? Science-Fantasy? Heroic Fantasy? Whatever - most of those folks ...



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On Writing Therapists 2

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 18, 2020




Therapists are the type of character whose occupation can easily seep into their ‘off the clock’ life. It's not something that can often be helped. Psychologists don't ‘turn off’ their perception of behavioral patterns and personality analyses, the same way you can't ‘unsee’ the rabbits after you ...


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MacGuffins

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 16, 2020


MacGuffin comin' through!


MacGuffins

I'm not sure if everyone knows this already, but a MacGuffin is a term that was made popular by Alfred Hitchcock, and is now widely used in writing and storytelling circles.

It is an item or event (or possibly even a character) that exists only ...







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On Writing Therapists 1

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 11, 2020




I've already written a bunch of articles on writing mental illness, so I figured I should write about writing therapists as well!

Oh, the woes for therapist representation in narrative works! All the stereotypes are there: from the shrink that is actually a little (or a lot) loopy and ...




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New habits for 2020

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 3, 2020



With the New Year’s celebrations been and gone, New Year’s resolutions are upon us. Although most of us may be setting comic goals for 2020, it’s important to remember that we need to take care of our physical and mental wellbeing. This is easier said than done ...

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Celebrate Another Completed Year!

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 28, 2019



In just three days, 2019 will be in the past!

Often this is the time to make our obligatory “resolutions list” for the year to come, usually from looking back and seeing just what we didn't achieve in the year that is ending.

Making tallies of things we need ...





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Finding webcomic communities

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 27, 2019



image sourceExtra Fabulous Comics

When first starting out in the webcomic field, it’s very easy to feel like you are screaming into the void. Getting eyes on your work can be an uphill battle but, thankfully, the webcomic community is a thriving one and through the power of ...



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Sexposition (Do NOT Google That)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 21, 2019



The word for ‘porn’ in Greek is unsurprisingly ‘porn’. But its vernacular synonym is a word that in reality means ‘tack-on’ or ‘added scrap’. It signifies the common (or at least until recently common) assumption that scenes with explicit sexual activity were there to pad the runtime for a movie ...

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Goals in 2020

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 20, 2019




With another year coming to a close and we venture forth into 2020, it’s a good time to not just catch up on some no doubt much needed rest, but also to take a moment to make some goals for the coming year. Some time ago I wrote about ...


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Showing Music in Comics

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 19, 2019



Obviously, comics don't have sound. And that includes most webcomics.

But if you want to show music playing, or being performed, how do you indicate it on a comic page?

The first method that comes to mind is just writing the lyrics in a dialogue balloon, and maybe peppering ...





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