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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Flaws Every Day

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 25, 2021



We're always advising people to give their characters flaws. But why? Is it just so they'll be relatable and not perfect/boring?

That is a good reason, for sure.

Is it so you'll know how they're supposed to react in certain situations?
“I wrote in my ...






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Captain America Civil War

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 18, 2021



I've compared “Avengers Infinity War” to the classic movie cliffhanger in The Empire Strikes Back.

But the Marvel Cinematic Universe actually pulled off an almost-“Empire”-level story a couple years before that, in Captain America: Civil War.

The MCU started off with multiple movies setting up Iron Man ...





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Days Unlike Any Other

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 15, 2021



Interesting.

It is quite amusing how Valentine's Day 2021 landed on a Sunday, a day without a new blog entry. Friday was the celebration of the Lunar New Year–the Year of the Ox.

In previous years, both occasions would have drawn massive crowds of people. There would have ...





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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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Star Trek Economics

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 4, 2021



I just finished a rewatch of The Mandalorian series and one of the things I thought about was the vicious profiteering and scramble for money (or ‘credits’, or valuable metals or what have you) that indicates what kind of economy is at work in that show.

Granted, so far we ...



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Cartooning With Banes - Focal Points, Characters and some such stuff like that

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 28, 2021



An advantage of comics as a medium is to be able to use still images to tell the story, and create an impression or feeling in the reader that runs deeper than words can do. Or at least, the images can strengthen the experience and make something people hopefully get ...

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Everyday Joes and the Best of the Best

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 21, 2021




Everyday Joes and the Best of the Best

Star Wars and Star Trek are long-running siblings in science fiction pop culture. I don't know if there's really a “rivalry” between the two; SW has always been more popular I think, and the two are very different.

One big ...






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Protagonist, Antagonist and Villain

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2021



Over the past couple weeks I watched and loved Cobra Kai. There are multiple articles that I could write about this show.

It's an ensemble cast, and I guess Johnny and Daniel could be called co-Protagonists. I actually think Johnny is the Protagonist, Daniel the Antagonist and Kreese is ...



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Dat MASK, tho

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 7, 2021



Masked, Unknown Characters

Fiction, certainly in the movie/TV/comics visual mediums, are full of characters whose identities are hidden by masks.

On The Mandalorian, the title character follows a strict creed that says he is not supposed to let another living being see his face, so he always wears ...





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