Demographics

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 7, 2019

Who's it for?

In writing instructional books, there used to be this bit about deciding who your story/screenplay/series is FOR. This is a notion used in the industry (so I've read) to figure out who the audience is going to be for a given project. In ...

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Metaphors in Horror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 24, 2019



Metaphors in Horror



Horror is perfect for metaphor and allegory. In fact, a horror story is often allegorical by default, what with its bizarre landscapes and freaky beasties.

Here are some categories of horror and some thoughts on what they symbolize:

Reality Bites


psycho killer! Qu'est-ce que c'est ...












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The Head, The Heart and the Gut

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 17, 2019



There are things that appeal to the head - intriguing “what ifs” in terms of world building, and insights into technology, culture, politics, and history that capture the imagination in an intellectual way.

Then there's the heart - stories without emotional connection are the ones that critics and audiences call “sterile ...



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Structural Integrity part 2

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 3, 2019



Last week I talked about structure in webcomics, and asked you about how you make your longer-form comics digestible by new readers as well as ongoing readers.

But what about other alternate ways to present a webcomic?

Most of the ones I've read are roughly the dimensions of a ...





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Angels of the Fallen Reaches One Year Milestone!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2019




https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Angels_of_the_Fallen/

Angels of the Fallen by Busty Laroo is celebrating its one year of updates today, October 1st.

BustyLaroo writes: “I'm super excited about this because it's the first time in my life that I've worked this consistently for this long.”

Congratulations, BustyLaroo ...








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Structural Integrity

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 26, 2019



We've talked many times about story structure and different elements of it. But what about structure that's specific to web comics?

If someone does a “gag” or standalone series of strips, it's one thing - but there are still questions to answer. Like, do you have a character ...



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The Death of the Method?

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



The Death of the Method?


In the past, I've been a proponent of the Banes Method - really, the Save the Cat Method - of story construction and story improvement.

The method became all the rage in film production in Hollywood apparently - and has received some criticism as well, for being ...






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Too Hot For TV

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 5, 2019



Game of (Sticks and) Stones

I heard about the new Dave Chappelle special, Sticks and Stones, and couldn't wait to finish the long work day to get home and watch it.

A lot of it was hysterical and I was laughing loudly, sounding like some kind of sick donkey ...





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Point of view 2 - Unreliable Narrators

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2019



Unreliable

Last week we talked a little pov basics.

This time, how about we talk the fascinating device called the Unreliable Narrator. For anyone who doesn't know, this type of narration (usually first person in prose, but not necessarily) tells the story in question…but is not necessarily giving ...





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Point of View

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 22, 2019



Points of View - part one

In literature, we know there are several points of view that can be used by the author. First person (everything is ‘I did this, I did that’), Third person limited (he does this, she does this, we can see the thoughts of only one character ...



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