Seriously?

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 11, 2022



When a dramatic actor gets a chance to perform a comedic role, I hear that sometimes they get excited to do something different but their first instinct is to play up the comedy. In an interview with a comedy writer/producer recently, he explained that these actors need the insight ...

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Another Duck Anthology

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 4, 2022



In years past, The Duck released several anthologies featuring comics by various creators on the site.

Last year, we did a horror anthology and I'd say things went rather well!

To continue funding improvements to the site, there is discussion taking place about doing another one! I think there ...





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The Manchild

Banes at 12:00AM, July 28, 2022



The manchild is a very comic trope in fiction over the years. It's the kind of person who is an adult physically, but have not accepted adult responsibilities in some parts of life…or maybe any part of life. They are irresponsible in relationships or work or life in ...

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Drama of the Historical

Banes at 12:00AM, July 21, 2022




Historical Drama/period pieces present multiple issues for the writer/creator to deal with.

In talking about the drama in his movie “Cinderella Man”, Ron Howard said that the drama was built into the story itself. Meaning the actual true events. The moving radio broadcast where the Depression-Era boxer Jimmy ...




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You Call That a Period Piece?

Banes at 12:00AM, July 14, 2022



It was only a little over ten years ago that everyone seemed to be talking about the dustup in the late night talkshow world with the Conan O'Brien/Jay Leno transfer at NBC. It hinged on the (forced) retirement of Jay Leno, and Conan taking over the coveted Tonight ...

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How Ya Gonna Pay For That?

Banes at 12:00AM, July 7, 2022


The dream of money has to show up in fiction, at least to some degree - it's a very human driver/motivator.


Last week i talked about characters who are motivated by money. Here are some more thoughts on money and some of the different ways it's handled in ...



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Struck Sure

Banes at 12:00AM, June 30, 2022


Changing structure of…structure.

*note to self: come up with better title before upload time. don't look like a FOOL again!

Wait!

First, remember to vote in the Drunk Duck Awards! There's only a week and a bit remaining before the voting booth is closed. Remember, you can ...






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Money Money Money

Banes at 12:00AM, June 23, 2022


If ya gotta go, go in style, i suppose!

I think I've been restraining myself pretty well - so here's another Better Call Saul-inspired Newspost.

As I wait anxiously for the final handful of episodes to this show to appear, my mind has gone back over the series and ...




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A Tale of Two Pebbles

Banes at 12:00AM, June 16, 2022



I don't know if you know this story already, but I just read it and loved it, so I'm sharing it here!

Many years ago in a small village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who ...



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Mind Tricks 2 - The Phantom Life

Banes at 12:00AM, June 9, 2022



On the last “Mind Tricks” discussion, we talked about false memories, where a characters' true nature is hidden from them because of memory loss or artificial memories.

The Phantom Life is similar, certainly in the two examples that I thought of initially…but the stories play out
in a different ...




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