Purpose of subplots

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




Last week, we looked at ways to prevent the middle of your story from sagging. One of those suggestions was using a subplot or two to help flesh out both the world and characters of your story.

For those of you who are a bit confused as to what a ...




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Strong Women, Strong Men

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 8, 2018



A ton of things have been written about “strong female characters”- how we need them in narratives, and what it means to have them in a creative work's cast. Tons of discussions and social media wars have been waged on what it is that makes a female character strong ...

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When the middle of your story sucks

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



When creating a story, either for comics or novels, the easiest parts to write are usually the beginnings and ends because hell ,they’re the fun bits right? You burst out of the gate, ready and raring to go, your gaze on that sweet, sweet finale but there’s a ...

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QUACKCAST 403 - Eat yer serial!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 4, 2018

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This Quackcast was inspired by a newspost by Tantz. There seems to be this prevailing idea at the moment that serialised storytelling is better than episodic style ...



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Serialized vs Episodic Storytelling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 1, 2018



There is a general trend in mainstream media and sequential art to generally value serialized works (in shows, series, comics, etc) over episodic ones. They are considered to be more elegant, more dynamic and more interesting than episodic ones. While this might definitely hold true, is it so as a ...

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Playing favourites

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 30, 2018



I have favourite characters. There, I said it.

Although I would love to think that I love them equally, and on some level there is truth to that, there are a few I continually come back to and just want to get into them more. Now, just because they are ...



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The Double Edged Sword of Stereotyping

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 24, 2018



Stereotypes permeate our every day lives. Whether we like it or not, our brains are wired for making quick estimations and judgments based on patterns and pattern recognition.

This very pattern we're looking for to identify at a glance is what a stereotype is. And it's very useful ...



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Amanda Palmer and the Fraud Police

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 23, 2018




In my quest to improve myself by reading more than one book this year, I made a point to try and finish one that was given to me last Christmas, (I think anyway). Namely, Amanda Palmer’s, The Art of Asking. There was a passage in there that really jumped ...


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The Need To Denigrate

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 17, 2018



Lately there has been this pattern that I've noticed in both social media and mainstream comics/cartoons outlets that is very saddening: the use of denigration and belittlement as a promotional tactic, or as an argument.

More and more I seem to notice that new series, reboots, retellings or ...



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Wanting to create a shiny new toy

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2018



Your comics are moving along at a good pace despite school and work obligations, you’ve got your social media under control and hell, even life is good right now. Balance. Calm. Tranquility. But there is one thing you can’t help but toy with. You’re looking at your ...

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