Outlining the foundation of your webcomic

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 15, 2021



An outline for a story, whether it be a one-shot or a serialised epic, needs a strong foundation. The building blocks that will become your comic must be able to stand firm on the themes, concepts, story beats and character moments explored in your outline. “I need an outline?” you ...

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En media res

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 8, 2021



You’ve got your amazing idea down for a story but how do you begin? You want to make your first chapter amazing! En medias res means opening in the midst of the plot. This way, exposition is bypassed, allowing you to fill it in more gradually, either through dialogue ...

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Setting goals in 2021

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 1, 2021



It’s 2021 everyone. Somehow we made it to the end of a strange and often heart wrenching year but we did it. We hit many milestones, particularly on Drunkduck. We now have the lowest amount of spam ever on the site, the anthology is coming along, the Quackchat is ...

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Welcoming a new member to the cast

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 18, 2020


I’ve been getting back into reading epic fantasy novels. Grand worlds, exotic locations and, of course, an ever increasing cast of characters. As I am one to never stop taking notes, even when I’m trying to chill, here are some things I noticed about introducing new characters that ...

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getting on track with subplots

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 11, 2020



A subplot is a co-current narrative that runs alongside the main plot, often providing context, character development or further world building. They can be used to build further tension, explore other perspectives or themes.

The theme is what the overall story means. A subplot allows you to lend more emotional ...



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Living with mistakes

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 4, 2020



We create two comics.

One story has been methodically planned out, step by step. There’s a master plan. The chapters are written in their entirety over 40 pages. They are sketched, edited, inked and coloured all at once. When the chapter is over, we review the plan, make adjustments ...



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"Just practice" - Giving better advice

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 20, 2020



I remember when I was younger and looking to improve my skills, I was often met with “Just practice,”. Although the intentions behind the adage were well meaning, that did not help me improve. As I’ve gotten older, I found myself at times, usually when I was tired myself ...

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When characters don't follow the plan

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 13, 2020



I’ve been revisiting a fantasy novel that I had fallen in love with as a teenager, The Axis Trilogy. As I was reading it I remembered what the author had said about the character Faraday and her intentions for her fate. She commented in an interview, “She was never ...

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The building blocks of world building

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 6, 2020



World building is a cornerstone of any story. From your neighbourhood slice-of-life to an out-of-this world space opera the world in which the characters inhabit draws the reader and keeps them invested in the character’s struggles. Here are some questions to consider when constructing your new universe.

What is ...



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Shuffling a character off this mortal coil

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 30, 2020



Whether it be planned from the beginning, or a sudden decision, some characters just have to go. As a creator, one should endeavour to do it for the right reasons. Shuffling off this mortal coil may be a catalysing event for the plot, a much needed kick for the protagonist ...

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