QUACKCAST 525 - Sexual Tension

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 6, 2021

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Sexual tension between characters is a great way to augment the conflict that drives a story. The audience really wants ...




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Unlikely Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, March 25, 2021


the cruel tutor himself, Pai Mei

One of my favorite character types is the gruff/grizzled old mentor. Tough as nails, mean or cranky on the outside but with great knowledge or support to offer when you know them, or when they know - and trust - you.

I've talked about ...




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Yesterday was Pi Day, Today is the Ides of March

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 15, 2021




One year ago, I was sitting on a carpet in my living room putting the pieces of a World Map puzzle together. The previous Friday, March 13th, started off like any other—daily commute to work—except the constant news on the radio talking about the Ivy Leagues sending their ...


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Archetypes Through a Psych Lens: Temperament

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 13, 2021



According to the theory, you are born with a temperament. Its manifestation occurs soon after birth, and it is based in biological configurations you have, such as your tolerance or intolerance to stimulations, your sensitivity to noxious stimuli such as noise, and a range of other things.

As a baby ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Shu’Halo: The Balance Overture

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 10, 2021




In an alternate Universe called Azeroth, an unknown force began to exterminate every life form. Entire races and civilizations were wiped out quickly. The ones that fled did survive by adapting to live underground for one hundred years. However, dark entities certainly live among the living.

The comic is mostly ...




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The dance of chemistry

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 12, 2021



When it comes to characters and their arcs, their relationships, or more specifically, their chemistry, has a large role to play in how they develop. From day to day we absorb and reflect the behaviours, views and values of those we interact with, be that at work or school or ...

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I Spent Winter Break Playing that Futuristic Game that Takes Place in the Year 2077

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 11, 2021




Last month, I bit the bullet and downloaded the simulation video game that is at the center of much controversy at the moment because of its performance on older generation console systems. The game in question is Cyberpunk 2077, a game that takes place fifty-seven years in the future where ...


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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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Exploiting Death

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 19, 2020




When a character the story's cast and audience identify and are familiar with dies, the effect is, or should be, monumental.

Not only because that effectively ends that character's journey (and arc), but also because as an event it has immediate ramifications for all the surviving characters.

First ...






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Danko's Flaming Heart

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 5, 2020




I couldn't have been older than 11 when I read The Flaming Heart of Danko by Maxim Gorky. And boy, did it cut me with the finest of fine glass. Even now thinking about the short story hurts somewhere deep in my soul.

And yet, I love it so ...




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