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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The Genre Defines the Lines

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 9, 2020



We grin and support John Wick as he ploughs through dozens of people per minute in his revenge quest over his murdered dog and ruined car, but we gasp with shock when the Wicked Witch of the East pursues a single person to take revenge for killing her sister with ...

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All is Lost

Banes at 12:00AM, April 30, 2020



I've talked many times about story structure. Even with a structural approach, there are a lot of questions to be answered, struggles to be had, and hard thinking to be done to make a story work.

One big moment that I like thinking about early in the writing is ...



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After Marriage

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 25, 2020



Usually in adventures, thrillers and other stories, when the main characters are romantically involved, the B plot (or even the A plot) is the ‘will they/won’t they' question: will they get together in the end, usually with a happy end scene of marriage, or some such thing. Romance ...

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Nothing Wasted, Something Gained

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 18, 2020



As the Orthodox Easter approaches, I set out to make the traditional sweet bread. It's a tricky affair, because the recipes are often unreliable, or something might happen which you realise too late, and the dough won't rise, or won't pull apart as it should. I ended ...

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Talking is Action Too

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 28, 2017



Often in making webcomics, creators may try to have more action than discourse, as it tends to make the comic more visually interesting and give opportunities to avoid ‘talking head’ scenes.

However, I think that sort of conundrum is a potential trap that might prevent creators from truly making use ...



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MARDI GRAS ATE MY HOMEWORK

HyenaHell at 12:00AM, Feb. 23, 2017



Unless you live in one of a handful of places scattered across the globe, either still sucking on the dregs of medieval Catholicism or entrenched in the aftermath of colonialism, Carnival probably means jack shit to you. Or maybe it does, but it's likely not an entity in and ...

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2015 DD Radio Play: Script Submission Rollout

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 26, 2015


-Original Artwork by Kroatz, full-sized version here.

A Message from Kroatz:

Four writers, each with their own unique tale to tell, are working hard on the DD Radioplay 2015. February fifth, each of them will bring us their best work, and it will be judged by a panel of experts ...




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FEATURED COMIC --> Wastelanders Anonymous

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 20, 2014



Flash forward to the year 2046.The future looks dismal in the bleak aftermath of the “End of the World”. Our main character and hooded-sweatshirt hero, Benjamin, was born after the Earth took a nose dive and now he is left to look after himself and defend complete strangers from ...

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THURSDAY FEATURE --> The Greening Wars, Heat is on Salsa, and News!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 12, 2012


the heat is on Salsa this week! Also now known as The Warnock… This guy has worked, with a few others admittedly, to keep the marvellously great community game
MAFIA alive. Salsa has been a powerhouse stalwart, working away quietly to manage and manicure this great community activity. He’s ...

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