QUACKCAST 513 - Mask of the Mandalorian

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 12, 2021

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The Mandalorian is pretty unique in that he keeps his face hidden almost the whole time. This is very rare in TV and movies, the rule is ...



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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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Back From The Dead

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 2, 2021



So we've talked often about how letting a character die in a story is something that should be used very frugally, because once death occurs, it should be permanent. In most settings, death shouldn't be something that is reversible. If not, it will lose its impact, and the ...

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QUACKCAST 511 - TENSION

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 29, 2020

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Blame Mr Banes for this one, he's also the man responsible for the great cover art! Haha, he originally ...




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Handwaves, Explanations and Just-Go-With-Its

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 24, 2020



The long-running series Supernatural just came to an end and I enjoyed the last couple episodes. Even though I haven't seen the last few seasons and don't plan to, I knew the series fairly well from its first 6 or 7 years. I could say more about this ...

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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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How to Retcon

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



Retconning has a bad reputation.

Usually because it's done in big IPs and franchises when writers change and decide to drastically alter the development of a plotline, and do it by changing established canon about the characters or the history of the setting. Usually it's sloppily done, dealt ...



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Drawing Lies

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 10, 2020



Drawing Lies - Deception, Insincerity and Sarcasm

Stories and characters have many contexts where emotion is needed - the happy and sad and angry and scared of it all is a big focus of my own comic drawing - I keep it cartoony (with as few lines as possible) and maybe slightly exaggerated ...



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The Mystery Box

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 3, 2020


what's in the box?

Ah, December!

We're in the final month of the year, and Christmas is in sight. If you celebrated Christmas, or any other gift-oriented holiday, you probably remember the anticipation before the big day, and the excitement over what would be waiting for you.

It ...






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The Significance of Names (Part 2)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2020



When constructing your world, be it in fantasy or within a realistic/historical/existing place, the names you pick are very important.

They are important for suspension of disbelief and immersion: how consistent the names are, how congruent with what reality the audience reasonably comes to expect within the framework ...



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