White Hats

Banes at 5:04AM, Sept. 20, 2018




When Superman returned to the big screen ten years ago or so in “Superman Returns”, the movie was intended to be a direct sequel to the two original movies with Christopher Reeve. I was surprised at how mopey and depressing the movie felt.

Which is to say, the movie felt ...




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A Few Announcements and Heads Up!

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 15, 2018



Today I got a list of stuff I want to talk to you about and remind you!

First off- USED BOOKS NEEDS OUR HELP

She has a pretty high vet bill to pay for saving the lives of her awesome rats. So please help her out whichever way you can ...





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Earning Your Twists

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



There's nothing more intense than subverting the audience's expectations: The righteous character that always says the truth says a lie. The character that values all life ends up murdering someone. The bad sort, the punk that's always terrible ends up saving the day or doing something decent ...

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Stakes

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 6, 2018



STAKES

In a story, a Protagonist wants something, and some kind of obstacle is in the way. When the Protagonist makes a choice, good or bad, to take them to that goal, we're off and running!

But what happens if they don't get what they want? What happens ...





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The Sacrificial Lion

Tantz_Aerine at 6:09PM, Aug. 31, 2018



One of the toughest tropes in any kind of narrative work, from novels to comics to movies is the Sacrificial Lion - but not for what might be an obvious reason: having to axe a top tier character. It's because the trope is something that will affect and carry through ...

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Hopes n Fears

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 23, 2018

At the end of Annie Hall, Woody Allen's character writes a play that recreates his breakup with Annie. But in the fictional version, they stay together and the romance continues. Woody is apologetic to the movie's audience and says “What can I say; it was my first play ...

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Taking a swim with the fishes - Offing your characters

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 17, 2018



There comes a time in any webcomic creator’s career where they have to be mean to their characters. And there is nothing meaner than letting the proverbial Sword of Damocles fall on a beloved (or equally unloved) character and watching their head roll to the chorus a shrill cries ...

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Audience Commentary - Does it change your story?

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 16, 2018



There are lots of fantastic things about making webcomics. Many nice things it has over traditional printing and publishing.

The speed of publishing and presenting your work to the world, the lack of a barrier to entry so anybody with an internet connection can make and publish comics…

…and if ...





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The Results for the 2018 DD Awards Trophy Contest are Here!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 6, 2018



The votes have been tallied up and the trophy award with the most vote is Emevsa's design!

Not far in second place is the award by KimLuster!

Also, to piggyback on last week's call for volunteers, usedbooks wrote a very nice statement on volunteering for the awards:

usedbooks ...







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Making Bad Guys Intimidating

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 4, 2018



Every hero goes up against a villain. Every protagonist against an antagonist. This is the main clash that drives your story, any story, forward be it slice of life or epic drama.

One of the elements that can make this driving force compelling, that will make the clash interesting and ...



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