So About Black Ariel...

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 17, 2022



I liked her. The trailer dropped and I didn't quite like the trailer, but I liked her.

Hear me out, now.

I think Halle Bailey can absolutely, 100% work as a mermaid. A little mermaid, if you like. There's just something in the way she's set up ...





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Would You Hit a Girl?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 10, 2022



So hitting a girl (or a woman) is extremely tropey. Regardless of how progressive your story is, a man hitting a woman runs a high risk of being considered lowly or less than heroic. That's because generally, women are considered weaker than men, thus an easy target. A woman ...

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Panel By Panel: The Squirrel Machine and Texture

hpkomic at 9:15AM, Sept. 9, 2022



Hello everyone, and welcome to Panel by Panel, a periodic exploration of comic panels around The Duck. This week, I was inspired by the latest update of the comic The Squirrel Machine by user hansrickheit. The comic is fantastic, but I want to zoom in on one panel. This is ...

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Venting Your Frustrations Needs Elegance

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 3, 2022



So it came to my attention that J.K. Rowling has taken revenge against her ‘internet trolls’ by writing a new book called The Ink Black Heart. According to reviews (I haven't read the book) the plot of the book reflects the author's experience of mass-condemnation over her ...

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Timely or Timeless

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 25, 2022


Rogue from the X-Men encounters President Ronald Reagan!
(…who???)


Timeliness vs Timelessness

Some comics are very much “of the moment”, while others are more timeless.

Connecting to the events of the moment can be a worthy endeavor. Webcomics are well suited to this kind of approach, too, with our ability ...








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Quackcast 597 - Revelations!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 23, 2022

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Today we're talking about a technique in storytelling that we're calling the “revelation”. Inspired by Banes doing an article on the weird trope in movies ...



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Quackcast 595 - Oversold to the Moon!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 9, 2022

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How do you describe your work to sell it to people? Writing blurbs is a real skill! You generally have to avoid doing these four things: Underselling ...



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Quackcast 593 - Risky Business

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 26, 2022

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The risks of online creative success
We live in a wonderful time where you're able to turn your creative passion into a job that can support ...




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Drama of the Historical

Banes at 12:00AM, July 21, 2022




Historical Drama/period pieces present multiple issues for the writer/creator to deal with.

In talking about the drama in his movie “Cinderella Man”, Ron Howard said that the drama was built into the story itself. Meaning the actual true events. The moving radio broadcast where the Depression-Era boxer Jimmy ...




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The Origin Story

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 2, 2022




It's common knowledge that a solid origin story will make a character. It'll often also make the story being told. Origin stories can be and often are the foundation for characters and plotlines, since motivations, plot points, and even stakes are set in them.

But what makes a ...




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