The Secret Sociopath

Banes at 7:47AM, May 19, 2022


Kim is not a sociopath - but her many nuances make her most intriguing…and she has a scary side


The secret sociopath.

A story trope in fiction that can make for a shocking ending when done well, or probably an eye-rolling one
when not, is the secret sociopath.

A character ...








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QUACKCAST 583 - Why is it bad?

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 17, 2022

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Spoiler- we don't actually talk much about Yu-Gi-Oh! But I feel it's a good example of a pretty bad story- a so-bad-it's-good story, but ...



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Pets in Comics

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 14, 2022



Pets are intimate companions that get us through the day. Cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, snakes, fish, you name it- they help us in their own way. And yet not many characters in fiction or comics tend to have them. I for one don't include animals at all in my ...

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Friday Fashion Spotlight 25: Kumiko, Maria, and Elda

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 13, 2022




Welcome to…
The DD Fashion Spotlight!
Number 25.

Hpkomic is sharing the load with Friday newsposts, so we alternate each week. My turn this week!

Kumiko, Maria, and Elda are all dressed as maids, in a very typically manga style. This is solidly a manga trope which comes from a ...








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The Guy in the Hat Killed the Other Guy in the Hat

Banes at 12:00AM, May 12, 2022



Character Motivation

One thing I appreciate in well written stories is the hidden motivations of characters. Well written characters, just like real people, have contradictions to them. Desires and needs that are sometimes in conflict with each other.

Story structure tells us that a character has to WANT something. The ...





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The Art That Made Us

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 7, 2022



A million things have already been said and talked about regarding an artist's inspiration. A million more will be. From debates on what constitutes inspiration vs. poaching or plagiarism to what makes an artist inspired by other artists' work.

But what I want to talk about is not exactly ...



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Panel by Panel: 'Goldstar' and the Power of the Establishing Shot

hpkomic at 12:00AM, May 6, 2022



Hello and welcome to Panel by Panel, an analysis of panels from comics right here on The Duck and exploring what they do, how they work, and what we can learn from them.

Let's start with our panel in question this week. This one comes from the webcomic of ...



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The Unicorn

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 30, 2022



No, this article isn't about the mythological beings. I wouldn't want to steal any single one from Andreas Helixfinger's awesome Sunday article series.

What I want to talk about is the metaphorical unicorn: a character that is too good to be true, too unlikely to be found ...



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Friday Fashion Spotlight 24: Eve and Lilith

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 29, 2022




Welcome to…
The DD Fashion Spotlight!
Number 24.



Lilith and Eve are two interesting people with a special relationship budding between the two of them. Both are trans and they have very individual styles. Lilith is proud, confident, aggressive and dressy with a masculine spice. Eve is a lot less ...








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Fantastic Bestiary 5: Witches

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, April 24, 2022




As Easter has come by to melt away the final vestiges of a long, cold winter (at least up in these parts where I live) it feels like a good time to bring up the mythology of witches. Witches have a central role in the Easter that we celebrate here ...


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