QUACKCAST 426 - Sidekicking

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 14, 2019

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Inspired by Emma Clare's Friday newspost about supporting characters, today we're discussing sidekicks! Sidekicks are a useful character type that are used in so many ...



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80 Years of Batman

Banes at 12:00AM, April 25, 2019
tags: batman 80



May 2019 is right around the corner, and it marks a massive milestone in superhero comics - the 80th birthday of Batman.

His looooong running comic, Detective Comics, releases issue #1000! This is the second superhero comic to reach this impressive place - last year was Superman's 80th, and Action Comics ...



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SHAPES and Character

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2019




CHARACTER SHAPES

I remember hearing about this notion some time ago, on the dvd special features for an animated movie or show. I don't remember which one.

Characters derived from basic shapes can give a very strong impression of their basic personality type. This can help the audience feel ...






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5 great comic book slots

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 21, 2019



Comics have always had a special hold on people’s imaginations, with stories immersing readers in fantasy worlds where literally anything is possible. And, unlike books, comics combine the power of words and pictures. The skills of the artist mean that those worlds and other phenomena are there for all ...

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Drawing the Red Line

Amelius at 11:48AM, Jan. 20, 2019



Let's be honest, we don't always appreciate someone pointing out our mistakes. Criticism may be important for artists growing into their craft to find the right areas to focus on improving through a little outside guidance, but not all critique is made equal. Frankly speaking, a lot of ...

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3,2,1, Let's Jam!

Amelius at 2:44PM, Nov. 11, 2018



Not all ideas start fully formed. Look at any character which is drawn over a long period of time and you'll almost always see changes, refinements and evolutions in how the character is drawn and the overall style surrounding the character. Frequently these changes are gradual as result of ...

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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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80 Years of Superman

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 13, 2018



2018 marks the 80th birthday of the big guy himself - the OG superhero.

Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938.

Actually, there were precursors to Superman. But he popularized and defined the ‘Superhero’ character-type and genre. He was the template for countless characters who came later, with his ...





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Black Panther's Killmonger Followed a Real Hero's Journey (Includes Spoilers)

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 19, 2018

I believe enough time has passed since Black Panther has come out in the movie theater and enough people have seen it that I can finally talk about it without the fear of giving away too many spoilers.

I am not familiar with the original Black Panther comic that came ...

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Damaged Protagonists

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 18, 2018




A well written protagonist will generally have some flaws, starting out as an underdog of some kind, with lessons to learn and improvements to make over the course of the story.

Granted, some heroes are, well, just heroes, who are pretty much who they need to be from the beginning ...




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