The Bestest Evar

Banes at 12:00AM, April 8, 2021



The Bestest Evar: Revisiting Mary Sues -
And a Contest!


Way back in the day our friend and my grizzled old mentor HippieVan did a post discussing Mary Sues - and we followed it up with a Mary Sue “contest”.

Many of us comic creator and reader types have probably known the ...





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Unlikely Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, March 25, 2021


the cruel tutor himself, Pai Mei

One of my favorite character types is the gruff/grizzled old mentor. Tough as nails, mean or cranky on the outside but with great knowledge or support to offer when you know them, or when they know - and trust - you.

I've talked about ...




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Mary Jane Had Options

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 18, 2021


Photo: Mary Jane “MJ” Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst) and Harry Osborn (played by James Franco) in Spiderman 3 (2007).

Traveling down the memory lane archives has taken me back to watching the Tobey Maguire Spiderman trilogy that was released during the early-2000s.

Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman was my masked ...




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Gimme Strength

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 19, 2020



Plenty has been said about giving characters flaws - we've talked about it around the site, on the Quackcast and out loud, to ourselves, on the bus and in the park.

Characters gotta have flaws!

But something I've thought about more lately, in the years well after starting my ...





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No Antagonist, No Arc

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 27, 2020



I grabbed the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey 2-pack and rewatched then after many years. I knew those movies well when I was a youngster, especially the first one. Many, many repeat viewings. Both movies held up REALLY well, and feature “Fool ...

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Dusting off the Past

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 29, 2020



There used to be an unbreakable connection between myself and my desktop computer during my college days. My computer was an extension of me, a mech of sorts and as I started getting better at creating and using programs like Photoshop, SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Revit, I needed to constantly upgrade ...

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The Genre Defines the Lines

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 9, 2020



We grin and support John Wick as he ploughs through dozens of people per minute in his revenge quest over his murdered dog and ruined car, but we gasp with shock when the Wicked Witch of the East pursues a single person to take revenge for killing her sister with ...

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When Being Confined

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 4, 2020



Nearly a billion people, perhaps more, are being confined in their homes as you read these lines, due to the Covid-19 quarantine to stem the pandemic. A good percentage are going stir-crazy right now, or are juggling with the limitations and necessary work-arounds of having to stay in a single ...

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Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 9, 2020



I like mentor characters.

This is not just me of course; the mentor and protagonist relationship is powerful. Some of the best moments in many stories are the first encounter with the mentor, the training and sense of discovery for the protagonist, and the eventual loss of the mentor character ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Ripping Off King Arthur

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 25, 2019



There's a theory that the key to success is simply to rip off the story of King Arthur, ok? But you have to do it in a way that isn't too original or a slavish knockoff, there has to be perfect balance… only then can you be a ...

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