Comic Creating Apps versus Hand Drawing

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 20, 2020



A few years back, a comic app called Bit Strips was very popular on social media. It was a cut-and-paste type of comic creator that allowed an easy way to design a character and create stories or comics featuring the creator’s likeness. BitStrips was popular on social media or ...

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MacGuffins

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 16, 2020


MacGuffin comin' through!


MacGuffins

I'm not sure if everyone knows this already, but a MacGuffin is a term that was made popular by Alfred Hitchcock, and is now widely used in writing and storytelling circles.

It is an item or event (or possibly even a character) that exists only ...







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On Writing Therapists 1

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 11, 2020




I've already written a bunch of articles on writing mental illness, so I figured I should write about writing therapists as well!

Oh, the woes for therapist representation in narrative works! All the stereotypes are there: from the shrink that is actually a little (or a lot) loopy and ...




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Reflection Characters

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 2, 2020




Reflection Characters

When I was doing a little reading on the “Mentor” character type, I learned about something called “Reflection Characters”. It was an eye opener; I'd never heard of this before, though I could instantly see how it made sense in storytelling, and dozens of examples came to ...




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Sexposition (Do NOT Google That)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 21, 2019



The word for ‘porn’ in Greek is unsurprisingly ‘porn’. But its vernacular synonym is a word that in reality means ‘tack-on’ or ‘added scrap’. It signifies the common (or at least until recently common) assumption that scenes with explicit sexual activity were there to pad the runtime for a movie ...

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"How we made the typeface Comic Sans"

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 13, 2019



In my research for a larger article about comics and typography, I stumbled upon an article that talked about how and why the font “Comic Sans” came into existence. Published via The Guardian, Vincent Connare, Comic Sans’ typographer commented,

”One program was called Microsoft Bob, which was designed to make ...



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Motivation, Ideology, Action 3

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 30, 2019



So there's this saying that it's a completely different thing to talk the talk than walk the talk- to do as you preach. To put your money where your mouth is. To actually apply what you say you ascribe to.

In short, putting into action everything you've ...



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Writing your hopes and fears

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


Do the things you draw come true?

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. Narrating the movie, Woody apologizes to the movie's audience and says ...


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Motivation, Ideology, Action 2

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2019



Last time we talked about motivation in people, and its relationship to behavior. And I must say you all had great comments I feel deserve to be addressed, so instead of a four-part tour to the world of what makes people tick, I will add a fifth part where I ...

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Star Wars' Rey May Be a Problematic Character

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 26, 2019



I know you are probably rolling your eyes right now, thinking I'm about to rant about the Star Wars sequels again. I'm not.

Ok, I might a little, but not in the typical manner. And I'm inviting you to hear me out because this isn't a ...



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