Character trait: Toxic Positivity, Toxic Acceptance (Part 1)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 28, 2023



Usually, antagonists or villains are emo and gloomy, angry and aggressive, suave and sly, or any combination of that. They are not generally associated with positive traits in their personality, or at least positively-associated traits.

And that's a shame, because real life sure does have a lot of variety ...



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Meet the Found Family

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2023



Last year (har har har obligatory New Year's Joke done) I'd started talking about Found Family, one of my favorite tropes in pretty much any narrative work, from movies to novels to comics and webcomics. Found family is when a bunch of characters, usually unrelated and mismatched, end ...

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Hawk and Flo Adventures: Part I, “Ice Cream Truck of Doom” Makes Magnificent Milestone!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 9, 2023


Photo: “Hawk and Flo ‘Happy New Year’ Desktop Wallpaper” (Patreon-Exclusive Unlock). Drawn by Hawk and Flo Adventures. (January 2023)

MILESTONE

We last celebrated when Hawk and Flo Adventures: Part 1-Ice Cream Truck of Doom was about to reach its 400th page milestone. Since then, the 425th has been passed ...




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Found Family

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



There's a weird hermit living at the edge of a street. Rumours fly about him and what he does all day, whether he's a criminal or a psychopath. People don't go near him or his property and any interaction is minimal. Until a young vagrant kid stumbles ...

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Your politics vs. Your characters' politics

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



Okay, this is a semi-rant and train of thought post, because I've had a couple whiskey and I'm Having Thoughts About Things. You have been warned.

There was one thing that always bothered me in villains that monologue in movies (I also see it in how social media ...



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This Week on the 2022 Drunk Duck Awards…

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Oct. 3, 2022


Photo: “Red Carpet Event: Formal Group Shot” by Various Artists. Drunk Duck Awards 2022. (2022)

Exciting times at the Drunk Duck Awards last week as the Red Carpet was officially rolled out with characters from well-known comics strutting stylishly down the crimson pathway: Niccea (MC); Captain Ferrond and Outcast from ...


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Using Stories (or Comics) for Politics

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 24, 2022



So, fair warning, I was dead tired last night and forgot to write the blog post. I am slightly drunk now, so I've got no inhibition whatsoever. And I'm going to talk about whatever comes to mind. So, big shocker for anyone who knows me, I want to ...

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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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Practical Things to Consider When Designing a Character's Look

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 30, 2022



When designing a character's appearance, we want to come up with cool, original elements that make an impression and distinguish that character from all others. So it's tempting to give them a gazillion cool belts with buckles running up their legs and arms, chains hanging off them, high ...

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