The Origin Story

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 2, 2022




It's common knowledge that a solid origin story will make a character. It'll often also make the story being told. Origin stories can be and often are the foundation for characters and plotlines, since motivations, plot points, and even stakes are set in them.

But what makes 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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QUACKCAST 570 - Hair!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 15, 2022

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Time to chat about character hairstyles. Tantz did a newspost about them a few weeks ago and I spun the topic off into a fashion subject for ...



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QUACKCAST 546 - The bad-arse dandy!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 31, 2021

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Why aren't there more prettyboy bad-ass characters? Pretty girl bad-asses too! This character type is often a hall-mark of Japanese and Korean fiction more than anything ...



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Interviewing Miranda of "Into the Swell"

damehelsing at 12:00AM, July 25, 2021



Hello ducklings! I’m back with another interview, and this time we’ve got our wonderful sea captain Miranda! So, Captain Miranda, please introduce yourself!!

Miranda: Hello ducklings! I'm Miranda! I'm a full time computer engineer and in my spare time I enjoy baking, doing puzzles, playing video ...



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Speaking in tongues - Character voice

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 23, 2021



Designing memorable characters doesn’t just stop at their appearance. The manner in which they speak and use body language is integral to building a full picture of who they are as a character as well as how others react to them. Here are some tips on how to make ...

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Thems fighting words

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 9, 2021



Conflict in a story is not only necessary, it can be the juiciest part of your comic. Think about it! We often remember and recount the parts of a movie, comic or show where the emotions were the strongest. A solid vitriolic scene can result in one hell of a ...

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Writing Writers

Banes at 12:00AM, June 24, 2021



I read some writing…advice? Or commentary? Or something like that years ago that pointed out how often amateur writers will create Protagonists who are writers. If I'm remembering correctly, this was expressed as a bad thing, probably because it's overdone. On the one hand, they say write ...

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Drawing What YOU Want and the power of the FICTIONAL WORLD

damehelsing at 12:00AM, May 23, 2021



The discussion below might get a little mature, to avoid getting in trouble, anyone under the age of 15, please go back to playing with Legos. Visit this article when you’re 16.



I had another article in mind for this week, but after seeing Tantz’s article yesterday, I ...





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Talking Head Syndrome

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 13, 2021



I have many annoyances when it comes to webcomics, and literature in general but I’ll focus on comics for it’s far worse in comics than it is in books. The infamous talking head syndrome.

You know what I’m talking about. One panel has just one character talking ...



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