QUACKCAST 553 - Out of date humour?

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 19, 2021

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I was reading an article the other day about the comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen and how that style of comedy is now out of date, along ...



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Not even Dora is exploring this.

damehelsing at 12:00AM, Oct. 10, 2021



So, I found a horror movie recently and even though it’s not serial killer horror or Halloween type of horror, it’s definitely scary.

The movie I will be talking about today: “The Ruins” (2008) – there will be spoilers, so please be warned. The following movie is for mature ...



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Tropes I Hate

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 2, 2021




So maybe the verb ‘hate’ is excessive, but there are some tropes that can really throw me off a story. Or perhaps, what throws me is the way they are used. I firmly believe that any trope can be part of a solid, enjoyable story, even the ones I hate ...


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Children's Stories

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 18, 2021



When I was growing up in the 80s, stories that were marketed as ‘children’s' were occasionally brutal.

Characters got maimed or killed, tortured or traumatized, met with horrid ends in worlds that were anything but rosy. And this was a pattern that wasn't limited to, say, English literature ...



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QUACKCAST 547 - Franchise fail

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 7, 2021

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There seemed to be a lull for a while after the 1990s and the massive sequel craze of the 80s, but nowadays we're back in full ...



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The Dark Turn

Banes at 12:00AM, May 27, 2021


Hey, I found an image of the actual moment! yeah, real good, there

Last time we took a look at the little moment in some stories where a character has a moment and realizes that in spite of being able to get what they want (valuable magic rocks, or to ...


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I Can Do Better

Banes at 12:00AM, May 20, 2021



The moment of change in a character is not always crystal clear in a story. Very often the secret to good storytelling I think, is to understand all the structural elements in a story, and a character arc, and then to HIDE those elements so they feel realistic while they ...

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Archetypes Through a Psych Lens: Social Cognitivism

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 3, 2021




So now we got Behaviorism down, we're ready to talk about the Social Cognitive perspective to how human personality develops!

This is one of the major approaches to Theories of Personality, and a perfect example of how psychology theorists build one off the other to develop perspectives and add ...




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Who Are Your Characters?

damehelsing at 12:00AM, March 28, 2021



This might be a simple question, but I think it’s much deeper than most think.

Characters, whether they’re our own or not, have an origin, have traits, personalities, ideas, morals and goals. Each one is different and all of them share a similarity: their creator.

We can all ...





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Xade's Guide to Pacing!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2021



So, you have a comic or comic idea and want to put pen to paper or tablet. Great! Check off what you need. Tools, check. Basic story idea, check. Art skill, also a check, even if your art is terrible you’re bound to improve. Knowing how to pace the ...

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