The Significance of Names (Part 1)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 27, 2020



Picking a name for your character is a pivotal moment. Almost like breathing life into them, the name you pick for them will give their identity a hue, a flavor that wouldn't be the same with any other name. Yes, a Rose by any other name would smell as ...

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FEATURED COMIC --> Strike Pup

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 18, 2020



In the year 1986, Rose Remington was a rising star in women’s martial arts. However, life threw her a few face punches that forced Rose to fall out of the International fighting championships. The only struggles she now faces are the large, testosterone-filled opponents that she takes on in ...

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The Highway to Hell

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 14, 2020



Unless they are an old-timey Disney villain or similarly classic cartoon villain, nobody wants to be evil or bad starting off. Nobody's ambition is to be the villain in their own story. (note I say ‘villain’ and not ‘antagonist’)

Everyone is out to be the hero.

So why aren ...





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The Characters Bring The Tension

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 7, 2020



When building tension, it's imperative to have high stakes within your story. It doesn't matter what kind of story it is. It could be a story about huge risks, like the end of the world or even the universe, or it could be a story about a girl ...

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Uncompressed Storytelling

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 5, 2020


stretchin' out them stories!

I think I first heard the phrase “uncompressed storytelling” via the great John Byrne, comic artist and writer, and man of very strong opinions. He was criticizing some other writer or comic series (I don't remember which one) about hinting at stories that wouldn't ...


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QUACKCAST 499 - Life's worth?

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 6, 2020

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What is the worth of human life in your stories?
This isn't something people often consider, we just tend to have a fairly accurate guess based ...




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Happy Endings

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 3, 2020



Who doesn't love a happy ending?

Eh, there are a good few people I've met that just turn their noses up at happy endings, because apparently according to their opinion, happy endings are for the weak.

But for all other normal people, a happy ending is a good ...





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FEATURED COMIC --> Small Gods

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 16, 2020



In an ancient, barbaric land, one man stands out as strong and good above the rest, Prince Ovun. Coming across the sight of a poor old man being harassed by brutal thieves, Ovun takes action and saves the old fellow, who then predicts Ovun will soon be king of his ...

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QUACKCAST 496 - titular titularity!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 15, 2020

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Titles are surprisingly important for your comic! We don't often realise that when we first start them, but a title is one of the very first ...



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Character Design Brainstorm: The Man (or Woman) of the Cloth

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2020



There are many tropes and many archetypes that we use for character designs. I had a couple of years go (have I really been at it this long!?) done a series of articles on the standard character type/functionality archetypes.

I'm thinking it's high time to explore archetypes ...



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