Developing a style

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 22, 2020



I recently took on the Sailor Moon Redraw Challenge. I was so excited to pay homage to the series that inspired me to take drawing seriously but most of all, I was curious as to whether or not I had a style. It took many years for me to realise ...

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More Thoughts on Discovery Writing

Banes at 12:00AM, May 21, 2020



We've had some interesting discussions on various Newsposts, in the Forum and elsewhere on theduckwebcomics about knowing your ending, knowing your genre, planning ahead and outlining vs. ‘pantsing’ or ‘Discovery writing’, which is writing without knowing where you're going.

Though up to now I've mostly been a ...



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The Genre Defines the Lines

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 9, 2020



We grin and support John Wick as he ploughs through dozens of people per minute in his revenge quest over his murdered dog and ruined car, but we gasp with shock when the Wicked Witch of the East pursues a single person to take revenge for killing her sister with ...

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The Garden-path

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 14, 2020



One could say that it is a very trendy thing in writing, be it for movies or for graphic novels, to subvert expectations. Often, unfairly, a plot that subverts expectations is equated with ‘good, quality writing’. Tons of essays and articles have been written to refute this association, including here ...

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FEATURED COMIC --> Invasive Species

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 26, 2020




The Prologue of Invasive Species opens up in a setting very similar to a role-playing game complete with character avatars and text boxes. It is as if the narrator is immersed in this digital land as he goes in and out of consciousness with reality. The main character goes by ...


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FEATURED COMIC --> Coquin

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 12, 2020




Coquin is an interesting collaboration comic that brings together an American writer (Finch) and a French artist (Floch). The story follows a French fashionista named Serena and a British genie in a comic that originally ran as the weekly comic of a feminist magazine. Serena has a very liberal mindset ...


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Planning Ahead vs The Thrill of Discovery

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 30, 2020

A few Newsposts from our contributors have mentioned plotting or planning vs the pantsing or ‘discovery’ approach to writing.

Plotting, which is obviously building some kind of plan or outline, is an approach many writers swear by, at least to some degree. It might be a vague plan, with a ...

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Time Passages

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 26, 2019

As another year draws to a close, I'm once again thinking about how much time is flying by, more and more quickly the older I get.

Weeks whiz by like mad these days, and how quickly we've reached the end of the year reminds me that YEARS are ...

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Showing Music in Comics

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 19, 2019



Obviously, comics don't have sound. And that includes most webcomics.

But if you want to show music playing, or being performed, how do you indicate it on a comic page?

The first method that comes to mind is just writing the lyrics in a dialogue balloon, and maybe peppering ...





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The Slow Burn

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 14, 2019



Generally nowadays, perhaps because of the nature of today's media and ways of consuming stories, a fast-paced, rapid-fire approach is favored for telling stories. It's with good reason. With so many options available to a finite audience, there is a high competition for grabbing the audience's attention ...

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