You Can't Get What You Want til You Know What You Want

Banes at 12:00AM, June 20, 2024



Characters want something - this is a basic building block of storytelling. Identifying what a main character wants is a big step in defining that character. Figure out how they go about trying to get it - that's the beginning of a story. Figure out what's stopping them from getting ...

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VOTING Ballot Box OPEN!! A Detailed Look at the 2024 Drunk Duck Awards Ballot Categories. VOTE BY JULY 6th!!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 17, 2024


Photo: “FYC: Calling In a Favor” by HawkandFloAdventures. (2024)

There is still time to get votes into the ballot box — THREE MORE WEEKS - - to be exact. If you still have the ability to vote, but have not clicked the ballot link posted last week, then here is a more in ...


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Are We The Baddies?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 15, 2024



Last time I wrote about villains making amends, after they decide to change their ways, flip sides, or generally become support to the protagonist, rather than the antagonist.

But for them to get there, there has to first come the realization that they are the villain of their story. And ...



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Where we Start

Banes at 12:00AM, June 13, 2024



I've started a few webcomics at this point, and all of them are ongoing…well, at least in theory.

There's always the question of where to start. What's page one gonna be?

With my first comic, Typical Strange, I LABORED over that decision for years.

Kind of ...







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Drawing details or drawing faster?

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 8, 2024



Hello there fellow Quackateers! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of comic making but life has been hectic! As I was sitting down to work on some panels I found myself becoming frustrated at how long it was taking which got me thinking. So I thought ...

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Panel By Panel: Workshop Week - 'Ripping Off King Arthur'

hpkomic at 9:18AM, June 7, 2024



Hello, everyone, and welcome to Panel by Panel, a periodic exploration of comic panels around The Duck. As we established last time, this week we'll be going over the community feedback on a webcomic page provided by a volunteer. I'll also share my thoughts as well.

As for ...



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Forced Together

Banes at 12:00AM, June 6, 2024



A tried and true story trope is the “forced together”.

I think it was the director Sidney Lumet who said that he really enjoyed the tension that came from
this kind of situation. Taking two people who would never choose to be together are stuck in
a bad situation. It ...





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Making Amends

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 1, 2024



So your villain has just made a heel-face turn and is now one of the good guys. Yay!



…not so fast!

The moment where an antagonist turns on their own side and joins that of the protagonists is extremely powerful. But unless it is part of the overall story's ...







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Horrible On Purpose

Banes at 12:00AM, May 30, 2024


badum-tsss

I thought the first time I appreciated comedy that was “bad on purpose”, it was Fred Willard in Best in Show.
It's possible that some of his quips and comments were funny, or funny to some people…but the point of that character (a clueless commentator at a ...



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Becoming the Beast

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 25, 2024




Humans can be scary, fascinating, mysterious creatures. Humanity is capable of the most amazing feats of compassion and the most debased acts of cruelty. And not necessarily at opposing ends of the spectrum. The same person can be compassionate in one context and appallingly cruel in another. They may not ...


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