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 Secret Sociopath

Banes at 7:47AM, May 19, 2022


Kim is not a sociopath - but her many nuances make her most intriguing…and she has a scary side


The secret sociopath.

A story trope in fiction that can make for a shocking ending when done well, or probably an eye-rolling one
when not, is the secret sociopath.

A character ...








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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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A Matter of Perspective

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 16, 2022



Consider this typical fantasy story:

There was once a young handsome man who was good with the sword, excellent with everyone in the village he lived with, and loved and cherished by all. However, he was unhappy because the one girl he fell in love with did not love him ...



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The Power of Comments

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 11, 2021





It's common knowledge that whoever has gone into making webcomics is doing it primarily because they like telling stories, they like drawing characters, and sequential art is just fun, approachable, and inclusive for many audiences.

It's also common knowledge that making webcomics can be a pretty tough ride ...





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Rooting for the bad guy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 11, 2021



Normally in stories there is the hero vs the villain or the protagonist vs the antagonist. As the audience, we generally expect to root for the hero or the protagonist and hope for the villain's or antagonist's comeuppance.

But there come those times when we find ourselves rooting ...



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Making mistakes in your writing

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 27, 2021



Last week I wrote about what you can do when you make mistakes in the artwork of your webcomic. A mistake in the writing is oftentimes harder to fix than the artwork. Foreshadowing and building of the world’s foundations is baked into what you write, so when you finally ...

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The Torture of Watching

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 7, 2021



Greece is burning, as I'm writing these lines.

There is fire everywhere, and it's only getting worse. It's probably going to extinguish itself in the sea, when it gets there, in all areas, from central Greece to Attica to Euboia. The ecological disaster is enormous. The consequences ...



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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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Shaking off creator's slump

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 18, 2021



The last few months have hit like a sledgehammer, leaving me with a profound sense of “slump”. That feeling of lethargy lazily tangled with a lack of motivation for anything creative. This got me thinking of ways I can shake off this heavy fog and step into the light of ...

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