When Being Confined

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 4, 2020



Nearly a billion people, perhaps more, are being confined in their homes as you read these lines, due to the Covid-19 quarantine to stem the pandemic. A good percentage are going stir-crazy right now, or are juggling with the limitations and necessary work-arounds of having to stay in a single ...

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Asymmetric Threats

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 28, 2020



“Asymmetric threats” is a military term. It is defined as “an unequal balance or when thinking about threats, an unfair advantage to the perpetrator. Phillips, A (2012) provided an excellent overview of what an asymmetric threat is. He described attacks of this nature to be undetectable, and once occurred, impossible ...

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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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So you think you can draw?

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 13, 2020



I was recently tagged in an Instagram post asking creators to share what they’re favourite thing to draw is. I immediately put down, hair, eyes and guys. Upon reflection what struck me about that response was how different that list was only a few years ago, for the three ...

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Breaking points

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 6, 2020



A breaking point for a character is when they hit their lowest point in the story. It’s purpose is to upset the reader, either making them angry and/or devastated the main character or they’ll be angry/devastated at the main character. Every story, in every genre has ...

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Placing the wrong building blocks | World building part 3

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2020



Last week, I expanded further on world building basics and what better way to end the trilogy than with a “what not to do!”. So here are some tips on what to avoid when building and writing your comic world.

Avoid the infodump
You’ve spent an age crafting the ...




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When the Plot is Too Busy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 22, 2020



The plot is the spine of your story, the scaffolding upon which everything will be placed in order to create a full experience for the audience to immerse themselves in- be it a movie or a comic or a novel.

Just like the spine, however, there is a limit to ...



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World building basics (Part 2 - Society and culture)

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 21, 2020



Last week, I went into the basics of building your fictional worlds. We’re continuing on with our second instalment where we’ll dive a bit deeper into the nitty gritty of world building. Without further ado…

What’s your world’s system of government?
Politics plays a large role ...




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The Day After

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 15, 2020



Given that it was Valentine's Day yesterday, and that is associated with a lot of special moments between couples, I thought we could talk about the Day After! What do you do on the Day After? Do you run to buy a pill or do you roll over and ...

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Building basics (Part 1)

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 14, 2020



A key aspect to creating a story, be it a modern day slice-of-life, an epic space opera or a high fantasy saga, is the world in which the characters inhabit. Now there are lots of aspects to consider when building your story and, this week, we’ll be going into ...

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