Making a splash - Introducing new characters

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 24, 2021



In comics, as in life, characters will come and go in your story. However, how does one go about introducing them in an organic way? Sticking the landing of character introductions can make or break how memorable they are. So here are three things to consider when introducing a new ...

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QUACKCAST 549 - Love stories

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 21, 2021

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In today's cast we're chatting about LOVE stories! This isn't a subject we get into much but it's a huge genre so we ...




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Children's Stories

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 18, 2021



When I was growing up in the 80s, stories that were marketed as ‘children’s' were occasionally brutal.

Characters got maimed or killed, tortured or traumatized, met with horrid ends in worlds that were anything but rosy. And this was a pattern that wasn't limited to, say, English literature ...



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When characters take on a life of their own

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 17, 2021



As I was unwinding by absent-mindedly scrolling through Twitter, I happened upon a tweet asking if other writers/creators experience creating characters who take on a life of their own, and it got me to thinking. Recently I had drafted two scripts for one of our comics, only to then ...

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FEATURED COMIC --> Max Jaw

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 15, 2021



Max Jaw is a tough, relentless, cool, ruthless gangster. He hunts down his man and ends him. Guaranteed. Every time. With the help of his trusty cat. This is a beautufully stylised minimal comic with sparse text, evococative images, simple colours and silhouettes. This is definitely a case of show ...

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QUACKCAST 548 - Foreign Influence

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 14, 2021

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Translating cultural concepts so they can be understood in a different country can be really tricky, most people never bother. Often the audience is just left to ...



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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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Using pre-made assets

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 10, 2021



As I was scrolling through Instagram I saw a video from a fellow comic creator. They were demonstrating how they went about drawing shoes. They opened up a sheet and, here’s the kicker, the sheet was full of shoes at different angles. They just copied and pasted the angle ...

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QUACKCAST 547 - Franchise fail

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 7, 2021

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There seemed to be a lull for a while after the 1990s and the massive sequel craze of the 80s, but nowadays we're back in full ...



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The Privilege of Art

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 4, 2021



Yesterday Greece's most iconic and proliferate composer, Mikis Theodorakis, passed away at the age of 96. He was a symbol for social activism and human rights. He was in the Greek resistance in 1943 as a teen, then in the anti-junta fight, he was tortured, exiled, prosecuted, and still ...

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