The Importance of Plot

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 18, 2020



I have this gig where I make summaries for new books that come out- a shortcut, if you like, for those who want to appear bookish without actually reading the damn thing. Or perhaps they are just looking to see if the actual book is worth their time.

This book ...



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Subverting expectations ≠ good storytelling

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 17, 2019



When creating a story you begin leading the reader down a path. You know where you’re going, or at least can pretend to know, but the reader does not. But, with some well laid out clues and foreshadowing, they can begin to piece the map together. Now here comes ...

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Targeted Practice

Amelius at 8:06AM, April 7, 2019


When I see artists just getting into the craft or people simply looking to improve their art ask for advice, the most omnipresent answer is “practice”; I don't like that answer. It assumes the person asking the question doesn't realize this is obvious, and hasn't already been ...

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On Reviving an Era

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 6, 2019



I had a meeting the other day with a director, who asked me “how do you approach a historical era to keep true to it?” and “how do you keep from being biased?”

I fear that I eclipsed the poor guy with my soap box lectures, but that aside, I ...



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The Main Character Decoy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 25, 2017



One reason why the movie Psycho is so iconic is, aside the expert directing and artistic cinematography, the fact that the one we’re led to believe is the main character of the movie gets brutally killed in the shower quite early into the movie.

What did killing her off ...



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Don't Look Back in Anger, I Heard You Say

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 6, 2017



Ever heard of the “starving student” stereotype? Or is the term “starving artist” more appropriate in this situation? Six years ago, I was given the opportunity to experience life as a starving student even though I was unaware about it at the time.

"Once upon a time you dressed so ...



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Steve Ditko

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 21, 2017


One of the greatest comic book stories ever written, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are known as the main architects of the Marvel Universe. But there was a third originator of that landmark creation:

Steve Ditko was an artist who originally worked as a ...




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QUACKCAST 337 - Interview with AmeliaP of Kings Club

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2017

LISTEN!

This week we interview the artist and creator of the comic Kings Club, AmeliaP! Her comic was featured and Gunwallace also gave it a theme tune that was featured in Quackcast 335. AmeliaP is a talented professional comic creator and game designer. We couldn't interview her directly because ...

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How Much is Just Right when it Comes to Shock Value?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 12, 2017



Having decided that shock value is needed in your comic and you must scare, disgust or generally traumatize your audience in some way in order to get the emotional reaction to serve your theme and your subject matter, how do you decide when and where to draw the line? (note ...

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DEADLINES - (Banes talks to himself)

Banes at 12:00AM, July 30, 2015





I remember the first time the idea of deadlines made any kind of impression on me. I was maybe fifteen and a substitute teacher told me a bit about higher education and that a professor had told her to take all the time she needed to finish some project or ...



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