When a story feels too much like a story

damehelsing at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2021


~Today we have a guest article from Andreas_Helixfinger! Enjoy the read!~

Hey everyone!

It’s you’re one vocal swedish guy on the the Duck Webcomics Andreas Helixfinger. I decided to tune in and do one of these sunday articles after discovering this smaller Youtube channel called TheBurgerkrieg, where the ...




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NaNoWrimo - Writing for comics in the month of November

Emma_Clare at 5:11AM, Nov. 4, 2021



National Novel Writing Month is here once again. Throughout the month of November writers across multiple disciplines and genres challenge themselves to sit down and write a 50K word novel. As of this post, it is Day 5 of NaNoWriMo. Having participated in it myself and having completed it once ...

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Horror, and the Broken

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 14, 2021


I'm wounded but you can't see it!


A lot of stories involve a wounded and/or flawed character. It's a staple of strong storytelling; a character has some kind of pain or wound to overcome, and that's the inner journey they take along with whatever outward ...



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Body doubling - how it can help you stay focused

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 1, 2021



Over the past few months, I’ve been logging onto a drawing hangout where we share our screens as we draw. There is no camera or mic. Just a chat and our screens as we scribble away. At first, I wondered how productive this could be. I figured it would ...

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Making mistakes in your art

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 20, 2021



Three things happened that inspired me to write this article.

1) When reviewing an episode we recently completed for one of our comics, I realised I had missed a key character design aspect of one of our boys. Although it was not egregious, I did notice it, and it has ...



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Struggling Together

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 17, 2021



So this is a trope that unfortunately is very true in life as well. TV tropes calls it “We ARE Struggling Together” and I call it ‘the divided front’.

When the Big Bad is so bad that everyone agrees to set aside their differences to fight it off, then usually ...



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Why you should edit at every step

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 16, 2021



There are many steps involved in creating comics. From planning to plotting, writing, scripting, sketching, pencils, inks or colour, not to mention everything in between! With so many balls in the air, it’s important to take a step back and make time to review. At each stage, where possible ...

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Comic Prep Work

damehelsing at 12:00AM, July 4, 2021



One of the things I love the most about comics, is the prep work, which may not be obvious by the countless amount of times that I’ve stated that I’m doing absolutely no prep work as of now for Scorned; but when I worked on Scarred Eden, that ...

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Writing Writers

Banes at 12:00AM, June 24, 2021



I read some writing…advice? Or commentary? Or something like that years ago that pointed out how often amateur writers will create Protagonists who are writers. If I'm remembering correctly, this was expressed as a bad thing, probably because it's overdone. On the one hand, they say write ...

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Follow the Yellow Brick Layout

damehelsing at 12:00AM, June 20, 2021




Last week, errrrrrrrr… the week before that, I talked about frames, the magical use of frames, the emotion you can give them, the shapes, sizes, how that can all add to the story you’re telling.
Kind of like how music can really be important in movies, it just gives ...



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