Religion (part 2)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2023



Last time I started talking about religion as a great umbrella term for a lot of facets of worldbuilding you can take into consideration when constructing the world of your story, be it webcomic, novel, series, or anything else.

This type of worldbuilding is especially prevalent in fantasy worlds, but ...



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Apricots, Hibiscus, and Amaryllis

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 25, 2023


Photo: “Complimentary Paint Chips Extracted from the Hardware Store”. Photographed by kawaiidaigakusei. (September 2023)

The fastest and easiest way to uplift a lackluster mood is to seek out the paint aisle at a local home improvement store; scan through and collect all the paint chips that appear “calming”, “vibrant”, or ...


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Writing Strong Characters of Any Gender

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 26, 2023



Last time I'd written about gender toxicity and what a trap it can be for creators seeking to write powerful characters. It is not something that only plagues the “strong female character” attempt, but also the “strong male character” and definitely the “strong LGBTQ+ character”.

Too many of these ...



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Gender Toxicity

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 19, 2023



The debate on what constitutes a “strong female character”, whether having “strong female leads” or “feminism” is tanking “woke” films these past few years, is ongoing. There's accusations of toxicity on both sides. Misogyny, misandry, wokeness and brokeness, all of these terms and hot takes are fired and take ...

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Relearning faces

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 29, 2023



So I've finished Without Moonlight (yes I know I've shouted it from the rooftops already) and I'm starting on a new comic. And prepping WM vol. 2.

This time, as a …seasoned webcomic artist…


STOPPIT

Anyway, with the experience I've gathered, I'm actually building a ...








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Conflict

Banes at 12:00AM, March 23, 2023



Conflict!

It's the essential building block of drama. You don't have a story without the basics of “someone wants something, and something's in the way of getting it.”

Screenwriting books - books I really love and have given me a lot - will often say that amping up the ...





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The Cure For Procrastination

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 26, 2023



I've been a notorious procrastinator. Well, notorious in my own mind at least.

Last summer my folks were goodly enough to give me a large pile of dirt.

Hey, did you say that's more than I deserved? You cheeky devil!

It was to fill some holes and ruts ...







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Fantastic Bestiary 12: The Na’vi

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, Aug. 28, 2022



Another pop cultural fantastic bestiary Sunday. Anybody remember the movie Avatar? Not the kung-fu fantasy one, the tribal sci-fi one. The James Cameron’s Avatar as it was marketed. I still remember it being the movie that REALLY set the standard for what CGI technology can do cinematically, making this ...

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Fantastic Bestiary 4: The Naga

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, April 17, 2022



Last week’s post of the Fantastic Bestiary dealt with housespirits of ancient Rome. In this post we’re going to the far east, following up on another suggestion left by DD member marcorossi. We are going to study the Naga today. The Nagas are a race of serpentine beings ...

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Books of Babel

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 31, 2022


Photo: A collection of “Le Petit Prince” books in various translations.

“Le Petit Prince” (French), “The Little Prince” (English), “Regulus” (Latin), “O Pequeno Principe” (Portuguese), and “El Principito” (Spanish) are a few of the titles of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s book that has been translated over three hundred and one ...


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