Meet the Hero in Stasis

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 22, 2022


Tony Stark is glib, arrogant, and a war profiteer. And the perfect Protagonist.

I don't believe stories should be written strictly according to formulas - but writing according to structures that have been established can be helpful to a script when needed.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let ...




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CREATOR PROFILE: John Byrne

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 15, 2022



JOHN BYRNE

When I first became seriously interested in comics, John Byrne was at the top of my favorite artist list. He drew many of the classic “new” X-Men books, and was the artist on that series when it first became massively popular. The stories Byrne drew (and co-plotted along ...



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The Big and Small of Comedy

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 8, 2022




In Skin Deep, an old comedy/drama by Blake Edwards, starring John Ritter, I found one of my favorite movies for a long stretch of time. I watched it over and over. But the part everyone talked about, with the glow-in-the-dark condoms – I really didn't like that. I preferred ...


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The Magic of Memory

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 1, 2022



There is a special power to the memory - especially to the memory of youth. Whether it's childhood, the teen years or maybe even young adulthood, it can have a powerful hold on us.

I guess it's the reason that some great stories get their resonance by the idea ...



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Comic Dash by Hpkomic Passes One Hundredth Page Milestone and Wraps Up Volume One

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2022


Photo: “Vol. 1 Ep. 3: Paranoia - Cover” by hpkomic (May 2022)

Three months ago, in untamed space, Comic Dash: Volume One began updating on The Duck. Volume One completed last Thursday and now we look forward to the start of Volume Two this week.

Original Message from hpkomic:

Subject: Hello ...






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Timely or Timeless

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 25, 2022


Rogue from the X-Men encounters President Ronald Reagan!
(…who???)


Timeliness vs Timelessness

Some comics are very much “of the moment”, while others are more timeless.

Connecting to the events of the moment can be a worthy endeavor. Webcomics are well suited to this kind of approach, too, with our ability ...








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The Horror Newspaper Revelation Scene

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 18, 2022



There's a standard scene, particularly in a certain kind of horror movie, where the Protagonist or another character finds a room, or a book, full of newspaper clippings. The villain of the movie has clipped out a scrapbook or wall filled with a record of their evil doings.

It ...



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Seriously?

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 11, 2022



When a dramatic actor gets a chance to perform a comedic role, I hear that sometimes they get excited to do something different but their first instinct is to play up the comedy. In an interview with a comedy writer/producer recently, he explained that these actors need the insight ...

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Another Duck Anthology

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 4, 2022



In years past, The Duck released several anthologies featuring comics by various creators on the site.

Last year, we did a horror anthology and I'd say things went rather well!

To continue funding improvements to the site, there is discussion taking place about doing another one! I think there ...





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The Manchild

Banes at 12:00AM, July 28, 2022



The manchild is a very comic trope in fiction over the years. It's the kind of person who is an adult physically, but have not accepted adult responsibilities in some parts of life…or maybe any part of life. They are irresponsible in relationships or work or life in ...

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