Strangers and Strange Lands

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 12, 2019


Peter Quill is an earthling living and working in space

In an interview about SNL creatives, it was said that actors who write prefer Strange characters in a normal world. While writers will write pieces about Regular people in a bizarre world. I have no idea how true that is ...


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QUACKCAST 455 - Religion in fiction

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 3, 2019

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We're talking about how religion is portrayed in fiction and a bit about WHY. This was a surprisingly fascinating topic. I came up with the idea ...



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The many ships of the sea

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 8, 2019



When someone says they “ship” two characters they are referring to their desire to see two characters achieve a romantic relationship. The origin of the term is difficult to determine given the every fluctuating nature of Internet memes and colloquialisms, though TV Tropes has some interesting theories on where the ...

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Guilty Pleasure: The Love Triangle Between the Alpha and the Beta

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 4, 2019



While binge watching Schitt’s Creek, I started to see the emerging love story between Alexis Rose, Mutt the bad-boy, and Ted the veterinarian. That was when I wanted to discuss one of my favorite comic tropes of the alpha male versus the beta male.

In Spiderman, Harry Osbourne is ...



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Characters falling flat

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 23, 2019



The lifeblood of your comic is the characters in it. They offer a way for the audience to be invested in the world and contextualise any conflicts that will inevitably occur. So it is important that the characters don’t come across as flat. A flat character is one dimensional ...

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QUACKCAST 440 - Character tropes VS characterisation

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 20, 2019

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Today we compare and contrast two ways of making characters: starting with a pure archetype and building it with tropes, or creating a character organically through circumstance ...




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I Was Wrong

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 8, 2019



I Was Wrong - The Character Arc

Last time I was here I talked about “The Old Warrior”. It's one of my favorite character types and story elements.

This time I'm going to go into another trope/theme that almost always works for me: The realization of a character ...





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QUACKCAST 437 - Old Warhorse

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 30, 2019

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Today we cover the interesting trope of the “old warrior”. This was based upon a newspost Banes came up with last week. He was thinking of Captain ...



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