QUACKCAST 478 - Pity da fool!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 12, 2020

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Fools are an iconic character trope and I wanted to explore them. They're a lot more varied and interesting than is readily apparent. There's a ...



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QUACKCAST 475 - Tropeagedden! overuse of fashionable tropes...

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 21, 2020

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Certain tropes or stylistic ways of telling a story can get really, really popular and trendy very quickly and it seems like they're everywhere! Suddenly many ...



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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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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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An Unexpected Audience

Amelius at 12:52PM, March 10, 2019


Sometimes you aim for a target and you miss– but you end up with a hit anyway in an unexpected place.

When starting a new project usually the target audience is clear, people like ourselves. After all, an author usually likes their own work and has a target reader similar ...


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Going Backwards

Amelius at 11:00AM, Feb. 17, 2019


I read webcomics backwards, and maybe you should too. You might be aghast about spoilers, but trust me– almost every reader who happens upon your comic does this too.

I should specify–I don't read the entire archive backwards. It depends on the comic but typically I read back ...


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Convergent Creation Part 2

Amelius at 12:21PM, Dec. 16, 2018




Last weekend we discussed that strange phenomenon of independent creation, where there's more than a passing resemblance to another work but it's not a case of plagiarism. Interestingly, not long after I posted that I saw not one but two instances of independent creation being brought up (though ...


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The Sacrificial Lion

Tantz_Aerine at 6:09PM, Aug. 31, 2018



One of the toughest tropes in any kind of narrative work, from novels to comics to movies is the Sacrificial Lion - but not for what might be an obvious reason: having to axe a top tier character. It's because the trope is something that will affect and carry through ...

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Casting Characters in Comics - Larger casts, personality and temperament

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 9, 2018



Last week there was a post about smaller regular casts in a series - The Loner series, the Duo, and the Trio. Here's that post:

https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/aug/01/casting-characters-in-comics-123/

With a larger cast, things start to get more complicated - but with more possibilities for different ...





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Quackcast 379 - Troptastic

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, June 19, 2018

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ALL the tropes!!!!
Based on Emma Clare's newspost, tropes are damn useful but they can also be your undoing if you handle them badly. Tropes are shortcuts to meanings, scenes, procedures or jokes that take too long to set up in their own right. You can use them ...


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