Unlikely Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, March 25, 2021


the cruel tutor himself, Pai Mei

One of my favorite character types is the gruff/grizzled old mentor. Tough as nails, mean or cranky on the outside but with great knowledge or support to offer when you know them, or when they know - and trust - you.

I've talked about ...




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Xade's Guide to Pacing!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2021



So, you have a comic or comic idea and want to put pen to paper or tablet. Great! Check off what you need. Tools, check. Basic story idea, check. Art skill, also a check, even if your art is terrible you’re bound to improve. Knowing how to pace the ...

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The Unlikable Good Guy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 23, 2021



Some characters are the heroes.

Some characters are the villains.

And some characters are just punchable. But not actually bad, or even antagonists- though sometimes they can be towards specific characters rather than the general plot goals.

Every time this type of character opens their mouth to say something, our ...







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A face you love to hate

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 22, 2021



The villain is a counter balance to the protagonist and it is their role to push the protagonist into action and, with any luck, do it in an entertaining way. If there is one type of character that knows how to hold an audience’s attention is a villain you ...

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Protagonist, Antagonist and Villain

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



Over the past couple weeks I watched and loved Cobra Kai. There are multiple articles that I could write about this show.

It's an ensemble cast, and I guess Johnny and Daniel could be called co-Protagonists. I actually think Johnny is the Protagonist, Daniel the Antagonist and Kreese is ...



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Drawing Lies

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 10, 2020



Drawing Lies - Deception, Insincerity and Sarcasm

Stories and characters have many contexts where emotion is needed - the happy and sad and angry and scared of it all is a big focus of my own comic drawing - I keep it cartoony (with as few lines as possible) and maybe slightly exaggerated ...



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Gimme Strength

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 19, 2020



Plenty has been said about giving characters flaws - we've talked about it around the site, on the Quackcast and out loud, to ourselves, on the bus and in the park.

Characters gotta have flaws!

But something I've thought about more lately, in the years well after starting my ...





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The Highway to Hell

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 14, 2020



Unless they are an old-timey Disney villain or similarly classic cartoon villain, nobody wants to be evil or bad starting off. Nobody's ambition is to be the villain in their own story. (note I say ‘villain’ and not ‘antagonist’)

Everyone is out to be the hero.

So why aren ...





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Romanticising Something Terrible

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 24, 2020



Who doesn't love pirates?

Kids love to dress up as them in Halloween or during carnival season. There was whole a whole era of Hollywood where pirate movies were the blockbuster vein of gold. Pirates in fiction are charming, fun, dastardly, and the epitome of adventure.

Pirates in real ...





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