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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Nostalgia for a Time Never Experienced

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 9, 2020



Anemoia describes the feeling of missing a time never experienced personally. Movies know how to inspire this feeling whenever a particular orchestra song from the previous century is played during a period piece of a Miami nightclub from the 1950s or whenever synthesizer pop and electric guitar solos transports people ...

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Uncompressed Storytelling

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 5, 2020


stretchin' out them stories!

I think I first heard the phrase “uncompressed storytelling” via the great John Byrne, comic artist and writer, and man of very strong opinions. He was criticizing some other writer or comic series (I don't remember which one) about hinting at stories that wouldn't ...


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Happy Halloween! How's your Memento Mori?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 31, 2020



Halloween, aka Eve of All Saints, is a Day of the Dead.

Days of the Dead exist in nearly every culture. There's the famous Dia de Muertos from Mexico, but there are also less known ones.

For example, in Greece we got “Soul Saturdays” which are basically two Saturdays ...





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The Work of the Mentor

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 17, 2020




Might as well get it out of the way: if you're a mentor in a story, chances are you're going on a boatride over the river Styx at some point.

When a mentor dies it's often the signal that the main character, the one being mentored, is ...




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Cultural Significance

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 26, 2020



So the other day I watched a very interesting video about the new Mulan movie. It was by a Chinese person, explaining why several things were done in a way that is inherently alien to the Chinese culture.

I also recall that the original Mulan was not a hit in ...



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Character Design Brainstorming: The Holy Man (or Woman)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 12, 2020



The Holy Man or Woman may be within the clergy, but that isn't necessarily the case.

They are simply the person that has found enlightenment, or self actualization, depending on how secular your story (and your approach) is.

They are the character that doesn't have all the answers ...





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Character Design Brainstorming: The Sorceress

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 5, 2020



The Sorceress is a powerful figure in fiction, just like the Priest/Priestess/Clergy.

In works where magic or God are present and in direct communion with the characters, both can perform miracles, or otherwise astounding feats beyond normal mortal limits.

In works where there is no magic or God ...





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Character Design Brainstorm: The Man (or Woman) of the Cloth

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2020



There are many tropes and many archetypes that we use for character designs. I had a couple of years go (have I really been at it this long!?) done a series of articles on the standard character type/functionality archetypes.

I'm thinking it's high time to explore archetypes ...



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