As Easter has come by to melt away the final vestiges of a long, cold winter (at least up in these parts where I live) it feels like a good time to bring up the mythology of witches. Witches have a central role in the Easter that we celebrate here ...
Fantastic Bestiary 5: WitchesAndreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, April 24, 2022
And In the End...Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 30, 2021
In the behind-the-scenes interviews about the show “Seinfeld”, Writer/Creator Larry David talks about the ending of an episode, I think it's “The Marine Biologist”.
To sum it up, the show is about fairly normal-yet-eccentric antics of the four characters, including George claiming to be a marine biologist to ...
Horror, and the BrokenBanes at 12:00AM, Oct. 14, 2021
I'm wounded but you can't see it!
A lot of stories involve a wounded and/or flawed character. It's a staple of strong storytelling; a character has some kind of pain or wound to overcome, and that's the inner journey they take along with whatever outward ...
Tropes I HateTantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 2, 2021
So maybe the verb ‘hate’ is excessive, but there are some tropes that can really throw me off a story. Or perhaps, what throws me is the way they are used. I firmly believe that any trope can be part of a solid, enjoyable story, even the ones I hate ...
Layers in CharacterBanes at 12:00AM, July 8, 2021
Welcome to my Underground Layers
-Banes, your pop culture references are as on point as ever!
I've talked about story structure here many times, normally in similar ways.
A different approach to character and story, one I haven't used much personally, is what we could call the “onion ...
FEATURED COMIC --> MatriarchOzoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 14, 2020
Wounded CharactersTantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 25, 2020
There is a reason why in fanfiction archives there's a whole category of stories called “hurt/comfort”, where one of the main characters of a specific IP is injured, and others (usually an unlikely person or whoever the author is shipping with the injured one) have to take care ...
The Character Journey of Iron Man revisitedBanes at 12:00AM, April 26, 2018
Iron Man and the multi film arc - revisited
There are spoilers below for the Iron Man and Avengers movies, Civil War, and Spiderman Homecoming
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been breaking new ground in movies with their various interconnected films for about ten years.
The MCU began with Iron Man ...
FEATURED COMIC --> Potato and Krautkawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 25, 2018
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, 2017!kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Oct. 30, 2017
Six weeks ago, at the end of my article titled “Psychopomps and Death Personified”, I asked the question: Can you think of any examples of the personification of Death in a comic? How about on Drunk Duck (Yes, you can plug your own comic)?
Much to my delight, fellow community ...