Sep 14, 2015
Pitface, Banes, Tantz Aerine and Ozoneocean reunited for a repeat of the legendary Drunkcast of Quackcast 137! Almost exactly 100 Quackcasts later we hit the booze again, but this time we had a goal to pursue with our drunken ramblings: music. We decided to talk about what themes inspire our comics, inspire us and represent our comic characters… and we came up with a LOT, too bloody much for me to link to dammit! We've also included all the links to the Quackcasts where themes for our comics appeared, AND Gunwallace has done the theme to Putrid Meat so it means ALL our comics have themes now!!! So enjoy our silly drunken chatting, this is who Drunk Duck Quackcasts are SUPPOSED to be!
Topics and Show Notes
Topics and shownotes
Metamorphosis Protocal - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Metamorphosis_Protocal/
Original Drunkcast - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-137-the-drunkcast-part-1
Our comic theme choices:
Without Moonlight: Naked Wires, Polytechnic is broadcasting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUXJLOYRDr8
/>Without Moonlight, Nikos: Pink Panther -
Hunter from Brave Resistance: Iron Maiden, The raid Children of the Grave -
Brave Resistance, Hacket: Dunkeshane, LOLA -
Brave Resistance, the dogfight: Obsession, panic in the streets -
Bottomless Waitress: I need a Hero, Bonnie Tyler -
Bottomless waitress, Polly: Aretha Franklin, Respect -
Bottomless Waitress, Jane: Aint no mountain High enough -
Bottomless Waitress, Francis: I waana be loved by you, Marilyn Monroe -
Putrid Meat: Voivod -
Putrid Meat: Da Lata: Binti - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-ZDpFcAD6o
/>Putrid Meat: CORONER-Masked Jackal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTlBua7mfao
/>Putrid Meet, Tredd back Bunker city: Judas Priest: Death nostradamus -
Typical Strange: The lemon tree, Fool’s Garden - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwCSwO4f4s
/>Pinky TA: Battle of Kursk, Sabaton Panzerkamph -
Pinky TA, Pinky: Buik McKane, T-Rex - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igOQclFxHAc
/>Pinky TA, animation 1 - http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/344464
/>Pinky TA, animation 2 - http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/344466
/>Pinky TA, animation 3 - http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/344502
Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
/>Tantz Aerine - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/
/>Pitface - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Putrid Meat - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/PUTRID_MEAT/ by Pitface, rated M.
Pinky TA - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-166-opinions-on-weaponry-and-mecha/
/>Comic - (http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/)
/>Typical Strange - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-188-shootn-the-breeze/
/>Comic - (http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Typical_Strange/)
/>Without Moonlight - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-175-endings-part-2/
/>Comic - (http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/)
Aug 31, 2015
What's best? One big climax, multiple small ones, early, or delayed? How much should you work UP to a climax? What about anticlmactic events, how important are they? Climaxes are really important in stories. Often you work up to them over the course of a whole series, but each episode or chapter can have them, maybe even every single page. I find writing “up” to climaxes a bit stressful because you have a lot of preasure and expectation there. And when it's over and you've actually achieved it, it can be a bit depressing: where do you go to from there? You can feel a little lost, at least I do. TALKING ABOUT WRITING HERE. My preference is for multiple climaxes. Do you always need climaxes in stories? I don't think you do personally… there are times when things work fine without one, but it does help better with endings. Sometimes climaxes can be TOO big. Way too much of a story can be invested in a climax, it subsumes everything, everything has to tie in with that specific story flow and that can be REALLY had to pull off. If it's not done right it can be massively disappointing. Anticlimactic. Pitface Joins Banes and Ozone to chat about climaxes in stories and read out the contributions from our climactic contributors. Gunwallace gave us a gorgeous theme for Just Another Day!
Jul 19, 2015
This time we're talking about conflict in webcomic writing, and any writing in general really. Conflict is one of the main drivers of a story, so you pretty much have to have it in there somewhere! But how do you approach it? Do you set it up really carefully or just put a bunch of volatile characters together and see what happens? I think for a lot of us we don't think too much about the science of our conflicts, rather we approach it artistically and develop things by feel and instinct because conflict is such an intrinsic trait. But understanding how you use it can be very useful when you're writing satisfying resolutions and climaxes. A good understanding of the types of conflict in your story is also pretty essential when you're writing a good comedy (it's a great source of humour!), and also when you're explaining or selling your work to the public: It's all very well to chat about your clever setting and your funky characters, but conflict is the reason they're IN a story to begin with and that's really what will get people wanting to read out it. I hope you enjoy Gunwallace's great porn style music type theme for Tales of Two Tiny Titty bars!
Jul 5, 2015
In this Quackcast I interrogated Mr Banes on the subject of his first newspost: Contrasts. It's a subject near and dear to him, even his comic "Typical Strange“ has its name based on the concept, i.e. two words with the opposite meanings put together to create an effect. In imagery contrast is used to make darker shapes appear darker and lighter shapes lighter and to create a tension where those areas meet at the penumbra. In writing and comics it's much the same, ”laughter and tears“, ”good and evil", a sad scene contrasting with a joyous one etc. Contrasting makes both contrasted elements appear far greater than they really are, as well as serving as a source of tension, conflict, or humour. Banes and I talk about this in a rambling fashion. Gunwallace has a special treat for us today with a brilliant theme for Dead Leon! You'll want to ask him for a copy of his one ;)
Mar 30, 2015
Tantz Aerine, Pit Face and Abt Nhil join Banes and Ozone to discuss the kinds of comics that are good intros into the medium for people who aren't into them: Gateway comics! You know the sorts of people; "Comics are for kids", that sort of thing. Well the idea here is to show them different! What comics would convince someone to give the medium a second glance? What comic or strategy could possibly convent people to the glorious cause of comics? Tantz, Pit, and Abt tell us what they think, we also read what HippieVan suggests (the topic creator), and the people who contributed to HippieVan's original newspost.
Mar 1, 2015
In this Quackcast Banes and I discuss some methods for testing your writing, well mainly your characters, to see how well you really know them. We use a comedic character creation template that we have found is perfect for testing and learning more about your established characters, no matter how serious they are. It consists of four interrelated elements: Point of view; Exaggeration of the point of view; Faults; Relatability / Humanity. We also talk a little about the dreaded dangers of the Mary Sue... you never want your writing to fall in that putrid, cancerous hole of smelly excrement where your main character is perfect and all the others worship them. And lastly the very useful Bechdel test for seeing how rounded your female characters are. There are 3 rules: You have to have at least two named women; They who talk to each other; It's about something besides a man. We were both a bit sad about the death of Leonard Nimoy. R.I.P. Mister Spock.
Feb 16, 2015
Back in January our own HippieVan was in a quandary as to how to turn a creative idea she had into a webcomic, so she decided to put it o the DD community and croudsource their wisdom via a newspost. Banes and I thought the topic would make a good Quackcast, especially since we could read out all the interesting and informative posts people made on the subject! Banes has also approached the idea previously for Quackcast 68 where he outlines a screen-writing method called "save the cat", also known as "The Banes' Method". That Quackcast was since deleted but as a special treat I will re-upload it!
Feb 2, 2015
Way back in 2012 Ozone interviewed the marvellously talented and professional Barb Myers about her art and her fantastic comics. Well it's 2015 now and Barb has finally been able to put out the whole of her comic "Talisman: Return of the Exile" for sale on Amazon! So of course now was the perfect time to catch up for another chat. I first came across her lovely comic on Drunk Duck years and years ago when it was called "Return to Donelly", it was a beautiful looking piece of work and it rightly brought her to the attention of the pros. It was picked up for Keen spot and then a publisher wanted to sell it in bookshops everywhere. Well things went screwy after that and it never really reached its full potential unfortunately. It disappeared from radar totally. Well now it's BACK! You can buy this great 108 full colour fantasy comic book story for only $10 US dollars. Mine should get to me on about the 10th of February. ^_^