Episode 237 - The Songcast

Sep 21, 2015

For Quackcast 237 we asked people about the songs that inspire them when they do their comics, which songs go with which parts of their comics, what would be the ideal comic movie theme, what songs or music get you in the MOOD to do your comic, and finally; just how great are Gunwallace's fantastic comic theme tunes? And speaking of theme tunes, the masterful Gunwallace has given us a Salsa theme for Taco El Gato!

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Throviria - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Throviria/ />
Contribution thread: -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177356/ />
Contributors:
Genejoke -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/ />usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/ />Luccia - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Luccia/ />Bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/ />ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/ />KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/ />Whirlwynd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Whirlwynd/ />tupapayon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/tupapayon/ />El Cid - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Certified_Monster/ />Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/ />Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/ />
SONGS
Ozoneocean:
Pinky's theme is Buick Mckane by T-Rex -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igOQclFxHAc />The first scene of Pinky approaching the battlefleet - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/4766795/ />Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynEOo28lsbc />Pinky's Tromper rising up on its legs for the first time and then grinding through the tunnels - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/4778164/ />Ich Will by Rammstein - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC8wxSBSDI0 />Bravo:
Music for Thunderbirds, Space:1999 and UFO among other Gerry Anderson series -
http://ufoseries.com/barry/ />Whirlwynd:
“Open the Sky” -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6ZIXoaRmcI />Bachelorette party montage - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Lady_Unlucky/5471088/ />The Brian Setzer Orchestra, “Here Comes the Broad” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0D9pJ-5WI0 />The bridge scene - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Lady_Unlucky/5474801/ />Absinthe Junk, “White Nights” - http://absinthejunk.bandcamp.com/ />Tupapayon:
Song in my head -
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S_u4kzJoEj4 />Ironscarf:
If you went there for a pub lunch today you would undoubtedly hear something like this -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcitTNiIKwY />
Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
http://www.virtuallycomics.com />Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/ />kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/ />
The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Taco El Gato -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Taco_El_Gato_Comics/ by CandiliciousCartoons rated T.

Episode 235 - Climax of the Climaxes

Sep 7, 2015

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Pitface joins Ozone and Banes again for the second and last part of the climax cast! It's the climax of the climax casts!! We discuss what people think about climaxes in stories, their own and those they watch or read. It's hard to write up to climaxes and even harded to write down from them but they're a good way to pull in and then reward your audience. Different types of stories have to use different types of climaxes, i.e. long series may need to have one every chapter and then one at the end of the arc. You have to adjust to the needs of your story. We read great contributions from some very clever DDers in cool voices :) Gunwallace gave us a gorgeous theme for Just Busty Solar the hilarious adult comedy strip~

Episode 234 - Climactic Climaxes!

Aug 31, 2015

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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!

Episode 233 - Formulas Forever!

Aug 24, 2015

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Here we go again, back to formulas! This time we got some external input. Fellow DDers had a say about their idea about the utility of formulas and how they use them in their writing and comics. It's important to understand formulas in writing so you know what works and why it works, it can help you in your own work. And when you need to and you've got the ability you can create your OWN writing formula. But remember: the formula is just the bare skeleton, you have to add all the meat and flesh to it with the rest of your writing, don't let the bones show through! Listen to Gunwallace's beautiful theme for Brave New World! Oh, and one last thing… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TANTZ AERINE!!!!

Episode 232 - Creating a Rounded World

Aug 17, 2015

5 likes, 8 comments

Hello, hello, hello! This is the second part of our hugely long expose on the tricky art of WORLD BUILDING! And it really IS extra loooooooooooog… that's because we take so much time crafting the Quackcast world for you. To recap: world-building is a big part of ALL fiction from SciFi and fantasy to your common or garden police shows or even comic strips. You create locations that have relationships with each other, characters that have jobs, families, friends, histories etc, all that is just as much world building as a fantasy world with a specific style of magic and monsters or a SciFi world with aliens and a 1000 year war. Typically, if you do your homework and set up your world nicely then it makes it easier to write stories within it, but you also have to remember not to show all that research to people in the form of big long explanations. Banes and Bravo1102 join Ozoneocean to talk about it! Listen to Gunwallace's lovely theme for Regarding Dandelions!

Episode 228 - Conflicting conflicts conflict

Jul 19, 2015

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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!

Episode 227 - Biggest webcomicing mistakes

Jul 13, 2015

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Webcomicing is a learning process, you build on your knowledge and skills as you go, comics can take years to complete and your audience is usually pretty forgiving… Well learning is all about making mistakes and if you're like the people who contributed to this Quackcast, you make a hell of a lot of them! But hopefully you learn from them, or even better; learn from the mistakes of others. That's what this Quackcast was all about; sharing your biggest webcomicing mistakes. None of us are immune to them. They can be borne of hard to break bad habits, lack of experience or skill, or just plain stubbornness. If you make any that you'd like to tell us about, just share them in the comments bellow. I hope you'll enjoy the lovely Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy/Harry Potter-esque style musical theme for Wizarding Along The Way by Gunwallace!

Episode 225 - To Fan-service or not to fan-service

Jun 29, 2015

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Today Banes and I talk about the subject of fan service in comics (and other pop-culture). This Quackcast was inspired by a newspost by HippieVan of that same title. We're helped in our discussion by the really interesting contributions of many smart people on DD... that we read out in High-larious voices! Is fan service a good thing? How do you think about it in stuff you read and see? Do you put it in your own work? Why? Why not? These were some of the things we talk about on the subject. Also, catch Gunwallace's great theme for Grueson!


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