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.

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Episode 230 - Getting the formula RIGHT

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4 likes, 6 comments

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Episode 224 - Finding your own voice as a writer

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4 likes, 6 comments

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Episode 222 - Time to Ramble on!!

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3 likes, 11 comments

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Episode 216 - Characters done right, part 4

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3 likes, 5 comments

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5 likes, 7 comments

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5 likes, 7 comments

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