Dec 13, 2011
My attractive assistant Skoolmunkee agreed to another guest appearance in order to re-adress this topic. I asked people about their favourite webcomic genres, why they like them and what makes them so cool and interesting, whether it's the genre they like to read or create in. The genres we covered chiefly in your previous genre Quackcast (number 29, http://www.drunkduck.com/quackcast/episode-29-genres-generally-speaking/), were fantasy, slice of life, post apocalypse, and spiritual, and declared that post apocalypse the winner. This time we all decide that steam/diesel/cyberpunk is best! We briefly try and tackle superheros, but nothing much comes out of it except the brown Lantern...
Topics and Show Notes
Wyyrd Vintage - http://www.drunkduck.com/Wyyrd_Vintage/
/>Cute 'N Spicy - http://www.drunkduck.com/Cute_N_Spicy/
- Genejoke - http://www.drunkduck.com/user/Genejoke/
/>- Ayesinback - http://www.drunkduck.com/user/ayesinback/
/>- RPGgrnade - http://www.drunkduck.com/user/RPGgrenade/
/>- Bravo1192 - http://www.drunkduck.com/user/bravo1102/
/>- Ozoneocean - http://www.drunkduck.com/user/ozoneocean/
Some important factors about genre that you have to keep in mind as a creator:
- What genre does your work best fit into? - this helps when you want to be able to describe and “sell” your comic to others.
- What other comics are also in that same genre? - This helps when you want to know what comic you should advertise on or compare yourself to.
- What are the key identifiers of the genre you’re creating in? - this can help you better appeal to fans of that genre or even give you new ideas on directions of where to o with your comic.
- What can you use and what can you subvert?
Some writing or drawing exercises involving genre:
- Take a basic story premise and adapt it (briefly) into different genres. (Try a plot generator). Think about how the story changes to fit into that genre, what tropes it taps into, whether it has to follow rules, etc.
- Try taking a character from one genre and sticking them into another. (These stories tend to end up being kind of silly, but I’ve ready some pretty entertaining “wrong genre” stories.)
- A single piece of work usually is made up of several genres. Take a favourite comic or story and try to identify what’s being drawn into it.
- Writing exercise in genres - http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-0-136-bisac-subject-headings-list-major-subjects.php
We're also starting a new radio soap. Anyone can contribute to the ongoing story here:
/>We'll try and make it more interesting and funny so it can be read out weekly on the Quackcast. This is highly experimental though.
Next week's Quackcast number 56 is the Christmas Quackcast! Please contribute by posting your stuff here:
Dec 6, 2011
What are the things from your background that have influenced your comic work? What are the events, images, situations, lessons, film, music, people, ideologies, and experiences that have served as your creative fuel? This is what I wanted to know about for this Quackcast, so we have various DD comic artists describing the inspiration fuel cells that power their work.
Nov 28, 2011
The venerable Skoolmunkee is the special guest this week! This time we have a completely biased and entirely uninformed chat about all aspects of sprite comicing, from their short and turbulent history, to their glittering present and beyond into a glorious galaxy spanning empire that they will one day be responsible for creating!
Sep 13, 2011
In this extra-ordinary length podcast about extra-ordinary webcomics, skoolmunkee and ozoneocean talk about how media, format, topic (and other features) may factor into whether a comic is "traditional" or not. And some of their favorite examples!
Jul 5, 2011
With the real, actual site changeover this week, oz and skool decide it's a good time to talk about the long and occasionally sordid history of their favorite inebriated waterfowl. The Duck may be sober now but it will always be hammered in our hearts.
Feb 1, 2011
Oz and skool discuss their first disagreement on a feature, cementing skool's image as "the evil one". They then get into a lengthy discussion about the loosely related topics of filler, fan art, and artist/writer's block.
Jan 18, 2011
This podcast is Part 2 of Episode 11, where the interview with guests Amelius and Evil Emperor Nick (of Charby the Vampirate and Cwen's Quest) continues! Lots of discussion about writing and influences in this half as well as some good advice.