Episode 211 - How Mary Sure Are You?

Mar 23, 2015

Hello hello hello! This week Ozoneocean and Banes pirate another of HippieVan's much discussed newsposts. When the test for Mary Sue was brought up in our recent writing tests Quackcast it generated some heated talk so HippieVan went a little deeper into it and people responded again. Banes and I discuss those responses and try to come up with some sort of consensus on how to more properly use the Mary Sue test and some of its pitfalls: i.e. it's highly context sensitive and can't be used easily on certain genres (Superhero etc), it's also something you as a writer typically don't have to worry about unless you're inexperienced- or so Banes and I believe.

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and Show Notes:

Featured comic:
Psycho Babble - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Psycho_Babble/ />
Linkatronics:
Posts read from here -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/mar/05/avoiding-the-mary-sue-a-contest/ />Results of the Mary Sue comic contest - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/mar/19/mary-sue-contest-submissions/ />The dreaded test - http://www.springhole.net/writing/marysue.htm />
Contributions from:
Call Me Tom -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Understanding/ />Tupapayon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/tupapayon />Strixvanallen - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/strixvanallen />VinoMas - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/VinoMas />bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102 />KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster />HippieVan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/HippieVan />JustNoPoint - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/JustNoPoint />Peipei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Peipei />usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks />irrevenant - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/irrevenant />Kou the Mad
Hayakain -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Hayakain />
Special thanks to:
The world's greatest Musician and BBQ chef, Gunwallace -
http://www.virtuallycomics.com />The most attractive man in the world and most intelligent Co-host, Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/ />Super qualified and amazingly beautiful featurer, Kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/ />
The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Devil Spy -
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Devil_Spy/ by Jaymzeecat.

Episode 209 - lurv triangles

Mar 9, 2015

9 likes, 8 comments

Around about Valentine's day, HippieVan's mind turned to thoughts of love... and she conceived of a great newspost idea that was very popular with people! Love triangles are very good for generating drama in your writing without having to worry too much about forcing that through external events. And because they're primarily driven by you characters as well as affecting them it's a great way to build on your characterisation through the drama. In HippieVan's words we outline a few notable love triangles in fiction, both classic, and contemporary, then we include the contributions the DDers who were good enough to add their two cents to the subject.

Episode 206 - Turning An Idea Into A Comic

Feb 16, 2015

7 likes, 12 comments

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!

Episode 200 - DD community 2014 year in revue

Jan 5, 2015

6 likes, 12 comments

OMG this is our 200th Quackcast! It's also the very first Quackcast of 2015! In this DD webcomics community podcast we invited people to tell us about some of the awesome, terrible and interesting things that happened to them in 2014, and tell us they did! Some of it realy amazingly trivially boring, like ozoneocean's contribution, some of it quite personal and honest, some of it just plain cool. Well, it's been a long year and an even longer time to reach 200 Quackcasts! Let's hope for many more. The glorious Pitface was our guest again, and she did some hilarious voices! It's great to have some more voice talent on show for once. And at the very end we have a precious little cameo by Tantz, the Greek sailorman! Happy Xmas and a merry New year!

Episode 197 - The sidekicks take over the QC

Dec 14, 2014

6 likes, 3 comments

Carrying on from last weeks Quackcast inspired by Kawaiidaigakusei's Thoughtful newspost article "An Ode to Sidekicks", this time the DD community weighs in on the subject and they give us their wise, educated and highly considered expert opinions on the subject of the sidekick in stories! Again Kawaii joins Banes and I, but this time she practices her amazing talent for amusing voices, so for the first time since Skoolmunkee there's someone other than Banes and I doing a voice. Rachel Maddow drops in and even Matt Foley to tell us about his VAN down by the RIVER! All in all what people have to say about the different aspects of sidekicks in fiction is really quite interesting, have a listen and see! Oh, and Gunwallace's epic theme for Harkovast is fantastic, I can't wait for a Peter Jackson Movie adaptation!


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