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 233 - Formulas Forever!

Aug 24, 2015

5 likes, 5 comments

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 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 205 - What about bodyshape?

Feb 9, 2015

6 likes, 6 comments

This week Banes and I were inspired to talk about body shape in the depiction of figures in comics, inspired by some famous images from photographer Howard Schatz's 2002 book, Athlete. In it there are photos of many athletes who're at the peak of their sports and yet their bodyshapes are vastly different, subverting the idea of an "ideal" bodyshape or what it means to be a top athlete or even fit. too often bodyshapes in comics follow a very narrow range, not getting much past what we think of as the current popculture ideal. We all know that idealised model shape is a problem and yet we all still perpetuate it, most of the time you can only tell most "realistic" characters apart by their hairstyle or costume, especially in superhero comics. And that invents a second problem: the myth of the "normal" shaped body as opposed to the ideal- there IS no such thing as normal, and even the ideal is always changing throughout the ages. There's even a lot more to body shape than the famous categories: Mesomorph, Ectomorph, and Endomorph, or Skinny, Pear, Athletic, Hourglass and Apple. We also have a beif mention of how stylised characters (Sponge Bob, Calvin and Hobbes etc) are exaggerations of these shapes and differences.

Episode 187 - Epilogue for the 2014 DD Awards with Niccea

Oct 6, 2014

7 likes, 6 comments

As an Epilogue to the fantastic 2014 DD Awards I interviewed Niccea, who did all the main wrangling and organising behind and in front of the scenes on the awards to try and make them happen. And make them happen she DID. The 2014 DD comic awards were a smashing success, with great, high quality contributions by many people as well as great help judging and organising. The annual DD Awards turn into a great little community project with everyone vying to compete to be the best in heir comic categories as well as to try and get new readers through the recognition that the awards provide them. The competition between the presenters is also something that results in some great work. So HOORAY for another successful DD awards!

Episode 155 - A Moment with Modest Medusa

Feb 24, 2014

7 likes, 6 comments

After a terrible bathroom flooding incident Modest Medusa was born. That's sort of the beginning of the story of Modest Medusa, but also how the comic began too! In this Quackcast I interview Jake Richmond, the creator of the very successful and popular Modest Medusa: a pretty amazing webcomic success story. Starting out at Drunk Duck with his comic in 2011 he's been able to quit his main day job and work on his comic full time! He does some freelancing and teaching as well, but his comic is his main source of income. That's awesome! And this wasn't by luck either, or “being in the right place at the right time” that many have leveraged much of their success from, Jake got there though hard work and dedication to his readers. A real webcomic inspiration! This is the goal that every webcomicer should be aiming for and his success shows that it IS acheiveable! - Only IF you can put in that work though. It's not easy, no short-cuts.

Episode 118 - The Industry Standard

Mar 25, 2013

6 likes, 5 comments

In Quackcast 118 Banes and I approach the subject of Photoshop, attempting to give a quick intro to the dark, mysterious, primordial creator god of webcomics... in our own rambling way, well in MY own rambling way since I'm the on bumbling through pretending to know what I'm talking about while Banes asks sensible questions to prod me along onto the correct lines again. We chat about layers, setting stuff to "multiply" and what that means, mention short-cuts, pallets etc. One of the conclusions we come to is that good old Photoshop is such a gigantic behemoth that as a webcomic artist you don't really need it anyway since it's massive overkill and there are many specialised art programs that are more streamlined and more clearly focussed on the art skills you need, BUT if you really MUST have a pro photo-editing tool like Photoshop hopefully this gives you at least some brief info on it- as much as you can without screen-shots and stuff. :)

Episode 111 - Banes Overcomes Character Obstacles on His Own

Feb 4, 2013

10 likes, 9 comments

For this episode we asked many of our esteemed DrunkDuck creators to weigh in and enlighten us on the subject of creating and overcoming obstacles for their characters. This of course ties in with Quackcast 109 where we discussed aspects of that topic with Pit Face and Tantz Aerine. Here we specifically asked: "Obstacles, challenges for your characters. How do you create 'em? How do you and your characters overcome them??? Just tell us about the things you go through with your characters and their plotlines!". Due to a small misunderstanding Banes heroically handled this entire Quackcast on his own!


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