Episode 260 - D.U.C.K. Radio1

Feb 29, 2016

Welcome to D.U.C.K. Radio! Get ready for your DJs: Smooth Ramone, Hard rock Jimmy Storm (BRINING THE THUNDER!!!), Weatherman Rhet Blanket, Conspiracy theorist Smiley Fraudson, and hilarious* Maple and The Syrup (*they're not funny). This is the first part of Radio DUCK, we're bringing you ALL of the fantastic themes Gunwallace has composed for many great webcomics. You got a small, tiny, insignificant taste little taste of it in Quackcast 258, now be prepared to take the FULL blast! 29 of Gunwallace's classic themes in this cast and two more casts to go to get the rest so stay tuned. Gunwallace radio - All great music all the time!

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Drunk Duck 54 cards community project - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_54_cards/

Links:
Get your OWN Gunwallace created theme by helping out DD - http://igg.me/at/DrunkDuck
All Gunwallace's projects on DD - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/
Gunwallace's homesite! - http://www.virtuallycomics.com

Track list:
Entanglement - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Entanglement/
Pegwarmers - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pegwarmers/
The Temple at Fifty Fathoms - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Temple_at_Fifty_Fathoms/
Andee Candy - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Andee_Candy/
PUTRID MEAT - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/PUTRID_MEAT/
Barbarian Adventure - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/BARBARIAN_ADVENTURE/
Demon Eater - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Demon_Eater/
The Understanding - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Understanding/
JustAnotherDay - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/JustAnotherDay/
May the Rain Come - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/May_the_Rain_Come/
Smorty Smythe - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Dragon_Fists_of_Smorty_Smythe/
ATHENA SCULPTURE - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/ATHENA_SCULPTURE/
Ginger and Shadow - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ginger_and_Shadow/
Lite bites - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Lite_bites/
Albert the Alien - http://albertthealien.com/
FOX Academy - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/FOX_Academy_The_New_Breed/
All Unicorns to Battle Stations - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/All_Unicorns_to_Battle_Stations/
Throviria - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Throviria/
X UP - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/X_UP/
The Flower and The Nose - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Flower_and_The_Nose/
Inappropriate Irving - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Inappropriate_Irving/
ANTI FEATURED - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/ANTI_FEATURED/
Joe Pop - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Joe_Pop/
Everyone Laughs at the Crocodile Man
Caggage - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Caggage/
Dead Leon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Leon/
Duck and Quail - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Duck_and_Quail/
Regarding Dandelions - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Regarding_Dandelions/
Journey man - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Journey_Man/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/feb/29/quackcast-260-duck-radio1/

Episode 255 - Drunk Duck Improvement Drive

Jan 25, 2016

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We're trying to fix up Drunk Duck, adding the the comic statistics back in, fixing forums, adding notifications to PQs and MORE, but we need money to do it. In this Quackcast, Ozoneocean, Banes, and Pitface talk about the improvements we want to have on DD, and what YOU can do to help us out. Please consider donating to our Indiegogo fund-raising drive to help us pay our programmer: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-webcomics-improvement-drive/x/4410947#/ There are a LOT of cool perks you can have including your own Quackcast interview all about YOU, original art from The creator of Modest Medusa, Charby the Vampirate and others, a 126 page Modest Medusa comic for only $10 and much more! If you can't spare any change, please consider spreading the word to your readers. Remember, these fixes are for everyone, by donating to DD you're helping yourself. :D

Episode 254 - Sexism in your OWN work?k

Jan 18, 2016

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OMFG you sexist PIG! Heh… today we talk about trying to recognise sexism in your OWN work, what to do about it, and WHY. It turns out it can be very hard to do, and if you DO acknowledged it the instinct is to rationalise it away, justify it, or just try and brazen it out in some kind of old fashioned, largely embarrassing, display. I frequently do all three. How do we spot it? Well the Bechdel test isn't that useful, that's better for looking at broad trends not giving specific works a pass/fail - sexy outfits is one thing, if females are dressed minimally or in tight gear in CONTRAST to the males or vice versa - females ONLY having old stereotype roles (maiden/mother/whore archetypes, secretary, nurse, victim, maid etc), though this is context sensitive, i.e. it's more forgiveable if you're doing a historical story or something stylised like a fairytale or a noire story - Gender balance is another thing, it's context sensitive because certain stories will naturally have more of one gender (WW2 submarine crew, Girl's school, a prison story etc), and you don't have to have an exact balance anyway but it's definitely something to THINK about because there is no reason most stories should feature a majority of male characters and a minority of females. WHY should you think about it? Why should you care? Well the audience for almost ALL types of stories, be they action adventure, romance, Scifi, fantasy, historical, even porn, is getting close to 50/50 between men and women these days (maybe it always was?), it really doesn't make sense to alienate or belittle half your audience just because you like to cling to older ways of doing stuff. Gunwallace's theme this week reminds me of a cross between the Knightrider theme and Gunship- it's VERY retro-future. It's the theme to DDSR, a comic with cool custom “sprites”, AKA pixel-art.

Episode 248 - Interview with Dario Di Donato of Barbarian Adventure

Dec 6, 2015

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Today we interview Dario Di Donato, the creator of the great webcomic Barbarian Adventure! You may recall that Gunwallace did an amazing theme to Barbarian adventure that we played in Quackcast 244, AND the comic was featured a few weeks ago too! Anyway, this time around, Banes, Pitface and I interview the creator of this fine work and he fills us in on his many classic 1980s pop culture sources of inspiration. Dario brims with a positivity, dedication and enthusiasm that is infectious! And you can listen to Gunwallace's dark punky theme to Monster Soup!

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 231 - The importance of world building

Aug 9, 2015

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You always do a bit of world building in fiction, in some types of stories like alternative histories, fantasy and Sci-Fi you have to do a bit more, in things set in the real world you don't have to do nearly as much - maybe only limited to a few rooms, character occupations and relationships etc, rather than planets and political systems, but the point is you're always doing it. There are good ways to do world building and bad ways i.e. work out as many details as you need to but have that all behind the scenes, not introduced as a wall of text or long explanations on how things work. World building should inform you story and make it work seamlessly, not prop it up like a rickety scaffold. The topic of the importance of World Building was previously touched on a few years ago by Skoolmunkee and Kroatz for Quackcast 39, but things happened at that recording was lost to history, so now we approach it again with all new contributions, strident opinions, and points of view on the subject. Gunwallace did a cool theme for Red Velvet Requiem!

Episode 202 - The Lady is a Stranger

Jan 19, 2015

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Howdy Pardner, is you ready fer a western adventure? For Quackcast 202 we decided to build on the experiment we started in Quackcast 201. We constructed a play quickly with four people all working together. It took us all 3 hours to write, collaborating on a Google doc and over skype to make a half hour play, and it seems to have turned out pretty nicely! This is the last for now in our writing exercises. We only really show the play here and not the 3 hours of umming and ah-ing as we worked on it, because that was too much to edit down, but if it's something people would like to hear maybe we'll make a condensed version available some time in the future. For now please enjoy our little Western romance, train and bank heist adventure! And Bane's great piano playing! Oh, and the great intro music by Gunwallace called "Solosteel"!


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