Episode 487 - DD Anthology introduction!

Jul 13, 2020

Boundbun joins us to talk about the plans for the upcoming Drunk Duck Anthology that the proud people of the DD Discord (Aggie and Mel), are talking about. It hopes to be a true mammoth of a project at something like 130 pages! So if you'd like to get in on this and have your work actually published then join the Discord and navigate to the correct chat. You can have your say on what form the anthology takes.

Topics and Show Notes

We also chat about anthologies in general. Drunk Duck has produced a few different printed anthologies back in the past. But I'm pretty sure that was over 10 years ago! So it's great that our Discord crew are bringing it back again. An anthology is a collection of stories, usually held together with a common theme (ghosts, Scifi, magic etc), they're a great way to find out about new creators that you might not otherwise check out. One of my fave anthology style comics is Heavy Metal and I tend to think that a contemporary DD anthology would come out in a similar way.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Crystal Visions: Softly, softly… quiet contemplation on the stillness. Visions gradually coalesce in the twilight darkness, grey upon grey, shapes form and emerge, only to melt away again into the shadows. Once again all is pure and still.

Topics and shownotes

Links

Have your input on the new DD Anthology! - https://discordapp.com/invite/7NpJ8GS

Early DD Anthology - https://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Drunk-Duck-Press/DRUNK-DUCK-ANTHOLOGY-GN-VOL-01/NOV073769D

BoundBun - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/BoundBun/

Featured comic:
Myths - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2020/jul/07/featured-comic-myths/

Featured music:
Crystal Visions - - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/CrystalVisions/, by Roma, rated E.

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Pitface - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/


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Episode 304 - eeeeeevil!

Jan 2, 2017

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What defines evil in fiction? I say the simplest one is bad guys are selfish, good guys are selfless. That is massively over simplistic but it's a good easy template for basic hero's and villains. Basic ones I was just doing a quick thought experiment to work out an easy way to define “good” and “evil” characters in fiction. The more selfless someone is the more “good” they are: the more they think of others, want to help people, put the needs of the masses first, the more willing they are to reach across to their enemies etc. The more selfish a person is the more “evil” they are: if they don't consider the needs or feelings of others, help out their own small group and let others suffer, help themselves first. Of course there are many other more advanced aspects, especially if you consider the relative nature of these things: the idea that everyone thinks they're the good guy from their own perspective, being cruel to be kind, being too authoritarian and heavy handed in the use of power, NOT using power when you should, helping in a way that only SEEMS destructive and selfish, trying to help but causing destruction and chaos in the process, which brings us to the dreaded “unintended consequences”. BUT, the selfless/selfish equation is a nice simple starting point to build from. In the Quackcast we discuss these aspects as well as more advanced notions about what makes a good evil character, what makes a bad one, humanising evil, and weakening you evil character by humanising them too much. Gunwallace's musical theme was for The Cull: Dark, haunting, and compelling- Eastern European Jewish, country and rock, reminds me of Tracy Bonham’s later work.

Episode 130 - The Art of Comicbook Movies

Jun 24, 2013

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Banes and I talk about some of our fave comic book movies! That is, comics that have made the creative transition to the medium of film. We missed out a LOT but what can you do? It's a popular field. We discuss many modern superhero comicbook films like Watchmen, Batman, The Phantom etc, as well as non-superhero comicbook films like Brenda Starr, Modesty Blaise, Ghost in The Shell, Tank Girl, Asterix, Conan the Barbarian and so on. We talk about the different approaches they take to represent a vast comicbook cannon in the short space of 1 and a half or two and a half hours that a film goes for: sometimes they go for the origin story approach, sometimes they'll spoor the character, sometimes they'll depict a normal everyday representative adventure to show, and sometimes they'll show a condensed version of the entire story.


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