Episode 407 - Regrets & Resolutions!

Dec 30, 2018

Happy new year!!! All of us on the Duck Webcomics, AKA Drunk Duck, thank you for all your support over the year! DD has grown and flourished because of all of you! It was coming to the end of the year when we recorded this, the time we traditionally mull over regrets of the year gone past and come up with resolutions for the new year to come! Tantz, Banes, and I chat about what WE think about resolutions and regrets.

Topics and Show Notes

Regrets can be teaching moments but to mull over them is worse than useless and leads to depression and damage. Don't obsess over missed opportunities, you're never too old to start again or learn new skills, especially with comics! In fact with most things you learn much faster and easier as an adult, especially skills like drawing.

Resolutions can be a good way to kick yourself into making a positive change, but NOT if handled poorly. Shoot too high or aim too far at a poorly defined objective and you will fall short and blame yourself. Instead, break things down into manageable steps! Don't say “I will write a novel this year!”, what you SHOULD say is “I will write a rough outline and then write at least 200 words a day this year”.
Follow our advice and have a great new year!

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to FIGHT: Roll in like and armoured ball of fury, thundering through, nothing will stop you, nothing CAN stop you! This is power, aggression, and movement: undeterred and arrow straight!

Topics and shownotes

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Featured comic:
Coward Of Valor - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/dec/23/featured-comic-coward-of-valor/

Based On:
Ozone's Regrets newspost - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/dec/28/the-utter-pointlessness-of-regret/
And Tantz's Resolutions newspost - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/dec/28/new-years-resolutions/

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

Featured music:
FIGHT - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/FIGHT/, Art by Edbang, story by Edbang, Mlai and Justnopoint, rated T.

Episode 374 - Selling yourself

May 14, 2018

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In this Quackcast we have a chat about some ways to promote your comics and sell yourself. Emma Clare and Tantz have been doing cool stuff with the DD Twitter account. Hash tags are an important part of that, help them come up with a hash tag for DD! Who understands hash-tags on Facebook? Covers are one of my favourite ways to promote your work. They're tricky to get right but you need them to properly encompass your work and promote it, the form they take can depend on where your work is: Amazon, Drunk Duck, a convention, targeted ads etc. But be careful not to disappoint your audience with false advertising. This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Coward of Valor. It's a Modern yet medieval, this tune strides in with great pomposity and deigns to dance for us. It pirouettes and swoops in all its beauty and extravagance then exits stage left with just as much flare.

Episode 285 - Ride the wave of the Anti-heroes

Aug 22, 2016

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Comedy anti-heroes are a great deal of fun. My faves are characters like Tankgirl and Flashman; they can be selfish, greedy, violent, lustful, out for their own needs first but they still manage to do the “right” thing and vanquish the bad guy along the way regardless, or a character like George Costanza from Seinfeld who's jealous, pathetic, cowardly and greedy but we still love him anyway because identify with him and root for him against the unloving forces of the universe. To be a GOOD comedy anti-hero you have to keep the audience on their side though and that can be a tricky balancing act, you have to surf a number of factors (especially in a long running project), since to actually BE an anti-hero they need to have things about them that an audience would normally despise, these need to be counteracted by things like sympathy and pathos, traits we strongly identify with, intelligence, luck, charm, humour, sexiness, coolness, allowing them to win sometimes, or even redeeming some of their anti-hero behaviours occasionally. Get that balance wrong and they can so easily completely lose audience favour and sour the rest of the story/show/film. Pitface, Tantz, and Banes weigh in on this with me. And there are more opinions in the forum thread from which this evolved. Gunwallace's musical theme this week was for Pestilent. It's thoughtful, haunting, reminds me a little of a classic horror film soundtrack. Pretty scary!


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