Episode 500 - Celebration!

Oct 12, 2020

Finally we got to the five hundredth Quackcast! Wow! That's so many. We've been doing these for 10 years now. That's a long running podcast! To celebrate we invited our DD members aboard. We had a great fun time, lots of laughs and a really good chat. We even had time to introduce special cotributions from the people who couldn't be live with us. I'm making our exclusive patreon video of this week's cast free for all to view! Just click on the youtube link bellow.

Topics and Show Notes

Featured in our cast was MegaRDaniels, Tantz Aerine, Kawaiidaigakusei, PaulEberhardt, Andreas Helixfinger, Pitface, Niccea, Emma Clare, Banes, Cresc, and Gunwallace, with extra contributions from Hushicho, Usedbooks, and Kawaiidaigakusei

We started the Quackcast late in 2010, with just Skoolmunkee and myself, Ozoneocean. Wowio, our parent company wanted us to do a weekly video show but Skoolmunkee wasn't happy with that so we compromised and did a podcast. We recorded it on Thursdays and Kinh at Wowio would edit it and make it live on the next Tuesday. Amelius and EvilEmperorNick were our first interview guests. In due course Wowio downsized and Kinh was let go. We had to start editing the casts ourselves. Skoolmunkee did it for a while, then Banes came onboard to help us out. Skoolmunkee left and I did the Quackcasts solo for a time before making Banes my co-host! I took on the task of editing and I've done it ever since. Tantz Aerine and Pitface joined up as guests and then permenant members and the whole group was formed. The Quackcast has featured many fun bits in it's time, like the DD radio plays, skits and plays by Banes and I, and the DD Soap. I wonder if people would ever want to see the return of those?
Anyway, have a listen and watch to all of us <3

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to our 500th cast! This is an awesome rocky anthem for the DD Quackcast. It’s all hard guitars and loud stonkin’ sound! With the super-duper added contribution of us all shouting “500”!

Topics and shownotes

Links

See us all on video! - https://youtu.be/i8dic_cB0mU, Normally these are exclusive to $5 and up Patrons, but because this is Quackcast 500 and we have a big group here we thought we'd make it open to all. So you can see the faces and hear the voices of a whole bunch of us :)

Quackcast 500 features:
PaulEberhardt - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PaulEberhardt/
Cresc - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/cresc/
MegaRdaniels - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/MegaRdaniels/
Usedbooks - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
Andreas Helixfinger - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Andreas_Helixfinger/
Hushicho - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/hushicho/
Niccea - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Niccea/
Emma Clare - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Emma_Clare/
Usedbooks - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/

Links from the cast:
Cowboys And Aliens - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/CowboysAndAliens/
Cowboys and Aliens II - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Cowboys_and_Aliens_II/

Featured comic:
Dagger of the Mind - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2020/oct/06/featured-comic-dagger-of-the-mind/

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


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Episode 483 - Burnt out

Jun 15, 2020

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Emma Clare posted about avoiding burnout on Friday and we thought we'd steal that subject to chat about it. Burnout is something that can affect all of us, most especially when you're stuck at home with lots of time to create, funnily enough. When there's a lot of pressure on you to create it often makes you STOP creating. But there are a lot of ways to void burn out and when it actually does happen to you there are a lot of ways to come back from it and rekindle those exhausted flames of creation. How do YOU come back after being burnt out? What was your longest burnout?

Episode 480 - In Style!

May 25, 2020

6 likes, 2 comments

Styles are a very individual thing. Emma Clare did a great newspost on them last week featuring a pic of Sailor Moon that she drew in her own style. The cover image here features my own version. Pit, Tantz, Banes and I had a good long chat about all the different aspects of style and how you develop them.

Episode 430 - Good beginnings!

Jun 10, 2019

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At the beginning of a story how do you grab and KEEP your readers? This comes from the Friday newspost by Emma Clare. Her advice was pretty brilliant. From my own perspective it's generally characters that grab me first before anything else. Great art and a fantastic cover can hook your eyes, but without a great story or interesting characters there's zero to keep you there.

Episode 426 - Sidekicking

May 13, 2019

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Inspired by Emma Clare's Friday newspost about supporting characters, today we're discussing sidekicks! Sidekicks are a useful character type that are used in so many different ways. They can be a specialised type of supporting character that are also a main character or they can be the main protagonist in some cases. In comics sidekicks came in during the early days as a way of giving juvenile readers their own insert character who they could identify with… Bucky Barnes, Jimmy Olsen, Robin etc. They had other functions like giving the hero someone to save, providing commentary, reaction and exposition. Later when that kind of sidekick fell out of favour they became superheroes in their own right.

Episode 425 - Pay-off or rip-off?

May 6, 2019

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In this Quackcast we chat about set-ups. pay-offs, and rip-offs. To make your climaxes and endings more satisfying you have pay-offs for audience expectations: set them up in the story and pay them off at the end. If you fail to pay-off then you get a rip-off, it's pretty simple. Your audience will be really disappointed. That's not to say disappointing and unsatisfying ends to stories are wrong, not at all! Often those are fully intended. We're just talking about satisfying audiences, not “good” endings.

Episode 422 - Positive promotion and controversial characters

Apr 15, 2019

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The entire gang comes together today for two topics that were taken from recent newsposts: Emma Clare's Positive self promotion, and Tantz Aerine's Handling Controversial Characters. First up we chat about why it's always a great idea to sell yourself positively, NOT be arrogant or douchey, but rather by talking enthusiastically about what you genuinely love about your work and using that REAL and SINCERE enthusiasm to infect others with your love of what you do. Emma was mainly talking about the way you introduce your comics to friends and family but it definitely applies more broadly to self promotion in general: Don't try and get sympathy through self depreciation (oh, it's not very good…), and don't be an arrogant ass (My stuff is AWESOME!), rather you should just be honest about what you love about it (This story was so FUN to write!).

Episode 419 - The Rating Game

Mar 25, 2019

4 likes, 5 comments

It's the rating game! Yeah! This Quackcast was inspired by Emma Clare's newspost on Friday about rating levels. On Drunk Duck we have 4 rating levels so they're nice and simple: “E” for everyone, “T+” for teens, “M” for mature, and “A” for Adult! We talk about why ratings exist and how to use them.


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