Episode 281 - The Joy of SFX

Jul 25, 2016

The Quantum theory of comics! Sound adds a whole new dimension to comics, enriching and enlarging the atmosphere, giving your mind a whole new path of stimuli to explore and queue you into things you just would not have been able to consider without them! Thanks to Ironscarf for his beautifully sexy and punny intro into the wonderful world of SFX, We made liberal use of his newspost in this Quackcast!. Indeed, SFX can be very tough to master in a lot of ways, it can be hard to make yourself use them too because they seem a little twee and unnatural, but once to get over that natural reticence they add a whole lot more to your work and give you many more options to explore. They're a very useful tool in your comic making toolkit! The theme this week was for Planet Chaser, you'll agree that it's bouncy, techno, mystical and danceable!

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Pestilent - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pestilent/

Links
Joy of SFX newspost by Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jul/14/the-joy-of-sfx/
Wally Wood SFX parody - http://jeffoverturf.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/sound-effects-wally-wood-mad-mondays.html
Mecha and explosions in Pinky TA - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5396982/
Hangover and ship noises in Pinky TA - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/4776698/
Blambot SFX fonts - http://www.blambot.com/fonts_sfx.shtml

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Tantz Areine - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/
Ironscarf! http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/

Featured music:
Planet Chaser - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Planet_Chaser/, by ZeroGee, rated T.

Episode 257 - Accents in Comics

Feb 8, 2016

4 likes, 2 comments

Using accents and different languages in comics can be a challenge, or at least a challenge to represent. Some people will actually have their text IN a different language or even a made up language in the case of aliens, and they'll have translations in a footnote. Some will use pointed brackets to represent the different language, some will use different fonts, and some won't bother showing that there is a different language being spoken at all. We spoke to Tantz Aerine and Pitface about this because that's something they both have to tackle in Brave Resistance and Tantz's solo comic Without Moonlight because it's very central to the plot: Tantz uses different colours for the languages. Pitface phonetically represents different accents in her comic Putrid Meat quite expertly. However, there can be challenges to phonetic representation when you get it wrong, most frequently in the case of Irish and Scottish accents! This was inspired by a newspost by Hippievan! Listen ad enjoy Gunwallace's audio interpretation of Aidana. VERY Pink Floyd!

Episode 247 - FONTS and LETTERING

Nov 30, 2015

2 likes, 4 comments

This week we have VIDEO of the Quackcast again - a nice condensed 10 minute version. Quackcast 247 is all about what fonts to use for your webcomic, hand lettering, aligning fonts, likes and dislikes, where to find good fonts, what sorts of things to look out for and what to avoid. You can find a lot MORE in the font discussion thread linked bellow. The lovely Pitface and hilarious Banes were with me lending their clever insights. Gunwallace gave us a rocking FUNK theme to the comic Fred Peterson The Mighty Warlord!!!

Episode 47 - The Show About Websites and Design Stuff

Oct 18, 2011

2 likes, 3 comments

oz is the expert on this one, which focuses on advice about designing a comic website which makes your comic look good and is easy to navigate, as well as some advice about logos and branding. skool has her own opinions as well!


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