Episode 459 - 2019 Year in review!

Dec 30, 2019

It's been a great year! DD has continued to grow bit by bit, we've been stable and a great host for many many webcomics. DD is one of the only truly independent community focused webcomic hosting sites left. Most of the rest are commercial hubs that are not community centered. Part of our commitment to the community on DD is showcasing our best webcomics every week, which we've been doing for 17 years now, and I've personally been doing that for about 13.

Topics and Show Notes

Kawaii and I continually search for new high quality webcomics on DD to feature. We never look for standard art style or story type, we like the featured comics to be highly varied, reflecting many types of art style, format, media and story type. Featured comics can be long form stories, comic strips, stories for all ages, comics for kids, mature comics, action horror, fantasy, covering topics like politics, conspiracy, religion, or just be pure fun. Comics can have amazing art and story, or just one or the other. As long as the comic has over 15 pages and is updating regularly, is not a A rated work and has no borrowed copyright then it's fine to feature.

What matters more than anything is the commitment and passion of the creators and giving them the recognition that they deserve, so that we can hopefully showcase their varied and interesting work to a wider audience.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Feint: A raw thrumming violin importantly intones ringing chords over and over as it sets us up for a beautifully rocky crescendo that culminates in a tumultuous sonic climax!


Topics and shownotes

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Links
Start of the 2019 featured comics list - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/comics/featured/?page=3

2019 featured comics

https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ripping_Off_King_Arthur/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Legend_of_Wind_Fist/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Molly_Lusc/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Barkham_Horror/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_St_Nickolas_Conspiracy/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Feint/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Inner_Enemy/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/FULL_HOUSE_by_ProjectNutz/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Jacket_Comic/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Risk_it_for_a_Biscuit/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Wild_Wolves/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Interstellar_Dust/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Out_of_the_Blue/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Speaking_In_Tongues/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Stunlock/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_True_Face/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Limbo_Road/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Shootin/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Adventures_of_Kevin_Kid/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Mystic_From_Wanzerbe/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Frolic/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Feelings_of_a_High_School_Girl/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Great_Khan/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Caraway_Crew/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Android_Blues/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Unprecedented_Cleanup/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Strange_Case_of_Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ice_Massacre/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Monkey_Nukes/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/QUASI_and_PSUDO/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Completely_Unrelated/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Jetpack_Jill/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Way_of_the_Waifu/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Customer_Service/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Angels_of_the_Fallen/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Operation_Boom/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Void_The_Guide_to_a_Healthy_Relationship/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Generation_Y/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Sunstrike_and_Bluemist_An_Origin_Story/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Bunni_and_Carot/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Aikonia/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ursa_Tale/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Breached/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Redneck/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/My_Cute_Wish/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Scarred_Eden/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Space_Repair_Garage_The_Comic/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Vagabonds_Waifs_and_Strays/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Cafe_on_Crepe_Island/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Percival_Pigeons_Perilous_Plan/
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Run_Stop_Go/


Featured comic:
Ripping Off King Arthur - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/dec/24/featured-comic-ripping-off-king-arthur/

Featured music:
Feint - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Feint/, by Stonedraccoon, rated M.


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

Episode 457 - Religion in fiction 2

Dec 16, 2019

5 likes, 4 comments

2 weeks ago we discussed the topic of religion in fiction: basicaly how we use real world religions to inform the perspectives of our characters and make the worlds more real, how we use religion in fiction, and how we make up religions for our worlds. We had so many great responses to this in the forum and about the Quackcast that we thought it'd be great to feature and chat about them! DD is a community after all and we love our community members to be a part of the Quackcast!

Episode 456 - Smackdown on Quackjeeves

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6 likes, 4 comments

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Episode 455 - Religion in fiction

Dec 2, 2019

4 likes, 2 comments

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Episode 430 - Good beginnings!

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3 likes, 0 comments

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Episode 427 - Betrayal

May 20, 2019

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Episode 411 - The Right to Copy!

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4 likes, 5 comments

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Episode 404 - Strong characters

Dec 10, 2018

3 likes, 0 comments

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