Episode 285 - Ride the wave of the Anti-heroes

Aug 22, 2016

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!

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
High Explosives Playmobil - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/High_Explosives_Playmobil/

Links:
Anti-heroes thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177552/

Media mentioned
Suits
Always sunny in Philadelphia
Trailer Park Boys
Seinfeld
House
Deadpool
Tankgirl
Flashman

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Tantz Areine - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/
Pitface - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/

Featured music:
Pestilent - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pestilent/, by Internecinevisuals, rated M.

comment

anonymous?

ozoneocean at 3:54AM, Aug. 24, 2016

The first feature read by Genejoke!

ejb at 3:25AM, Aug. 24, 2016

"Totally just caught a sewer pipe, brah."

Gunwallace at 2:48AM, Aug. 24, 2016

Thanks for the feature. It was very heartening to hear Genejoke's summary of the comic.

ozoneocean at 6:13PM, Aug. 23, 2016

Lol! Or mutation :)

ejb at 3:09PM, Aug. 23, 2016

Crazy artwork, Ozone! I guess every anti-hero has got to ride the wave of mutilation at some point.


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