Quackcast 230 - Getting the formula RIGHT
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We've talked about formulas before, but mostly in the context of escaping formulas and reinventing them.
NOW however we're talking about using existing formulas to create a story, or creating new formulas and sticking to them to come up with your stories.
Formulas can be a good tool to write with, along with their close sibling “the trope” they take elements that are proven to work and stick them on a solid framework for you to more easily create your story around. All you need to do is plug in your characters and situation and see how it all fits. Formulas are comfortable for people and make it easier for a writer to structure their story faster AND in a way they know should appeal to people.
Enjoy Gunwallace's lovely theme for Rismo!

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Featured comic:
No Future Vanish in Time - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/No_Future_Vanish_in_Time/

CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOPIC:
Getting the formulas RIGHT - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jul/16/exploring-new-comic-book-stores/

Formulas covered:
Harem
Slasher/monster
Documentary on the slasher formula:
- Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Movie - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489062/
- Youtube link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsStQ7yKdI4
Police drama - angry captain, partner cops etc.
Procedural crime scene show
PG wodehouse - farce
Sex farce
Modern ghost house story
Superhero formula
Dysfunctional family
Courtroom drama
Office comedy/dysfunctional workplace
School based manga
Magical companion/girlfriend
The Master plan

Special thanks to:
Gallium Gunwallace, elemental music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Boron Banes, Covalent-co-host - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Rizmo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Rizmo/ by Jobo rated E.

Quackcast 229 - Enter the Dragon's den: comic book shops
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Tantz and Pitface join Banes and Ozone to talk about comic book stores and the experience of going into them… Yes, that's right: webcomicers actually going into REAL bricks and mortar places that sell comics printed on PAPER! o_O It turns out that none of us really do that anymore for various reasons and we all have different recollections of going to cimicbook shops in the past. We also recount the experiences of other DDers who've described their comic buying adventures.
Check out Gunwallace's haunting and desolate theme for the comic No Future, Vanish In Time.

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Featured comic:
Nommie Zombies - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Nommie_Zombies_1/

Based on HippieVan’s Newspost:
Exploring new comic book stores - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jul/16/exploring-new-comic-book-stores/
Interesting News story about comic retailers - http://sktchd.com/longform/sktchd-survey-comic-retailers/

Contributors:
kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/
Kimluster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102
HippieVan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/HippieVan/
fallopiancrusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/fallopiancrusader/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
SophieD - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/SophieD/
PaulEberhartd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PaulEberhartd/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Creepy atmospheric music by Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, Co-hosting brilliance - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Tantz Aerine, exotically accented - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Brave_Resistance/
Pit Face, hipster grrl - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
No future vanish in time - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/No_Future_Vanish_in_Time/ by Kurapika.

Quackcast 228 - Conflicting conflicts conflict
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Pic by Ozoneocean

This time we're talking about conflict in webcomic writing, and any writing in general really. Conflict is one of the main drivers of a story, so you pretty much have to have it in there somewhere! But how do you approach it? Do you set it up really carefully or just put a bunch of volatile characters together and see what happens? I think for a lot of us we don't think too much about the science of our conflicts, rather we approach it artistically and develop things by feel and instinct because conflict is such an intrinsic trait. But understanding how you use it can be very useful when you're writing satisfying resolutions and climaxes. A good understanding of the types of conflict in your story is also pretty essential when you're writing a good comedy (it's a great source of humour!), and also when you're explaining or selling your work to the public: It's all very well to chat about your clever setting and your funky characters, but conflict is the reason they're IN a story to begin with and that's really what will get people wanting to read out it.
I hope you enjoy Gunwallace's great porn style music type theme for Tales of Two Tiny Titty bars!

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Featured comic:
Regarding Dandelions - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Regarding_Dandelions/

Based on Bane’s Newspost and forum post:
Thems fightin' words - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jul/08/thems-fightin-words-conflict/
Conflict - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177030/

Contributors:
Bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102
maskdt - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/maskdt/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Kimluster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Usedbooks/
Irrevenant - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/irrevenant/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Feature stripper Gunwallace for his lovely music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, for his Quackcast hosting moxie - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Tales from Two Tiny Tittybars - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Tales_from_Two_Tiny_Tittybars/ by Moneko

Quackcast 227 - Biggest webcomicing mistakes
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Pic by Ozoneocean

Content:
Webcomicing is a learning process, you build on your knowledge and skills as you go, comics can take years to complete and your audience is usually pretty forgiving… Well learning is all about making mistakes and if you're like the people who contributed to this Quackcast, you make a hell of a lot of them! But hopefully you learn from them, or even better; learn from the mistakes of others. That's what this Quackcast was all about; sharing your biggest webcomicing mistakes. None of us are immune to them. They can be borne of hard to break bad habits, lack of experience or skill, or just plain stubbornness. If you make any that you'd like to tell us about, just share them in the comments bellow.
I hope you'll enjoy the lovely Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy/Harry Potter-esque style musical theme for Wizarding Along The Way by Gunwallace!

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Featured comic:
9th Life - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/9th_Life/

Based on the forum post:
Contrast and Conflict - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176953/

Contributors:
Kimluster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Sway - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Sway/
Whirlwynd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Whirlwynd/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/
Kota - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Kota/
JustNoPoint - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/JustNoPoint/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Ashtree House - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Steel_and_Manitou/
Irrevenant - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/irrevenant/
maskdt - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/maskdt/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
DJ Gunner-Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
MC Banes IN DA HOUSE - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Killer kawaiidaigakusei feature-freak - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Wizard along the Way - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/wizard_along_the_way/ by Reca

Quackcast 226 - The Power of Contrast
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Content:
In this Quackcast I interrogated Mr Banes on the subject of his first newspost: Contrasts. It's a subject near and dear to him, even his comic "Typical Strange“ has its name based on the concept, i.e. two words with the opposite meanings put together to create an effect. In imagery contrast is used to make darker shapes appear darker and lighter shapes lighter and to create a tension where those areas meet at the penumbra. In writing and comics it's much the same, ”laughter and tears“, ”good and evil", a sad scene contrasting with a joyous one etc. Contrasting makes both contrasted elements appear far greater than they really are, as well as serving as a source of tension, conflict, or humour. Banes and I talk about this in a rambling fashion. Gunwallace has a special treat for us today with a brilliant theme for Dead Leon! You'll want to ask him for a copy of his one ;)

Topics and shownotes

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

Based on Banes's newspost:
Contrast and Conflict - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jun/29/thursdays-with-banes-contrast-and-conflict/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, our wonderful musician - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, your lead host for this evening - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Dead Leon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Leon/ by UltimateZ

Quackcast 225 - To Fan-service or not to fan-service
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- Art by Ozoneocean

Content:
Today Banes and I talk about the subject of fan service in comics (and other pop-culture). This Quackcast was inspired by a newspost by HippieVan of that same title. We're helped in our discussion by the really interesting contributions of many smart people on DD… that we read out in High-larious voices! Is fan service a good thing? How do you think about it in stuff you read and see? Do you put it in your own work? Why? Why not? These were some of the things we talk about on the subject. Also, catch Gunwallace's great theme for Grueson!

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

Based on HippieVan's newspost:
Fan-service in comics - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jun/25/fan-service-in-comics/

Contributions from:
MOrgan - hhttp://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/MOrgan/
Bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
Hippievan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/HippieVan/
JustNoPoint - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/JustNoPoint/
fallopiancrusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/fallopiancrusader/
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/
PaulEberhartd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PaulEberhartd/
Neilsama - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Neilsama/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Meemjar - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/meemjar/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, Soundman - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, hostman - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Kawaiidaigakusei, featuregirl - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Grueson - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Grueson/ by Yan Gevuld

QUACKCAST 224 - Finding your own voice as a writer
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- Art by Kevin Hayman.

Content:
For Quackcast 224 I've asked Kevin Hayman back again (KOTA's world, Mailbox Rocketship, Erant Apprentice), to regale us with his Owen Wilson stylings…
But seriously, the topic is “finding your own voice in writing”, i.e. learning not to imitate your hero's, move beyond that and write in your own style. Kevin is a really funny and interesting guy who's been doing webcomics for many many years since the very earliest days of Drunk Duck and he has some great insights to impart on “finding your own voice”.
You can also catch KOTA at the Mississippi comic con this weekend!
-Enjoy Gunwallace's lovely, creepy musical take on our featured comic, Restless.

Topics and shownotes

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

Kevin Hayman links:
New version, Mailbox Rocketship comic - http://www.drunkduck.com/Mailbox_Rocketship/
Errant Apprentice comic - http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Errant_Apprentice/
Volg - https://www.youtube.com/user/everywhencomics/
At Taptastic - http://tapastic.com/kotaotan

Other Quackcasts with KOTA:
Number 119 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/quackcast-119-kevin-kotas-world-hayman/
Number 120 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-120-kevin-hayman-extra/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, Master of music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, cocky-co-host - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Restless - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Restless/ by Trico.

QUACKCAST 223 - Collaborating with the Aliens
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- Art from Albert the Alien.

Content:
On today's Quackcast I, the marvellous Ozoneocean am speaking to the equally marvellous Trevor Mueller of Albert the Alien! This fine chap is returning to the Quackcast (was on Quackcast 184), to chat with me about the process of collaborating from the point of view of a writer who's working with an artist. Trevor also he another Kickstarter for the second volume of Albert the Alien out now so please consider contributing to that. Trevor is a highly acclaimed writer of a fantastic and funny all ages comic and his artist on Albert the Alien, Gabriel Bautista, is an award winning successful comic creator in his own right. Trevor brings a LOT of experience to the topic of collaboration. Catch the great theme for The Ink by our very own Gunwallace!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Pig's Cautionary Night Tales: Seance - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pigs_cautionary_night_tales_seance/

DONATE
To Albert the Alien volume 2 Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/trevoramueller/albert-the-alien-vol-2-the-substitute-teacher-from

Linkage:
Albert The Alien site http://albertthealien.com/
Previous Quackcast with Trevor - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-184-the-trevor-mueller-hour/
The Fan - http://trevoramueller.storenvy.com/collections/106926-all-products/products/13252857-the-fan
The Life after - http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2014/07/08/the-life-after-comic-book-series/12354089/
Gabriel Bautista Russ Manning Nomination - http://www.nerdspan.com/gabriel-gabo-bautista-artist-on-oni-press-the-life-after-honored-with-russ-manning-award-nomination/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, god of song - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Kawaiidaigakusei, enigmatic featurer - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/kawaiidaigakusei/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
The Ink - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Ink/ by Stellar.

Quackcast 222 - Time to Ramble on!
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Content:
Ozoneocean and Banes Ramble On (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-EakzxmO-o) about Ozoneocean rambling on while they catch up after a long three week break since Ozone has been in Greece with Tantz Aerine and Pitface, and then Serbia while Banes and Bravo were plotting to take over the Quackcast. After they caught up we chatted about various pop-culure things like Mad Max Fury Road, Babbadook, Brooklyn 99 and more.
As a sort of treat there are some pics of Ozone, Tantz, and Pit.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Rag and Bone - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Rag_and_Bone/

Pop-culture references:
Kung Fury https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg
Little pink backback,
Babbadook
Brooklyn 99
Chappie
Mad Max Fury road
Letterman

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, sounmaster - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, super co-host - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Athena Sculpture - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/ATHENA_SCULPTURE/ by DK LOMBARDI.








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Content:
Banes is home alone in the studio this time while Ozoneocean was away gallivanting around the globe… he's joined by intrepid security guard Bravo, who saves him from a fate worse than death. Together they chat and gabble away about things and stuff, primarily inspired by the topic “Why do you do a webcomic?” Together they manage to find out. Reading the contributions of many fine DDers really helped along with that though! Gunwallace provides a great theme for Clockwork Atrium too!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
The Ink - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Ink/

Based on the forum post:
Why do you do a webcomic? - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176866/

Contributions from:
maskdt - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/maskdt/
MagickLorelai - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/MagickLorelai/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
El Cid - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Certified_Monster/
Tupapayon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/tupapayon/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Binaryfaye - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/binaryfaye/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, thank you for the music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, BAAAANNNEEESSS!!! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
kawaiidaigakusei, Kuwaaaaaaaaaaiiii!!!! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Brave_Resistance/
Bravo, Bravo old chap! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Clockwork Atrium - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Clockwork_Atrium/ by CZweig.


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