Quackcast 311 - Myth and modernity
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Myths and legends are often recycled and reused, but why would you adapt them to the modern day? This idea came to us from Tantz Aerine and her great news posts on the last two Saturdays. Read those if you want a good perspective on the idea! Ptface, Tantz, Banes, and I explore all the interesting TV shows and movies that have variations on the idea, everything from Cool Hand Luke to Ulysses 31!
Music: Life and Death - Light hearted lyrics and classical vaudevillian comical ukulele mixed with synth in the best tradition of flight of the Conchords… but this is Gunwallace!

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Featured comic:
TRUMPed - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/13/featured-comic-trumped/

Tantz's news post:
Adapting Myth To Modernity Part 1 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/11/adapting-myth-to-modernity-part-1/
Adapting Myth To Modernity Part 2 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/16/adapting-myth-to-modernity-part-2/

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

Featured music:
Life and Death - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Life_and_Death/, By Joff, rated E
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Quackcast 310 - Where to begin
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Where to start; in the past, present, or future? Will you structure your story in a linear way or do something more complex? This was the topic of Hyena Hell's newspost on Friday and in this Quackcast Pitface, Banes, Tantz, and I discuss and mull over the ideas ourselves, along with the responses of the clever commenters.

Gunwallace has given us a theme to The Archer and the Squirrel, which just so happens to ALSO be our featured comic! - The theme launches abruptly, like an arrow springing from a bow, this tune follows a beautiful arching path against a bright blue sky of melodic, rhythmic flute that begs you to dance a jig with a great big grin on your face!

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Featured comic:
The Archer and the Squirrel - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/07/featured-comic-the-archer-and-the-squirrel/

Hyena Hell's news post:
Where to Begin? - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/09/start-uh-where/

Mentioned in the show:
Menage a 3. - www.ma3comic.com/

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

Featured music:
The Archer and the Squirrel - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Archer_and_the_Squirrel/, by Tieback, rated E.

Quackcast - 309 - boring action scenes
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What makes an action scene boring? Action scenes should be exciting and fun, but often it's just the opposite!
In this Quackcast we discuss the topic of Tantz's newspost from the other day and tackle this hard question.
These were Tantz's conclusions:
- You don’t yet care enough for the characters involved in the action to worry about them.
- If the action is introductory you don't get to understand what's happening enough to care.
- The action is badly choreographed or ‘cut’ in a way that the audience can’t understand what is going on.
- The action is too much too soon, and back to back.
In this Quackcast we try to delve a little more into that :)

The featured music this week by Gunwallace was for Starfox Adventures The Comic: Firing the main rockets and racing through space, laser pulses and bolts of plasma streak past in glowing lines of destruction as you smoothly barrel roll to avoid them.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Kingdom of the Red Rose - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/31/featured-comic-kingdom-of-the-red-rose-by-copper-mouflon/

Tantz's news post:
Boring action scenes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/27/boring-action/

Mentioned in the show:
Every frame a picture Jacki Chan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1PCtIaM_GQ
Mag-isa by kyupol - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/MAG_ISA/
Pinky TA action - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5322902/
What was the appeal of Steven Seagal? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbioIx12k7s

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

Featured music:
Starfox Adventures The Comic - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Starfox_Adventures_The_Comic/, by AbbyStabby, rated T.

Quackcast 308 - Hyena Hell
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Today on the Quackcast we interview Hyena Hell!
You might remember the bombastic, punkrocker HyenaHell for her comic The Hub
She used to be very active on all of DD (forums, comics, everything), before life issues took her away from DD. But she was still a prolific poster on social media after that when she wasn't creating comics, posting interesting and thought provoking blog posts about art, life as an artist, and living in a changing New Orleans…
She has a unique art style- highly detailed, carefully inked drawings, which are quite similar to her work as a printmaker. You can see a great example of that in The Hub.

We have sad news and hap[y news… The wonderful Hippievan has retired from doing Friday newsposts on DD. The happy news is that HyenaHell is going to dive into the driving seat of this out of control juggernaut! HyenaHell has a long history with DD and an amazing personal perspective on art and life that I think would be good for the site. It's always good to listen to a new and interesting voice!
In the mean time, listen to Banes, Pitface, TantzAriene and I interview HyenaHell, who tells lascivious stories and her and I going into, Lipstixxx a stripclub in New Orleans…

Gunwallace's featured music for today was: Mechaniko - it's the sound of nodes on a neural network firing, connecting, and cascading with shared knowledge: Multilayered, technological robo-future rock!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Fatal Lullaby - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/24/featured-comic-fatal-lullaby/

The one and only Hyena Hell!
The Hub - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Hub/
HH on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hyenahell/
HH on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hyenathehardwayhell/

HippieVan leaving :( - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/26/hippie-vans-last-ever-newspost/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Hyena Hell - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/hyenaHell/
Tantz Aerine - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Pitface - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/

Featured music:
Mechaniko - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Mechaniko/, by Yves Ker Ambrun, rated E.

Quackcast 307 - The jerks
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Jerky, jerk, jerks! Let's talk about this type of character…
This topic is based on Banes' newspost from Thursday, he based it on characters like Reggie from the Archie comics. Jerks can be pretty good characters in their own right. They can be villains, heroes, antagonists or protagonists, they can even be unintentional jerks like Scrappy do from Scooby Do, Alf from Alf, or Jar Jar Binks from that horrible movie he was in.

My favourite jerks are Flashman from the Flashman novels by George MacDonald (you should read them!), Blackadder (particularly the second season), and Zaphod Beeblebrox who I'm cosplaying in the cover pic. Who are your fave and least fave jerks?

Gunwallace's musical theme was for The Epic of Blitzov. It's Riff based hard rock, driving beat, heavy, distorted guitars layered over and over with a thunderous yet lyrical lead floating over the top. Orange and black sound.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Unfruity and Nonchalant - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/17/featured-comic-unfruity-and-nonchalant/

Links
Based on Banes' newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/18/the-hated-part-one/

Things mentioned:
Misfits
Breaking bad
Flashman from books by George MacDonald
Biff from back to the future
Suits
Breaking Bad
Zaphod Beeblebrox in hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Billable Hours http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488813/
It's always sunny in Philadelphia
Venture brothers
Cartman from Southpark
Villains you love VS heroes you hate

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

Featured music:
The Epic of Blitzov - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Epic_of_Blitzov/, by PitFace, rated T.

Quackcast 306 - Culture club
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Patriotism, flags, nationalism, religion, politics, national symbols hijacked by racists! These are some of the unique aspects of our cultural identity and national differences we chat about on this quackcast. I was inspired by HippieVan's newspost on Friday (about Cultural identity and how it defines our writing), to dive further into the subject of cultural differences. We all share the illusion of a single, global culture, but there are regional differences for all of us that mean we don't see things the same way, and often some of the stuff we mean in our comics is influenced by where we come from in a way that people from elsewhere would never quite get in the same way.
We chatted about how the use and wearing of national flags is very different depending on what country you're in. For example, in the USA proudly displaying the national flag is seen as normal and mundane, while elsewhere displaying the national flag can be seen as a sign of extreme conservatism or militant nationalism. Wearing the US flag in most countries is seen as something of a fashion statement, a very commercial one; wearing the flag of the USSR is seen as a statement of ironic rebellion; wearing the Union Jack is punk; but wearing the flag of your own country in Australia, Greece, Canada, Cambodia etc (and many other places) is seen as a gauche statement of too-overt patriotism, even though wearing the flags of the USA, USSR or UK is perfectly acceptable. These and other interesting facets of culture are what we chatted about.
Gunwallace's musical theme was for Ayla Speaker For The Dead, it's a sad, sepulchral, grieving dirge-like requiem, with an uncomfortable sting of evil jazzy trumpet.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Salamander - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/10/featured-comic-salamander/

Links
Based on Hippy's newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/12/cultural-background-and-comicking/

Canadians in Spaaaaaaaace!
Dee Reluctant Space Tourist - Hippy's comic: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Dee_Reluctant_Space_Tourist/

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

Featured music:
Ayla Speaker For The Dead - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ayla_Speaker_for_the_Dead/, by JohnH985, rated M.

Quackcast 305 - Chekhov's phaser
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Chekhov's gun is the principal (as I understand it), that if you have some item, fact or piece of information introduced into your story that you draw specific attention to, then you'd better use it some how later on in your story. The simplest example is a gun: if it appears as a prop lying around in your story AND you draw attention to it, then by the end of the tale it should have gone off.
This is because you've set up the parameters for your story in the mind of your audience and they develop certain expectations, if you confound those then they'll be disappointed and think that your story was poor. Having a “gun” on stage isn't so important here, it's the fact that you drew attention to it somehow. It doesn't have to “go off” either, as long as it plays a role in the story somehow. You can trick the audience very easily with these sorts of devices, making them think one item or piece of information will be vitally important, only to make it important in a way they wouldn't expect or to use it to hide the fact that some other thing was important instead. So that's our topic of conversation today! All based off of Tantz's newspost on Saturday.
Gunwallace's musical theme was for Grow Up. It's repetitive, relaxing, punk reggae instrumental, with fuzz guitar. A lazy evening on a warm summer beach.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
My Pet Succubus - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/02/featured-comic-my-pet-succubus/

Links
Based on Tantz's newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/06/chekhovs-gun/

People mentioned:
Bavo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102
Udyr - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Udyr
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks
KAM - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KAM
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster

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

Featured music:
Grow Up - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Grow_Up/, by akahnart, rated T.

Quackcast 304 - eeeeeevil!
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What defines evil in fiction?
I say the simplest one is bad guys are selfish, good guys are selfless.
That is massively over simplistic but it's a good easy template for basic hero's and villains. Basic ones
I was just doing a quick thought experiment to work out an easy way to define “good” and “evil” characters in fiction. The more selfless someone is the more “good” they are: the more they think of others, want to help people, put the needs of the masses first, the more willing they are to reach across to their enemies etc.
The more selfish a person is the more “evil” they are: if they don't consider the needs or feelings of others, help out their own small group and let others suffer, help themselves first.
Of course there are many other more advanced aspects, especially if you consider the relative nature of these things: the idea that everyone thinks they're the good guy from their own perspective, being cruel to be kind, being too authoritarian and heavy handed in the use of power, NOT using power when you should, helping in a way that only SEEMS destructive and selfish, trying to help but causing destruction and chaos in the process, which brings us to the dreaded “unintended consequences”.

BUT, the selfless/selfish equation is a nice simple starting point to build from.
In the Quackcast we discuss these aspects as well as more advanced notions about what makes a good evil character, what makes a bad one, humanising evil, and weakening you evil character by humanising them too much.

Gunwallace's musical theme was for The Cull: Dark, haunting, and compelling- Eastern European Jewish, country and rock, reminds me of Tracy Bonham’s later work.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
RIGHTEOUS - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/dec/27/featured-comic-righteous/

Topics
Adventure time - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1305826/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Chronicle (hero back stories) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706593/

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

Featured music:
The Cull - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Cull/ by Singring, rated M.
This is a brutal story about violence, tribalism, and redemption… I think :)

Quackcast 303 - Christmascast
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Art by Tantz Aerine

It's Christmas time again… well at least it was two days ago when we recorded he cast. Today's Quackcast is a rambling christmas discussion of various things that take our fancy like the Secret Santa gift thread (linked down bellow), and the amazing art by amazing artists within it! Tantz, Pit, and Banes joined me sitting around a hot Australian sun in the outback with the traditional Christmas kangaroos hopping around and the traditional Christmas kookaburras laughing overhead!
What did YOU do for Christmas this year?
Gunwallace's musical theme was for E X T I N C T - A dark, bleakly epic SciFi soundtrack with a touch of James Bond in the strong baseline.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Mr Valdemar and other gothic tales - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Mr_Valdemar_and_other_gothic_tales/

LINK
Secret Santa gifts! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177594/?page=1

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

Featured music:
E X T I N C T - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/E_X_T_I_N_C_T/ by Udyr, rated M.

Quackcast 302 - the agendacast
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Art by Ozoneocean

Today we talk about works of pop-culture that have an obvious political agenda, so obvious that t not only gets in the way of the entertainment but also dictates to the audience without letting them have a chance to come to their own conclusions: forcing you to see things only one way. Even when we agree with the agenda being presented it can still strike a sour chord, often more-so since they're preaching to the choir and usually just throwing a badly simplified version of the philosophy at you, which can feel insulting. So that's what we chat about. Those views can come from ANY political persuasion, the right the left, communism, fascism, socialism, libertarianism whatever. No one has a monopoly on ideologues.
We became overtly political towards the end… Sorry for that. HAHAHA. Do we practise what we preach? HELLS NO!
I have to apologise again for the terrible sound quality of my voice recording. I thought I'd fixed the settings from last week, but I was wrong. I HAVE now though.
Gunwallace's musical theme was for Grunk - cocktail bar samba played on a church organ. The music of heaven! Cheesy heaven. You can imagine fat angels in hawaiian shirts swanning about drunkenly and spilling their margaritas.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
E X T I N C T - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/dec/13/featured-comic-e-x-t-i-n-c-t/

References:
Elysium - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535108/
Logan's run - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074812/
In time - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637688/
Snow piercer - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706620/
Synoikia to Oneiro - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196995/
Terry Pratchett - https://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/
Piers Anthony - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8516.Piers_Anthony
The wooden Swords - http://rights.patakis.gr/pandelis-kaliotsos-wooden-swords
Ghostbusters 2016 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289401/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Tantz Aerine - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

Featured music:
GRUNK - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/GRUNK/ by mg78, rated E.


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