Quackcast 233 - Formulas Forever!
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Here we go again, back to formulas! This time we got some external input. Fellow DDers had a say about their idea about the utility of formulas and how they use them in their writing and comics. It's important to understand formulas in writing so you know what works and why it works, it can help you in your own work. And when you need to and you've got the ability you can create your OWN writing formula. But remember: the formula is just the bare skeleton, you have to add all the meat and flesh to it with the rest of your writing, don't let the bones show through!
Listen to Gunwallace's beautiful theme for Brave New World!
Oh, and one last thing… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TANTZ AERINE!!!!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Cogs and Claws - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Cogs_and_Claws/

Contributors forum thread:
Getting the formulas RIGHT - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jul/16/exploring-new-comic-book-stores/

Contributors:
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/

Previous formulas Quackcast:
Quackcast 230 getting the formula right - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-230-getting-the-formula-right/

Special thanks to:
Germanium Gunwallace, elemental music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Beryllium Banes, Covalent-co-host - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Krypton Kawaiidaigakusei, formula featurer - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Brave New World - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Brave_New_World/ by BraveNewWorld rated E. - See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/aug/24/quackcast-233-formulas-forever/

Quackcast 232 - Creating a Rounded World
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Hello, hello, hello! This is the second part of our hugely long expose on the tricky art of WORLD BUILDING! And it really IS extra loooooooooooog… that's because we take so much time crafting the Quackcast world for you. To recap: world-building is a big part of ALL fiction from SciFi and fantasy to your common or garden police shows or even comic strips. You create locations that have relationships with each other, characters that have jobs, families, friends, histories etc, all that is just as much world building as a fantasy world with a specific style of magic and monsters or a SciFi world with aliens and a 1000 year war. Typically, if you do your homework and set up your world nicely then it makes it easier to write stories within it, but you also have to remember not to show all that research to people in the form of big long explanations. Banes and Bravo1102 join Ozoneocean to talk about it!
Listen to Gunwallace's lovely theme for Regarding Dandelions!

Topics and shownotes

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

From the news post:
World Building - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177032/?page=1

Contributions from:
usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
fallopiancrusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/fallopiancrusader/
KimLuster- http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
irrevenant - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/irrevenant/
El Cid - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Certified_Monster/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, musicman, sound sorcerer - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, Co-host, world-plumber - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Bravo1102, Co-host, librarian to the stars - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Regarding Dandelions - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Regarding_Dandelions/ by Kari_McElroy rated M

Quackcast 231 - The importance of world building
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You always do a bit of world building in fiction, in some types of stories like alternative histories, fantasy and Sci-Fi you have to do a bit more, in things set in the real world you don't have to do nearly as much - maybe only limited to a few rooms, character occupations and relationships etc, rather than planets and political systems, but the point is you're always doing it. There are good ways to do world building and bad ways i.e. work out as many details as you need to but have that all behind the scenes, not introduced as a wall of text or long explanations on how things work. World building should inform you story and make it work seamlessly, not prop it up like a rickety scaffold.
The topic of the importance of World Building was previously touched on a few years ago by Skoolmunkee and Kroatz for Quackcast 39, but things happened at that recording was lost to history, so now we approach it again with all new contributions, strident opinions, and points of view on the subject.
Gunwallace did a cool theme for Red Velvet Requiem!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Awfully Decent Fellows - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Awfully_Decent_Fellows/

From the news post:
World Building - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177032/?page=1

Contributions from:
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean /
Abt_Nihil - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Abt_Nihil/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/

Special thanks to:
World music master, Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes, Co-host, alligator wrestler - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Kawaiidaigakusei, featurer, bombadier - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/
Bravo1102, Co-host, man-at-arms - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Red Velvet Requiem - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Red_Velvet_Requiem/ by NekkoXIII rated M.

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!

Topics and shownotes

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.

Topics and shownotes

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!

Topics and shownotes

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!

Topics and shownotes

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!

Topics and shownotes

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.

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