Quackcast 333 - Retcon the retcon
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The thing with retcons is that the author tends to get an idea which makes them want to go back over their story and redo or tweak the whole thing again, that's what's happened here… well sort off. Banes had some more ideas on the subject that he wanted to share, so we dove into the whole thing again! We were helped by a Websnark article on the subject linked to us by Kam in a comment on the last retcon Quackcast. It's a useful guide, breaking down the different kinds of retcon into five types:
Category One: Now Revealed! A Lost Tale of the Hero!
Category Two: The Story You Thought You Knew!
Category Three: The Real Story You Thought You Knew!
Category Four: The Story You Thought You Knew Was Right, But Now There's Been A Change!
Category Five: Meet the New Hero, Not The Same As The Old Hero Because That Never Happened!
In this Quackcast we expand upon those concepts.

Gunwallace's theme for the week was for Lego Space - It’s Block time! The sound here brings to mind the techno-mechanistic world of Lego, and especially the bright and glittering transparent blocky world of SPACE lego, vectors, angles, and joins!

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Featured comic:
Una Garza Negra - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/18/featured-comic-una-garza-negra/

Links:
Great Websnark article about retconning - http://www.websnark.com/archives/2008/01/retconning_just_1.html
Bane's newspost on retcons - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/08/wheres-chuck/
Our first retcon Quackcast - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/08/quackcast-331-retconning-your-work/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Lego Space - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Lego_Space/, by KDog, rated E.

Quackcast 332 - The trouble with immortality
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In this Quast we talk about immortality, which is a common trope in literature. Who seeks immortality in stories? It's usually bad guys, and it usually has some sort of extreme price,catch or dark side, so much so that people actually believe that if immortality WAS real that it would somehow be an evil thing. The fact is that most of the possible downsides are cultural constructions or justifications for our own mortality, if immortality WAS a real thing we don't really know what the down sides would be… But this means that the trope of immortality is not as limited as we've come to believe; it's wide open to be re-written and redefined.
And a not, the story mentioned in the Quackcast was The Trouble With Lichen and it was by John Wyndham, not Roald Dahl.

Gunwallace's theme for the week was for The Beard. This one is creepy and magical, just the type of music you’d associate with alien hair follicles, it brings to mind strange activity on a microscopic level inside the skin… unsettling!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
The Cherub Brothers - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/10/featured-comic-the-cherub-brothers/

Links:
Immortality from this thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177698/
Trouble with lichen by John Wyndham - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_with_Lichen
Quotes at the start from Hamlet - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_be,_or_not_to_be

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
PitFace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
The Beard - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Beard/, by Trinket Trance, rated M.

Quackcast 331 - Retconning your work
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Starwars, Ender's game, Captain America… All these are great examples (or bad ones) of “retcons”. But what IS a “retcon”?
What it means is that you go back and change an established work by adding new information that has the effect of changing it in a small or significant way. You might do it in your comic, or a director might do it to a movie series, like George Lucas did famously with Star Wars: introducing concepts like “midi-chlorians” as an explanation for the force, having Han shooting Greedo second, sticking Hayden Christiensen in Return of the Jedi, among other things. A lot of the time this has the effect of pissing off audiences who've consumed the story and enjoyed it because it alters or even destroys the understanding they've built up based on it and the relationship they have wit the work.
Retcons happen frequently in the comic world because publishers have to keep their franchises interesting and saleable to audiences, so origin stories get updated all the time for example. A huge recent retcon was Captain America revealing he'd been a long time sleeper agent for Hydra, which has the effect of messing up stories going back over 50 years…
The writer Orson Scott Card had a great deal of success with his novel “Ender's Game”, but for some reason he can't stop retconning it, going back and adding and editing new bits and re-publishing it every few years, and most egregiously penning prequels from another character's perspective that retcon the original story entirely.
As web comic creators we have the role of god-author so we all have the temptation to retcon at one stage or another. Can it ever be a good thing? Is it worth pissing off readers who have an emotional investment?

Gunwallace's theme for the week was for Optimum: the future is here and it’s in space! This tune is so upbeat, positive, fun and futuristic, it really exemplifies the cute colourful graphics of Skreem’s comic.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Lostandfound - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/04/featured-comic-lostandfound/

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

Featured music:
Optimum - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Optimum/, by Skreem, rated E.

Quackcast 330 - A feature on features!
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Following on from my newspost about features last week, now we have a whole Quackcast on the subject, tell you what features are and how we do them at DD.
Refer to the links bellow to learn about how to get a feature. In this Quackcast Banes and Pitface join me! Pitface, who has been absent for weeks and weeks! No Tantz though, since she was off giving speeches at universities in the UK. Poor Pit was afflicted by a severe case of poison Ivy but joined in with the feature-cast anyway. What a trooper! And in other news Pitface has agreed to be a featurer! But she'll need training… Features are tricky things to do, first you have to find a great comic with good art, or writing or both, it has to have at least 15 pages, be updating regularly, it can't feature already copyrighted art (sprite comics, fan comics etc.), be A rated or have been featured before. That's sometimes harder than you'd think. Anyway, listen on and learn about features.

Gunwallace's theme for the week was Motivational Housecat. It's Motivational, energetic, this music makes you want to move and gyrate to the driving rhythm and feel the sound with your body. This sound is going places!


Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Holy Bible the Albino Ginger version - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/27/featured-comic-holy-bible-the-albino-ginger-version/

LINKS:
Newspost about features - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/23/what-does-it-take-to-get-your-comic-featured/

Old help article about how to get featured - https://sites.google.com/site/theduckhelp/getting-started/what-are-the-featured-comics-and-how-do-i-get-my-comic-there

Feature archive - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/comics/featured/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Jawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/
PitFace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Motivational Housecat - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Motivational_Housecat/, by MotivationalHousecat, rated E.

Quackcast 329 - Character Archetypes, the Jung ones!
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Welcome to the the yungle
Characters make or break a story. In this quackcast Tantz Aerine brings all her skills as a head-shrink to bear and gives us the low-down on Jungian character archetypes! Jung was a clever Swiss bloke, a contemporary of that strange fellow Sigmund Freud, together they're credited as being the fathers of psychology. What we're chatting about here is a little system Jung thought up to evaluate people's personalities. People just like characters in books can be thought of a mixtures of particular character traits, to whit: The Innocent, The Orphan, The Innocent, The Orphan, The Hero, The Caregiver, The Explorer, The Rebel, The Lover, The Jester, The Sage, The Magician, The Ruler. These are the titles of the traits, the full descriptions can be found on Tantz's newspost, just follow the link bellow in the notes. We had a bit of fun trying to work out what traits define our own characters and then trying to do the same for major pop-culture comic and cartoon characters like Daffy Duck, Superman, Captain America and Batman.
Gunwallace's theme for the week was The Dark Crusader: The sun rises on the vast metropolis, slowly sliding up a gleaming skyscraper, and standing heroically upon the very top, his cape blowing in the wind, is THE DARK CRUSADER!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Forest Reckoning - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/20/featured-comic-forest-reckoning-by-dpat57/

LINKS:
Tantz's Newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/16/the-character-archetypes-jungian-archetypes-part-5/
Excellently related advice on how to get readers!
Commedia dell Arte Characters - http://www.italymask.co.nz/About+Masks/Commedia+dellArte+Characters.html#sthash.OGEwxwUr.dpuf
More - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commedia_dell'arte#Characters

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

Featured music:
The Dark Crusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Dark_Crusader/, by Jackofallnerds, rated E.

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Today we're going to chat about how you go about getting more readers on Drunk Duck for your webcomic! Hyena hell did an amazing newspost about it for us, outlining all the ways you can increase your audience here on DD in her fantastic, colourful vernacular! Along with many great analogues from the real world. But I'll cover the basics again in quick point form here:
1. Make sure you have a signature image banner so that when you contribute to the forums people can see that you have a comic.
2. Comment on other people's regularly, recently updating comics, especially the top ten, and others will click on your name to have a look at your comic- make sure you never post “hey check out my work” as a comment though, that will have the opposite effect. Just be complimentary and people will come.
2. Commenting on Newsposts can work as well.
3. Make sure your profile page has enough interesting info about you that someone would want to see your work.
4. frequent updates will put your comic icon on the front page more often so more people will check it out.
5. Increasing popularity through outside sources is done by getting a link to your comic on a popular blog, buying advertising through Project Wonderful on other comics or on The Duck Webcomics is a sure fire way.
6. If you get enough views you comic will go into the top 10 listing and then more people will see it on the front page

Our music theme by Gunwallace this week was for Sword of Kings. It's urgent, regal chase music, Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk meets Ivanhoe. This is an exciting track that conjures scenes of high adventure and epic battle.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
VCR - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/13/featured-comic-vcr/

LINKS:
From HH's Newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/15/read-my-comic-damn-it-a-how-to-guide/
Excellently related advice on how to get readers!
How to make a forum signature - https://sites.google.com/site/theduckhelp/the-forums/signatures

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

Featured music:
Sword of Kings - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Sword_of_Kings/, by bravo1102, rated M.

Quackcast 327 - Flashback heart-attack!
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\FLASHbacks… you have to do them right or they will screw up the flow of your story. That's the theme of the newspost by Tantz Aerine that we stole this podcast topic from. :)
Flashbacks can be expository, they can explain story elements and plot to you, they can push the narrative forward in a (seemingly) non-linear way, they can do all sorts of things, but one of the very worst is when they ruin the flow of your story and irritate your audience! That's what we're chatting about today, the poorly handled flashback and how to avoid it!
Now let me tell you about that time… JUST KIDDING!

Our music theme by Gunwallace this week was Galactic Nebula Race. This is all about speed! Racing, acceleration, hyper-velocity!! Watch those lights fly past faster and faster until they become just a single coloured blurred line… only to see your rival speed past as if you were standing still.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Will Draw for Food - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/06/featured-comic-will-draw-for-food/

LINKS:
From Tantz's Newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/02/flashbacks/
Our earlier take on Flashbacks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-253-narrative-order-and-the-flashback

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Galactic Nebula Race - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/GNR_GalacticNebulaRace/, by piki_fu, rated M.

ONE day left to vote for the 2017 DD award design! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177684/


Quackcast 326 - changing our look
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In this Quackcast Tantz Aerine, Banes, Pitface, and I (Ozoneocean) discuss the changes that we'd like to do to the look of Drunk Duck!
Contribute designs here: - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177679/
We want YOU to help us come up with different design concepts for ALL sections of drunk Duck, not just the front page. It has to look good, be modern, be usable, fit within the broad theme of drunk duck (colours, style etc), and the design has to be adaptable to different screen sizes. And that's what we chat about here, rather than functional changes and new features, which are something ELSE and will cost extra.
As soon as we HAVE our new designs then we can get a quote and raise money for to have them applied to the site!
So the sooner we come up with some new designs the sooner we can get this stuff happening!

Our music theme by Gunwallace this week was A Simple Scribe. It's a very serene duet by guitar and piano, speaking of an older, simpler time. There’s almost a touch of a western sound in there.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Kayn the Kourageous - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/may/30/featured-comic-kayn-the-kourageous/

LINKS:
Thread discussing redesigns - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177679/
Newspost on changes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/02/spreading-the-word/

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

Featured music:
A Simple Scribe - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/A_Simple_Scribe/, by DJMulcahy, rated M.

Quackcast 325 - walk the line
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In this Quackcast we cover the Importance of good linework in comics and different line techniques such as Herge's Ligne claire, the traditional thick line for characters and thin for everything else as exemplified in the work of Mucha, variable line widths as in Manga, solid blacks like in American comics, and complex lines like Durer or Hyena Hell. I really seriously thought I could get an entire Quackcast out of the concept and techniques of linework, but honestly I was struggling…

Okay, so linework constitutes the skeleton that most comics are built on, with the notable exception of painted comics, photo comics, 3D and vector comic among others… But for most comics line is a pretty essential element. There are a lot of different techniques involved in the use of lines. Herge popularised “ligne claire”, which means that all lines have the same thickness and that there's no line shading.

A popular style that I was taut was to have thick lines around characters and overlapping elements, with thin lines for internals and backgrounds. This is popular in a lot of manga, US comics and famously the work of Alphonse Mucha. Part of my technique on Pinky TA involves making my lines grey, so that when I set the line layer to “multiply”, the lines take on some of the background colours beneath them and don't show up as darkly as traditional black lines.

The work of Hyena Hell on the Hub is interesting for her use of very complex internal shading line to build up texture and shapes, this can also be seen in the works of Albrecht Durer. Manga is notable for its extensive use of very stylised shading, crisp lines and the use of variable line widths for outlines, while American comics make heavy use of solid blacks for areas of shadow, basically extending the width of the line as far and as solidly as it can go.
How do YOU approach your linework?

The music for this week by Gunwallace is for The Wallachian Library. It's a dark, black future sounds, neon glows, pulses of energy and ideas, vectors and virtual circuits.Sorry, no link to this comic, the user deleted it from the site.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Monster Corp - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/may/24/featured-comic-monster-corp/

LINKS:


Ligne claire by Herge - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligne_claire


Alphonse Mucha - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Mucha


The Hub - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Hub/


Monster - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_%28manga%29


junji ito - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junji_Ito


Albrecht Durer - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_D%C3%BCrer


Masamune Shirow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masamune_Shirow





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

Featured music:
The Wallachian Library WAS a comic by TheHereitcLocomotive, who has since deleted it… For what it's worth you can look at their profile here: - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/TheHereitcLocomotive.

Quackcast 324 - The *Bleeping*cast!
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In this Quackcast we discuss the interesting notion that censorship can actually be a positive force for creation. Sometimes working WITHIN restrictions of censorship can make you more creative and your work a lot more individual, special and more interesting. I came to this subject after reading a review of how Canadian standards forced very specific and particular changes on the TV show Reboot. Had it been made without the censorship restrictions then it would have been more of a generic show, because the methods they had to use to get around or appease the censors helped to differentiate it from similar children's shows.
We also discuss how metaphor in song lyrics and symbolism in art and movies are used to talk about restricted subjects like sex, drugs, politics, and religion and how this is another example of how censorship has given rise to interesting creations. Great examples of obvious coded messages about sex are the song lyrics of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin. We also talk about howl ove songs with secret political messages were used in Greece to foment political revolution.
And lastly we mention Heintai and ecchi in Japanese comics and anime and the Drunkduck ratings standards.

The music for this week by Gunwallace is for Silly Sweetie, it's a dreamlike tour through clouds and wide heavenly vistas, this in turn leaves you feeling warm and refreshed!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Drachronon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/may/16/featured-comic-drachronon/

LINKS:
Safe for work porn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYBySPXg8rs
Songs used in the death camps - http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/07/on-this-day-october-7-1944-the-greek-revolt-at-auschwitz-video/
How censorship changed Reboot - http://reboot.wikia.com/wiki/Broadcast_Standards_and_Practices

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

Featured music:
Silly Sweetie - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Silly_Sweetie_/, by Sillykid, raded E.

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