Quackcast 362 - Triumph der Ente
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In this Quackcast we chat about all the different options for hosting your webcomic. At the moment it seems the fashionable new young kiddies on the block are Webtoons and Tapastic, but they're certainly NOT the only choices for webcomic hosts out there and certainly not the best choices. I think we make a good case here for why Drunk Duck is a better choice in many ways, but we also bring up other host sites like twitter, comic fury, comic Genesis (used to be Keenspace), Tumblr, Deviant Art, Smack Jeeves, Fur Affinity, self hosting on a Word Press site etc.

In the early days of the millennium there were just two hosts for your comic: Drunk Duck and Keenspace. Drunk Duck was a better choice for most since it was a lot easier to customise and it had a friendlier, smaller community. Keenspace had a two tier system: the picked comics with all the best stuff were in their “keenspot” site while the rabble were stuck with the slower hosting and slower updates. The main thing they had going was a gigantic member base. But they even changed the site's name from “keenspace” to “comic genesis” to further separate KeenSpot from the rabble, which left a sour taste in the mouth. By contrast Drunk Duck was always dedicated to being fully egalitarian. One of our main strengths is that we accept all without stigma: manga, furry, adult comic, sprites, American style, superhero, slice of life comedy, photocomics, professional published comics or stick figure amateur work and we welcome them all the same with the same level of enthusiasm.

The big young Webtoons and Tapastic have some of the same issues Keenspace used to have: a big community where you will be lost in the crowd. And no site has as solid and safe programming and hosting as Drunk Duck does. Plus we're community run so you're same from corporate oversight and interference in the content you're allowed to post.
You can read more about comic hosting sites in Emma Clare's news posts linked bellow.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Odd Days. Sometimes you just have one of those days… or many of them in a row! Odd days. The sound here has a positive, optimistic theme overlayed with a harsh zigzag of electric guitar. This tune does well to illustrate the twisted euni, the off-balance and askew takes on everyday life and situations dealt with in this slice of life, humorous comic.

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Featured comic:
Flesh and Wires - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/13/featured-comic-flesh-and-wires/

Emma Clare's webcomic host newspost 1 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/dec/05/mirror-mirror-part-1/
Emma Clare's webcomic host newspost 2 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/dec/14/mirror-mirror-part-2/

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

Featured music:
Odd Days - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Odd_Days/, by Nightmarelunatic, rated T.

Quackcast 361 - Primordial Creations
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Today we talk about where our characters began, not their origin stories or why we started writing them but rather what they used to look like! Pitface was inspired to create a thread based on this idea by Emma Clare's newspost series of origin stories. So we just HAD to have Emma Clare along with us to discus this too! Pit, Tantz, and Emma discuss their bishie origins and talk about maybe doing a bishie DD calendar… We HAVE to make them do that! Emma Clare of course does our Friday newsposts as well as the comic Puppets and Strings and is the artist on Constellation Chronicles. What did your character look like when you first started?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme Wolf Moon - A slow, rich acoustic beginning lulls you calmly, then we roar into a rough, electric feast, a veritable tidal wave of sound washes over you and carries you out to sea.

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Featured comic:
Fallen World - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/06/featured-comic-fallen-world/

Pit's Primordial Creations Thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177847/
Emma Clare's webcomic origin's newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/02/the-origin-stories-of-webcomics-part-3/

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

Featured music:
Wolf Moon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Wolf_Moon/, by Selecia, rated E.

Quackcast 360 - How did you start in webcomics?
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In this Quackcast I thought we'd chat about Emma Clare's great and thoughtful topic of webcomic origin stories:
Basically, what was happening to make you start your webcomic on DD, all that stuff in your life back when you first began posting… Emma's newsposts are a great read and they made us all think back to how we began. Pit, Tantz and I have a long talk about our comicing origins. What were YOU doing when you started webcomics? What made you begin?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to NanoCritters. It's a minimalist white expanse, dotted with mysterious little marks of sound. What do they mean, what do they represent, is it code? Read NanoCritters to find out!
Also included in the Quackcast are extracts from a lovely Starwars themed rap that Tantz's Greek students performed in English.

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Featured comic:
Red Banner - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/30/featured-comic-red-banner/

Emma Clare's webcomic origin's newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/02/the-origin-stories-of-webcomics-part-3/
Origin newspost 2 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/25/the-origin-stories-of-webcomics-part-2/
Origin newspost 1 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/18/the-origin-stories-of-webcomics-part-1/
last page of putrid meat! 11 years!!! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Master The Tiger - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Master_the_Tiger

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

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

Quackcast 359 - The Covershow
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Covers are a very important part of books and comics! They entice us to pick them up and read them, they encourage us to BUY them. But how much are they really needed for webcomics? You hardly ever look at the front cover and what you really want in a webcomic is the meat of it, not the packaging, they're not waiting on racks outside a shop… and yet we still make them anyway, not just for the front cover but also chapter covers as well! This was the idea behind a thread Pitface came up with in the DD forums and we thought it was an interesting topic.
Personally I love drawing covers, they give me a chance to break out of the comic format and be all arty and play with title text. How about you? What's your position on webcomic covers?

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to Kawaiidolia: A dreamy journey into a world of green shade, damp, fresh air, and dapple golden sunlight. This is a pretty track , full of beauty.

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Featured comic:
Toni Kino Adventure - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/23/featured-comic-toni-kino-adventures/

Pit's Cover thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177842/
Without moonlight cover - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/5241132/
Banes' Typical Strange cover - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Typical_Strange/5395433/
Putrid Meat cover - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/PUTRID_MEAT/5443047/
Opening tune borrowed from “cover me” by Percy Sledge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lE0oGYXUwY
What's in an OP, examining anime openings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAKs3rbtgAs&list=PLiA-wx1wjaKpFbymrAHhdgzqmWADswVyC

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
PitFace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
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:
Kawaiidolia - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/KAWAIIDOLIA/, by Skepticalsquare, rated E.

Quackcast 358 - Damaged Characters
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This week we mine Banes's ideas about damaged protagonists. Does having physiologically damaged protagonists (as opposed to merely flawed), make them more realistic or relatable? I think we came to the conclusion that this isn't necessarily the case at all, in fact it can mean the opposite sometimes. Where that sort of “damage” can come in useful it making your character more interesting, in that they can make unusual choices that serve the story nicely and stop it being too predictable. Where “damaged” characters were used badly was in popular mainstream comics where the idea became something of a fad and therefore a cliche, and so uninteresting and trite.

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to Doc2DWho. It has the apprehensive feel of oldschool Doctor Who, entering the darkness and unknown, this music is spatial and atmospheric.

THANKS AGAIN TO ALL WHO DONATED TO OUR INDIEGOGG!

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Featured comic:
ArGH ZoMBiE - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/17/featured-comic-argh-zombie/

Banes's Damaged Protagonist newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/17/damaged-protagonists/

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

Featured music:
Doc2DWho - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Doc2DWho/, by Skreem, rated E.

Quackcast 357 - Power, baddies, and sexiness
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Sexy badguys: power vs confidence vs sexiness. That's what we chat about here. Why do we have sexy bad guys? Are all bad guys and girls sexy? What makes them sexy? Is power truly sexy in fiction or is it confidence? There are so many aspects to this and so many totally unexamined assumptions, misconceptions, and cilches. We try our best to examine all these aspects because we all love a sexy villain and we loved talking about them even better.

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to Really? It's ultra poppy Daft Punk-like, bouncing with joy and enthusiasm, this one wants you to get up and go and it wants you to do it now! Really!

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Featured comic:
Chunky Skunk - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/08/featured-comic-chunky-skunk/

MegaRdaniels' forum post - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177833/

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

Featured music:
Really - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Really/, by hangryhermit, rated E.

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Contribute here - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-improvements-notifications-community-website/x/4410947#/
*Please* help us add this improvement to DD so you can get notifications for new comments and replies!

Look at the DD Redesign mockups - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177679/?page=3

Quackcast 356 - READERS
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*Cover image taken from work done by Emma_Clare*

READERS are a massive part of Drunk Duck! Actually readers are a huge part of ANY comic. But Drunk Duck tends to focus far more on creators than perhaps we should… This idea was inspired by a newspost of Tantz's. We talk about ways to make DD more accessible to readers, including highlighting comics in similar genres and guest representatives giving us recommendation lists of comics they like from a genre so we can promote them on the front page.
Emma_Clare has done some GREAT mockups for a redesign of DD and in those is an example of the DD front page where we highlight comics by genre!
We chat about comic listing sites like Comic Rocket, Top Webcomics and the brand new Archive Binge, along with other various topics like who are the best hosts for adult comics, cross promotion etc.

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to Blood and water: Cool, quiet, and creepy. This one will have you on edge from start to finish. There’s an undertone of cool nonchalance that’s surprisingly at odds with the on-edge feel!

Please donate to our our Indiegogo drive to raise many for the latest improvement to DD: Comment notifications! We know that everyone wants those.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Invaded - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/02/featured-comic-invaded/

Tantz's Readers newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/05/creators-vs-readers/
DD Redesign mockups - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177679/?page=3
Promotion via Twitter - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jan/04/the-dark-broadcasting-experiment/
Archive Binge comic list - https://archivebinge.com/
Comic Rocket list - https://www.comic-rocket.com/explore/
Top webcomics list - http://topwebcomics.com/

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

Featured music:
Blood and water - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Blood_and_Water/, by Genejoke, rated M.

**Help add notifications for new comments!**
Contribute here - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-improvements-notifications-community-website/x/4410947#/
*Please* help us add this improvement to DD so you can get notifications for new comments and replies!

Quackcast 355 - New Years cliffhanger!
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Happy 2018 everybody! Another year passes and a new one has just begun. We recorded this Quackcast on the 30th of December so it was the very last Quackcast of 2017. Pitface was drunk and very entertaining, drinking beer from her new drinking horn, you can hear her entertaining ramblings at the start of the Quackcast.
Tantz, Pit, Banes and I all chatted about cliffhangers since the new year is the ultimate cliffhanger! It was based on Tantz's newspost of the other day. Cliffhangers are a great way to make a story compelling. But try not to abuse them…
Lets see, the only other thing is our Indiegogo drive to raise many for the latest improvement to DD: Comment notifications! We know that everyone wants those.

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to Slither and Friends. It's down home, dirty, scratchy groove. Feel the outdoors and the sound of the country in this one. Cool, full bodied, and natural.

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Featured comic:
Et Spiritus Divino - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/dec/26/featured-comic-et-spiritus-divino/

Tantz's Cliffhanger newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/dec/29/the-cliffhanger/

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

Featured music:
Slither and Friends - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Slither_and_Friends_Comic/, By Mister Spook, rated E.

Some alternative covers because I couldn't decide which was better XD







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Quackcast 354 - Christmascast
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Merry Christmas! It's that time of year again… well, the end of the year. Banes was ill with the dreaded lurgi so Pit, Tantz and I were left to our own devices to chat about Christmas and our fave Christmas movies. What's yours?

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to The Portland Express: Come with us on an adventure on the high seas! This music is redolent with the exotic, action, and intrigue. Flavoured with the sounds of the east, this tune is clearly on a mission!

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Featured comic:
Secret of the Woods - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/dec/19/featured-comic-secret-of-the-woods/

The comic versions of our plays so you can compare them:
8 crazy nights - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762121/
The Nativity - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0271263/

Thread about Christmas movies - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177829/

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

Featured music:
The Portland Express - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Portland_Express/, By Rogerawilbanks, rated M.

Quackcast 353 - Beautycast
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This is the Beautycast. We decided to have a chat about beauty. What IS beauty? is it universal? I would contend that it's not and that's what we tended to agree in the Quackcast. Beauty is a highly relative concept dependent on many factors like symmetry, rarity, ethnicity, time, geographical area, economic conditions, exoticism, what you're used to, aspiration, age, clothes, hair, health, fashion etc.
Add to the fact that it's not really just based on what a person looks like but what they look like in relation to others around them.
There's also the much derided old aphorism that “beauty comes from the inside” or that it's based on personality. We discus the fact that this is surprisingly actually quite true! Personality, expression and the way a person conducts themselves hugely influences your perception of their beauty or lack of it. This was a very interesting and enlightening discussion.

This week Gunwallce has given us the theme to Mercenary Bound: This one has a slightly disco, early 1980s feel to it. It pumps along with the nice easy pace of a trained fighter, with a hint of threat and a touch of danger, like the music to a level of a side scrolling beat-em-up videogame.

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Don't forget our campaign to give YOU comment and reply notifications so that you can see who has commented on your comic pages easily, you can respond to them right away, then they'll KNOW you replied and they can respond back and so on. But before we can do that we need to raise money via Indiegogo to pay for it. YOU will be helping to pay for a feature that you want. That's how the site works these days, it's our site: yours and mine.

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**Help add notifications for new comments!**
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*Please* help us add this improvement to DD so you can get notifications for new comments and replies!

Featured comic:
Project Prince - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/dec/12/featured-comic-project-prince/

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

Featured music:
Mercenary Bound - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Mercenary_Bound/, by Angelajal91, rated T.

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