Quackcast 257 - Accents in Comics
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Using accents and different languages in comics can be a challenge, or at least a challenge to represent. Some people will actually have their text IN a different language or even a made up language in the case of aliens, and they'll have translations in a footnote. Some will use pointed brackets to represent the different language, some will use different fonts, and some won't bother showing that there is a different language being spoken at all. We spoke to Tantz Aerine and Pitface about this because that's something they both have to tackle in Brave Resistance and Tantz's solo comic Without Moonlight because it's very central to the plot: Tantz uses different colours for the languages. Pitface phonetically represents different accents in her comic Putrid Meat quite expertly. However, there can be challenges to phonetic representation when you get it wrong, most frequently in the case of Irish and Scottish accents! This was inspired by a newspost by Hippievan!
Listen ad enjoy Gunwallace's audio interpretation of Aidana. VERY Pink Floyd!

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Featured comic:
Normal - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Normal/

Links:
Quackcast 257 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/6Nvkh0x1SaI
Based on HippieVan's Newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/14/accents-dialects-and-different-languages-in-comics/

Comics:
Brave Resistance - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Brave_Resistance/
Putrid Meat - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/PUTRID_MEAT/
Without Moonlight - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/


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/

Please contribute to help DD - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-webcomics-improvement-drive/x/4410947#/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Aidana - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Aidana/ by Bvolkart, rated T.
- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/feb/08/quackcast-257-accents-in-comics/#sthash.rCeju1JU.dpuf

Quackcast 256 - Using and creating weapons in fiction
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Tantz Aerine, Banes and Ozoneocean discuss the topic of using and creating weapons in fiction and some of the pitfalls involved- all the things you can easily do wrong and do better! Stuff like using overly specialised weapons in too general a role, like giant swords where they'd be next to useless, or tricked out assault rifles with way too many things hooked onto them so they're oversized and weight a ton- also copying ideas and tropes about weapons usage without understanding why the exist and in the process making many of the same mistakes as others have in the past.

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

Links:
Quackcast 256 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/4lPSTIwehv8
Based on this Newspost: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/07/advice-for-creating-and-using-weapons-in-fiction/
Hotchkiss machine gun - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modified_Hotchkiss_machine_gun

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

Please contribute to help DD - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-webcomics-improvement-drive/x/4410947#/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
The Understanding - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Understanding/ by Call Me Tom, rated M.
- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/feb/01/quackcast-256-using-and-creating-weapons-in-fiction/

Quackcast 255 - Drunk Duck Improvement Drive
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We're trying to fix up Drunk Duck, adding the the comic statistics back in, fixing forums, adding notifications to PQs and MORE, but we need money to do it. In this Quackcast, Ozoneocean, Banes, and Pitface talk about the improvements we want to have on DD, and what YOU can do to help us out.
Please consider donating to our Indiegogo fund-raising drive to help us pay our programmer:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-webcomics-improvement-drive/x/4410947#/
There are a LOT of cool perks you can have including your own Quackcast interview all about YOU, original art from The creator of Modest Medusa, Charby the Vampirate and others, a 126 page Modest Medusa comic for only $10 and much more!
If you can't spare any change, please consider spreading the word to your readers.
Remember, these fixes are for everyone, by donating to DD you're helping yourself. :D

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

Links:
Please contribute to help DD - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drunk-duck-webcomics-improvement-drive/x/4410947#/
Quackcast 255 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/bweTzsgPDuY
Campaign Newspost: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/19/help-us-fix-dd/
Campaign update: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/23/drunk-duck-improvement-drive-update/

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Plymayer - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Plymayer/
It's title is 6! This is what Gunwallace has to say:
6 … is this a theme for a comic? … no! It could be a theme for X Up, it does have some Wah Wah guitar (the sexiest guitar) after all, but it isn’t. This is a theme for the number 6. That number that a certain user, plymayer, gives to comics all when he feels they deserve it. A 6. A 6 out of 5. This is a theme for a concept. The concept of a supportive DD’er. To plymayer … and to every 6 he has handed out. (Okay, so it’s also a theme for X Up … but don’t tell anyone).

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/25/quackcast-255-drunk-duck-improvement-drive/

Quackcast 254 - Sexism in your OWN work?
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OMFG you sexist PIG! Heh… today we talk about trying to recognise sexism in your OWN work, what to do about it, and WHY. It turns out it can be very hard to do, and if you DO acknowledged it the instinct is to rationalise it away, justify it, or just try and brazen it out in some kind of old fashioned, largely embarrassing, display. I frequently do all three.

How do we spot it? Well the Bechdel test isn't that useful, that's better for looking at broad trends not giving specific works a pass/fail - sexy outfits is one thing, if females are dressed minimally or in tight gear in CONTRAST to the males or vice versa - females ONLY having old stereotype roles (maiden/mother/whore archetypes, secretary, nurse, victim, maid etc), though this is context sensitive, i.e. it's more forgiveable if you're doing a historical story or something stylised like a fairytale or a noire story - Gender balance is another thing, it's context sensitive because certain stories will naturally have more of one gender (WW2 submarine crew, Girl's school, a prison story etc), and you don't have to have an exact balance anyway but it's definitely something to THINK about because there is no reason most stories should feature a majority of male characters and a minority of females.

WHY should you think about it? Why should you care? Well the audience for almost ALL types of stories, be they action adventure, romance, Scifi, fantasy, historical, even porn, is getting close to 50/50 between men and women these days (maybe it always was?), it really doesn't make sense to alienate or belittle half your audience just because you like to cling to older ways of doing stuff.
Gunwallace's theme this week reminds me of a cross between the Knightrider theme and Gunship- it's VERY retro-future. It's the theme to DDSR, a comic with cool custom “sprites”, AKA pixel-art.

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Featured comic:
Unbroken Seal - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Unbroken_Seal/

Links:
Quackcast 254 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/tv1shC_0KD4
Original thread: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177407/?page=1

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
DDSR - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/DDSR/ by RazorD9 rated T.

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/18/quackcast-254-sexism-in-your-own-work/

Quackcast 253 - narrative order and the flashback
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Doing stories that start with the climax, then flash back, tell what happened to get there: the old narrative style of switching the first few chapters around to make a more interesting story.
Sometimes it works GREAT because it throws you right into the middle of things and you have to work your way back to that point… It works very nicely in The Hangover for example!
Often it's used very badly- in anime particularly, where they use it for foreshadowing and a tease to try and get you interested in the rest of the story- but anime story structure is so formulaic that all it really does is give you a cheap spoiler. Other times it doesn't work well is when the writer isn't very good so the viewer loses their way in the plot… If the writer is GOOD though you end up with Pulp Fiction.
You'll love Gunwallace's theme here- a super funky jazz track for the comic Nothing Important Happened Today. Enjoy!

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

Links:
Quackcast 253 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/4-Xi7qQK_Xg
Original thread: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177404/

Contributors:
tupapayon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/tupapayon/
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Vindibudd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Vindibudd/
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/
usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
irrevenant - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/irrevenant/
Call Me Tom - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Call Me Tom/
El Cid - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/El Cid/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Pitface - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Nothing Important Happened Today - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Nothing_Important_Happened_Today/ by RymanNoodles, rated T.

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/11/quackcast-253-narrative-order-and-the-flashback/

Quackcast 252 - Wish Fulfilment
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Happy new year! In this first Quackcast for 2016 we have Banes, Pitface and Tantz Aerine along to talk to us about Banes' neswpost topic of Wish Fulfilment in writing. It can be a good thing in that it makes the writer more interested and passionate about what they're doing as well as creating a very relatable ideal for readers with similar tastes. The negative side is that they make their world too perfect and too specific to themselves so that the whole thing just looks like an exercise in boring, pointless ego stroking.
Gunwallace's theme this time was for Professor Herbert and GEO, which was also the featured comic! It sounds a bit like the theme to an '80s cartoon, which exactly what the comic looks like it should be O_o

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Featured comic:
Professor Herbert and GEO - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Professor_Herbert_and_GEO/

Links:
Quackcast 252 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/SYm2tQAn78M
Banes' Newspost: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/dec/02/wish-fulfillment/

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Professor Herbert and GEO - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Professor_Herbert_and_GEO/ by csisk1, rated E.
- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jan/04/quackcast-252-wish-fulfilment/

Quackcast 251 - Year end Christmas wrap up
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Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!!! For Quackcast 251 we have a year end wrap-up episode. Tantz Aerine and Pitface join Banes and I to talk about the year as it was, what happened with DD, comicing, and what movies we're looking forward too!- Star Wa… ZOOLANDER! Yes, Zoolander 2, it better not be a disappointment.
Gunwallace's theme this week was for Dragonet! A very sober and majestic sounding piece, like a royal funeral march.

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Featured comic:
SWALLOW Vamps in the Big City - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/SWALLOW_Vamps_in_the_Big_City/

Links:
Quackcast 251 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/hDjDMJibiOg

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Dragonet - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Dragonet/ by Willgun, rated E.

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/dec/28/quackcast-251-year-end-christmas-wrap-up/

Quackcast 250 - Tradigital art - Digital VS Traditional
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- Art by Pitface.

There's not really a difference between digital and traditional art - art is art, your tools and media don't really matter, what's important is how its meant to be seen and what it's meant to be used for. But, people do like to discuss this though and so do we so that is exactly what we did! We opened the floor to people's opinions and experiences on the subject and everyone had their say.
Gunwallace's theme for The Dragon Fists of Smorty Smythe reminds me strongly of The Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles!

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Featured comic:
The Grazing Mongrel - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Grazing_Mongrel/

Links:
Quackcast 250 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/0XDbhiX-JJc

Links:
Digital VS Traditional art - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177390/

Contributors:
HippieVan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/HippieVan/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
Call Me Tom - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Call Me Tom/
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Peipei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Peipei/
Fallopiancrusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/fallopiancrusader/
Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/
tupapayon - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/tupapayon/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Whirlwynd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Whirlwynd/

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
The Dragon Fists of Smorty Smythe - http://theduckwebcomics.com/The_Dragon_Fists_of_Smorty_Smythe/ by Emjar, rated T.

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/dec/21/quackcast-250-tradigital-art-digital-vs-traditional/

Quackcast 249 - Bad Drawing advice!
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All too often we try to give out GOOD drawing advice and USEFUL tips on how to do art. Well that all changes here: this time professors Ozoneocean, Tantz Aerine, Banes, and Pitface (our throbbing Head of department), come together to tell you the very worst ways to produce artwork, with the help of a few of our contributors. The advice will help you to become the most horrible artist ever.
Gunwallace's theme this week is a creepy sounding classical piece for the creepy classic comic Caggage!

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Featured comic:
Two Hearts - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Two_Hearts/

Links:
Quackcast 249 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/HffICMp01qI

Links:
BAD drawing advice, WITH PICTURES - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177387/?page=1

Contributors:
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/
HippieVan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/HippieVan/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/
Whirlwynd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Whirlwynd/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
Call Me Tom - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Call Me Tom/
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster/
Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Fallopiancrusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/fallopiancrusader/

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Caggage - Featured music: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Caggage/ by stardusty, rated T.

- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/dec/14/quackcast-249-bad-drawing-advice/

Quackcast 248 - Interview with Dario di Donato of Barbarian Adventure
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Today we interview Dario Di Donato, the creator of the great webcomic Barbarian Adventure! You may recall that Gunwallace did an amazing theme to Barbarian adventure that we played in Quackcast 244, AND the comic was featured a few weeks ago too! Anyway, this time around, Banes, Pitface and I interview the creator of this fine work and he fills us in on his many classic 1980s pop culture sources of inspiration. Dario brims with a positivity, dedication and enthusiasm that is infectious!
And you can listen to Gunwallace's dark punky theme to Monster Soup!

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Featured comic:
Jesus 2016 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Jesus_2016/

Links:
Quackcast 248 VIDEO - https://youtu.be/AbB2ur2IlL0

Dario's Links:
Barbarian Adventure - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/BARBARIAN_ADVENTURE/
Dario's homepage - http://www.dariodidonato.com/
Dario's upcoming work - http://www.dariodidonato.com/upcoming.html
Support Dario on Patron - https://www.patreon.com/dariocomics?ty=h
Follow Barbarian Adventure on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Barbarian-Adventure-830880236942116/timeline/
Or Twitter - https://twitter.com/DarioDiDonato2

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

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Monster Soup - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Monster_Soup/ by TheGhost, rated M.
- See more at: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/dec/06/quackcast-248-interview-with-dario-di-donato-of-barbarian-adventure/

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