Quackcast 320 - Making the reader believe
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In this Quackcast I wanted to talk about the magic of authorship: how the creator of a story sets up the whole situation so that they can convince the reader of anything. You can write a story about the smartest man in the world, and the reader will believe that they are, within the story, because you set it up that way: not just by having other characters reacting to them and forming that impression, but also independently convincing the audience of it as well by having them solving riddles and such or knowing lots of languages, quoting literary texts etc, but the creator doesn't have to be a very smart person themselves…
Like Sherlock Holmes is seen as super smart because he's meant to, but Arthur Conan Doyle wasn't a super genius himself.
You can write about a Casanova type charmer who's fantastic with the opposite sex and readers will believe, but only if you set the stage well enough.
You as the creator set the parameters for anything to happen. Without having certain abilities or skills yourself, you can create a character with totally convincing skills far outside of yourself.

The music for this week by Gunwallace is for The Gloom, it's creepy, ghostly, unsettling, uneven. This one gets under your skin and keeps you off-balance.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Slaughter at Camp Notamoovi - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/apr/18/featured-comic-slaughter-at-camp-notamoovi/

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
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

Featured music:
The Gloom - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Gloom/, by Avart, rated M.

Quackcast 319 - Roll out the photocomics!
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Photocomics don't get nearly enough love. A while ago Banes did a great newspost on the subject where he did some great little promotional reviews of some prominent photocomics on DD. I thought that was a cool idea and I've been meaning to return to the subject for a while. In this Quackcast Pitface and I use funny voices to talk about photocomics. But what ARE photocomics? Well the artist sets up models, toys, artwork, or themselves, and shoots photos of them in certain scenes in order to create a narrative. Later on they'll edit those together in something like Photoshop, adding captions and word bubbles and basically turning them into a conventional comic.

People like Bravo1102 go the extra mile to construct elaborate sets and shoot the entire comic as you would a film, taking photos out of sequence because sets have to be broken up and new ones constructed. He even does greenscreen! Gunwallace and and Kdog buy special sets of Playmobile or Space Lego in order to expand and continue their elaborate stories. Trevor Mueller used himself and his friends as models. VinoMas creates really cool artworks out of collage. Rawdale uses stock photos to create his political commentary comics. Sameth uses Superhero figurines… there are so many approaches to the concept. Bellow I've linked a few examples to check out!

The music for this week by Gunwallace is for Neander Chan, it's the primal beat of life! This is an utterly danceable sound, driving syncopated rhythm travels up your nerves and down deep into your bones, spiky, distorted electric guitar adds a touch of lyricism.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
half-hearted headache - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/apr/11/featured-comic-half-hearted-headache/

LINKS:
Photocomic Newsost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/mar/08/photocomics/
Lego Space byKdog - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Lego_Space/
Your Choice… by Vinomas - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/YOUR_CHOICE/
A$$hole by Trevor Mueller - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Asshole/
Trumped by Rawdale - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/TRUMPed/
Interstellar Blood Beasts by bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Interstellar_Blood_Beasts/
Pegwarmers by Sameth - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pegwarmers/
Utterly Rucked by Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Utterly_Rucked/5331040/
Sword of Kings, the newest comic by bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Sword_of_Kings/5535525/

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

Featured music:
Neander Chan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Neander_Chan/, by Lemniskate, rated T.

Quackcast 318 - Maintaining the enthusiasm!
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The most important thing when doing your comic is to maintain your enthusiasm- THIS is what helps you keep working. Not feedback, not praise, not fans, but your own internal passion. Feedback is great, but you can become addicted to it and when it's not there or there's' not enough not it your work can die. In order to be able to keep creating your passion for your work should be internal, not external, you need to be self sustaining:
A readership is nice and feedback is great, but you really have to do your comic for yourself, not for other people.
But there's more to it than that.
Bored by doing your webcomic? Well why is that? What do you need to change to make it interesting to do once more? What is holding you back? Those are some of the things we talk about in this Quackcast!

The music for this week by Gunwallace is for the previously featured comic Numb. This is the sound of a long road trip under the burning sun in the hot, dry, dusty, desert air, and on into a cold night through a desolate city lit by retreating streetlights. Progression, but where to?

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Ying and Yan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/apr/04/featured-comic-ying-and-yan/

LINKS:
Thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177657/
Mark Crilley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb1eMQ4K17YM
Draw with Jazza - https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza
Peter Draws - https://www.youtube.com/user/Palivizumab

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:
Numb - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Numb/, by NiinaEveliina, rated T.

Quackcast 317 - Hannagrid Wright Interview!
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Today we interview Hannagrid Wright aka 5thezombie! She's the creator of the great Sci-Fi webcomic To The Galaxy And BACK! -featured by Kawaii last year. To the Galaxy and back features Kat and Zoey, two girls that have been drawn together by fate, across the universe, to have all sorts of adventures in outerspace. All Zoey really wants is to get back to her dad, but having a dashing adventurer alien companion is going to make the ride a little more fun.
Hanna is a cool person, she's just starting out on webcomics and already she has a nicely pro art style. She's mastered an efficient method of storytelling that's compelling, perfectly balanced for frequent updates, and makes her comic very easy to consume! Pit and Banes did a marvellous job in interviewing Hanna with me! I hope you read her comic (To The Galaxy And BACK!) and then listen to the interview!


The music of Gunwallace this week is Sedna: A warm, deep blue, liquid, viscous, underwater outerspace world of wonder, joy, and luminescent glowing alien creatures…

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
The Gloom - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/mar/29/featured-comic-the-gloom/

Hana AKA 5thezombie links:
To The Galaxy and Back - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/to_the_galaxy_and_back/
The feature - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/aug/02/featured-comic-to-the-galaxy-and-back/
5thezombie - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/5thezombie/
Her Deviantart - http://5thezombie.deviantart.com/
Doug TenNapel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_TenNapel/


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

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

Quackcast 316 - The Quirkcast!
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For this Quackcast we decided to chat about quirks- the things that stand out about a character, help you remember them, get interested in them, traits that pick them out as individuals and can ALSO be used to point at deeper character traits! These are so useful in so many ways and really help to define a character as well as giving them a handle for the audience to latch on to. The idea was nicked from a newspost where Tantz goes into it with a lot more depth, so check that out too if you can! the cover image is from the Nazi General sketch by Smith a Jones- it's all based on quirks. This was Tantz's fantastic idea for a newspost. Speaking of Tantz, this newspost was recorded around the time of Greek independence day! Happy independence day to Greece!

The music for this week by our resident mastermind of a composer Gunwallace is Lola! -Where am I? Where…? The essence of cool, grooving into the night, dressed in cool white, all eyes on you, bathed in soft pastel light. Restless feet, throbbing, pulsing sound, stepping to the beat.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Numb - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/mar/21/featured-comic-numb/

LINKS:
Tantz's quirky character newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/mar/24/character-quirks/
Character Questionnaire - https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire/proust
Quirky Peanuts - http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts
Nazi generals comedy sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Z6tv7cQmM

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

Featured music:
Lola - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Lola/., by Alejkhan, rated T.

Quackcast 315 - Creepy Pasta
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This week we decided to all read out Creepypastas, just because! I's a popular thing on the net and people like that sort of thing… Well Banes and Pit do anyway. So what ARE Creepypastas? Well they're not the rotten spaghetti that had Banes blasting from both barrels just before the Quackcast, no, the name comes from “copy and paste”, simple as that. Creepypasta are just scary stories that writers have made up and copy and pasted to sites on the net, usually on things like Reddit. Often the writer pretends that it's a true story, but not many, if any at all, are based on real events. Today we're reading a few that we found at random. Hope you enjoy!
The music of Gunwallace this week is My Pet Succubus. It’s party time down here! Bouncing, rolling piano notes, tapping drums and ebullient synth strings exemplify the happy go lucky personality of the irrepressible protagonist of this comic.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Mythologia - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/mar/14/featured-comic-mythologia/

LINKS:
Creepy Pasta - http://www.creepypasta.com/pastas-indexed-category/

Stories:
Uncle Buck - https://www.reddit.com/r/Thetruthishere/comments/3g6xzq/uncle_buck/
The house in the shade - http://www.creepypasta.com/the-house-in-the-shade/
Nice Neighbours - http://www.creepypasta.com/nice-neighbors/
They ran away on their back legs - http://www.cvltnation.com/12-people-tell-their-terrifying-encounters-with-navajo-skinwalkers/
Slenderman - http://www.creepypasta.com/slenderman/
Colorado fishing trip - http://www.creepypasta.com/colorado-fishing-trip/

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

Featured music:
My Pet Succubus - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/My_Pet_Succubus/, by Carlos G, rated T.

Quackcast 314 - The failure of heroes
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When heroes fail… Hey, why would you ever want a hero to fail? Well there are a lot of reasons and listening to this Quackcast will tell you why, but the quick version is that you don't want your hero to be a perfect Mary-Sue sort of character. Having your hero fail in their goals means you have somewhere interesting to go with your story. Having your hero fail emotionally means you can give them character development and make them more interesting. If you want to learn more then either listen to us or have a look at Tantz's newspost where I took the idea from!

Our music this week from our resident composer Gunwallace is a theme to The World Outside of Time. It evokes a cold, echoing club scene, bleak and icy, with the promise of brief companionship, but not the reality.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
HitGirlz - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/mar/06/featured-comic-hitgirlz/

LINKS:
Tantz's newspost that inspired the cast - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/25/when-the-hero-fails/

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:
The World Outside of Time - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_World_Outside_of_Time_Omnibus/, by lizinverse, rated T.

Quackcast 313 - Technical techniques
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Carrying on from last week's Quackcast discussion on tips and tricks for drawing and artwork, we jump again into the topic and THIS time we have Tantz Aerine on board to lend her perspective and tell us about even MORE little techniques to use to draw better. It's an interesting, technical cast and bellow I've kisted some examples from our own work of what we talk about. Details discussed in this episode: Establishing shots, Facial lines, Scars, Wounds, Snow, Rain, Smoke, Fire, Explosions, Gold, Fur, and Eyes.
Gunwallace has given us the music to the Fading World this time, it's an oriental procession into a snowy, twilit, exotic world, unbalanced, and dangerous.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Sedna - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/28/featured-comic-sedna/

LINKS:
Drawing cast 1 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/25/quackcast-312-happy-little-trees/
Goat fur vest in Brave Resistance - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Brave_Resistance/5367303/
Smoke and fire in Pinky TA - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5358464/
Gold and fur - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5468472/
Falling snow and establishing shot - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5520818/
Explosion - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5414878/
Wounds - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5402885/

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

Featured music:
Fading World - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Fading_World/, by EllirhShaa, rated T.

Quackcast 312 - happy little trees
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In THIS particular Quackcast it's just Banes and I chatting about tips and tricks for artwork. Hopefully some of the stuff we mention is helpful to someone, I tried to illustrate some of that in the cover pic. Banes drew the image of Penny crashing through a scene which I've coloured and added trees, oceans, mountains, clouds, fire, smoke etc all with the use of simple custom brushes. The shading was all done just by painting grey over a layer set to “multiply”, which makes all light colours transparent and darker colours less so, so that you get a perfect tool for making shadows! Anyway, listen to the cast and maybe you'll get something out of it!

The music that Mr Gunwallace has for us this week is for Mr Valdemar and other gothic tales - The tinkling crystal notes of a piano are paired with the dark woodiness of a mournful cello and touches of strings to give us this haunting gothic soundscape.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
The world outside of time - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/feb/21/featured-comic-the-world-outside-of-time/

Banes recommends:
Draw with Jazza - https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza

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

Featured music:
Mr Valdemar and other gothic tales - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Mr_Valdemar_and_other_gothic_tales, by jlbpina, rated E.

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!

Topics and shownotes

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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