Quackcast 370 - deadlines Vs taking time and the good the bad and grey
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In today's Quackcast we talk about a couple of subjects: Doing things at the last minute VS doing them slowly, over time. Sometimes you get that wonderful last minute energy cause by a deadline, your work can be inspired, or at least fresh and full of vibrancy. Other times it's rough and unfinished looking, amateurish.
Work done over a long time can be honed to a diamond edge, exquisitely put together like a Faberge egg, a work of art! Other times it can be like a warmed over mess, redone and redone till any spark of originality and freshness is washed out of the grey goop you're left with.
We chat about Tantz's Saturday newspost subject of Black and White Vs Grey: bad guys can be totally bad without humanising them and good guys can be totally good, without stain or tarnish and yet both can be interesting and the story can be great. Grey isn't always better.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Empress Mother Earths Handmaiden: A dark, intense foreboding and forbidding intro leads you deep into a beautiful rose coloured cave of glowing wonder and joy. We finish up with a lovely lilt on a harp!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Alienated - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/apr/10/featured-comic-alienated/

Links:
Black, White, & Grey newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/apr/13/gray-black-and-white-part-1/
Art of veiling - https://www.amazon.com/Art-Veiling-Awareness-Tantz-Aerine-ebook/dp/B00CRMM25K

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:
Empress Mother Earths Handmaiden - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Empress_Mother_Earths_Handmaiden/, by NRG Comic, rated E.

Quackcast 369 - Propaganda and agendas
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this week's Quackcast was inspired by a newspost that Banes made about propaganda. We used that as a jumping off point to talk about political messages and social agendas in creative works- when it's deliberate and when it's not. Tantz Aerine made a great point that the world of the Federation in Star Trek is like showing us the world from the perspective of a fascist regime. It's certainly NOT intended that way but that IS an unintentional message. You'll have to listen to the Quackcast to hear her argument for that idea. A movie like Starship Troopers is brilliant at subverting the whole propaganda thing. :)

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Coga nito: Slide into some retro 1970s classic disco, with a modern twist! You’ll feel like your wearing shiny white polyester stretch flares with high white leather platform shoes, then rocket back into the present with the cool techno dance feel of the synthesised beats. Get onto the dance floor and strut your stuff!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
The Last Sheriff - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/apr/03/featured-comic-the-last-sheriff/

Links:
Propaganda newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/20/points-of-view-propaganda-and-marketing/


creative works discussed in the cast:
Jesus 2016 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Jesus_2016/
A handmaid's tale - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid's_Tale
Star Trek - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek
Futurama - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurama
The Simpsons - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons
Family Guy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Guy
24 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_%28TV_series%29
The 300 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/300_%28film%29
Mephisto - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082736/
The Beast - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094716/
Starship troopers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers
Doonesbury http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/

PLEASE TEST OUR COMMENT REPLY SYSTEM!
Comment reply notifications newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/23/test-the-comment-notifications-today/
Reply Notifications - http://next.theduckwebcomics.com/user/replies

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

Featured music:
Coga Nito - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Coga_Nito/, by Toby Durr, rated T.

Quackcast 368 - the Blahcast
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Welcome to another Quackcast! in this “blahcast” we talk about a lot of different subjects. This Quackcast also sees the arival of a NEW feature! It's the Princess January Show, by VinoMas! Where all the hot gos about popularity on DD is covered.
Pitface tells us that Fury is the greatest tank movie ever, I correctly state that Tankgirl owns that honour. We chat about mistaken criticism of a movie or webcomic based on what we WANTED it to be rather than what it was, Suckerpunch being a prime example, but also the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Bad promotion also sinks projects especially films like John Carter on Mars. We chat about Star Wars The Force Awakens AGAIN! Which leads us to badly written female characters: a strong character is a well defined character that drives a story, not characters that are physically strong, they CAN be, but it has nothing to do with being a “strong” character. It's like the famous “survival of the fittest”: “fittest” does not mean “strongest”, it means the best “fit” for a situation. So those are some of the pop-culture things we “blah” about.

We have a university student doing a study on webcomics. Please consider filling out her survey, linked in our links section!

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Project Prince. The simple plucked wire chords introduce us to a dark future scene. Synthesised organ and gentle patter of brushes on cymbals tip us off to the action to come. Loud distorted electric guitars give us the feel of a late night 1980s SciFi action movie

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Yasu no Monogatari - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/27/featured-comic-yasu-no-monogatari/

Links:
The Princess January Show - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Princess_January_Show/
Webcomic Survey for a university study - https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/3e56c0d

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:
Project Prince - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Project_Prince/, by Settha, rated E.

Quackcast 367 - What's in a title? And reply notifications
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In this Quackcast we discuss a couple of things. First we chat about the prototype comment reply notification system that Alexey our programmer has just now come up with and people like Albino Ginger helped to pay for! And we talk about ways to make it more user-friendly, like having the first line of a comment show up on the comment notification pages… We'd LOVE more feedback on that! So please consider testing out the system and giving us your take on it.
Then we chatted about the art of the TITLE! Why do things have the titles they do? What are some good or bad titles? Why did you choose YOUR title? Star Wars is an example of a good title for a movie: it told people exactly what to expect in a time when there weren't many other films like it, this is why it was never called “A New Hope” or “Episode 4” the way we mistakenly call it today, because no one in 1977 would have gone to see it ;)
Happy birthday!!!!!!! Mr Banes! Banes Had his birthday DURING the Quackcast! Woot! Please show some love for this amazing guy ^_^

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Holy Bible the Albino Ginger Version: Wonder into the giant cathedral of our lord, the revered and sacred Albino Ginger, watch the dust motes dance in the multicoloured sunbeams, tinted into rainbow shades by stained glass windows depicting the mighty feats of the Albino Ginger god as he was creating our world… This is techno trance church music for a new age!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Demon Plague - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/20/featured-comic-demon-plague/

Links:
Titles newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/14/say-my-name-titles/
Comment reply notifications newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/23/test-the-comment-notifications-today/
PLEASE TEST OUR COMMENT REPLY SYSTEM! - http://next.theduckwebcomics.com/user/replies


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/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Holy Bible the Albino Ginger Version - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Holy_Bible_the_Albino_Ginger_version/, by Albino Ginger, rated M.

Quackcast 366 - Spicy times with Albino Ginger
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We have a very special Quackcast this week. We interview Albino Ginger, AKA Bo Knowles, creator of the hilarious and subversive Holy Bible The Albino Ginger Version! Bo gave a VERY generous donation to our Indigogo fund-raiser to help us pay for the a new comment notification and comment reply notification feature, and his reward was a Quackcast interview which we were more than pleased to give. After reading his Holy Bible you'll understand why, it's very funny and quite naughty. We look forward to more chapters! Bo was fun to chat to and we all had a great time ^_^
READ THE GINGER BIBLE! There is just so much hilarity in there and sneaky jokes on flat earth theory, young earth creationism, evolution denial and many more. Read to find out ;)

This week Gunwallace has given us another theme to Cybertech! It's a slow panoramic introduction to a dark future, promising action and adventure across the dim blackness of space. You can listen to the first one on Quackcast 292.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Fluffy 500 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/13/featured-comic-fluffy-500/

Ginger links:
True version of the Bible - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Holy_Bible_the_Albino_Ginger_version/
Terminator with a twist - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Snow_Black/
The man of the hour! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Albino_Ginger/
Feature of Albino Ginger Bible - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/27/featured-comic-holy-bible-the-albino-ginger-version/

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:
Cybertech - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Cybertech/, - by superzentredi, rated T.

Quackcast 365 - Fashion forum fantastic
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Today we interview Princess January, supported by her ever dependable VinoMas! Princess January kicked off the interview in full patriotic fashion as she melded perfectly in commander in chief, wearing looks inspired by George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, and looked very fashionable doing it. The reason for US President Collection was of course to promote the DD fashion forum and the Pageant comic. You should all submit some designs to it. There's noting more fun than dressing your characters in fancy duds and getting waves of appreciation from all their admirers for the sartorial clothing choices! So what are you waiting for? Join the pageant today. Join it! Aren't you proud of how amazing your character's clothing is? Or just pop on over and admire the designs and creativity!

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Card Commander: American marching band military snare drums blast you into the the beginning of this track, closely followed by a complex interweaving of sound as it builds higher and higher towards the ultimate conclusion!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/05/featured-comic-kitty-kitty-bang-bang/

The beauty pageant comic - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pageant/
The beauty pageant forum - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/13117/
VinoMas - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/VinoMas/
Ozone and Princess January - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-133-an-interview-with-everyone/
Interview with VinoMas - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-189-its-your-choice/

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/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Card Commander - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Card_Commander/, by Card Commander, rated E.

Quackcast 364 - JUST DO IT!
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All the planning and set up in the world will never count for anything if you never start your webcomic, so just put your own to paper and begin!
“Getting started on a webcomic” is what we chat about here. I was inspired by PitFace's newspost about a crappy horror film and how the creators just went for it. As a webcomicer that is what you HAVE to do! You can plan, research and gather resources for years, but the reality is that it just makes you more and more scared to take the plunge. You'll develop a LOT faster as a webcomicer if you throw caution to the wind and go for it. I'm not saying that research and planning are uneeded, it's just that most if it can be done while you're actually working. Do not worry about putting out a perfect piece of genius work from the getgo- your comic WILL get there regardless if you're dedicated and put the work in AS you work, but the first few pages or chapters don't have to be there. Your audience will appreciate the chance to grow with you a lot more than if you put out a polished gem to begin with.
Starting out at a place like Drunk Duck is your best bet. It's a nurturing, easy to use, creator run platform, focussed around promoting webcomics. So what are you waiting for?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Flesh and Wires: Dirty and distorted electric guitar and determined fuzzy bass, weaving together over a haunting synthesized Melodica. Portentous and evocative, this music tells a story in it’s own runtime! The main riff reminds me a little of my fave part for We don’t Need Another Hero from Tina Turner.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Kawaiidolia - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/27/featured-comic-kawaiidolia/

Pit-Face, Asshole in a mask - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/mar/03/all-you-need-is-an-asshole-in-a-mask/
How to get into webcomics - https://twitter.com/Blackmudpuppy/status/969773241198960640

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
Emma Clare - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Emma_Clare/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Flesh and Wires - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Flesh_and_Wires/, - by ngrootendorst, rated M.

Quackcast 363 - The Art Of Comments
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Jason Moon, author of Crater's Edge, messaged me about some comments he had. He was perturbed about reader reaction to his storyline and wasn't sure how to handle the comments. I told him that those sorts of comments are the very greatest compliment an author can get, because once you get them you've reached the stage where people care about your work enough to get angry: they're invested emotionally in the characters.
Yes. It is initially confronting to have someone commenting like that but what you really need to do is step back for a moment and realise what a gigantic compliment it is in actuality. It means you affected them strongly, and that's quite an important thing to be able to do. It doesn't happen much but it's quite a GOOD thing when it does. It's not an easy thing to do to get people that invested. What it really means is you have succeeded as a writer and reached an important milestone.
We also have a chat about getting comments in general and also GIVING comments! Hopefully our new comment notification feature will be a boon for this kind of interaction.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Kitty Kitty Bang Bang: Multilayered Chinese video-game war anthem with a modern twist! That’s how I’d describe this complex little piece. It’s the final boss battle, you’ve got no spare lives, you’re down to your last powerup and time is running out!

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Stringy and Mopy - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/20/featured-comic-stringy-and-mopy/

Jason Moon's Crater's Edge - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Craters_Edge/
Comment notification Beta-testing - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/feb/07/youve-got-mailnotifications/

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/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Kitty_Kitty_Bang_Bang/, by MoeAlmighty, rated T.

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.

Topics and shownotes

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.

Topics and shownotes

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.

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