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This is a podcast about webcomics, comic creation, comic hosting, art, writing and popculture!

This is a podcast about webcomics, comic creation, comic hosting, art, writing and popculture!
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Australia

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This is a podcast about webcomics, comic creation, comic hosting, art, writing and popculture!

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@DrunkDuck

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English

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Episodes

QUACKCAST 435 - Spinoffs!

7/16/2019
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We're discussing spin-offs in this one. Why do them? There are many very different reasons for doing a spin-off as opposed to a sequel, prequel or a totally new story: - Spin-offs make promotion and marketing of the work easier because it has an existing audience who are invested in its world. - It gives you as a creator more freedom because you're not as strongly constrained by the existing cannon of the parent stories, unlike sequels etc. and you don't have to do any new world...

Duration:01:05:05

QUACKCAST 434 - Where do your characters exist?

7/9/2019
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This time we're chatting about settings and where your characters exist in space… where does all the action happen in your comics and WHY does it happen there? Bane's had the really novel idea of thinking of story settings as action playsets, which are toy settings made based on a TV show or movie where you can play with action figures and act out key moments FROM the TV show or movie: Unlike a dollhouse they only have the key sets where the important things happen. This is a...

Duration:00:51:03

QUACKCAST 433 - everyone is a beginner

7/2/2019
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Today we chat about a furore on Twitter focussing on a artist who made a tutorial about the differences between the line work of beginners and advanced artists. Many people identified their art style with the work described as “beginner” and took extreme offence at that characterisation. It's the contention of Tantz that “beginner” is not a dirty word. We're all beginners at something. We can all stand to learn things. I don't necessarily agree that sketchy lines in art are the sign of a...

Duration:00:58:34

QUACKCAST 432 - How to get more readers

6/25/2019
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Just Banes and I for this one! Today we have 3 topics: 1. Being positive and how that really helps us in online communication and social networking, as well as giving a boost to those we talk to- very important in comic communities. 2. How to get more eyes looking at your work. We always need to build our audiences! 3. Updates for drunk duck to modernise the site… We're going to have to raise a lot of money for this! How is the best way? -1. There's an old myth that “being positive”...

Duration:00:49:02

QUACKCAST 431 - Political messages in you work

6/18/2019
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*Cover-art from the movie poster for METROPOLIS, not Atlas shrugged :) This Quackcast is about having political agendas in your work and expressing them well! We're talking about deliberately putting in ideas that you want to get across to people, NOT the idea that all work has agendas and ideas no matter what. That's not relevant to this discussion. When you want to want to get your ideas across there are good ways to do it and poor ways. When you do it poorly your work either has...

Duration:01:04:41

QUACKCAST 430 - Good beginnings!

6/11/2019
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At the beginning of a story how do you grab and KEEP your readers? This comes from the Friday newspost by Emma Clare. Her advice was pretty brilliant. From my own perspective it's generally characters that grab me first before anything else. Great art and a fantastic cover can hook your eyes, but without a great story or interesting characters there's zero to keep you there. Info dumps explaining the entire premise can scare people away but so can dumping the reader in a complex world and...

Duration:01:04:27

QUACKCAST 429 - Bad ends

6/4/2019
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This Quackcast was inspired by the fan reaction to Game of Thrones, a series that I haven't watched but Tantz and Banes have! Specifically it's about poorly written endings and gas-lighting fans rather than admitting to faults. No matter how great we are at writing (and the GOT guys MUST be good to have created such a popular show), that's no proof against writing a poor ending. Endings are the HARDEST things to do well, it's devilishly easy to flub them. Most fans of the GOT series seem...

Duration:01:12:03

QUACKCAST 428 - Expectations of Male and female audiences

5/28/2019
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What are the different expectations for female and male audiences? This almost entirely a culture based thing, it changes depending on where and WHEN you are from as well as your age and experience… but some obvious things are determined by our physiology: sex sells, but there are slight differences based on gender. I wasn't interested in the “why” (genetic predeterminisim or evolutionary psychology), just the “what” In my experience and from my own perspective male audiences like a...

Duration:01:25:17

QUACKCAST 427 - Betrayal

5/21/2019
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Betrayal is an interesting thing to use in fiction. You can have betrayal of your nation, your organisation, friends, lovers, religion, beliefs, self. In stories it can be used to add a nasty twist or completely change the flow of events and alter the balance of power in a dramatic way! It can be devastating in relationships. The story of Judas betraying Christ for 30 pieces of silver is one of the most famous betrayal stories and became so iconic that the phrase “30 pieces of silver” or...

Duration:01:00:24

QUACKCAST 426 - Sidekicking

5/14/2019
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Inspired by Emma Clare's Friday newspost about supporting characters, today we're discussing sidekicks! Sidekicks are a useful character type that are used in so many different ways. They can be a specialised type of supporting character that are also a main character or they can be the main protagonist in some cases. In comics sidekicks came in during the early days as a way of giving juvenile readers their own insert character who they could identify with… Bucky Barnes, Jimmy Olsen, Robin...

Duration:00:56:50

QUACKCAST 425 - Pay-off or rip-off?

5/7/2019
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In this Quackcast we chat about set-ups. pay-offs, and rip-offs. To make your climaxes and endings more satisfying you have pay-offs for audience expectations: set them up in the story and pay them off at the end. If you fail to pay-off then you get a rip-off, it's pretty simple. Your audience will be really disappointed. That's not to say disappointing and unsatisfying ends to stories are wrong, not at all! Often those are fully intended. We're just talking about satisfying audiences, not...

Duration:01:24:54

Quackcast 424 - Selling your creative dish

4/30/2019
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On one side we have creators of content and on the other we have the consumers. The consumers number in their billions and they're voraciously hungry for constant stimulation! Pretty much all creators are consumers too… So why don't they want the beautifully made, clever, spicy, artisanal dish you're selling? Why do they prefer the nice, bland, familiar mass-market high in fat, sugar and salt fast-food of the mainstream instead? One approach people typically take is just to ape the...

Duration:00:47:29

QUACKCAST 423 - Fave weapons in fiction?

4/23/2019
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What's your favourite weapon in fiction? Mine are ridiculously giant swords, huge anti-tank rifles, and mecha. There are a lot of complex reasons for weapon choices in fiction, a Kalashnikov assault rifles for example signals certain things about the person carrying it: They're usually a bad guy for a start. This originated during the cold war, with certain types of bad guys using AKs. First it was Soviet Bloc soldiers, then it was Viet Con and rebels from South East Asia, then it became...

Duration:01:25:48

QUACKCAST 422 - Positive promotion and controversial characters

4/16/2019
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The entire gang comes together today for two topics that were taken from recent newsposts: Emma Clare's Positive self promotion, and Tantz Aerine's Handling Controversial Characters. First up we chat about why it's always a great idea to sell yourself positively, NOT be arrogant or douchey, but rather by talking enthusiastically about what you genuinely love about your work and using that REAL and SINCERE enthusiasm to infect others with your love of what you do. Emma was mainly talking...

Duration:01:27:52

QUACKCAST 421 - Dreamcast

4/9/2019
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Today we're talking about all the ways nightmares can be used in stories. This is based on a newspost by our very own dreamboat Tantz Aerine. Nightmares are great for foreshadowing through premonitions, forcing characters to confront things and change their minds, ratcheting up tension in a story and all sorts of other useful things that you'd never consider. You can use symbolism and heightened reality, surrealism, fantasy and lots of experimental techniques that you couldn't do in your...

Duration:01:03:32

QUACKCAST 420 - Substance abuse and use

4/2/2019
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The entire gang is here this time again. This marks number 420 of the Quackcasts we've done. 420 is code among some for smoking dope, so going with that theme we're talking about the influence of substances on creative endeavours. People try and use substances to facilitate their creativity, we chat about why they do it, how it works, why it fails, the benefits and the issues. We DO NOT advocate taking illegal things in any way at all. This includes ANY substance, from dope, to coffee, to...

Duration:01:02:21

QUACKCAST 419 - The Rating Game

3/26/2019
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It's the rating game! Yeah! This Quackcast was inspired by Emma Clare's newspost on Friday about rating levels. On Drunk Duck we have 4 rating levels so they're nice and simple: “E” for everyone, “T+” for teens, “M” for mature, and “A” for Adult! We talk about why ratings exist and how to use them. But why do ratings exist? Well it's complicated actually… The main reason is that all cultures have various taboos and things they consider inappropriate to be viewed in certain situations so...

Duration:01:25:34

QUACKCAST 418 - Many kinds of love

3/19/2019
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There are many kinds love. Love is a great thing to include in your story for all sorts of reasons: it's an easy way to develop characters, give a character something to strive for, it's universally relatable, You can use it for tension, all sorts of things! There are different kinds of relationships you can use as well, not just heterosexual or homosexual relationships and the common trope of showing the beginning of a relationship, you can show crushes, established relationships, platonic...

Duration:01:16:42

QUACKCAST 417 - Can we be better?

3/12/2019
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This is a big, awkward, contentious and fiery subject. What we're talking about in this Quackcast is the current phenomenon of social marketing and how it fuels and drives the “culture war”, or “pop-culture war” to be more correct. Word-of-mouth and viral marketing are old hat now, Social Marketing is in. But what is it? Basically its word-of-mouth and viral marketing smashed together and weaponised: Marketing companies hijack hot-button social issues and hitch their client's brand to...

Duration:01:06:58

QUACKCAST 416 - Making cuts

3/5/2019
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The entire team is here this time, no one was cut… So we're chatting about CUTTING, as in cutting out scenes to make a story cleaner, leaner and less flabby, but also NOT cutting because in a webcomic you don't have to, and when you cut badly you end up with a “D movie” effect where story scenes don't follow, don't make sense and plots seem to go nowhere or happen for no reason. In most stories you can cut out lots of bits and pieces and get a leaner, more streamlined result: the reason...

Duration:00:57:50