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Server down time. DD will be down for an hour or two in the early hours of Wednesday morning (PST time). We're switching down to a cheaper hosting package to try and save money on the hosting bills.
We tried to do it on Saturday but there was a stumbling block. Hopefully that us overcome now and we can go ahead!
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VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE AWARDS!

 
You can vote here.

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XBSpVRkJO8YfjfKGCeCi4kcr4uruiKbaN2Wf2iPzCTQ/

Ballot will be open from 7/5/2015 until 8/2/2015.

~One ballot per person. (Must have a valid Drunk Duck Account)
~No voting for yourself. (That means comics you work on)
~Drunk Duck hosted (or mirrored) comics only.
~Comics must be actively updating (last update June or later) or completed within the last year.
~You may enter a comic in more than one category (however, don't enter it for all categories.)
~You don't have to fill out every category.
~ After you are done please swing by our Awards Forum on Drunk Duck to find out about volunteering.
~ Email  niccea (at) gmail (dot) com any questions/comments/concerns.

 
Also, it is still not too late to put up an FYC. For Your Consideration pages will be accepted until July 12th.

Volunteer sign ups have been added here:

Link: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176963/
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FEATURED COMIC --> PreteenDemon
Read: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/PreteenDemon/

Jasomet is a little boy demon. He's been summoned by a Goonies type group of three guys to help rescue a lost girl from a strange cult that think might have kidnapped her. Old timey DDers might remember the name Jasomet... he was born from a relationship in the comic Elijah and Azuu, which used to be one of the most popular comics on DD! Well, this is what happens to Azuu's son some years after. Author Ink Monkey has returned, with his with Tea Green (another old time DD stalwart), to pen this fantastic sequel. It's a demon/heaven/hell supernatural adventure comedy. It's very funny and the art is recognisably in Ink Monkey's trademark style.

Read PreteenDemon by InkMonkey, rated T.
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THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

Five years ago I was sitting at a dinner table with an older, conservative crowd of family friends when the topic of same-sex marriage was brought up. I added my thoughts to the discussion with the best example of recent history I could muster up at that time. I said, "Less than sixty years ago, whites and non-whites were not allowed to marry in this country due to anti-miscegenation laws. So when I think about same-sex marriage, it is not a matter of whether it will be passed, but when. It is inevitable." I was met with a silent response and awkward glances sent around the table.


There were a number of whirlwind news reports last week: A certain "high-end" grocery store was under fire for price gouging, Anti-vaxxers lost (in California), Universal Healthcare won, Housing Equality won, progress for women who are pro-choice (in Kansas). On Friday morning, my news feed lit up with news reports that would have fit perfectly with the liberal-left leaning views of my University newspaper years ago when Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional in California. The only difference was that the source of this news was being generated from the Supreme Court of the U.S.A. in Our Nation's Capital. Same-sex marriage is now legal across all fifty states.


The United States has taken its time to get on the bandwagon for this important human rights issue. Several countries in the European Union and Canada have already passed their own similar laws regarding same-sex marriage. Regardless, this is a major landmark given the United State's global influence on issues.


How Does This Topic Relate to Webcomics?

The majority of webcomics I have read over the last decade have been forward-thinking in their subject matter. There are several popular webcomics online and here on Drunk Duck that have featured same-sex couple romance in their storyline. It has become so commonplace that same-sex relationships are viewed as equal as heterosexual relationships.

The turn of the tide did not happen because a few government officials in power decided to make history last week. There has been a cultural shift in the way this country and the rest of the world views same-sex marriage because of each television show, movie, and comic book that features characters in a same-sex relationship. Pop culture has played a humongous role in influencing public opinion.


I do not expect everyone who reads this article to agree with me. In fact, I know everyone is not on the same page with this issue. I happen to be fortunate enough to live in a country where the citizens are free to disagree on controversial issues and not get persecuted for their beliefs. And that is the main reason why the passage of a law that reflects Human Rights is so important today.

So throw your hands up in the air. Understand that all humans are entitled to be treated with respect, and that a larger percentage of the population is no longer ostracized for loving who they love. Celebrate today's Progress for a happier, healthier, and more enlightened tomorrow.


MILESTONES


USED BOOKS


Used Books by usedbooks reaches its 1225th page on Drunk Duck today!!

Check out today's update: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Used_Books/



HEY CANUCKS!

Gather all your Red and White gear for Wednesday. Happy (early) Canada Day July 1st!!
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QUACKCAST 224 - Finding your own voice as a writer
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-224-finding-your-own-voice-as-a-writer

For Quackcast 224 I've asked Kevin Hayman back again (KOTA's world, Mailbox Rocketship, Erant Apprentice), to regale us with his Owen Wilson stylings…
But seriously, the topic is “finding your own voice in writing”, i.e. learning not to imitate your hero's, move beyond that and write in your own style. Kevin is a really funny and interesting guy who's been doing webcomics for many many years since the very earliest days of Drunk Duck and he has some great insights to impart on “finding your own voice”.
You can also catch KOTA at the Mississippi comic con this weekend!
-Enjoy Gunwallace's lovely, creepy musical take on our featured comic, Restless.

Topics and shownotes

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

Kevin Hayman links:
New version, Mailbox Rocketship comic - http://www.drunkduck.com/Mailbox_Rocketship/
Errant Apprentice comic - http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Errant_Apprentice/
Volg - https://www.youtube.com/user/everywhencomics/
At Taptastic - http://tapastic.com/kotaotan

Other Quackcasts with KOTA:
Number 119 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/quackcast-119-kevin-kotas-world-hayman/
Number 120 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-120-kevin-hayman-extra/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, Master of music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com/
Banes, cocky-co-host - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Restless - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Restless/ by Trico.
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FEATURED COMIC --> Restless
Read: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Restless/

While staying in a creepy old abandoned house, young Even meets a very unusual girl called Lilly... Lilly seems to be a ghost. the incident that resulted in their meeting links them together inextricably and will go on to lead to bigger and badder events down the line for both their world and the next, and along the way we'll learn the mystery of Lilly's ghosthood. Featuring very high quality digital colouring, Restless is Manga style, the backgrounds are fantastic! The story is fantasy, mystery, action and ghost. Read Restless by Trico, rated T.
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DIGGING DEEP

There is a brand new piece of off-white coloured paper on the desk. The click of a GraphiGear mechanical pencil. The lead hitting the table. Tap. Tap. Tap. The need to draw is there, but the inspiration behind it makes it very difficult to create an image out of thin air. Artist Block. This is one type of blockage that affects me more than a blocked artery, I am dealing with a blockage in my ability to create art.

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Ray Bradbury, once voiced, "may I die before my voices", in a prologue of his book The October Country because he never wanted the source of his stories to run out. Like a writer who deals with writer's block on occasion, an artist can encounter a disconnect when an image can appear in the mind, but not on paper.

On rare occasions, a burst of inspiration can materialize in the middle of a creative slump that makes the production of new works flow as fluidly as the ink from a brand new fountain pen. Love is a great source to feed a creative mind, just look at every song and book on that subject.

However, there is a darker muse that preys upon the weak of heart like a malnourished succubus that can be an untapped, murky cesspool of creativity. It shows itself with that hollow feeling in the center of your chest where a heart should have been. I am talking about Sorrow. I am not averse nor a stranger to Sorrow, as it is also known by its other name Dolor. My maternal grandmother's name was Dolores, so I can say that Sorrow is in my blood. Sorrow is a very fragile source of creativity that must be handled delicately because too much exposure can lead to depression.

There is hope.

Some are able to take the pain associated with Sorrow and channel it into something beautiful: The painter with the missing left ear; The vagabond busking on the street corner with soul-filled eyes; The young woman sitting alone in the parked car with a handkerchief and Chopin playing in the background.

So the next time life sends you lemons, grab some pen and paper.
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Hippie Van forgot to post this... ack!
I'm shutting down Drunk Duck now while I try and change the hosting to a cheaper package. Ideally it won't take more than an hour or two.
But things can go wrong...
Hopefully nothing will.
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Well I was not able to complete the process because there was another hidden stumbling block, so the site will stay on its very expensive super redundant system that we don't need and we'll be bleeding money on that for no reason till we can overcome it.
Because Linode sux...

-Have to change over to a 64 bit system before we can change to a cheaper hosting plan... But that could break the site unless it's handled by someone who really knows what they're doing.
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Thursdays With Banes - Contrast and Conflict

Ozoneocean has been goodly enough to let me participate on the DD front page on Thursdays. So I'll be jabbering here weekly and attempting to be

1. Entertaining and/or
2. Informative and/or
3. Punctual

It's a treat to get to do this, so thanks!

CONTRASTS

The first time I noticed the power of contrasts was in my friend's music. He's a massively talented songwriter, and aside from interesting melodies and chord progressions and powerful insights and images in his lyrics, he uses contrast a lot. Laughter and tears, being high but low, trapped but free…there was a lot of that stuff going on in his songs.

This was actually the inspiration for naming my comic “Typical Strange” (Read it here on the Duck!) Those opposing words, at least to me, are somewhat compelling!

Contrast can exist in many forms. It can be as simple as good vs. evil, or a comedic or romantic pairing of “opposite” characters, or a marriage of two different “realities”: A normal suburban neighborhood is invaded by an unstoppable, insane killer. HALLOWEEN (I had to mention Halloween. I ALWAYS have to mention Halloween).

It can be a sane person in a seemingly insane world, or an extraordinary person in the ordinary world. See Brian in The Life of Brian or Forrest Gump for one, and Superman or Dracula for the other.

Contrast can also help with your stories. If you want to do a story about a character who becomes the Queen of the Fairies, what kind of character would be more interesting? Someone who loves fairies and fits in well with them, or a snarky wiseacre who doesn't fit in at all?

Maybe contrast is an obvious thing to many of you. It's something I hadn't considered until recently, although I tried to populate my comic with a mix of diverse characters that would butt heads in as many ways as I could think of.

Anyway, that's my first effort! Hope you have a fine Thursday!
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Quackcast 225 - To Fan-service or not to fan-service
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-225-to-fan-service-or-not-to-fan-service

Today Banes and I talk about the subject of fan service in comics (and other pop-culture). This Quackcast was inspired by a newspost by HippieVan of that same title. We're helped in our discussion by the really interesting contributions of many smart people on DD… that we read out in High-larious voices! Is fan service a good thing? How do you think about it in stuff you read and see? Do you put it in your own work? Why? Why not? These were some of the things we talk about on the subject. Also, catch Gunwallace's great theme for Grueson!

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

Based on HippieVan's newspost:
Fan-service in comics - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jun/25/fan-service-in-comics/

Contributions from:
MOrgan - hhttp://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/MOrgan/
Bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
Hippievan - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/HippieVan/
JustNoPoint - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/JustNoPoint/
fallopiancrusader - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/fallopiancrusader/
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/
PaulEberhartd - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PaulEberhartd/
Neilsama - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Neilsama/
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean/
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Meemjar - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/meemjar/

The drunkduck awards - http://theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2015/5486338/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, Soundman - http://www.virtuallycomics.com/
Banes, hostman - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Kawaiidaigakusei, featuregirl - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Grueson - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Grueson/ by Yan Gevuld
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http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Jabaru/

Four years after the disappearance of his father, Leo, a young boy with celestial dreams an imagination filled with fantasy winds up moving back into the old house that his family had left for the city. The house looks magical from the outside and it also has a mysterious attic that contains several decorative pieces of artifacts. After digging in the attic for a bit, Leo discovers some objects that belonged to his father. There is a character, Jabaru, who acts as a narrator and sends postcards to the reader to give a back story on Leo.

The comic is fully coloured using an assortment of different mediums from hand-drawn line work and watercolour on paper to hand-drawn line work and digital ink.

Get lost in the adventurous land of Leo's attic and read Jabaru by Jabaru, rated E!

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Jabaru/
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2015 DRUNK DUCK AWARD CONTEST VOTING


The window for the DD Award trophy design submissions is now closed. There are three stellar designs competing for the top spot. So now the outcome for the winning design is up to YOU!

VOTING will be open from June 22 (Monday) to June 24 (Wednesday).

Votes will be be accepted through the following methods:

-On the Trophy Contest Thread
( http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176954/ )

-PQ to Niccea
( http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quack/compose/?user=Niccea )

-Facebook

Here are links to the designs:

Gullas
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/Niccea/Drunk%20Duck%20Awards%202015/gullastrophy.jpeg


Prototype
http://bustysolar.webcomic.ws/files/duck-award-2015.png


Call Me Tom
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/Niccea/Drunk%20Duck%20Awards%202015/DrunkDuckTrophy.gif


Remember: Each person is only allowed to vote One Time.

Do Not Forget to submit your For Your Consideration page. It will help people know to vote for your comic. Voting will begin on the 5th of July.
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QUACKCAST 223 - Collaborating with the Aliens
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-223-collaborating-with-the-aliens

On today's Quackcast I, the marvellous Ozoneocean am speaking to the equally marvellous Trevor Mueller of Albert the Alien! This fine chap is returning to the Quackcast (was on Quackcast 184), to chat with me about the process of collaborating from the point of view of a writer who's working with an artist. Trevor also he another Kickstarter for the second volume of Albert the Alien out now so please consider contributing to that. Trevor is a highly acclaimed writer of a fantastic and funny all ages comic and his artist on Albert the Alien, Gabriel Bautista, is an award winning successful comic creator in his own right. Trevor brings a LOT of experience to the topic of collaboration. Catch the great theme for The Ink by our very own Gunwallace!

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Featured comic:
Pig's Cautionary Night Tales: Seance - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pigs_cautionary_night_tales_seance/

DONATE
To Albert the Alien volume 2 Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/trevoramueller/albert-the-alien-vol-2-the-substitute-teacher-from

Linkage:
Albert The Alien site http://albertthealien.com/
Previous Quackcast with Trevor - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-184-the-trevor-mueller-hour/
The Fan - http://trevoramueller.storenvy.com/collections/106926-all-products/products/13252857-the-fan
The Life after - http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2014/07/08/the-life-after-comic-book-series/12354089/
Gabriel Bautista Russ Manning Nomination - http://www.nerdspan.com/gabriel-gabo-bautista-artist-on-oni-press-the-life-after-honored-with-russ-manning-award-nomination/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace, god of song - http://www.virtuallycomics.com/
Kawaiidaigakusei, enigmatic featurer - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/kawaiidaigakusei/

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
The Ink - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Ink/ by Stellar.
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Drunkduck has been a major webcomics community since 2002, we has many fabulous webcomics including the amazingly poplar  Modest Medusa and Charby The Vampirate Charby the Vampirate