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The Hated - Part One
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/18/the-hated-part-one/
The Hated, Part One - Villain Heroes

I've picked up all the “new” versions of the Archie universe and enjoyed them to different degrees for the most part. Sometimes there are a few laughs. Or some nice artwork. Or just the fun of seeing the characters I've liked for so long being somewhat reinvented. I can't say I've been really wild about any of them; maybe I'll write up reviews of them in a future newspost.

“Reggie and Me” has been my favorite so far. Part of it is the tight, not-too-wordy story and script by veteran writer Tom DeFalco, and the clean, perfect-for-this art of Sandy Jarrell. The Reggie/Midge/Moose triangle is more interesting than the Archie/Betty/Veronica one; probably because it hasn't been explored nearly as much over the years.

But I think another reason is my enjoyment of “villain heroes”.

The Villain Hero is not an “anti-hero” like Batman or Han Solo: those types still have Antagonists who are worse than them. Villain heroes are the comedic sociopaths we see in Seinfeld and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or the cynical jerks who need redemption or punishment. Tales From the Crypt and other horror stories featured these types quite often.

It's not even the satisfaction of seeing these characters suffer that interests me; actually I feel sorry for the Villains most of the time…unless they're REALLY bad eggs. Even then it saddens me to see the poor devils suffer too much. It was frustrating to see the humiliations suffered by Daffy Duck and even Cartman (sometimes. That kid is a monster sometimes, though).

I would rather see these cats redeem themselves in some way. Not in a corny way. It has to ring true. And it doesn't have to be COMPLETE redemption. I like a dude like Reggie to keep his edge. But it's a lot more interesting to see a character like that make some progress than to follow the usual bland hero on their journey.

I'm going to keep collecting this Reggie series. He seems destined to lose a lot of the time - but I'm rooting for the big jerk to find some kind of happiness and a little victory once in awhile, too.

Do you hate fictional jerks, creeps, and Villain Heroes? Or do you have a soft spot for them?

-Banes
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Quackcast 306 - Culture club
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/qu…/episode-306-culture-club
Patriotism, flags, nationalism, religion, politics, national symbols hijacked by racists! These are some of the unique aspects of our cultural identity and national differences we chat about on this quackcast. I was inspired by HippieVan's newspost on Friday (about Cultural identity and how it defines our writing), to dive further into the subject of cultural differences. We all share the illusion of a single, global culture, but there are regional differences for all of us that mean we don't see things the same way, and often some of the stuff we mean in our comics is influenced by where we come from in a way that people from elsewhere would never quite get in the same way.
We chatted about how the use and wearing of national flags is very different depending on what country you're in. For example, in the USA proudly displaying the national flag is seen as normal and mundane, while elsewhere displaying the national flag can be seen as a sign of extreme conservatism or militant nationalism. Wearing the US flag in most countries is seen as something of a fashion statement, a very commercial one; wearing the flag of the USSR is seen as a statement of ironic rebellion; wearing the Union Jack is punk; but wearing the flag of your own country in Australia, Greece, Canada, Cambodia etc (and many other places) is seen as a gauche statement of too-overt patriotism, even though wearing the flags of the USA, USSR or UK is perfectly acceptable. These and other interesting facets of culture are what we chatted about.
Gunwallace's musical theme was for Ayla Speaker For The Dead, it's a sad, sepulchral, grieving dirge-like requiem, with an uncomfortable sting of evil jazzy trumpet.

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Featured comic:
Salamander - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/…/featured-comic-salamander/

Links
Based on Hippy's newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/…/cultural-background-and-…/

Canadians in Spaaaaaaaace!
Dee Reluctant Space Tourist - Hippy's comic: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Dee_Reluctant_Space_Tourist/

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:
Ayla Speaker For The Dead - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ayla_Speaker_for_the_Dead/, by JohnH985, rated M.
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Top Five Tear Jerkers
Newspost: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/11/top-five-tear-jerkers/
I was hanging out with my family over the holidays, explaining that I wasn't sad or sick, but had been rubbing my eye because there was some dust or a hair or something stuck behind the eyeball. It was quite uncomfortable.

As I remembered how tears can flush out the eyes, I broke into a retelling of the end of the movie Homeward Bound, just kind of listing off the climactic scene of that movie.

As I told the story, my eyes started watering like crazy, and I managed to cry out whatever was stuck in there.

I can access my emotions fairly easily, but I think there are only a handful of scenes I can name that will reliably bring the tears whether I want them or not.

In fact, I think there are just enough to create a little Top Five list…

Banes' Top Five Tear Jerkers

5 - Field of Dreams

Yes, it's a cliche, but few endings top this one for the creation of the waterworks! In case people haven't seen it,
I'll avoid spoilers. But it's a fantastic film, a fine story whether you're a baseball fan or not, and has an ending moving enough to make this list!

4 - Future Imperfect

This is a comic book, a standalone adventure featuring the Incredible Hulk who travels to the future to battle an older version of himself, who's become a tyrannical warlord called the Maestro. One of my favorite comics ever, by Peter David and George Perez, and the last page reduces me to at least light blubbering every damn time. No spoilers!

3 - Y: The Last Man

Another comic book, a Semi-Post-Apocalyptic adventure featuring two of my favorite characters ever, Yorick (the last man) and his protector, only identified as Agent 355. That's her up top in the picture, and it's that cover that gets to me, every time I see it or think about it. I don't want to spoil this one either, but this cover reflects a change that 355 tries to make after living her entire life in a certain way.

Hoo-boy. I'm getting feelings now, just writing this. Gonna have to read that series again; it's so darn good.

2 - Deep Space Nine: The Visitor

I guess the Father/Son stuff really gets to me. This is an episode of Deep Space Nine that tops a lot of Star Trek “best of” lists. One of those pesky temporal anomalies vanishes Sisko into subspace, leaving his son Jake to grow up and eventually grow old without him. When Jake realizes his father is not truly dead, but just lost, he is unable to get over it and struggles with this deep wound for his entire life. A must-see in my opinion, even for a non-Star Trek or non-sci fi fan.

1 - Homeward Bound

I revealed it in the beginning of this post, but Homeward Bound (the ending) is the most reliable emotion-creator for me. I've seen it multiple times over the years, and when I'm with a group of people, I have to leave the room for that final scene unless I want to reveal the emotional wreck I become at the end of that film. Ah, dogs! A boy and his dog! So many tears!


What are your favorite tear-jerking moments?

-weepin' Banes


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Time for a Tablet Upgrade?
(written by kawaiidaigakusei)

Last week, ozoneocean resurrected a forum post from a little more than eleven years ago by necroposting the "Tablet Recommendation?" topic on the General Discussion forum board. The post is definitely dated, yet it still holds up to the idea of allowing for time to pass before purchasing a big ticket item because technology becomes more affordable as new upgrades are introduced into the market.

Tablets were the cutting edge of professional looking digital art when I began drawing comics in 2007. Several of my favorite webcomic creators used tablets and I would hear names like Graphire, Intuos, and the much revered Cintiq. Before tablets were easily accessible, I had to paint all of my comics digitally using a mouse and I still do not know how I was able to put up with all the clicking without going insane.

When I wanted to become serious about creating webcomics ten years ago, I reached out to my mom and asked for a $89 loan so I could purchase a flat bed scanner. I reimbursed her as soon as I had enough money in my account. Later that year, I felt that a tablet could only improve my comic pages so I asked for a second loan of $99 so I could buy a WACOM tablet. Both the scanner and tablet are on my desk and fully functional today. If they never broke and still work today, then why bother upgrading? I guess that I never attempted to go back and learn new techniques once I learned a comfortable method of creating digital art.

Ozoneocean mentioned in the forum post that "tablets have come a LONG way since then, so what are the recommendations now? How have things changed since 2005?" That statement inspired me to go to eBay and type in tablets and several wonderful models popped up and the prices were jaw dropping. There were some tablets (originally priced at $329) I would admire in the student store and they are now available for less than $50. I am almost tempted to add to my tablet collection even though I know the Bamboo Fun has always served it purpose and is still a very good tablet.

I am certain that several tablet improvements have happened since 2005. I remember using the computer lab at a design college and I remember the awe-inspiring tablets the graphic design students used for 3D modeling. The only thing is that my own personal collection of technology is still stuck in 2008.

If you would like to add your insights and advice on the best modern tablets, please head on over to the General Discussion forums and add to the Tablet discussion!

Forum Link: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/161543/


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Inside Jokes
Newspost: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/04/inside-jokes/
Webcomics don't need to follow rules.

They are often created by one person and don't need to answer to editors, publishers or money-type-people. They can be made by just you, and can be made for an audience of just a couple friends or relatives…or just for yourself!

They need not aim for mainstream appeal - in fact, one of the cool things about them is their ability to be so unique and unusual.

For my part, the original idea for my comic Typical Strange (which still occasionally updates, I swear!), with its video store setting, was to reference movies all the time, both classics and more obscure ones, and be fully understandable by only the people who knew the same movies I do.

As the series has turned out, those references have only showed up once in awhile. And I usually set them up so most readers will know what's being referenced.

I don't do inside jokes, though. Well, not for friends and relatives from outside life. Most of them don't even know I do a comic.

Way back in the day, I wrote a screenplay and several rewrites featured a handful of inside jokes between friends and I - all of which were cut out before shooting. They didn't play, weren't funny, and just wasted time.

I think inside jokes COULD work if done with skill, in the right kind of work. They could play as just idiosyncrasies of the characters, or amusing non sequitirs, Or humor that lets other readers IN to the inside joke.

The one group that I do like to share inside jokes with are my regular readers. Throwing in a reference to previous pages in my comic, or to characters or creators of other comics in the community is a lot of fun!

Do you sneak inside jokes into your comics for your friends or your dedicated readers?

Etz Chaim He, Dude, as the ex used to say…

Have a good one!

-Banes

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Quackcast 304 - eeeeeevil!
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-304-eeeeeevil

What defines evil in fiction?
I say the simplest one is bad guys are selfish, good guys are selfless.
That is massively over simplistic but it's a good easy template for basic hero's and villains. Basic ones
I was just doing a quick thought experiment to work out an easy way to define “good” and “evil” characters in fiction. The more selfless someone is the more “good” they are: the more they think of others, want to help people, put the needs of the masses first, the more willing they are to reach across to their enemies etc.
The more selfish a person is the more “evil” they are: if they don't consider the needs or feelings of others, help out their own small group and let others suffer, help themselves first.
Of course there are many other more advanced aspects, especially if you consider the relative nature of these things: the idea that everyone thinks they're the good guy from their own perspective, being cruel to be kind, being too authoritarian and heavy handed in the use of power, NOT using power when you should, helping in a way that only SEEMS destructive and selfish, trying to help but causing destruction and chaos in the process, which brings us to the dreaded “unintended consequences”.

BUT, the selfless/selfish equation is a nice simple starting point to build from.
In the Quackcast we discuss these aspects as well as more advanced notions about what makes a good evil character, what makes a bad one, humanising evil, and weakening you evil character by humanising them too much.

Gunwallace's musical theme was for The Cull: Dark, haunting, and compelling- Eastern European Jewish, country and rock, reminds me of Tracy Bonham’s later work.

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Featured comic:
RIGHTEOUS - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/dec/27/featured-comic-righteous/

Topics
Adventure time - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1305826/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Chronicle (hero back stories) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706593/

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

Featured music:
The Cull - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Cull/ by Singring, rated M.
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FEATURED COMIC --> Unfruity and Nonchalant

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Unfruity_and_Nonchalant/

Unfruity and Nonchalant is the product you would get if you mixed a Keith Haring painting in a bowl with absolute cuteness. The simple style tells a quick story in one, two, three, or four panels while only using a single color (now THAT is talent!). The text dialogue is down to a minimum so it is up to the reader to make sense of the story in their head, whether it is a muffin top growing legs and walking away or an ice cream cone doing the same. This is a comic that will allow you to take a break from a long week, and trust me, you will be glad you did.

The art is drawn digitally and it makes great use of monochromatic color choices.

Read Unfruity and Nonchalant by mparella rated E.


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The Wonders of Being a Woman-Child

Each time I return from shopping with a bag full of a pile of board games, vinyl action figures, or video games, I feel like I fit into a demographic of adults that still collect toys. I have a small amount of bills, so the money I earn gets to go toward my hobbies.

I used to lament over the fact that I was buying toys for myself and not for some kid. Then I realized that there is no shame about being a child at heart. I finally have the chance to buy the things I never had as a kid.

Whenever I see nostalgic toys from my childhood, I have to own it. I enjoy staying in touch with my inner child because I feel that is where creative ideas reside.
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FEATURED COMIC --> Salamander
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Salamander/
Witness the birth of Salamander, a super-heroine granted powers by a fire salamander.

Erin is a fairly average 22 year old working in a pet store until the store is hit by an arson attack,
when her life is in danger things take a dramatic change.

Salamander is shaping up to be a LGBT themed superhero tale with mysterious unfolding around the heroine. Sumptuous manga inspired art carries the action and delivers the drama excellently.

Check out Salamander by Saint Bree. Rated T
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Quackcast 305 - Chekhov's phaser
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-305-chekhovs-phaser

Chekhov's gun is the principal (as I understand it), that if you have some item, fact or piece of information introduced into your story that you draw specific attention to, then you'd better use it some how later on in your story. The simplest example is a gun: if it appears as a prop lying around in your story AND you draw attention to it, then by the end of the tale it should have gone off.
This is because you've set up the parameters for your story in the mind of your audience and they develop certain expectations, if you confound those then they'll be disappointed and think that your story was poor. Having a “gun” on stage isn't so important here, it's the fact that you drew attention to it somehow. It doesn't have to “go off” either, as long as it plays a role in the story somehow. You can trick the audience very easily with these sorts of devices, making them think one item or piece of information will be vitally important, only to make it important in a way they wouldn't expect or to use it to hide the fact that some other thing was important instead. So that's our topic of conversation today! All based off of Tantz's newspost on Saturday.
Gunwallace's musical theme was for Grow Up. It's repetitive, relaxing, punk reggae instrumental, with fuzz guitar. A lazy evening on a warm summer beach.

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Featured comic:
My Pet Succubus - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/02/featured-comic-my-pet-succubus/

Links
Based on Tantz's newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/06/chekhovs-gun/

People mentioned:
Bavo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102
Udyr - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Udyr
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks
KAM - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KAM
KimLuster - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/KimLuster

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:
Grow Up - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Grow_Up/, by akahnart, rated T.

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My webcomic goals this year!
Newspost: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jan/05/my-webcomic-goals-this-year/

Sorry about last week’s missed newspost, everyone! Last week’s post happened to fall on “friend Christmas.” I’m the world’s worst adult, and spent the day eating so much holiday junk food that I got sick and had to go to bed rather than finish writing. I hope you were all equally hedonistic and indolent this holiday season!

Now’s the bit where we’re supposed to buckle down, right? New Year’s Resolution time! These are my comic-related goals this year:

Finish book two of my comic.
I suppose I had better finish book one, first! I was doing pretty well for a while making a page every week, but I stopped working on my comic altogether for a few weeks because I was unwell, and haven’t started up again since I started feeling better. The trouble with creating is that it always feels so good to have made something, but it’s always so hard to find the motivation to actually do the work! A friend of mine recently reminded me that action leads to motivation, and not the other way around. Time to stop waiting for motivation to strike.

Finish scripting the comic.
Or at least finish an outline of sorts, if not a complete script. I really need to pull this project together a little bit. I recently thought that I had lost a huge portion of script somehow, and after some frantic searching through my files I realized that I had somehow been working in two different documents – identically named, but in different locations. There are also little ideas floating around in the notes on my phone, and probably handwritten in various journals as well. I feel as though I should sift through everything, get it all in one place, and finish it while I'm still excited about my ideas.

Translate some of my comic into Russian.
Those of you who know me a little bit may know that I study Russian/Soviet history, and that I’m currently applying to grad schools. Of course, a Russian historian has to be able to read Russian, so I’ve been studying pretty intensively for the last eight months or so. My goal is to be comfortable enough with the language to be able to translate something as colloquial as my comic in a few months.

So DDers, do you guys have goals or resolutions related to your comic this year?

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FEATURED COMIC: My pet Succubus
Read: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/My_Pet_Succubus/

Witch Natasha gathers her ingredients, makes all the right preparations, chants the dark magic words and… nothing. She tries again and then notices a perky young lady behind her. Young, happy-go-lucky, naive Giselle isn't quite the succubus Natasha had in mind when she decided to summon a demon! My pet Succubus is a cheeky, sexy comic strip. It's funny and naughty, while never quite crossing the line; the best sort of tease comic! It's drawn in a cute, sexy manga influenced style. The art is very professional, smooth, consistent, and the colours are gorgeous. This is an entertaining, slightly titillating piece of good fun.

Read My Pet Succubus/, by Carlos G, rated T.
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