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FEATURED COMIC --> Android Shenanigans

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Android_Shenanigans/

This comic is set during the early days of androids being introduced to society. The comic draws parallels from the Greek story of Prometheus as it is the same name of the head android engineer, and Zeus is a multi-billionaire big shot who is also a major shareholder of the Olympus Corporation. Prometheus works very diligently to fight for the freedom and rights of androids with Artificial Intelligence.

The art is drawn in black and white and it is a combination of an American comic and a manga. The first four chapters are now available to read with the fifth one coming soon!

Enjoy exploring a future where humans live among androids and read Android Shenanigans by ivodebock, rated E!

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Android_Shenanigans/
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Quackcast 379 - Troptastic
Listen http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-379-troptastic

ALL the tropes!!!!
Based on Emma Clare's newspost, tropes are damn useful but they can also be your undoing if you handle them badly. Tropes are shortcuts to meanings, scenes, procedures or jokes that take too long to set up in their own right. You can use them like prefabricated parts to build your story, Lego if you will. You really should know how to use them correctly though. If it's for jokes, then work on them and expand on them, if it's for more serious stuff then you should know WHERE those tropes come from so you use them correctly.
We chat about tropes, boob-slips, Doki Doki, Baka and Test, Kung Fury, Satan Ninja 198X, and Vaporwave among other things.

Gunwallace gave us a lovely theme to Yasu no Monogatari this week: Floating out on a blue river of dreams into an echoing crystal cave illuminated by thousands of refracted glittering lights, traveling on your way further underground, deeper and deeper to more exciting and mysterious sites.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Generation Bad - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/12/featured-comic-generation-bad/

Links:
Newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/07/the-sheet-of-glass-and-other-tropes/
Tropes - http://tvtropes.org/
Baka and Test nose bleed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5FFdDrJZjQ
Satan Ninja 198X - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Satan_Ninja_198X/
Vaporwave - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wcURnFRp9A

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

Featured music:
Yasu no Monogatari - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Yasu_no_Monogatari/, by Kanes, rated E.
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The KAMics Reaches 1,775 Pages!

Voting for the 2018 Drunk Duck Award Trophy design is now closed.


MILESTONE

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/

Hello

The KAMics will reach 1,775 pages this Friday.

Have a nice day,
KAM

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/
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Drawing the Invisible
Newspost by Tantz from here:
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/15/drawing-the-invisible/

It's hard enough drawing things we can see… what about those we can't see? How do you portray invisible things in a webcomic like magic, wind, earthquakes, scorching heat, invisible people, and so on?

One way is to draw the invisible thing's normally, only making it seem opaque (the background somewhat visible through the thing) without normal colouring or shading that exists in the rest of the panel, like Invisible Woman here:
(Image 1)

Alternatively we can show the impact of this invisible thing in the environment instead of drawing it at all, thus making it visible by virtue of the reaction of other things to it, including how they are positioned as they are ‘floating’ in the panel space. Like we can tell this invisible guy is looking up.
(Image 2)

There is also the option, especially when the invisible thing is energy, like in magic, to make the magic moer visible either by giving it a glow or portraying it like assorted rays or designs of light.
(Image 3&4)

But when it comes to things like earthquakes, perhaps a combination of everything has to be employed, to give an impression of the massiveness of what is basically an invisible phenomenon of great impact. And of course, sound fx words.
(Image 5)

What method have you got for drawing invisible things?
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Finding your style
Newspost by Emma Clare from here:
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/14/finding-your-style/
When you look at a developed artist you can recognise their work straight away. Maybe it is in the way that they do their lineart, or it could be the facial expressions that characters have, (think the Dreamworks Smirk), or maybe it is the tropes that they use in their writing that distinguish them as that creator.

Each of us has a unique viewpoint on life and thus, our own style. But how does one establish that in their work?

Well, I hate to say it, but it ultimately comes down to practice. It eventually comes out on its own but I have some tips that helped me realise that I do, in fact, have a style.

Look at your favourite artists/writers!
List out all the people whose work you like and what it is about them that drew you in? Did you like the detail they put in their characters? Was it how they did the backgrounds or was it their use of colour? Could it be the manner in which the characters interact with one another?

When you begin to understand what it is that you like about your favourite stories you begin to see that reflected in your work.

Imitate!
Take some time out to get a sketchbook and write/draw the features that you like about someone’s work. See if they do tutorials on how they do their artworks. You’d be surprised how many are out there showing their tips and tricks to the world. So focus your practice on figuring out how your favourites do their thing! That has the added bonus of fast tracking your practice too! Just be sure you don’t plagiarise! That hurts people's feels.

YouTube
This is a great way to find some shortcuts for your work. You’re gonna need them! There are so many awesome tutorials on improving lineart, backgrounds, dialogue, pacing; you name it, YouTube has it! Finding those small ways to improve your work gives you the sense that you’re moving forward and accomplishing something.

Learn by doing
This is the hardest part. Go forth and spread your creative seed! Get into the communities and begin posting your stuff and do your best to stick to a schedule. By getting into the habit of practising you will begin to see dividends on your work pretty quickly. Trying to reach a deadline can sometimes bring out unexpected results! Just be sure to not burn yourself out.

How did you find your style? Let us know in the comments below! And join us on Sunday evening for our Quackchat at 5:30PM(EST). We’ll be following up on this topic so be sure to tune in and give other creators your tips on how you found your style!

Till next time lovelies!
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Studies
Banes newspost from here: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/13/studies/

Recently I began two training programs: one for writing and one for drawing. Both have teachers that are very impressive.

The art program in particular is cool, because I've done almost no study of art or drawing other than some lessons in elementary and high school classes.

I did have some books throughout the years, notably the classic “how to draw comics the Marvel way” by Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. I knew the basics of perspective from general art classes in school. Mostly I've done pictures, sketches, and later comics just casually and for fun. I only did it more regularly when I started my comic here on The Duck.

It's been great fun to do, and I've just GOTTA get back to it soon. Yeesh, it's been too long since I've updated!

And recently I decided to try and get it looking better, art-wise, so I began this drawing course from Udemy.com.

In the first chunk of lessons, I've already noticed a huge improvement actually - the fundamentals of line, form and light/shading are something I've never been introduced to, and really tapping into OBSERVATION and getting details right is something I've never bothered with.

It's very exciting!

There's another course on Anatomy that I have in my queue, too, but I haven't done any of it yet.

It's a fantastic time we live in, with the Internet as this huge pool of knowledge and expertise we can tap into!

Have you ever done any formal training in art? Where did you train? Would you recommend it?
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FEATURED COMIC --> Generation Bad
Maureen is a happy go lucky student, just wanting nothing more than to go and see her favourite band with her best friend. But it looks like that's not going to happen… this is a world filled with super powered supervillains and only a tiny handful of heroes to stand against them. poor Maureen is about to experience the supervillain problem first hand! Generation Bad has lovely, lush, full colour digital art. The costume designs, their colours and the fight scenes are a particular treat! I can't wait to see more. This is a classic action-drama superhero comic, if that's your thing, jump right in, and even if it's not it's worth a look anyway.

Read Generation Bad, by TheRedDeath, rated T.
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Generation_Bad/
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Quackcast 378 - Your best work, Comicsgate, Mark Wade, Tantz comic spotlight, Twitter
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-378-your-best-work-comicsgate-mark-wade-tantz-comic-spotlight-twitter

We have community contributions for this Quackcast! Many DDers told us about their best work and we read that out and chat about in on the Quackcast. We talking about promoting comics through DD's Twitter account. The DD awards have begun, get in on them and get nominated! Tantz Aerine wants to promote comics so send stuff to her.The we had a really long and interesting chat about Comisgate and Mark Wade and then Pitface had a meltdown :D

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Completely unrelated. Slide into coooooool. This is crystal white acrylic decor, this is a level above, this is music for the sophisticated. Feel your stresses melt way as you float off with the smooth jazz. Pure pleasure.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
dreamcomicbookDOTcom - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/05/featured-comic-dreamcomicbookdotcom/

Links:
Comicsgate - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/08/on-being-militant/
DD Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/drunkduck
DD Awards FYC - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Drunk_Duck_Awards_2018/5570037/
Your best work thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177929/
Your best work Quackcast - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/02/quackcast-377-your-best-work/
Banes' best work thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/06/talk-about-your-best-work/

People's work
Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Awfully_Decent_Fellows/
Jerrie - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Tales_of_The_Heartless/
Avart - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Gloom/
Bravo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Tales_of_SIG/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Used_Books/5404818/
Emevsa - https://www.facebook.com/emevsacomics/photos/a.1141599479306215.1073741828.1139380502861446/1294219277377567/?type=3&theater
Lightfoot - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pulse_Comics/
Kim Luster- http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Godstrain/5505278/
RoberRVeith- http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Dragons_in_Civilized_Lands/5531641/
RoberRVeith- https://robertrveith.deviantart.com/art/Transit-FinalCover-407616704
Albino Ginger- http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Holy_Bible_the_Albino_Ginger_version/

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

Featured music:
Completely Unrelated - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Completely_Unrelated/, by Delicioustrifle, rated M.
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Drunk Duck Awards Trophy Design Contest

Niccea writes:

Thank you to our contestants! It is now time to vote for the trophy that will be immortalized in the awards, though there will be honors for the runners up as well. Votes are close on the 16th. You can either vote here or by PQ if you prefer anonymity. 

A.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.drunkduck.com/users/KimLuster/comics/Godstrain_Extras/web/7SRhnJnf9C.jpg

B.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.drunkduck.com/users/Emevsa/assets/SIA-F1-Trophy-2014-Front1-700x1049.png

C.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.drunkduck.com/users/stinger9/assets/dd2018.png
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On Being Militant
Tantz post from here: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/jun/08/on-being-militant/


Anyone that knows me even a little is aware that I have strong involvement in common affairs, activism and maintain strong political views. My comic also has a lot of social and political commentary woven into the story and I strive to make my case through my art, be it my webcomics or my narrative work.

So I have seen my share of militant behaviour on and offline. It often isn't pretty, as to be militant is often confused with being a fanatic and aggressive, with intent to impose and overwhelm rather than teach or stimulate discourse. It is not something that should manifest in art or education.

And lately, I've been witnessing an ever growing militancy and intense polarisation in mainstream print comics that I never thought would be possible, especially since it concerns superhero comics and the titles owned by the “big two”, Marvel and DC.

At least over twitter, professional comic creators and comic-industry people engage with extremely abrasive language in verbal abuse against comic audiences and other comic creators and also, of course, receive similar verbal attacks. The atmosphere is very entrenched and polarized, with creators mass-blocking audiences from their accounts and demanding that they don't buy their art and products based on construed beliefs, ideology and even twitter follows.

I'm talking of course about the whole ComicsGate hashtag and Move The Needle movement. It seems to have stemmed from a general disengagement and frustration of traditional comic audiences with the efforts of the creators of the big two to make existing, staple superheroes more diverse and varied, possibly to appeal to a wider audience. They also claim that the plots for these characters have devolved into very loose and uninteresting yarns that are only excuses for pushing specific ideologies almost in the form of mandatory PSAs.

The reaction from creators of such comics and attempts to recast the traditional superheroes has been understandably negative (it's hard to receive critique or even roasting of your creations) but also very much straying into baseless ad hominems and readers have been tagged extreme things such as nazis, racists, homophobes, etc. The audiences (and any creators not following the recasting approach to the comics) push back with just as extreme pejorative name-calling, such as SJW, cuck, soyboy, etc.

Honestly it felt to me that the mutual decrying and attacks between Hillary and Trump supporters just transplanted itself to the superhero comics market.

And I do deeply feel that both sides have already lost. Because this extreme and toxic militancy helps neither cause. It only serves to fanatise those already committed to a side, and alienates everyone else. In the process, valid points from both sides are completely lost.

I haven't read current superhero comic titles but I wouldn't be surprised if the actual art and quality of the plots DO suffer on both sides, exactly because creators become more entrenched and thus might tend to enhance the very elements that have been criticised or rejected, thus creating not for the sake of the characters and the story, but for the sake of an agenda- which has high chances of not allowing the characters and the plot to properly develop.

Being committed to a cause is a good thing. Being militant CAN be a good thing- if you know how to control the militancy and when it is the proper time to let it manifest. But never in a medium and a context of wanting to share, educate, entertain or give experiences to others.

So these are my (very wordy) thoughts. What are yours?
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