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Quackast 392 - Outside hobbies
Listen:https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-392-outside-hobbies

In this Quackcast we chat about what interests we have outside of webcomics and we want to know what YOU do as well. What are your hobbies and interests? Our interests and hobbies really inform what we do as comic creators in all sorts of ways, it can be fascinating to learn about what drives a person and what led them to be where they are now. For Banes it was music, keyboards, drums, magic and ventriloquism. For Tantz it's writing and a fascination with surgery. For Pit it's archaeology, heavy metal, and art. For me it's making, art, costume and sewing. What about you?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Starship Captain II, Launch into the depths of hostile space! The enemy aliens are after us! There are anomalies to investigate, new galaxies to explore and alien women to procreate with. Fire your proton beams and set phasers to stun!

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Featured comic:
Kirsha Brackets - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2018/aug/14/featured-comic-kirsha-brackets/

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

Featured music:
Starship Captain II - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Starship_Captain_II/, by Dpat57, rated T.
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FEATURED COMIC --> One Sixth Stories
This story centres around a group of highly fashionable ladies. They like to meet, compete and compare their stylish looks with each other but all that is about to change! Vicious animals are on the loose! Tigers, carnivorous giraffes, horses with tattoos! Whatever is the world comic to? Grab your shotgun and go after these vicious brutes. This is a hilarious satirical comic with snappy, inspired writing and crazy situations. All art is done with photos of one sixth scale dolls and shown as single panels so it makes for a relatively quick reading comic despite the length.

Read One Sixth Stories, by one6thsense, rated M.
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/One_Sixth_Stories/
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White Hats

When Superman returned to the big screen ten years ago or so in “Superman Returns”, the movie was intended to be a direct sequel to the two original movies with Christopher Reeve. I was surprised at how mopey and depressing the movie felt.

Which is to say, the movie felt that way and Supes himself was kind of mopey and emo. I haven't seen it since the theater, but that was my strong impression. The thing was supposed to be a new and improved part-three that replaced the goofiness that took over the movies back in the day.

Thanks, but I'll take the Superman 3 with Richard Pryor and the Superman who turns into dark, selfish, lady-seducing, Tower-of-Pisa-straightening Supes in the end, before fixing it all when he returns to normal!

The newer Superman movies, which I've seen bits and pieces of, is even further away from the character's roots, with this flavor of a depressed Clark Kent who views saving the world as a burden and has themes of “not owing the world anything”, and is taught that protecting his secret identity, even at the cost of allowing someone close to him to die, is the most important thing.

It's a different take, but it never felt like Superman to me.

Another “white hat”, “goody-two-shoes” heroic character who suffered recently is Luke Skywalker. That's a different thing - I believe there was a purposeful agenda to make the character look bad. More great decisions from the Lucasfilm brain trust! But I digress.

In Superman's case, I thought it was an effort to make the White Hat Superman character ‘cooler’ or more modern, or to match some of the grit of the popular Batman movies. Or that filmmakers thought the classic Superman was too corny for modern audiences.

It may run deeper than that. Here are some fascinating Wisecrack Edition videos on the ‘new’ Superman and philosophy, and how changing Superman's original philosophical underpinnings messed things up:

Man of Steel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVNBl1y9ypk

Batman v Superman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=467ehoaGDaE


In any case, the darker, edgier stuff has its place. Personally I think we've gone too far in that direction - it happened in the comics, and then in the movies.

I think that in modern times that feel complex and morally uncertain, the White Hat is needed more than ever. It's worked out well for Captain America, who has a pretty clear morality in the movies, even if he seems dorky to some of his friends.

After all, if everybody's an edgy rebel, then no one is!


-Banes
the Quacky Planet
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Drawn to Brighter Colors

The other day while I was crocheting, I noticed that a lot of the yarn colors I had picked out over the years had a lot of grays, warm neutrals, and toned-down, muted shades of color. They were all lovely colors, but my eyes needed something more vibrant and stimulating.

I went to the store and began looking for the brightest colors. I wanted fiery reds and blazing oranges, turmeric yellows and royal purples. My mind was ablaze for the first time in years because my appetite for color needed to be satiated.

I first noticed how the colors I liked most reflected my moods in my late teens when I had a difficult time transitioning from pencils, ink, and charcoal to colored pencils and pastels. I used to jokingly think there was a correlation between the times in my life I was feeling subdued and introspective with the times I felt most awake and alive.

Then, a few years ago, the colors I chose were reflected in my wardrobe when I went from wearing grayscale to monochromatic yellow to finally wearing colors from all parts of the color spectrum.

I noticed a shift in the colors that were drawing me in last week, and that was when I knew change was in the air. Leaves change color from green to red to orange and to yellow in the Fall because they are trying to attract even more sunlight before the cold Winter. Perhaps my eyes are trying to soak in more color before the days are get shorter and the sun sets earlier.

I am drawn bright colors because I am awake and alive.
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A Few Announcements and Heads Up!


Today I got a list of stuff I want to talk to you about and remind you!

First off- USED BOOKS NEEDS OUR HELP

She has a pretty high vet bill to pay for saving the lives of her awesome rats. So please help her out whichever way you can! She has a gofundme page set up about it, please spread the word and support her campaign if you can!

She also is making animal charms to sell for the same purpose, check them out here!

Second off:

It's a week before the deadline for sending me your DD Awards Wallpapers characters!!

See more info about what you need to do IF YOU ARE A DD AWARD OR DD USER AWARD NOMINEE here!

Please help make these wallpapers as complete as possible!

Third off:

Please use the Twitter_Feature promo tool we've created for you! It's open to everyone who has a comic with more than 10 pages (just so there will be enough material to support the twitter thread illustrations) and wants to promote it via the DD Twitter account, that has a steadily growing follow count and hit rate!

All you need to do is just PQ me and ask to book your Sunday.

Whether you're in the front page's top ten or already featured at the front page or already have an audience, still go ahead and book a Twitter_Feature- more advertising never hurts!

And that's all for today, have a great weekend!
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What to Do When You Are Going to Miss an Update


It almost seems an inevitability for unpaid webcomic artists but there may come a time where you will miss an update. Various reasons aside, there remains the question of what should one do in the event that this occurs?

Upload a notice
Most readers are forgiving and would like to know what's going on. There may be some that follow your various social media accounts but chances are the fastest way to inform them is but releasing a page explaining why you are not updating.

If the wait between updates is going to be long you can also….

Post an FAQ
Have any of your readers asked you a question on an episode or is there information you think could be explained to further the understanding of your world and characters? Then you can do a small FAQ. The benefits of this being that your readers will be able to learn something about your comic in spite of a missing page or two.

Of course there is the option of saying nothing at all
However, this only really works if your comic doesn't have an established updating schedule. By saying nothing you could run the risk of alienating your readers, particularly those who tune in at a particular time each week to read your comic.

So what do you do when you think you'll miss an update? As a reader what do you prefer? And join us on Sunday evening for our Quackchat at 5:30PM(EST) where we’ll be talking about this topic!
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80 Years of Superman

2018 marks the 80th birthday of the big guy himself - the OG superhero.

Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938.

Actually, there were precursors to Superman. But he popularized and defined the ‘Superhero’ character-type and genre. He was the template for countless characters who came later, with his flying, strength, the secret identity and so forth.

There were a couple predecessors in comics, but his ancestry might stretch back to ancient Myth; the Greek Pantheon of Gods had incredible powers and sometimes walked among mortals.

Maybe that's the “super” part, at least.

The “hero” part may have its roots in characters like Zorro, Robin Hood, and the Scarlet Pimpernel (though those are more like Batman types). Wikipedia suggests Popeye as an early version of a superhero!

It's always been neat to me that the original template version of the superhero is still active in fiction to this day, and one of the major icons of the genre. Really, it's still Supes and Batman, created a year later, who are the Titans of superherodom.

He featured in comic books and newspaper strips, on the radio and in early television programs, cartoons, and of course, in 1979, began the era of big budget superhero movies in Superman The Movie, starring Christopher Reeve (who still defines the character on film. No offense to those other guys!)

Anyway, I just read the other day that it was ol' Clark Kent/Kal El's birthday, so it seemed worth a mention!

For an incredible Superman story (and an incredible superhero story in general), the graphic novel
'KINGDOM COME' by Mark Waid and Alex Ross gets the highest recommendation.

Happy Birthday, Man o' Steel! May the Kryptonite never cross your path! Except, you know, for dramatic purposes.

I think I'm going to honor the man again in another Newspost or two; there is more to say about him.

-Banes


Hey, how about a song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9vrfEoc8_g

That's something I still listen to sometimes when I want to feel inspired!
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Quackast 391 - personality mix group dynamics
Listen: https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/…/episode-391-personality-…
This Quackcast was based on an idea from Banes. We chat about designing a group of characters with complementary temperaments. In Banes' own words:
“I like the idea of the line between a logical, left brained person and a creative, right brained person, crossed with a spectrum of a more active, extroverted, action taking temperament and a more nurturing, introverted type.
So if you cross the lines, you get four quadrants, just like in that Tvtropes link.
One type will be passive or nurturing and logical
One will be action-taking and logical/practical
One will be more creative/flexible and extroverted/action oriented,
and One will be creative/flexible and more passive and introverted.
Put these four characters together and you've got a pretty well-rounded cast of temperaments!”
This way you get a good personality mix with your characters which helps you make interactions far more interesting, people won't simply all react the some way to something and through those interaction you develop character.
This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Somnia. Creeping threat, urban cool, dynamic action! This music gets things started. It’s on the move and there’s no stopping it. 80’s action drama with 2000’s sophistication!
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Featured comic:
Ink LaRue - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/…/featured-comic-ink-larue/
Links:
Bane's Newspost about character traits - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/…/casting-characters-in-c…/
Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Pitface - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/banes
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Featured music:
Somnia - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Somnia/, by DannyBoyUltra, rated M.
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FEATURED COMIC --> Kirsha Brackets

https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Kirsha_Brackets/

Move over Cathy and Luann and even that Jeremy kid from Zits. Here is a comic about a modern day teenager after she gets a new set of braces and gets through the day to day with way more than angst. This comic hits the mark on how the younger generation behaves and even has insights to conversations between girls and hanging out with boys at the mall. It is a pretty funny and lighthearted comic.

The art is all in color and the pages are formatted like traditional comic strips.

Finally figure out what young people these days are thinking and read Kirsha Brackets by DrawingGenius, rated T!

https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Kirsha_Brackets/
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Questioning Rumpelstiltskin's Motives


As children, we are more open and willing to believe the things that are presented to us as facts. We don't even question the validity of some statements, just take them as truths because that is the way it is.

One example of this was when I was sitting in a library during a reading of the Brothers Grimm story, Rumpelstiltskin. This is the story of a young woman who is forced to produce a room full of gold or else the King will have her head.

I am not going to say the whole story was believable (it is not) spinning straw into gold and having a small man visit a locked up dungeon is all part of a fairy tale.

The oddest part of the story (to me) was when the little unnamed man tells the fair maiden that he will spin the straw into gold as a trade off for her first child. When I heard that line as an adult, I looked up and said, "Wait, what? Why?" The librarian reading the book looked at me in agreement. It makes little sense why a little imp would want to take care of a human baby. I mean, there's the crying, the constant need for attention, having to be fed throughout the day, and changing diapers.

Later that day, I looked up "Why would Rumpelstiltskin want a baby?" on the Internet and was met with: He wanted to take something that was most precious to the girl; He was hungry; He might have wanted to raise the baby. It came down to this idea that the story was told as a warning for mothers not to leave their babies alone because they might be stolen or replaced with a changeling.

Fairy tales are rather quirky.
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