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FRIDAY NEWSPOST - Representation in comics (token characters)

I've written about Archie comics before - it seems every time I go searching for comic news they've got some new gimmick. (See my “jumping the shark” newspost, http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2014/apr/10/friday-newspost-when-comics-jump-the-shark/ , about Archie being killed off)

This time, they've added yet another character to the Archie comics line up in an effort to modernize Riverdale. Harper, who was in a car accident as a child, is the comic's first disabled ever character, according to news stories http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=53149  (although I remember this differently from old issues I had as a kid). She seemingly is only appearing in a single issue for now, but she is intended as a recurring character.

There's no question in my opinion as to whether representation of different kinds of people in fiction matters. Having spent my childhood poring over superhero comics in which the girl's job is usually to turn invisible and press a button or something, I remember being impressed and delighted by some of the badass female characters in The Spirit. Lady-people could be cool, too?!



My question is really whether this is just a gimmick, no different from Archie's marriages to both Betty and Veronica, or whether Archie comics is making a legitimate attempt to become more representative of the real world - and how useful that really is.

Harper about as three-dimensional as an Archie comic character gets, I think. Her defining trait is apparently her love for fashion. Does that mean she isn't a “token” character? I'm not sure.

What do you guys think - is it insulting when comics add token characters to their line up, or does it really make a difference? And what makes a token character anyways? Has the way certain groups of people were represented in comics affected you?



UPDATE on the images issue: according to Ozone he and JNP have managed to fix the problems we were having, so you can all go back to uploading and viewing your comics as normal. Sorry for the downtime with the images!



Have a comic milestone, a community project or some comic-related news that you'd like to see in a newspost? Send it to me via PQ or at hippievannews(at)gmail.com!
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Today is very exciting! Why you ask? Because the 2014 Drunk Duck Awards Voting Polls are now OPEN and waiting for YOU to cast your vote.

The Ballot will be open from 7/6/2013 until 7/27/2014.

RULES
~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.com any questions/comments/concerns.

Click the Above Image or follow this link to get to the Ballot on Google Docs:
Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vjIsp6KWl43eaIQXO79JmHxayf7DgOEq_2h0Bi77ktc/



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In other exciting news, Times Like This by PyThomas reached its 750th Comic Strip Milestone on July 3rd! Check it out before you vote, After you vote, or WHILE you vote!

Link: http://theduckwebcomics.com/Times_Like_This/

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FEATURED COMIC --> Legend of Briva
Read: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Legend_of_Briva/

Summary:
Sky pirates! Fierce sword fights! Storms! Vendettas! A beautiful heroine! A Dashing Hero! An evil captain! The Legend of Briva has all of that and more actually. This is the story of a young aristocrat, keen to avenge the terrible wrong that was done to her and her family. She's suffered away for 10 years in the dark, NOW is the time when people are going to get some payback. At least that's what she plans...
This is a fantasy adventure story with some great action scenes. The story moves quickly and the art is bold, bright, solid, digital, full colour, and very well done.

Please enjoy The Legend of Briva by SillyHippo, rated T.
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The Halloween Cameo Caper Has Returned. Vote for the X-Interactive Comic Story Outcome!

Hogan of the Halloween Cameo Caper has a message to share!

It’s time for the annual Halloween Cameo Caper, a little community project which has always had a nice DD-participation over the years, coming to a webcomic near you since 2006!

http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176162/

What IS the Halloween Cameo Caper?

The Halloween Cameo Caper is an open community project centered around the event of Halloween, a project where you, as an artist, can take part by submitting your characters and get to feature them with all the other participating characters in a chosen setting where they'll all, on the day of Halloween, have a great party together, a party that will spread all through the participating comics!

The voting for this year's setting closes soon, but there's still a chance to get a vote or two in, and then there's the signing up and the actual event!





Nepath has started a new comic called “X-Interactive” which is a little comic strip about super heroes.

So the “rules” of this comic are pretty simple.
Each week Nepath will put up a strip that continues the story of the X-Heroes battle to stop the evil Nightmare and will present you, the readers, with an opportunity to determine the path of the story. Hence the Interactive name.

It can be found at www.theduckwebcomics.com/xinteractive

Contact Nepath-
(http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Nepath/)


**Special thanks to shastab24 of Karabear Comics Unlimited for the above graphics.

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FEATURED COMIC --> The Cull
Read: http://theduckwebcomics.com/The_Cull/

A strong female huntress, Saphyr is no stranger to fighting insect/cephalopod-like beasts in the forest. She has just encountered a male outsider who does not speak her language. What on earth is he saying? Can she trust him? Her grandfather, and wise elder believes they can.

The Cull is a fantasy with no shortage of women with body art, partially shaved hairstyles, and piercings.

This comic looks like it is drawn using traditional methods like pencil, inking, and then enhanced digitally. It is entirely in grayscale. The skilled linework is reminiscent of the 18th century etchings of Goya and modern lithographs. The art is brilliant.

Discover The Cull by Singring, Rated M.

Link: http://theduckwebcomics.com/The_Cull/
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VOTE NOW for the 2014 Drunk Duck Awards Trophy!!
2014 DRUNK DUCK AWARDS
We had a grand total of two entries submitted for the design the awards trophy contest this year. Whose do you like better? El Cid or Prototype? Vote in the contest thread or by PQing Niccea (if you want your votes to be confidential). And…trophy design voting ends 6/25.
VOTE HERE ===> http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176163

Voting for the awards will begin on July 6th. For Your Consideration submissions will be allowed until July 12th. Extras will always be welcome at anytime, but anything related to the For Your Consideration plot of locating the missing Niccea will be cut off at this time.


QUACKCAST
Last Things First: Quackcast One Seventy-somethin'

For an upcoming Quackcast, Banes and ozoneocean are going to revisit the world of writing and talk about ENDINGS.
-Whether it's ending an entire series, or a story arc, or chapter, what are your thoughts on endings?
-How do you go about ending a story or chapter well? Is it hard for you? Do you write your endings first, or do you find your way there along with your characters?
-Is the ending the most important, make-or-break part of a story?
-What makes a good ending? What makes a terrible ending?

Please contribute your insight in the forum thread:
Link: http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176173/

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Congratulations to jgib99 because Karen's Edge reached 100 fantastic pages last Tuesday!! Awesome work as always and check it out today.
Link: http://theduckwebcomics.com/Karens_Edge/

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Quackcast 174 - Endings, part 1
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-174-endings-part-1

This is the end, Beautiful friend, This is the end, My only friend, the end... so drones Jim Morrison in the classic Doors song, but this isn't the end, rather it's a Quackcast ABOUT endings! Today we talk about the ends of stories: how do your write good ones? What makes a good ending? What makes a bad ending? What do you hate? What do you love? Well, many people had something to say on this topic of endings, and it's a very useful subject because ending a story is the hardest part of writing it! We could all use a bit of help in this regard, so listen in for tips and tricks in part one of Endings, a 3 parter! Our very first one!!!

Topics and Show Notes:

Featured comic:
Legend of Briva - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Legend_of_Briva/

Our Contributors:
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/
Usedbooks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/usedbooks/
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/All_Unicorns_to_Battle_Stations/ Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/

The Endings thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176173/?page=1

Special thanks to:
Co-host, brain sturgeon and rocket psychiatrist, Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Master of swing and other musical forms, Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/

The musical theme this time was for Everyone Laughs at the Crocodile Man - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Everyone_Laughs_at_the_Crocodile_Man_v2/

No links to the thing I bought, you'll have to search that out yourselves, it's far too terrible.
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First of all, happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and happy Independence Day to our American neighbours! I hope everyone enjoys their patriotic celebrations and some awesome fireworks!


CONTRIBUTE
http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176206/
The Drunk Duck Awards are really getting into gear now, and we need volunteer judges, presenters, and more!

From our lovely host Niccea:

“It is that time again. It is time for the community to rally together to put on the best comic awards on the internet…I’m only assuming because I’m not familiar with any other comic awards based 100% online…Even if there are, we are still the best. But, what makes us the best?



The answer is YOU.
At this time we need volunteers to start stepping forward to help get this inebriated mallard into the sky. You can take on as many volunteering duties as you want. No artistic skills necessary (but they sure do help).”

Check out the forum thread here for more details on how you can get involved!
http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176206/


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Yesterday was the 9th anniversary of the adult comic M.Organ Art! Congrats to MOrgan on such an amazing anniversary, and grown-up DDers be sure to check it out!
http://theduckwebcomics.com/M_Organ_Art/



Have a comic milestone, a community project or some comic-related news that you'd like to see in a newspost? Send it to me via PQ or at hippievannews(at)gmail.com!
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Quackcast 173 - The Marvelous Tomorrowcast!
Listen: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-173-the-marvelous-tomorrowcast/

Content:
In the AMAZING world of webcomics tomorrow Chromium printing presses will print out up to 6 pages an hour!!!! In all 3 colours! Black, White AND yellow!!! For your viewing pleasure comics from many different creators are all able to be viewed AT THE SAME TIME, fully updated every day on our state of the art pin-boards! Comic pages are affixed to a state of the art cork backed board with only the finest drawing pins and tacks!
Well, that's not actually what we were talking about… In this DD community webcomics podcast of the future we talk about all the possibilities that will happen down the road for webcomics: the mobile space, more money for creators, the professional and amateur worlds of comic making getting closer and closer together, net neutrality, and the possible pitfalls that may befall us. We had some great contributions from some wise guys.

Topics and Show Notes:

Featured comic:
The Cull - http://theduckwebcomics.com/The_Cull/

Our Contributors:
Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/All_Unicorns_to_Battle_Stations/
Ironscarf - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Ironscarf/ Bravo1102 - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/bravo1102/
ElCid - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Certified_Monster/
Kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

Tomorrowcast thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176166/

Special thanks to:
My Co-host from the day after yesterday, Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
The piratical vampire of audio-phonics, Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/

The musical theme this time was for CHARBY THE VAMPIRATRE - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Charby_the_Vampirate/
Lots of serious, in-depth discussion about the future of webcomics in this DD podcast.

Thought provoking contributions from David Tulloch, Stephen Willoughby, JP Sewell, Claire Matienzo, and El Cid
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FRIDAY NEWSPOST - Chevalier available on Kindle!

“Chevalier” creators Darryl Hughes (aka “TheDeeMan”) and Monique MacNaughton (aka “Coydog”) have released the Kindle version of their new book “Chevalier the Queen's Mouseketeer: For Queen and Country” out now on Amazon.
http://amzn.com/B00KUCPL8Y

Synopsis:

"Pledging himself before the High Queen of the Far, Far Away to the task of finding the princess Faere, kidnapped by evil betrayers to the kingdom Ever After in a sinister plot to return the realm of Hither and Yon to it's war-like days, mouseketeer Chevalier and his nephew and squire, Tom-Tom begin the long journey of their heroes quest to return the kidnapped princess before she is stolen away by the sea-And stop two noble kingdoms on a collision course to war."

Chevalier is a beautiful comic that won Best All Ages Comic in last year's Drunk Duck Awards, and it is currently on sale for just $2.39!
To get your hands on this awesome ebook, click here: http://amzn.com/B00KUCPL8Y

QUACKCAST

For an upcoming quackcast, Banes wants all you comic writers to tell us how you go about writing endings!

How do you go about ending a story or chapter well? Is it hard for you? Do you write your endings first, or do you find your way there along with your characters?

Is the ending the most important, make-or-break part of a story?
What makes a good ending? What makes a terrible ending?

Contribute in the forums here: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176173/

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Gunwallace's All Unicorns to Battlestations has reached 50 pages!
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/All_Unicorns_to_Battle_Stations/

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QUACKCAST 172 - The QuackQuiz!
LISTEN: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-172-the-quackquiz/
- Pic by me, Ozoneocean, Quizmaster.
Content:
Come on down, it's Quiz time! For this week's Quackcast we had a quiz based on DD comics, as a friendly, fun way to try and promote them… there's even a bit of Drunk Duck history mixed up in the questions. Just a smidge. We had three contestants taking part for the honour of telling everyone else to suck it; Archaeologist Amazon Adventurer Artist Pitface, Psychologist Freedom Fighter Lawyer Comicer Tantz Aerine, and Scientist Philosopher Comic Group Leader and all around boob-fancier Abt Nihil. They all competed to the very limit of their abilities, striving for dominance against each other, employing every dirty trick in the book and even some new ones…
So please listen to the first ever DD bottomless Quiz!
Oh, and there's even some titbits about the totally mythical married life of Ozoneocean and Pitface.

Topics and Show Notes:

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

Our Contestants:
Pit Face, Winner at 70! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Abt Nihil, 2nd place at 65! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Abt_Nihil/
Tantz Aerine, 3rd place at 25! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/

Our fictional family portrait: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/ozoneocean/ozpit3_zps37244996.jpg

Ozone and Pit domestic saga:
1. These are the pics of Ozone and Pit's domestic bliss…
2. Their spawn, young Bones and Pinky creatively harassing neighbour Banes.
3. Tantz's version of what would happen in ozone and PitFace combined their powers, fer reals!

Special thanks to:
My Co-host with the mostest, Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Musical interlude provided by our maestro Gunwallace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/

The musical theme this time was for The DD Awards 2014 - http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176152/

Comics mentioned:
Putrid Meat - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/PUTRID_MEAT/
Typical Strange - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Typical_Strange/
Charby The Vampirate - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Charby_the_Vampirate/
Modest Medusa - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Modest_Medusa/
Bombshell - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Bombshell/
Culture Shock - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Culture_Shock/
Elijah and Azuu - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Elijah_and_Azuu/
Without Moonlight - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Without_Moonlight/
Brave Resistance - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Brave_Resistance/
Monster Soup - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Monster_Soup/
Simply Sarah - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/simply_sarah/
Death P0rn - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Certified_Monster/
Restaurante Macoatl - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Restaurante_Macoatl/
Craving Control - Craving control Lalia KT
HARKOVAST - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Harkovast/
Dungeon Hordes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Dungeon_Hordes/
Everyone laughs at the Crocodile man - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Everyone_Laughs_at_the_Crocodile_Man_v2/
Grumpy bear and Mr Goose - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_adventures_of_grumpy_bear_and_Mr_Goose/
Athena Sculpture - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/ATHENA_SCULPTURE/
That’s the way they do it - deleted…
Gato from Taco El Gato is Supertaco - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Taco_El_Gato_is_SuperTaco/
Ghost Operators - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ghost_Operators/
Drake the Cool Vampire - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Drake_the_Cool_Vampire/
The Chronicles of Bucky O'Neil - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Chronicles_of_Bucky_O_Neill/
The Othersiders - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Othersiders/
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FRIDAY NEWSPOST - Classic Comics

Since ozoneocean and Banes are going to be talking about the future of webcomics in an upcoming quackcast(contribute in the forums), I thought I would go the other way and talk about a bit about classic comics.

I first got into comics when I was a kid because of the stacks of Tintin, Asterix and Lucky Luke that my grandparents had in their basement. Lucky Luke was a special favourite of mine - he was the "man who could shoot his own shadow." He was the ultimate good-guy cowboy, typically defeating his bumbling antagonists by shooting the gun out of their hands. And my favourite character was Pat Poker, a cheating gambler who was often run out of town on a rail and tar and feathered.

It was hard to find more issues where I live, though - especially in english - and we only had a few. Recently I was in Montreal and was delighted to find a whole Lucky Luke display! I ended up bringing home about half a dozen. Reading them now as an adult I think the humour has definitely held up, but the portrayals of certain racial and ethnic groups are outdated and often pretty offensive, unfortunately. The same can be said about Tintin, though, and I still feel as though young me learned a lot about social justice from those comics. The history student in me even kind of appreciates the outdated elements of these classics because it's such a great way to gain an understanding of past perceptions.

So what are your favourite classic comics? What do you think has made them stand the test of time? And what hasn't aged so well?

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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