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Thunder Punch Daily 82 – Character Design, Pt 2

November 18, 2010 by  
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Today I follow up on the last episode with some more ways I look for surprises in my characters, this time focusing on their personalities or inner lives, including the following: Complexity via contradiction Playing to expectations with a last-minute twist Defying traditional or assumed gender roles Subscribe through iTunes RSS http://media.blubrry.com/comicsaregreat/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.comicsaregreat.com/audio/tpd_082_n0ra.mp3Podcast (thunderpunchdaily): Play in […]

Thunder Punch Daily 81 – Character Design, Pt 1

November 16, 2010 by  
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Today I share some of the means I use to look for surprises in my characters when designing them. This first part concerns itself with the visual aspect of character design, including the following: Shape Gender Clothing/Costume Subscribe through iTunes RSS http://media.blubrry.com/comicsaregreat/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.comicsaregreat.com/audio/tpd_081_n1kk1.mp3Podcast (thunderpunchdaily): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 16:17 — 15.0MB) | Embed

Thunder Punch Daily 72 – Designing Villains

October 10, 2010 by  
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Today I share some more thoughts and observations on the freelance gig I’ve been working on, this time in regards to designing a villain team. I found some surprises in attempting to apply my creative strategy to my bad guys, and that led me to some realizations about making comics for young people. Get the […]

Thunder Punch Daily 71 – Client Notes

October 9, 2010 by  
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Today I share some more thoughts on a freelance job I’ve been working on. We always get client notes, but how do we deal with them properly? How do we tell the difference between insights that are useful and ones that aren’t? Should we take it personally? Subscribe through iTunes RSS http://media.blubrry.com/comicsaregreat/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.comicsaregreat.com/audio/tpd_071_ravag3.mp3Podcast (thunderpunchdaily): Play in […]

Comics Are Great! 03 – Mary Sue

September 24, 2010 by  
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This time we take a trip to the murky waters of definitions in writing and storytelling. To complicate matters we take on a term first coined in fanfiction: the Mary Sue character. Though opinions differ on which characters stand as good examples of a Mary Sue (or Gary Stu, read the Wikipedia article), most agree […]

Thunder Punch Daily 46 – Redemption Characters II

July 9, 2010 by  
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Following up on thoughts I began sharing in Thunder Punch Daily 43, I expand a bit on what I’m discovering about writing good redemption characters. I do wind up talking a bit about Dinobot, but this time I focus mainly on Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender as my basis of meditation. In a […]

Thunder Punch Daily 43 – Redemption Characters

June 26, 2010 by  
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Today I share some wonderings I’ve been having and document some of my creative process on a new project. I’m currently trying to do a thorough unboxing of the redemption character type, using the Beast Wars character Dinobot as a point of meditation. As we discussed on Art & Story 112, the redemption character crosses […]

Thunder Punch Daily 42 – Nerdy Fascinations

June 22, 2010 by  
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Today I submit an creative exercise that I think makes for better writing. And the best part? It’s probably something you already do. Take a TV show you really love, and talk to someone who loves it as much once a week. During your conversations you should be looking for character inconsistencies between episodes. As […]

Thunder Punch Daily 20 – It’s Only Pretending, After All

April 8, 2010 by  
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Today I answer a question asked in the forums by Rene van Belzen: How do I know what a character thinks or feels if it hasn’t been developed yet, nor feel any compassion for it? The big secret of writing is that it’s what we did on the playground as children. The problem with teaching […]

Thunder Punch Daily 16 – The Small Soulful One

April 4, 2010 by  
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Today I discuss what could be considered a character archetype: The Small Soulful One. Many of us think of characters like Yoda as a good representation of that type, but I explain why I think characters like Paddington Bear and Pippi Longstocking are even better at exploring what makes that kind of character special. Subscribe […]

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