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Montages will have to wait! This week it's time for a serious piece … about football! And that's American Football by the way! I felt like a certain important point wasn't being mentioned, so there we go! And next week is part 1 of High War's chapter 15!



Night School
by Amy and Nicholas Stroffolino

Home: www.theduckwebcomics.com/Night…
First: www.theduckwebcomics.com/Night…

Tell me if you've heard this one before. A story begins someplace we've all visited before, but this is the darker, edgier version. The characters remind us of people we've met or seen, but they are all monsters either metaphorically or literally. Their problems are just like our problems, but with some gruesome twist or evil secret. In other words the world is exactly as we know underneath, but made grittier on the surface purely for the sake of making the story seem more interesting. In some cases the plot isn't even unique or very good in itself, because it relies on the supposed coolness of its darker world for everything. Which is not to say that a dark world story is automatically worse, but that the story still needs to be good without leaning on the crutch of a dark world. The story needs to be good enough that it could be told without the dark world and still be interesting, which means that a good dark world story is using that world as part of its message. This webcomic didn't get far enough to start revealing the message (that kind of thing really should be in the first chapter) and maybe that's why it's hard to find much to say about the comic. We begin in a classroom of the titular school, but rather than running to get to school on time our protagonist (apparently) is already present and annoying his teacher with hyperactive chatting. So the teacher teleports him away and now things are back to normal for the school day genre, with the hyperactive kid running in to almost every other classmate along his way back to the school. The kids are a wild bunch, mainly an assortment of monster-race types with kid-level superpowers and larger than life personalities. They all arrive in some manner or another and the day begins, with the comic falling in to a routine of normal problems being tackled by monster kids. There's some TV show they all either love or don't care about, lunches get traded and monster appetites are revealed, pranks are pulled and finally the day ends with the ring of a bell. So far it's less a story and more a series of character introductions, but that may be intentional. The art is high skill and full color, with basically a cartoon / anime style.

Why you should read this: There is a certain nostalgic feel to this comic, which takes the reader back to all the daily trials of childhood and how big those moments seemed then, with pranks and bullying and lunch trading and maybe making friends. Almost all of the characters feel round with some problem they want or need to tackle, and all of them can be interesting if put in the right situation, so reading about them may inspire you when making your own monster kid characters.

Why you shouldn't read this: The comic is a little too full of characters too quickly, with almost every page of the first chapter revealing some new classmate or their uniquely weird personality, so that it becomes more a cacophony of character introductions. The webcomic went on a somewhat-explained hiatus (they stopped when someone stopped giving them the rights to make it) in the middle of the second chapter and hasn't come back, though you can buy the first volume and get more stories … which makes the webcomic a promotional ad for itself?

Other cool stuff: This is a Duck webcomic and there's not much else to do but read the comic and comment below, basically it feels like they left the comic here for the free hosting as a lasting archive of sorts. There's a wiki if you can find it, check the author comments. But the creator has quite a few other comics out there, most notably Cwens Quest if you like the world but want more grown up adventures … but that's been on hiatus as well.
  • Reading: Mechademia Vol 1
  • Watching: Fairy Tail, Galaxy Angel A

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Ian Chisholm
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I'm here to tell stories; I love Anime and so I'm aiming at a career writing animation scripts, but for now I'm a writer in search of an artist to collaborate with. If you read something here that inspires you and if you can make pretty pictures, I would be interested in enlisting your help. Graphic novels, comic books, webcomics, animated shorts and more; if you can do the visual I'll provide the story. I will gladly cooperate or collaborate on your projects, or even take on requests, all to sharpen my writing skills. If you'd like a critique or some proofreading you only have to ask.

So here's the plan: every Friday I will a) upload a written piece, either a part of an ongoing story I am writing or something more random like a character sketch but always at least a page in length, and b) share a webcomic review in my Journal section. I try to do prose critiques at least once a week and I collect my webcomic reviews into compilations of ten for archiving, and occasionally I look back at something old I have uploaded to DA in the hopes that I can glean something useful from it. If you want to contact me about anything go ahead and send me a note, I'm pretty quick about responding to people. My avatar for this year is Trubl, my Pathfinder pirates campaign Cat Hengeyokai Gunslinger. You may notice the Internet's CatBeard under that Paint-job, but the sometimes-calico-cat sometimes-blunderbuss-wielding-dwarf is all mine. I need to get this guy in to my High War story!

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:iconpaa-kun:
paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
btw thanks for the fav <33
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, you have some very nice art. It seems like you created a new account after leaving a previous one? Good luck with the new start!
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paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I did! How did you know xD
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paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Wow youre very generous >< !
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ha, I think you've got it the other way around. You were too generous for me
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paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Mm, and thank you for the cake ... and the llama back ... and thanks for Watching! Would you like to know about any of the things I do? Perhaps I could recommend something from my gallery to read?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding Pokemon trainer DamaiMikaz... to your collections. I'm happy that you like the piece :la:
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

You're very welcome, though mostly I faved because I thought the piece was a good representative of both your highest quality and most recent illustration work; I like your other pieces too by the way, especially the works in your Project Emion gallery


Oh and if you read Pokefics I have this old one I'm always looking for eyes on, especially from fellow writers. No pressure though, I know you're busy and I wouldn't dream of requesting you read it, I only mention it because of your Pokémon fanart

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AbalamAnderson Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would be honored if you gave me you're thoughts on this ?
abalamanderson.deviantart.com/…
And I've sent you a Llama, well because I'm just awesome, hehe :D.
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