Storytelling Scrutiny Squared

Storytelling Scrutiny Squared: Trouble With Comics

This is the third installment of the Storytelling Scrutiny Squared feature, where I link to other folks who are interested in storytelling and provide information and insight, and demonstrate appreciation, attitude, or amusement.

This time I’m talking about Trouble With Comics, a website where a large group of comic enthusiasts post articles about a variety of subjects related to comics, or even adjacent topics like sci-fi or superhero movies.

Their Five Questions For Christopher Mills article inspired me to add the Seven Questions About feature on my own blog. (Note: I asked Christopher Seven Questions About Gravedigger, and those questions and his answers will be posted here on Sept. 30th.)

Trouble With Comics present interesting information in many different forms, like interviews, reports, reviews, reminiscences, and opinion pieces. Sometimes these are from one authors, or a few, but sometimes they all chime in on a specific topic.

To be frank, because they cover a lot of mainstream comics and superhero stuff, and only occasionally webcomics or thrillers/crime stories, much of the content is just not for me. But whenever they post something that falls in my Fatou Set of interests, I can be sure its interesting, intriguing, or valuable.

One problem with the folks is that they occupy a rather limited demographic range, but they are, indeed, fully aware of this issue, and try to remedy it, e.g. by posting a-call-for-more-voices.

So give them a try!

Also remember that you can provide your two cents via the comments!

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Storytelling Scrutiny Squared: Writing Excuses

This is the second installment of the new Storytelling Scrutiny Squared feature, where I link to other folks who are interested in storytelling and provide information and insight, and demonstrate appreciation, attitude, or amusement.

This time I’m talking about my favorite storytelling related podcast, Writing Excuses.

The folks behind it, a lady (May Robinette Kowal) and three dudes (Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler), do a weekly podcast. They claim its fifteen minutes long, but most run up to almost twenty. That’s still short enough to listen to it to a short commute. And lest you think fifteen minutes isn’t a lot of advice: They’ve been doing this for ten years now.

They cover all the groud that there is to writing and storytelling, and they speak with knowledge, experience and enthusiasm, and they are and extremely well colaborating team, fast, sweet and entertaining.

So, if you are trying to become a writer, or are otherwise interested in the processes of writing and storytelling, please consider to give Writing Excuses a listen!

Also, remember that you can provide your two cents via the comments!

Storytelling Scrutiny Squared: Honest Trailers

Today, I start another new feature, Storytelling Scrutiny Squared, where I link to other folks who are interested in storytelling and provide information and insight, and demonstrate appreciation, attitude, or amusement.

One of my favorite sources of information about movies I’ve not seen, and amusement for movies I have, are the Honest Trailers that the Screen Junkies put on the web semi-regularly.

Screen Junkies created Honest Trailers for tons of movies. The most recent ones are Kingsman: The Secret Service and Mad Max: Fury Road, or, as they call it Mad Max: Road Trip.

Screen Junkies also targeted a couple of TV show, like Game Of Thrones or my personal favorite Breaking Bad.

In almost all cases, while the Screen Junkies mock the movies or TV shows they cover at will, and expose flaws and oddities without mercy, you still can feel how much they love what they watch. Which is why the directors or screenwriters of the flicks they love typically take it in good grace, either reluctantly or wholeheartedly.

Occasionally, the Screen Junkies will be somewhat condescending towards movies that they seem to consider overhyped and overrated. (I will not give examples, mind you.) And if you think, well, these movies just had it coming, then a) you are absolutely right, but also b) you are not entirely clear on what condescension means.

Anyway. What are your favorite Honest Trailers? Tell us in the comments!