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Journal Entry: Mon Apr 27, 2015, 8:53 AM

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And here's the most common Writing Tips topic:

One of the most common questions I ask is "how do I avoid writing a torture porn?" I'm going to assume that you're writing a comedy focused on a lot of slapstick because in the grand scheme of things it's easy to avoid writing a torture porn—don't have anyone get hurt outside of the main conflict, and resolve that conflict by the end. But no, you want to have something like the classic Looney Tunes and want the audience to end up laughing, rather than wondering what exactly went through your head in order to think that that was funny. Keep in mind that whether the audience finds slapstick funny or not largely depends on the animators. The best thing that the writer can do is prevent it from becoming unfunny. This plot type is about as old as animation so it's good to learn from your fore-bearers.

The most important aspect to this story is your foil. To put it bluntly: the foil is the character that we're gonna beat the shit out of. If you create a poor foil then chances are you've created a very terrible piece of animation. It's really that simple. This type of plot strongly relies on something called "schadenfreude" which pretty much means the joy you get from seeing someone else in pain. Yes, in reality it's sick and wrong, but it's the basis for much of our media and has been since the gladiators of Rome. For some reason or another it seems to be a natural human reaction, and our media like video games or television shows are probably the healthiest outlet for these kinds of feelings. To make this type of plot work, you've got to tap into this feeling and create a character that illicits that response rather than sympathy.

Let me make this absolutely clear: we're not making a villain here. This character we're creating is technically the protagonist. Yes, you can make the foil a villain or antagonist like Tom (from Tom and Jerry) or Elmer Fudd. We're keeping things simple here and the simplest thing to do is to have one character play off of the environment. When you have one character play off another, like Tom and Jerry it becomes harder and harder to keep this working. At some point the audience is going to want the antagonist to conquer the law of averages and win. Not to mention that the more delight the protagonist takes in harming another person, the harder it is to humanize them as over time it gets less and less warranted.

So, you've got one character for a one-shot cartoon who is going to be dragged through the wringer. Let's give him or her a trait that will make the audience want them to be hurt, and believe it or not, all you need is one. Honestly, you don't have to look further than the seven deadly sins. In the classic short One Froggy Evening, the foil's flaw is greed. The more he wants to make money off of this random singing frog that he's found, the deeper he gets into this hole. Red Hot Riding Hood's foil has the flaw of lust. He objectifies a woman and catches her affection only to find out that she's hideous and he gets sent through the wringer. A character that's extremely prideful or arrogant is just begging to be humiliated. You can even get away with something like sloth: the foil didn't do this one important activity and now that need to run themselves ragged trying to fix it before they get into trouble.

The seven deadly sins are good standbys since even non-religious people don't find those behaviors attractive. And if you want to make something timeless you've got to make sure that beliefs and behaviors aren't likely to change against your character's flaw. For example, an adult character being interested in a juvenile hobby may have one point made them an acceptable foil since they were doing something that most people perceived as ridiculous. No matter what you pick, you need to keep it simple and brief. You have very little time to establish this flaw. The best way to do this is to have the flaw cause the problem—a thief trying to steal a diamond is what takes him through the gauntlet (greed is by far, the easiest flaw to come up with scenarios for), our foil wanting to eat the good-natured prey.

The second most important aspect to this type of plot is the pacing. Establish your character as soon as possible and give them a karmic ending that punishes them for their showcased flaw. Everything else is about beating the shit out of this foil, and here's the important part—you can't let ANYTHING sink in. Jokes must be fast. The reason why many Spongebob episodes fail is because their pacing is so damn slow. After the initial impact of the slapstick (which is literally the only thing we should see) they spend far too much time on the agony. The trick of this episode is showing your foil getting hurt, not being hurt. This is why the plot is a staple of animation—you don't have to pull any cinematic tricks to stop your actors from breaking bones.

But isn't it really difficult to come up with joke after joke so quickly? Did you expect this to be easy? It can be hard or it can be easy. It really depends on the setup and scenario you picked. Some scenarios will force you to be more creative—if you've chosen a desert you're going to have to go beyond cacti at some point—but it's not that hard. While your foil and pacing will determine how well this works, your jokes will determine your staying power. And I stress this again, this is a lot on the animators. However, you've got to give them the scenarios to work with. Be thankful that you live in modern society.

I'm not kidding: machines can be your best friend for slapstick gags. The man chasing that stolen jewel can end up going through a car wash... without a car. Or he can end up boxed on a conveyor belt. People don't exactly have grand pianos that they lift into the air anymore, but they hang these extraordinarily heavy television sets precariously on walls. Speaking of which it's always funny to hit a guy who thinks his job was "good enough" with proof that "no, no it wasn't." Keep in mind that there's more than just physical pain too. You probably don't have time to set up the foil's social or romantic life, but it's generally easy to embarrass the foil.

The tightrope you have to walk: never let the audience sympathize with your foil while keeping in mind that having the main character shit upon usually elicits sympathy. It sounds difficult, but honestly it's not. Your worst enemy here is cockiness—thinking that you've established a character's role as a foil in previous episodes so you don't need to do it here. One of the easiest ways to make this work is to have the foil constantly dig his own hole. Taking the example from One Froggy Evening again—all the main character needs to do is stop telling people about this frog and all of his problems will be solved. Keep in mind that if you are doing that, you need to keep escalating the consequences or else you will annoy the audience.

It's also generally not a good idea to abandon in-universe logic. Your set-up needs to remain your set-up and you can't change the rules in the middle of the game. You can't have a cosmic space demon tear through the fabric of reality to beat up your main foil if there's no precedent for it. Take the episode Professor Squidward from Spongebob. It does everything else here right, but it abandons in-universe logic. In that episode Squidward impersonates someone else for his own selfish reasons to teach at a very prestigious college. He's run through the ringer by Spongebob and Patrick who are attending this very prestigious college, despite being complete and utter morons.

I suppose that brings us to Squidward. Why does the universe seem to hate him in the later seasons? It wasn't exactly a random choice. It's not like the writers spun a wheel that landed on Squidward and decided that he'd be their punching bag for all eternity. No, he was a foil in the earlier seasons and he was GOOD at it. Squidward all too often displayed arrogance, or pride. He thought that he was better than he actually was. Take Squilliam's Return—Squidward flat out lied to keep himself looking good and that made it okay from an audience perspective for everything to go wrong. Compare that to Cephalopod Lodge where the plot was triggered because Squidward was merely happy because he got to a club that he never thrust in anyone's face. In Club Spongebob, all Squidward had to do was go along with the magic conch shell, but his pride and fear of looking ridiculous stopped him. In Boating Buddies he got no such luxury. A very handy tool here is always allowing the foil a "way out"--one that requires more humility than the foil is willing to muster.

I suppose I should touch on Patrick too because I realize that I've forgotten this essential piece of advice: the foil must be able to feel pain. Do you know why there are no Patrick torture porns? He's too stupid to feel that he's in pain. Remember, these episodes are about getting the foil hurt. If they can't get hurt at all... well then there's no comedy whatsoever. If the plot changes from getting hurt to being hurt then you no longer have comedy, you have tragedy. And when you treat tragedy as comedy you tend to piss people off.

I do realize that the term "torture porn" is kind of a misnomer. Things that are actually classified as "torture porn" like the Saw movies, if they're to work well, also need to have a good foil believe it or not. They also play off of schadenfreude and as such they need to hit the right triggers. If Jigsaw didn't capture immoral people to punish them then those movies may not have been very successful. I don't really have time to write a dissertation why different people like this kind of schadenfreude over another, it's probably just a personal taste thing. All I can say is have fun beating the shit out of your well chosen foil.

Speaking of which Meg Griffin is a terrible fucking foil. Being miserable or "ugly" is not grounds for being a good foil. It's what's on the inside that counts.

Watch The Throne: High Sparrow

Mon Apr 27, 2015, 1:20 PM
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Hey everyone, welcome to “Watch The Throne”, a weekly feature in which we talk about Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones from the season premiere to the finale. As usual, we offer a heartfelt thanks in advance for not sharing any spoilers from beyond the plot of this episode in the discussion section.

High Sparrow has a wedding in it early on, which passes unceremoniously and barely takes up any screen time. It’s a little strange, given that this is the royal wedding. It seems like countless episodes of the series up until now took happy little detours into scenes in which characters planned for royal weddings — like the wedding between Joffrey and Sansa that never happened, or the one between Joffrey and Margaery that barely happened.

It’s revealing that we’ve reached a point in the series where ceremonies that were once centerpieces for whole episodes now get passed over in a matter of seconds. It’s not just that the wedding isn’t important to the episode’s plot, it’s that the wedding just flat-out isn’t that important. At least, not to anyone outside of King’s Landing. Even though there aren’t quite as many would-be rulers in open rebellion in the world of the show right now, characters are beginning to behave as though the end of the Lannister hold on King’s Landing is a foregone conclusion.

Margaery plans to subvert Lannister power by having Cersei sent away from he capital. With the impressionable young king very firmly under her spell, the distance between Margaery and the throne is decreasing rapidly. Other rulers make other plans.

Littlefinger and Roose Bolton both agree that Lannister power is waning, and therefore Lannister goodwill has outstretched its usefulness to both of them. Tellingly, Littlefinger reminds Roose that the last time the lords of the north and of the Eyrie made an alliance, they overthrew the Targaryen dynasty. It’s interesting to see Lord Baelish flexing his palace intrigue skills on Roose Bolton, who is arguably the most discerning political actor outside The Red Keep. These two could be capable of probably terrible but also very entertaining things in future episodes.

“High Sparrow” brought us our second reluctant execution in as many weeks — both carried out (or at least overseen) by two of the show’s most promising young rulers. Game of Thrones is continuing to explore the unglamorous side of being a ruler, and it continues to demonstrate the importance of context. Both beheadings came as the result of a ruler making a principled stand; attempting to show the inflexibility of law and order by applying it to sympathetic subjects and former lords. Janos Slynt’s plea for mercy — “I’ve always been afraid” — makes for as heartrending a final scene as any character has had in the series.

Both of these executions lend themselves to comparison with Ned Stark’s beheading in season one by virtue of the context that surrounds all of them. We’re seeing characters who’ve been victimized severely at earlier points in this story starting to enjoy the kind of power that only the bad guys used to have in this world. Sure, neither Jon Snow or Dany relish in the killing the way that Joffrey clearly did, but how different is their unwillingness to show mercy from Joffrey’s in season one? Wasn’t he merely enforcing the letter of the law and demonstrating the equity with which it applies to all men, noble or low-born?

Above all “High Sparrow" demonstrates just how much has changed since season one. A wedding with no deaths, Sansa finding herself again betrothed to someone whose family was instrumental in tearing hers apart but this time doing so (somewhat) intentionally, Tyrion unable to perform in a brothel — this world is fast becoming unrecognizable. What hasn’t changed, however, are the motivations the characters use to determine their actions. Characters like Brienne, Jon Snow, and Arya stay the course, clinging tightly to their principles. Meanwhile desire for power keeps Littlefinger and Margaery Tyrell moving and shaking, and even old Jorah Mormont — with skeletons from one sin or another littering his closet since season one — is still seeking redemption.

Your Thoughts

  1. Renly has been dead for so long that he’s almost passed from memory, but Brienne’s story about his act of kindness in years past reminds us that at one time he actually had a pretty solid claim on the throne (in the form of a massive army). Do you think Renly would have made a good king?
  2. Tyrion and Jorah’s run-in at the brothel is yet another coincidental crossing of paths in the show. Are these starting to get unbelievable or is it really just a small world after all?
  3. Margaery made a pretty sick burn on Cersei this week (she essentially called her an alcoholic), do you think that she will live to regret that choice? Or has this lion really been de-clawed?


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Raffle: Pixel, Points, TH Codes [Open]

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 27, 2015, 2:50 PM


Hi. Idk how to start this journal lol uhh yea the title imma give that stuff away (*゚∀゚*)

Raffle ends: 

Sometime in May (need to see how much stuff my school throws at me)

There will be 7 winners

You can choose the prize you want but first place gets first pick, second place gets second pick and so on.

Pixel (single only): Pixelelele by Meeluf… (1 winner for this)

100 points (3 winners, each will get 100 pts)

79 points (1 winner for this)

1 code (2 winners, each will get a code)

How to enter:

You do NOT need to watch me, anyone can join

Fav the journal (this will be your entry number)

Make a journal / poll about this raffle

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Charity Commissions for Nepal - How to Donate

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 27, 2015, 9:29 AM

I wish u all best. All successful will come to you all:smooch:, you r wonderful when u give me ur sweet and very lovely supporting:blowkiss:
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 Have you heard about the earthquake in Nepal? I am so sorry for it and God blesses Nepal ;_____;
I am opening 5 bust up sketch commissions now for Nepal. It doesn't matter how much you are willing to donate, please just help as much as you can. Every penny is counted, 

You don't pay for me, please donate directly to one of those charity links below, after that screenshot and note me. First 5 peoples that I get note will get drawings from me. I wish I could do more but I don't have much time, I am truly sorry. Incase of that, I will featured 1 of your artwork (only for who can't get drawings) in my journal for 3 months. 

Once again, if you are late and can't get the drawings, I am truly sorry. But trust me, Nepal is really needed your help now. Again, every penny is counted and it doesn't matter how much.

Thanks a lot for all of your kindness :heart:.

Stay Strong Nepal :heart:

 Here is a list of some of the groups soliciting donations for relief efforts in Nepal:

American Jewish World Service:
The Salvation Army:
International Medical Corps:
Handicap International:
Mercy Corps:
Catholic Relief Services:
Habitat for Humanity International:
Global Giving:
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee:
World Vision:
Red Cross:
United Nations World Food Program:
Samaritan’s Purse:
Save the Children:
Lutheran World Relief:
The Jewish Federations of North America:
SOS: Children’s Villages International:
Doctors Without Borders:
MAP International:
International Relief Teams:

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If u have any contest and want to put here, just note me :) but please remember that you must have deadline for ur contest ^^

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Trading a few Characters

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 27, 2015, 5:33 PM

Feel free to offer anything, unless stated otherwise. Please do not offer "art slave" or other unspecific things. I'm more interested in other characters of closed species.

Oops another by Kawiku
I love his design, but I have many of this species already and might not use it as much as the others.
Feel free to offer anything.

Ghjghjjjj by Kawiku

Buttwing by Kawiku

Minimite by Kawiku

Nmnmnmm by Kawiku
Other character or art, no money or points.

MYO Finkx Entry by Kawiku

Not likely to part with. I really love his design but I cannot click with it. Will only trade for a character I really love/dream character. No money/point offers.


Alright, this is unusual for me to do, but I'm going to ask for your help. A friend of mine ( :iconsanizanami: )'s cousin was in an accident, and he lost the use of his legs. His dream is to walk again, and he found out that, with proper therapy, his dream could come true!

However, he needs help raising money to get this therapy.

Here is the link to his page:…

If you can donate anything, even just 1 euro, it would be amazing! :)