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Certain kinds of story lend themselves to certain archetypal characters. This has been true for as long as there’s been literature, but all too often, the constrains of an archetype actually become a cliche. Finding new ways to look at classic characters and stories is a continuous challenge for comic artists and writers. So how do you avoid the pitfalls without straying too far from your goals?

In the first part of the episode, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando interviews Erin Mehlos, creator of Next Town Over. They talk about fantasy fiction, westerns, and playing with tropes and archetypes.

In the second part, Christina Major of Sombulus leads a roundtable discussion between Adam Ma (Folklore), James Nelson (Monster Lands) and Starlia Prichard (Castoff) about their inspirations for their comics, what genre tropes they’ve chosen to include or not include in their stories, and about reader expectations and the benefits of breaking them.

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