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June 04 2015

How to make a character's death sadder


  1.  Don’t have them die of old age after a long, fulfilling life. Many people don’t even think of this as sad (note that this can still work if you have enough of the other factors).
  2.  Leave one of their major goals unfinished. The more enthusiastic they are about completing the goal, the sadder.
  3.  Give them strong relationships with other characters.
  4.  Make them fight against whatever is causing their death. Their ultimate loss is sadder if they struggle.
  5.  Kill them in the middle of their character arc.
  6.  Don’t describe their funeral in detail. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that long descriptions of funerals kill the sadness.


    That’s enough Satan’s publisher…


    7. If possible, try to kill them off in the middle of the story, so we had time to like them and we will have time to let the loss settle in.

    8. Also, place surviving characters in a situation where having the deceased person there would help them get out. You can choose whether you will point this fact out or if you want the audience to make the connection themselves.




    9. Make them die by sacrificing themselves to save someone they love from a danger created by the antagonist.


    based on a few deaths that made me blub like a baby…

    10. have their loved one, broken hearted, tell the team to stop fighting because “its over.” 

    11. have their pet come looking for them. 

    12. have their loved one perform a popular song at their funeral so it makes the fans cry whenever it’s played.

    13. family witnessing the death and/or blaming themselves.

    ~ Mulan


    so… let’s add some frustration to your dear readers’ sadness, shall we?

    14. kill the character in the middle of making a joke, smiling, or expressing/experiencing joy/happiness.

    15. make the character’s death slow and painful, but make them unable to call out for help even though they can literally see the other characters nearby.

    16. after killing the character, have others think the character had betrayed them so they’d always hate them and remember them as traitors and never say nice things about them… Give your readers no chance to have group-therapy with other characters by making them the only ones who know the truth.

    17. right before their death, show a side of them nobody has seen. (someone who is always tough and brave being genuinely scared of dying alone; someone who is always laughing being in tears before dying, etc.)

    18. make them the only person who knows a big important secret that would help other characters in the story.

    19. have them being lied to before dying. (thinking they’ve been betrayed; thinking they weren’t loved; thinking they’ve lost their loved ones, etc)

    20. make the character very enthusiastic/passionate about a certain goal, constantly put stress on their goal, have them die unexpectedly before they can reach their goal. 

    and the best one…

    21. have another beloved character kill them–better be a close friend to your character, one that absolutely nobody suspects, one that everyone can’t help but love, one who is always enthusiastic about things and encourages your character. THEN

    • reveal the truth only later when it’s too late and the a-hole character has already escaped.
    • have a cowardly character know the truth and never tell anyone else
    • have another character find out the truth and have them die before revealing it to others. 
    • have the said character ^ not actually die, but go through something so they’d forget the friend of the deceased character is actually an asshole. 

    This way only your readers will know the truth, thus the frustration would be… most enjoyable for you. 

    Satan out.


    22. Don’t kill their body.  Kill their mind.

    Leave the physical shell walking and talking, but strip out everything that made that person who they were.  Make them forget all about their loved ones, themselves, their experiences and past, their skills, and have them have to start over completely from scratch.  Physical and mental disabilities bonus points.

    And keep them in a place where their loved ones will be taunted every day by a living ghost.

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    April 06 2015





    Cats of the Apocalypse

    for the record these are amazing

    Death is most peaceful. I find it sobering.

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    February 04 2015


















    If Only Once, If Only For A Little While, a new 18-page comic about the ways we deal with loss.

    for easier readability, the whole thing is also up here, on my website! 

    Their names are Charlie and Olive, kinda reminds me of Charlotte "Chuck" Charles & Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies & they're buddies too, even more coincidences are the fact that Charlie's a long-haired brunette & Olive is a short-haired blonde (if not probably some other light-colored hair) and Charlie's the dead one, just like Chuck.

    Put that aside. This is a great comic and the feeling is too real.
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    November 22 2014

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    I had a dream where, what if Hiro had died instead of Tadashi and proceeded to make myself miserable while drawing this.

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    November 21 2014

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    what Hiro Hamada, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III & Steven Universe have in common: they've lost a loved one (but technically Rose Quartz can come back sometime later cuz she's not really DEAD dead)

    what Baymax, Toothless & the Lion have in common: THEY'RE BIG AND CUDDLY.

    November 15 2014



    #82 The Quran 04:78 (Surah an-Nisa)

    "Death will find you even if ye hide in towers built up strong and high." 

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    October 26 2014

    The Haunting Story of the Suicidal Blog [INFOGRAPHIC]
    based on Eulogy for a Blog - Copyblog

    October 25 2014

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    A nice way of thinking about life & death. :3

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    October 13 2014


    October 11 2014






    Can I cuddle Death and give Death chin scritches and kisses?


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    October 07 2014


    September 09 2014





    the last tweet that had shade in it that joan rivers has made was about beyoncé

    and welp, it’s bey’s birthday



    happy bey day!


    yall scaring me

    first the Palestinians, now Beyonce. really, Joan Rivers?

    September 01 2014




    This just breaks my heart…

    You can see all of it here: http://www.plurk.com/p/ka4hfx
    The Artist: 【鵜T踢】



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    August 04 2014





    some authors could really use a “plot twist limit” or a “you’ve killed too many characters already” notification you know


    I feel like this targets George R. R. Martin specifically
    I remember being traumatized after the Red Wedding.

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    July 29 2014

    Visualizing Palestine’s first ‘data sketch’ graphic charts the routine violations of the last Egyptian-brokered ceasefire from 22 November 2012 til 7 July 2014. While both the Israeli military and Palestinian factions violated the terms of the ceasefire, a close examination shows that Israeli violations were more frequent and far more deadly. 

    This is the first of two VP graphics to be released on the situation in Gaza. Please visit http://bit.ly/vp-violations for the raw data behind this data graphic.

    Infographic: Who violates ceasefires more, Israelis or Palestinians? | Electronic Intifada 

    The United States and other governments have harshly blamed Hamas for the ongoing slaughter in Gaza because they refused a unilateral “ceasefire” declared by Israel on 14 July through its Egyptian proxy.

    But as dozens of prominent figures in Gaza civil society write, “Hamas represented the sentiment of the vast majority of residents when it rejected the unilateral ceasefire proposed by Egypt and Israel without consulting anyone in Gaza.”

    “We share the broadly held public sentiment that it is unacceptable to merely return to the status quo” of devastating Israeli siege on Gaza, the civil society leaders said. “To do so would mean a return to a living death.”

    To put the situation in context, Visualizing Palestine (visualizingpalestine.org) created this infographic that charts the routine violations of the last Egyptian-brokered ceasefire from 22 November 2012 until 7 July 2014.

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    July 03 2014


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    May 29 2014

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    so for my art project we had to fake a death/murder. for mine I did someone who had jumped off a building. when I was laying down while the picture was being taken, 7 people came running up to me asking if I was okay and if I needed an ambulance etc. I’ve been suicidal for a very long time, and the thoughts of jumping off buildings and ending my life have gone through my mind a thousand times. But the fact that people actually stopped and came running over to see if I was alright made me see that people do care, strangers care. so many people looked and walked past, but these 7 people some how took these suicidal feelings away… weird huh? But the moral of this story is that people do care about you, even people who don’t know who you are.

    Signal boosting this shit

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    May 26 2014






    A  blow job a week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease. So, don’t be stingy girls. Save a life ;)

    you mean if you don’t go down on someone, the men will die off quicker?


    evil lesbians unite~

    If straight men really wanted to reduce the risk of death they should start blowing each other.

    I hope the MRA’s get right on this important health issue.

    (Source: umbree-on)

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    May 19 2014

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    Nightmare Before Christmas: How they died

    To explain this, we just put this on a while ago and I couldn’t help but realize that everyone in Halloween Town is either dead, or something that never was alive (save probably the werewolf, witchs, and lake monster.) So I got to thinking, “How did they die?” And I realized there are small little hints in everything.

    Jack: Remember in the beginning how he stuck a torch in his mouth? Well the fire covered his body fairly fast, even for a body made of straw. When you burn a human body for too long all that’s left is the bone. Everything else is gone.

    Sally: I think that’s a bit self explaining. She can fall to pieces and come back together.

    Finklestein: It’s been mentioned that Sally has poisoned him on several occasions. Well, being dead poison wouldn’t really affect him much. Except that if it were to be what had killed him, that would explain why he’s affected. But he’s already dead, probably why he only get’s knocked out and get’s a severe headache.

    Mayor: I figure the Mayor is/was bi-polar. This is supported by his mood change. He has the two faces. And when he’s happy, even the slightest thing can tip the balance and his head twists around to show his sad/angry face. Now, I figure his neck was broken because of that fact. To change moods he can’t just frown like everyone else in Halloween Town. His neck practically breaks and twists a full 180.

    Lock: I suspect him of being frozen mainly due to his lips. When people are frozen alive their lips turn blue and their face turns pale or even paste white. He also chose his costume to be a devil. Something that revolves around heat, showing a strong desire to be warm.

    Shock: Her lips are pretty much just pale. Kind of purple. Which happens when you die of any cause aside from three things: Burning, freezing, and drowning. Which means that she died either a very natural death (unlikely for a child) or she took her own life. I took this a step further after I read trouble-making-trio’s headcanons. In which he points out that Shock shows a desire to go against any kind of intimidating figure. However, she doesn’t show that kind of desire in the film towards Oogie. (Perhaps in life they were close or something. I’m unsure about that.)

    Barrel: As I said in Shock’s reasoning, when you are drowned your lips change color. They become green in fact, and your hair has a slightly sea weed look to it. Just like Barrel’s. Your body also doesn’t decompose the same way in water. The skin tends to cling to it more, and Barrel chose his costume to be a skeleton. Perhaps an inner wish that he had been given a proper burial?

    Oogie: I suspect what I do for him not because of his death, but because his body is sewn together around the edges, his skin is instead burlap, and his innards are insects. Insects are natures cleaners. Perhaps he was skinned and then left in the ground? His innards may be the very swarms of insects that devoured his skinned corpse. So in death they had to come together to allow his body to be whole. Being without skin he needed something to hold it all together. Insects as large as his cannot get through tightly sewn burlap.

    Zero: I suspect electrocution because the first thing that would leave coming out of the body is smoke. The poor dogs mind would be just in tact enough to see some of it, and likely think something along the lines of “That’s me now.” And seeing as Zero’s body holds a strong resemblance to smoke, there’s that. I first suspected maybe he was Jack’s dog that died in the fire with him. I still think he was Jack’s dog in life as well as death, but I come to the conclusion of electrocution because of his nose. Look at it. It looks like a lightbulb. And it lights, which would mean he has to have electricity coursing through him.

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