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October 15, 2013

Event organisers hijack attendees Twitter accounts

Big Hammer Mashable reports on a complete abuse of New York Comic Con attendees' Twitter accounts:

Fans, celebrities and press attending New York Comic Con on Thursday sent out laudatory tweets expressing excitement to be at the annual convention — or at least it looked like they did, as the tweets were published entirely without their permission or knowledge.

What's worse is that they don't even seem particularly sorry they did it:

As you may have seen yesterday, there were some posts to Twitter and Facebook issued by New York Comic Con on behalf of attendees after RFID badges were registered. This was an opt-in function after signing in, but we were probably too enthusiastic in our messaging and eagerness to spread the good word about NYCC.

As the word spreads that social media can powerfully extend the reach of events like this, I'd lay good money on further abuses like this happening.

Photo by NY Big Apple and used under a Creative Commons licence

March 4, 2013

Tumblr as a publishing tool for content creators

A scene from Bad Machinery

John Allison, who has a long history of excellent web comics behind him, on the role of Tumblr for content creators:

I would never decry any service as worthless. There are people who have caught mass attention via Tumblr, and sold great piles of things as a result. There's a use for everything, and an exception to every rule. The exceptions are the reasons that others try. But Tumblr sets the bar of success incredibly low. The payout will almost always be zero. Not beer money, nothing.

Just because somewhere is the easy place to get attention doesn't mean it's the right place...

(One of John's sketches made an appearance on this blog a long time ago...)

August 6, 2012

The Mighty Marvel Pinterest

Basically just an excuse to have superheroes on my blog

Marvel Comics launches Pinterest and Tumblr accounts.

A visual content publisher promotes itself on visual aggregation and sharing sites. Utterly simply, perfect match.

I could do without the "begging for engagement" comments under every image, though:

"What do you think of this blog post about Marvel on Pinterest?"

June 18, 2005

ASBOs and Comics in the Morning

Scarygoround Asbo
This morning was brightened up by the arrival of Skellington, the latest print collection derived from the excellent web comic by John Allison, Scary-Go-Round.

The book is as delightful as one would expect from this talent guy. It's a collection of strips from the web site, but with a pile of extras and some improvements to the originals that make it more a Director's Cut DVD than anything else. However, I was just about to chuck the envelope away when I spotted a little sketch Mr Allison had done on the back, which I've reproduced above.

He has a knack of making you me feel very good about buying his stuff, and this is the sort of lovely little touch that creates that feel.

Nice work, sir.

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