A bit of an interesting experiment going on over at the Drawing Words Writing Pictures blog, as two young cartoonists are learning how to make their way in the world — without even drawing cartoons:
We’re Matt and Jessica’s interns, 21-year-old tenderfoots, and we’re embarking on a summer-long study of social media for cartoonists… not just how to use it, but how to use it effectively to launch or boost a career. Each week we’ll share our progress, our theories, and our discoveries in navigating the vast sea of this World Wide Web.
Allison is the auteur behind the searing nib-holder expose that ripped through the comics industry recently, so she would seem to have the upper hand, but so far it’s pretty even.
The exercise is a good one to follow for anyone seeking to get their name out there — and not just for the cute cartoons accompanying it, such as the above. Allison and Kim are pretty much unknowns, but they’ve made a checklist of things to do, like putting up a website and joining Twitter, which are the basics of crafting an online presence. We’ll be sure to check in on them and see how it’s progressing — the title of this Beat post alone has just upped the Google rankings.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.