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.


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