One of the hardest things to do as an indie creator is reaching others, building a fanbase and having meaningful interactions. At times we can forget to talk like a human when we fixate on getting eyes on our work.
For months I have tried thinking of ideas to get people talking in a meaningful way. After participating in a hashtag called #WebComicChat I was immediatly impressed by this niche community built to get people talking about web created comics. They have this incredible unified spirit, but unfortunately it isn’t fully accessible for all types of comic creators.
I decided to organise a get together that would, perhaps selfishly, accommodate more types of creators that were aiming to get their comics published. I called it #ComicTalk, and I started alerting people on Twitter Saturday that the event would be happening Sunday. I won’t lie, I had significant worries that nobody was going to show up, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Shortly into the talk my Twitter feed began buzzing, to the point my phone fell off the table, overwhelmingly. Creators flocked to the event, spurred on by veterans like Tony Lee joining in, and began using the hashtag. People in the industry of all levels were getting involved, and giving advice to each other on things like pitching, marketing and how to build a community.
I couldn’t fully understand how well the event had gone until people started sending me screenshots of the #ComicTalk hashtag trending. I then began receiving tweets about how people wished they had joined in, and if it was going to be a regular event. I assured everyone that I would do it again.
This article is a call to action in many ways. I want to see creators, readers and the comic media show up this Sunday (10.00am PST). It’s a treasure trove of indie comic greatness, and there are no barriers. I was incredibly proud to see LGBT representation, for example. This event is for anyone who makes comics, and it’s a golden opportunity for readers to find the next big thing before they make it. You can be part of their journey.
All you have to do to join in is follow @JamieMeWrites on Twitter, reply to my questions and use the hashtag #ComicTalk. During the 15 minute intervals between each question you can converse with fellow creators, or as readers you can ask questions to those tweeting. My goal is to see people genuinely interact with each other, and give new comics the fighting chance they deserve.
Any support given to the #ComicTalk movement will help give momentum to indie comics scene. I hope to see as many people as possible joining in this Sunday. Let’s make this the best Twitter comic party ever!