As I get my Tomversation comic panel ready for publication I am back working on getting my social media sites up to par. I really feel that the future of comics, of so many things, is social media. I get so much of my news on social media (real news, not fake news) and I get a lot of my comics on social media too.
My two favorite sites are Facebook and Instagram. Now that Instagram allows you to swipe through photos, it’s the perfect place for comic strips as you can read them so much more easily now by just swiping through the panels. I like that on both sites fans can easily share your work with their friends, there’s nothing better than recommendations from friends.
Some cartoonists have hundreds of thousands of fans/followers and some even have 1 million or more! That’s my goal.
I have a few accounts on Instagram, I used to post comics on my Tomversation account and I had thousands of fans, which dropped when I stopped posting comics, I basically just put personal things there now, you know, sunsets, travel pictures, art shows and festivals, things like that. I have started a new account for my Tomversation comic panel called Tomversation.toons. That is where I will post my comic daily when I start publishing. Right now I am showing some of the progress and working on building up my fan base.
On my Facebook Tomversation page I have different things now. Mostly links to stories here and other places I’ve published like at Medium and the Huff Post, but I will start publishing comics there daily when ready.
I love the social media aspect because the comics just appear in people’s timelines and are unobtrusive. People don’t have to go looking for the comic online, it just appears along with whatever else they follow on their social media sites.