For years now, I have resisted the pull of the social media platform known as Twitter. Of course, when I say “pull,” what I really mean to say is “vague curiosity and general confusion about its purpose.” I didn’t see the point. And, to be honest, I still don’t. I don’t understand why it is so popular to express oneself in 140 characters or less. I don’t understand why, at any given time, anybody really cares what Kim Kardashian is thinking about—if anything. Ever.
Regardless, I signed up anyway.
I had to, you understand. You see, I have this little web series I would like to promote, and social media is a fantastic way to do that. I created a Facebook page for it, and I’m working on a WordPress site to gather all the issues once more start coming out. My last holdout was Twitter, and I realized that I couldn’t market it right without taking advantage of as many channels as possible. So I did what I thought I would never do, and I created a Twitter account.
To try and set it apart from the series itself, I decided to make it more than just a place for me to post updates. Instead, I called it @deadzonesdiary and chose to focus on the main character of the series, turning the Twitter feed into a stream of consciousness narrative where he speaks directly to the readers.
Yes, he breaks the fourth wall. It’s a somewhat cheesy trope in comics, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t fun to write.
I’ve enjoyed the Twitter feed so far. It’s given me a way to promote and, in some ways, continue the story of C.E.A.S.E. while the second issue comes together. I hope to finish a draft of that issue in the next few days, which means I might actually be able to have the second issue ready to read by the end of October. Maybe I should shoot for a Halloween launch? We’ll just have to see.