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Visually Representing Social Media in a Comic Book

How do you guys represent social media in your comics?

It is such a big part of our lives, it would make sense that it would be in our characters lives as well. but frankly, it is not as fun to look at.

A lot of it is text-heavy; and when there are pictures, it's the pictures that are interesting, not the format.

Any clues? Thoughts? Have you seen it done well somewhere?

I have a few pages of social media interaction in my comic and it is stalling me hard right now.

Three things need to happen:

1. My super hero character is following a number of villains on my fictional version of Instagram.

2. There is an online battle with the fans and villains to get old back issues of a rare comic book (that happens to be almost prophetic in that it spells out events before they happen in my story).

3. One villain tries to hack my hero's social media account and find out his secret identity.

Ideas appreciated!

Thank you!

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Comment by Tom Montgomery on July 29, 2017 at 10:47pm

Thank you, Brien! I'll check these out!

Comment by Brien Sparling on July 29, 2017 at 10:46pm

I have one idea: have your character reacting to the social media he is viewing. The actual messages would be the background, his reactions would provide the energy to keep the reader connected.

These examples from a web comic by Bridget Spicer provide an example of what I am talking about:

 cell phone conversation:   http://www.randieandryan.com/?comic=propositioning , checking out texts:   http://www.randieandryan.com/?comic=texting-with-the-ex  or actually showing the text on the screen:  http://www.randieandryan.com/?comic=texting-the-past   .

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