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Thoughts on News Made Public on People’s Blogs/Twitter

The previous post reminded me of another thing I meant to talk about awhile ago.

The internet is an awesome place for comic book creators to interact with their fans. It’s neat that they can share stuff with fans – their insight into the books they are making, news about their upcoming work, etc.

However, if you are interacting with people publicly, you have to understand that if you say something newsworthy, it not only WILL be spread around, there really is nothing wrong with the fact that it is spread around.

If you post on your twitter account, “Hey guys, I’m the new writer on Teen Titans!” then that will make the rounds of the comic blogosphere, and it likely will end up at a place like CBR’s Robot 6 comic news blog or wherever (heck, maybe even on Comics Should Be Good!).

There’s nothing wrong with that.

If you were not supposed to tell anyone that you are the new writer on Teen Titans, then I’m sorry that you’re going to get yelled at for announcing it too early, but come on, how the heck can you blame a news site for running news?

If the end result is that less comic book professionals will be willing to share info with the public, then yeah, that’s too bad, but I don’t think you can (or rather, you should) blame the news sites for such a thing. If the information is publicly available, then the information is publicly available. There’s nothing wrong with posting publicly available information if it is newsworthy, like, say, Warren Ellis posting on his Twitter account that Planetary is finished.


Planetary’s finished!?

Ha! See? Newsworthy!

I should totally get a twitter account and announce that I’m the new writer of Teen Titans.

I’m sure the job’s vacant. Nobody seems able to keep it for very long.

Well we actually have comic creators who post here on CBR unlike your Distinguished Competition . I want them to continue to do so. I am reading a thread and maybe posting in it and Ed Brubaker shows up and sets us right on some thing or the other I feel great. If twitter copy and pastes pisses of creators we shouldnt.

Yeah, can’t say that I’m particularly convinced by the argument that decisions should be based on whether they could possibly inconvenience bad trotsky. ;)

In any event, most creators, like Ed Brubaker, know enough not to say anything in public that they would be pissed to see pop up in, say, Lying in the Gutters or in a Robot 6 post.

Reminds me of the recent Tony Daniel blow up after he posted sketches that gave away the identity of Batman and made the rounds on the net. He took his blog down for a bit but is back up and running after cooling his head a bit.


April 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm

He took his blog down for a bit but is back up and running after cooling his head a bit.

He took his blog down and blamed CBR for letting people know he’d posted a sketch he probably shouldn’t have.

It was blaming CBR that was the odd bit.

That this conversation is happening is kind of baffling. In tech journalism, using people’s Twitter accounts and blogs as sources for news has been going on for a few years now and it’s not questioned. It’s not questioned in political reporting, either. What makes the comic book writers and artists think they’re special? Entertainment reporting in other media was onto stalking blogs and Twitter long before even tech or politics!

He gave away Batman’s identity? Really? Was it Bruce Wayne? Because they’ve never been in the room together at the same time…

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