Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Comic Strip Collection Volume 2 Has Been Released - Blog Entry # 31

Today I finally released the second volume of collected comic strips. It features comic strips numbers 51-100. Some of you may recall that volume one was released about six months ago or so.

I have only officially released about 50 comic strips up to this point, so if you purchase these e-books, you will be able to view some of them before they were officially released.

To make things even better, I have also made available a specially priced e-book that has both volume one and volume two and feature comic strips 1-100. If you purchase that, you can save a bit. That's for you people who don't like to spend a lot of money unless you absolutely have to.

So, if you are interested, you can click on any of the following links:

I have also included the latest strip released with this blog post. Enjoy.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Click on the strip to view it at full size


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Social Network Promotion for a Comic Strip - Blog Entry # 30

Doing an online comic strip is a lot of work. I know, some of you are probably saying something like "Oh yeah, how much work could it really be to just do a few comic strips a week?" And to that, I still say that it is a lot of work.

You see, most of the work associated with the comic strip is not on the strip itself but in promoting the strip through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, LinkedIn and so forth.

On Facebook alone, I post every strip on my profile page as well as three fan pages. I have a fan page for myself, Bob Craypoe, and one just for the Comic Strip. I will post the new strip on each of those pages.

I also have three Twitter accounts that I will send a tweet out from that will have the latest strip or a link to something else related to the strip, blog or website.

I have two Google Plus accounts that I will post Punkster related stuff on as well. I will also post in some of the group pages for the groups that I am a member of. I sometimes do the same with my Facebook groups pages too.

On my Pinterest page, I have a board of the strip for the ones that have already been officially released.

Then, of course, there is this blog thing I also do for the strip and website. It's the one you are reading right now. After I finish it, I will post it on my various pages on the social networking sites I have mentioned.

So, as you can see, it's a bit of work promoting the site. I often check my statistics in Google Analytics as well as the analytics for my blog. Often, I check the stats after posting it on one of the mentioned sites to see how many people the post may have brought in. It's good to get some idea as to how effective it all is and I can honestly say that it does make a big difference in the amount of traffic I will generate for my comic strip, blog or website.

So, to sum it all up: Social network promotion and marketing does work. Obviously, the more followers you have on a social networking site, the better the results are. So if you have not actively engaged in the process of social networking promotion for whatever it is that you want to promote, you may want to reconsider. It is a form of advertising and it can not only be effective but cheap. The only real investment is time and effort.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau.

Monday, August 3, 2015

How to Understand the Comic Strip - Blog Entry # 29

With the Online Comic Strip, I try to do a couple of things simultaneously. One thing is to try to deliver a punch line and the other is to have a long term plan as to the direction where I plan on taking the strip. Some strips are merely used just to present a punchline but others are used to introduce characters and new scenarios on which to base future comic strips.

Obviously there is a balance to be maintained but if someone is not a regular follower of the strip and they see one that is new, involving certain elements that they have not been properly introduced to, they may not understand  some of the humor used.

So, for those of you who might not get what I am doing here, I will give you some clues that should help you to better understand the comic strip. For starters, you can view the first ten strips by CLICKING HERE. At the bottom of that page is a link to view the next ten strips. At the bottom of each of those pages, there will be an option to view the next ten strips. So you can view all of the ones currently released in the order that they have been released. Just click on each image to view it at its full size.

You can also be introduced to all of the characters currently appearing in the strips by CLICKING HERE.

I intend to release e-books in PDF file format for each set of 50 comic strips. Currently there is only one available for the first 50 and you can check that out by CLICKING HERE.  

Feel free to download any one of our free desktop wallpapers. they are available in a number of different resolutions. Please also spread the word about the strip, if you like it. So, until next time, see you all later.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau