Poe and the Whale comic for Webcomics Wednesday, Super-comic Saturday, and Mega-comic Monday Reviews



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16.       Aug 23, 2013

Poe and the Whale comic for Webcomics Wednesday, Super-comic Saturday, and Mega-comic Monday Reviews

Welcome to Web-Comic Wednesday, Super-Comic Saturday, and Mega-comic Monday Reviews!  Review blogs are incredibly popular, and comics are a near infinite source free illustrated fiction books to review.  Each comic we review is the winner of the “FH7 Web-comic Weekly Winner Award”, and can feel free to post “Award Winning” on their comic. My Technorati rating this week is 16823 (up from the first low rating of 18139)  at Frozen History Seven Publishing out of about 2 million entertainment review blogs. It is listed here: http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/entertainment/comics/page-12/  I am rated Authority: 107 in Entertainment Reviews up one popularity rank from last week.  It is getting to be a big deal in book promotional blogs. These reviews are then published under the title FH7 Quarterly Fiction Reviews at fh7publishing.com the next one will be out in a few more weeks.

Name of Comic: Poe and the Whale

Grade: So far so good **** four out of five stars.

Location of Comic: http://poeandthewhale.wordpress.com/

Username of Creator: Andrea Menzies / FH7 Publishing

How I Found It:  WordPress.com

Major Themes:  Fantasy, magic, humor based on magic.

Days of Update: Tuesday

Will it Continue:  Outlook Poor (Changed to new comic Black Camera and Ruby Stone)

Reviews: This is a bit of a dark comic.  It is aimed at a Simpsons like demographic where there is a Lisa and Bart component for Kids, and a Barney, Burns, and Moe part for grown ups.  Let’s face it the three eyed fish and flesh eating dogs at Mr. Burn’s nuclear power plant are pretty dark when you first see them.  From Ren and Stimpy to Nightmare Before Christmas the anti-hero postmodern cartoon has become a real staple of the Internet.  I decided to review it in it’s own review blog to point out a point: “I don’t dish out what I can’t take.” This element to my reviews is existing.  Yes I hold up my illustrations and dialogue to the same scrutiny as other comics I read.   Yet there is an admittedly darker side to why I am doing a review blog.  If you watch my Technorati ranking I brag about in the start of my reviews over time an interesting thing happens.  My first Technorati rating is 18139, and now 20 reviews later it is 16823 up about 2000 popularity points in a few months.  It is monitoring search engine optimization.

I read a bunch of books on blogging from real professional blogging companies, and it turns out that adding a review section (any review section) to your blog with links to what you are reviewing it does a thing called “search engine optimization” for both your blog and the pages you review.  This then makes you both more popular on Google searches.   This in turn makes your sales pages for products get more hits, and free advertisement.  The comics you review increase their popularity numbers as well. It is pretty much a good idea all the way around.  Like any entertainment the Paparazzi style promotions work well.

This marks a turn in my journals from “talk randomly about your life, friends, and schoolwork” to “post things that can be put into a book somewhere”  as a theory of blogging.  Say you would normally go on a rant about your car tire blowing out on the way to your college night school classes.  Instead of just going on a personal rant about the tire, find a cartoon about cars with Google.  Go on that same rant, but post review links to a car comic.  Then in the next entry, draw your own cartoon about the busted car tire.  Cut and past these blog entries into a word processing document, upload it to Amazon.  Boom!  Your blog rants are 20 or 30 entries later a review book and a cartoon book you can sell.  Amazon will upload it from word processing to Kindle and Createspace for free now.  It was a strange revelation to me that if I had typed pages and pages of daily activity to Twitter, Facebook, and Livejournal over the years that could have been “artist commentary” if cut and pasted into reviews and cartoons somewhere.  I will never again let my blogging go to waste like THAT again!  (If you would like me to review your web-comic, ask me at the email form at http://www.fh7publishing.com/)

Yet as I have said many times, this first comic was a bit ranty, even by “me” standards.  I explain it on my webpage here:  “Back by popular demand!  I had removed this book (Poe and the Whale) due to complaints that it was “too dark” for a new page. Yet my family and friends complained they could not find my latest book.   People say they want angst, dramatics, and dark art of a Kafka or Gilliam style.  Yet they really want skeleton bunnies and fluffy ponies painted jet black. (Voltaire had just sold out of jet black ponies that week.) I have been posting short stories, poems, and illustrations in books, blog-spot, and Livejournal for years.  Most of them have had plenty of happy jokes.  Yet the last book was a bit ranty even by “me” standards.  The next book will be filled with more traditional humor. I have even ordered comedy writing books.   I was worried people will get the idea that I can only write angry things, and this is not true.  Yet that book represents where I was at emotionally as I wrote it, and that is part of my life I have to be true to it.”  I was a bit sick and heavily medicated for the first book on the new page.  That spurned me on to write and do art.  That sort of thing took my mind off of pain.  Yet it also made the art a bit too dark and honest for many readers.  I talk in my reviews of other comics about “dialogue that is user friendly and reader friendly”  in many ways.  I did not take my own advice with that book, and I plan to make the next ones much less personal and much more comedy and story driven.  There is a learning curve to writing books, and the only way to do it is to do it.   There is no shortcut to learning by doing.

Poe and the Whale turned out well as a good way to learn how to write illustrated fiction books.  Technically it does not count as a “comic” due to the ratio of text being far higher in the books to the pictures I put in there.  Both Amazon and Kickstarter computer programs reminded me of that when I was uploading data and doing online classifications.  Putting illustrations and poems into your short stories massively increases the amount of keywords you can use for search engine optimization so that is why I went in that direction.  Also, poems and drawings are in fact fun to do.   In general I found it a fun format to type in, and it was very expressive.  It was what it needed to be. I give it a good review.

I say it is great, check it out!


More information at http://www.fh7publishing.com and http://www.fhseven.com/


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