Vine Cartoon Experiment

A while back Mashable challenged readers to create some original cartoons on Vine. I really wanted to join in, but was swamped at the time and didn’t know quite how I’d get my cartoons to work on Vine.

But recently I had an idea I thought I’d try out and I created a few to see if it would work. Let me know what you think!

(BTW, for those of you not familiar with Vine, click the little speaker icon in the upper left hand corner of the image to hear the audio.)





So what do you think? What did you like? What didn’t work? Any ideas for improvements?

BTW, here’s a few of the cartoon Vines Mashable readers came up with.

Connecting With Andertoons

I’ve been writing the Andertoons blog here for almost ten years now. In fact we’re closing in on 2500 posts in the near future!

But did you know Andertoons also has a fairly large presence on most other social media as well? Here’s where you can interact with me and my cartoons:

Andertoons on Facebook

Andertoons on Facebook

Until recently I’ve been a bit of a Facebook snob. I already had some success elsewhere on social media, I didn’t trust it (I’m still not sure I do), and (this is where the snobby part comes in) it was a little too popular. I’d created an Andertoons page, but for the most part it just sat there.

Then an Andertoons fan contacted me and offered to help. We got things turned around, got links from the site point the right place in the right way, and I made an effort to update regularly. And in just a few months Andertoons’ Facebook page has tripled its number of Likes and it shows no sign of slowing.

So, if you like Andertoons, check us out on Facebook. You’ll see sketches, sneak peeks at coming art, cartoony chat and more.

Andertoons on Twitter

Andertoons on Twitter

Twitter has long been Andertoons’ social media of choice. It’s quick, fun, snackable content, much like the cartoons themselves.

I tweet all day about all sorts of stuff: LEGO, comics, movies, and, no more than once a day, Andertoons. Occasionally I also ask for help with captions and whatnot, and my followers are always super helpful!

So, if you like Andertoons, follow us on Twitter.

Andertoons on Google+

Andertoons on Google+

I like Google+, it’s easy to use, and, let’s face it, Google is factoring it into its search rankings somehow. But I have to admit I don’t quite know how to use all of it yet (I’m looking at you, Hangouts).

Nevertheless I’m updating both the Andertoons Google+ page and my personal page regularly with art, photos, fun links, and general chattiness.

So, if you’re on Google+ and like Andertoons, add me to your circles.

Andertoons on Pinterest

Andertoons on Pinterest

Pinterest is all kinds of fun, especially if you’re more visually based like me.

I’ve got boards for cartoons, LEGO, Darwyn Cooke and Super Gals, and I’m usually pinning new stuff a few times a day. And, thankfully, people seem to like pinning stuff from me too.

So, if you’re into Pinterest, you can check out Andertoons there too!

Andertoons on Flickr

Andertoons on Flickr

Flickr is an old-timer in social media and still one of my favorites. I’m not a huge fan of the recent redesign (nor Yahoo’s new logo), but I can’t imagine the internet without it.

I’ve got thousands of photos of cartoon cards, LEGO projects, and even a few books.

So, if you’re in Flickr, check out Andertoons!

Andertoons on GoComics

Andertoons on GoComics

OK, GoComics isn’t necessarily what I’d call social media, but Andertoons has amassed a fair amount of daily subscribers there, and my cartoons get their share of comments each day. (Plus the GoComics folks are just really nice!)

If you’re not a member, sign up and check out all kinds of great comics and cartoons (like Andertoons). And if you are, well, adding Andertoons to your list takes just a second.

So there you go! If you’re so inclined you can like, tweet, +1, and pin Andertoons to your heart’s content. I hope to see you around!

I Get A Caption With A Little Help From My Friends

Last week I was working on some writing and was thinking about having a lawyer telling his cat client that they’d gotten a dog for the judge in the case. But I couldn’t quite figure out the right word, so I went to Twitter and asked:

But Fido didn’t sound quite right. Back to Twitter:

Isn’t that great?! I was totally stuck on a caption and a few Tweets later I’ve got it! To be fair you couldn’t do this all the time, but it’s something I’m definitely going to have to try more in the future.

Thanks again to everyone who helped (the above is just a bit of the total conversation) and here’s the final cartoon for you:

Cat Cartoon via Twitter

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Cartoon Subscription

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four months since we launched Cartoon Subscriptions here at Andertoons. The response has been amazing and people really love the all-you-can-laugh approach to using cartoons.

So I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some ideas to help you get the most out of your cartoon subscription:

Blog Cartoons

Blogging Cartoon

Blogging might seem downright stodgy these days, but it’s still a great opportunity for content marketing, and a great place to use cartoons from your cartoon subscription.

Instead of dropping in a boring stock photo, use a cartoon. Or try a weekly cartoon as a standalone post and save yourself some writing.

Facebook Cartoons

Facebook Cartoons

If your business has a page on Facebook and you’re looking to get some attention, cartoons are absolutely fantastic begging-to-be-shared bite-sized content.

In fact, a recent study showed that Facebook image posts generate 53% more Likes than text or links. The same study showed an 84% link click advantage when that link was posted with a image via Photo/Video versus links posted via Status. Wow!

Listen, I’m a little late to Facebook myself, and I can’t say it’s my favorite flavor of social media. But if you have a cartoon subscription, you should definitely be posting cartoons on Facebook.

Tweeting Cartoons

Twitter is perfect for cartoons, and the recent Twitter Cards make adding visuals to your tweets even better.

You can simply Tweet a cartoon like this:

Or, if you’re really clever, use a cartoon on your blog, Facebook, or Pinterest pinboard and drive some traffic back.

Here’s an example of a Tweet from Firefly Marketing pointing to a cartoon from Small Business Trends:

A nice on-topic cartoon for Firefly’s followers and some traffic for Small Business Trends. Awesome!

So, f you’re trying to figure out what to Tweet, don’t forget about all those cartoons in your subscription. After all, when you’ve only got 140 characters, the whole “a picture is worth a thousand words” thing really works in your favor!

Pinterest Cartoons

Pinterest Cartoons

With Pinterest being most visually based, it’s another great opportunity to use your cartoon subscription.

People love to Pin and share cartoons, so add a Pinterest button to your website and blog, post some cartoons, and watch the Pins (and links back to you) pile up.

Email Newsletter Cartoons

Email marketing is still incredibly effective when used correctly. In fact, it’s how I got my cartoon subscriptions off the ground.

Give people a reason to open and keep opening your emails from Constant Contact or MailChimp by including a cartoon from your cartoon subscription.

In fact, here’s a short video tutorial:

I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few opportunities (Tumblr, Flickr, StumbleUpon) but hopefully I’ve given you some ideas on ways you might not have considered to use those thousands of cartoons in your Andertoons cartoon subscription. And if you haven’t yet signed up, with plans starting at only $20/mo, what are you waiting for?