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How Comics Help Me Write Marketing Copy

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About half a year ago, I started a new job as a Content Strategist and Copywriter at a marketing firm – and I am LOVING it. Marketing writing trips my trigger for numerous reasons, but one of the biggest is that it utilizes what I’ve come to call my Comics Brain.

My Comics Brain is the part of me that thinks and writes in the language of comics – in the language of page layouts, speech bubbles, captions, and art direction. It’s the part of me that’s read so many essays, books, and tutorials about “How to Make Comics,” but hasn’t always had a way to apply those lessons.

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I think I’ve read this book … five times? Maybe six?

Well, now I do. Marketing copy doesn’t live by itself; it’s mashed up with web and email layouts, Facebook ads, videos, and a whole host of other media. As such, I’ve been thinking with my Comics Brain a lot lately, because it helps me better collaborate with the rest of my team.

Below, I’ll make the case for how thinking like a comics writer helps me write better marketing copy. And if you read to the end, I’ll set you up with a couple books and other resources you can use to begin building your own Comics Brain.

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Where to Start with Batman Comics

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Getting into superhero comics is tough. With over 80(!) years of material out there, new readers often have a hard time figuring out what they should read first!

That’s why I’m launching the “Where to Start” series. In these posts, I’ll lay out recommendations for where new readers should start with some of Marvel and DC’s most enduring characters.

First up, we’ll talk about the character that got me into comics, the Caped Crusader himself: Batman.

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Xena: Warrior Princess Returns at Dynamite

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Writer Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Magic: The Gathering – Chandra, Livewire) and up-and-coming artist Olympia Sweetman are banding together to tell new tales of everyone’s favorite warrior princess – in a new Xena series coming this April.

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Art by Olympia Sweetman and Rebecca Nalty
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New Dynamite Humble Bundle Benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

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Dynamite Entertainment JUST went live with their biggest Humble Bundle yet, including:

  • Up to 330+ issues of comics at the highest ($18) tier.
  • Exclusive previews of Dynamite’s upcoming Red Sonja (by Mark Russell and Mirko Colak) and Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep (by Scott Duvall and Vincenzo Federici) series.

Additionally, proceeds from the Humble Bundle go to benefit the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). You can check out the full Humble Bundle here!

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Bendis and Co. Continue to Impress on Action Comics

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Back in 2017, I asked DC Comics to give the then-recently-arrived Brian Michael Bendis a Daily Planet series. I did so because I knew Bendis would nail the grit, drama, and heart inherent in Metropolis news reporting.

Well, we didn’t get that Daily Planet series, but we have gotten Bendis’s take on reporting in Metropolis – through his current run on Action Comics. And reader, it’s as impressive as I hoped it’d be.

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You’re not even wearing the glasses? Come on, Clark.