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Guide To Comic Books On Pinterest

Longbox Graveyard #67

Three weeks ago I offered my guide to finding comics bargains on one of the internet’s oldest and most-visited sites: eBay. This week my “Guides” series continues with a look at one of the newest site on the web with my Guide To Comic Books on Pinterest!

Pinterest is a free site that allows users to upload, arrange, view, and share images in virtual scrap books or “pinboards” organized in whatever categories users desire. Users can upload original images (as I did for my Appy Entertainment Pinterest account), or they can snag images from the web, facilitated by a “pinning” applet added to your browser’s toolbar.

The easiest way to understand the site is to describe how it works. Let’s say you’re reading one of my “Panel Galleries” here on Longbox Graveyard, such as the “Made It!” gallery from earlier this month. You see an image you like — maybe that big Gene Colan panel of an acrobatic Daredevil flinging his billy club in a desperate bid to avoid becoming a red stain on the sidewalk.

You like that image enough that you’d like to save it to one of your Pinterest pin boards, so you tap your “Pin It” toolbar applet, and a pop-up window will show you all the images on the current page that are eligible for pinning.

After clicking on the thumbnail for the image you want, select the board where you want pin your image, and give it a caption.

The image appears as a new pin.

And then you can look at that image in its category …

… as well as every other category you’ve created for displaying your images.

It’s easier than it sounds, and with Pinterest’s pinning applet it’s simple to quickly snag and categorize images that you find in your daily web travels for your Pinterest collection.

As you can see from that screen shot above, I have over a thousand images archived at my Pinterest site. Originally I intended Pinterest to be a second site for images I’ve excerpted for articles here at Longbox Graveyard, and readers of this blog will recognize many of the images on my pinboards. But I’ve also come to enjoy pinning select images as I encounter them during my rounds on the web, such as those Neal Adams X-Men covers you see above, or this Ms. Marvel close-up from artist Mike Deodato Jr.

I like that Pinterest lets me continue adding images to my collections even after I’ve published an associated blog. My Ms. Marvel review was published here at Longbox Graveyard in December of 2011, and the foundation of the images on my Ms. Marvel Pinterest board are from that column. But in the months that followed I’ve expanded by Ms. Marvel image library with a dozen more recent images, helping me keep my interest in the character alive, and also providing a gallery of Ms. Marvel images that can lead Pinterest browsers back to my blog’s review.

This might seem like hijacking content … but a nice feature of Pinterest is that clicking on an image while in Pinterest will take you back to the image’s original site. A caption field is also available to reference the original site, although I more commonly use this space to credit the original artist of that particular image. While you will find that while many of my Pinterest images link back to Longbox Graveyard, plenty of others connect to sites like Diversions of the Groovy Kind, The Marvel Age of Comics, Mars Will Send No More, the Tumblr page of artist Mike Deodato Jr., and The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe REDUX, all of which have proven fertile sources for images I like to collect and share.

Jack Kirby Hulk image from my Pinterest Hulk gallery, where I link back to where I found it at James Halperin’s page

Pinterest went live in 2010, and spiked in December 2011, when it was recognized as one of the fastest-growing sites on the web, entering the top ten ranks of social network services. Since that time, Pinterest has released mobile apps and moved from public beta to a freely-available open service, and while Pinterest may no longer be the new hotness in the superheated world of social networking, it remains a vibrant network for sharing and exploring images.

Actually, to be honest, it’s a vibrant network for sharing and exploring images of handbags and hairstyles more than anything else. The fashion demographic was the first to adopt Pinterest in meaningful numbers, and pictures of dresses and endless pages of shoes continue to form the bulk of Pinterest’s content.

But all is not lost! A few intrepid geeks wage four-color guerrilla war to bring comic books to Pinterest!

The first boards I recommend you visit at Pinterest are my own, of course, the aforementioned Longbox Graveyard collection. Here you will find pretty nearly all the images that have appeared on this blog, organized by character or theme. They’re all available for online browsing, and if you sign up for a free Pinterest account, then you can “repin” images you like best to your own boards. You can also follow my whole collection or individual boards to keep with with new images as they are added.

Melissa Smith’s Black Widow, which you’ll find at my Avengers board

There are more than a few other users worth following, too. The subtleties of search continue to elude me on Pinterest (it doesn’t help that pretty much everything I like is lumped into a single “Geek” category), and most of the interesting boards I’ve found by brute force or dumb luck. It’s possible there are major caches of images on the site that I have yet to locate, but after spending most of the year hunting this stuff down, I suspect I’ve triangulated the major pockets of good stuff. Filtering out the users who drop an image or two on their “Geek” board, the tiresome meme slaves, the Lords of Cheesecake, and the women (and a few men) obsessing over Tom Hiddleston (and there are more than you’d imagine) … here are several Pinterest users I follow, in no particular order, offering cool comic book stuff of likely interest to Longbox Graveyard readers:

  • Jose A Matos, for his comic boards, as well as collections of Frazetta, Star Wars, and Simon Bisley.
  • Jake Johnston, who has a nice comic book cover gallery and some action figures and cos-play photos, too.
  • Thomas Perkins, for his own original art, fantasy art, comics, and Kaiju.
  • Mark20067, who I think I recognize from Twitter, with a whack of classic comic book art.
  • Ben Cohen, for his spectacular visual lexicon.
  • And I Am Not Lying, for … all sorts of stuff.
  • Jeff Viaud, for classic comic book images.
  • Aki Spicer, for comics and retro-advertising images.
  • Troy Chavis, with thousands of comics, movies, and toy images to explore.
  • Cody Pierce, with lots of comics stuff, including boards dedicated to Neal Adams and Bill Sienkiewicz.
  • Dizzy Femme, devoted follower of this blog and an active pinner with eclectic tastes.
  • Scott Kinney, comics, robots, toys, monsters, Doc Savage (all stuff I love!)
  • Ezra Jones, specializing in Green Lantern.
  • Louche Belasco, for colorful and lurid pulps and movie posters.
  • Tyler Aames, for some great covers.
  • Clive Richards, with some classy comic art.
  • Andrew Christianson, Cosmic Heroes and more.
  • Rod Keck, for comics and his lizard-headed avatar.
  • Jim Reid, covers, Kirby, and Steranko.
  • Hannibal Swift, thousands of images and he’ll actually trade messages with you, too.
  • Stephen Walker, nicely curated collection from a comics blogger.
  • Jim Lind, more than just Batgirl (but Batgirl would be enough).
  • The Parks Department, with vintage comics and pages …

… and literally too many more worthy names to mention. If those aren’t enough for you, check out other names that I am following, or just enter some search terms and go down the Pinterest rabbit hole on your own. Good luck!

a John Buscema Conan, from my board honoring the Cimmerian

So where is this all going? Heck if I know. If all that Pinterest provided was a massive, free, visual archive for my comic book images, that would be good enough for me. There’s obviously a social network here, but I haven’t given it a lot of attention (and I welcome advice on how to better leverage the social side of Pinterest). I have taken some joy in just building and curating a comic book image collection via Pinterest — it has become a valuable adjunct to Longbox Graveyard, and along with my Twitter feed and my podcasts, I consider it a vital portion of my online presence.

My primary use for Pinterest, however, ended up being something entirely unexpected — thanks to the Pinterest mobile app on my iPhone, Pinterest has become the pivot man in the double-play combination for sharing comic book images via Instagram … but that is another subject entirely, and something I will examine in my Guide To Comic Books On Instagram, which I will publish here at Longbox Graveyard next month!

In the meantime, please visit me on Pinterest, offer your own insights on Pinterest in the comments section below, and let me know your Pinterest identities so I can follow your boards!

NEXT WEDNESDAY: #68 Master of Kung Fu: Snowbuster!

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Posted on September 26, 2012, in Other Media and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Ooh. Lots of great pinners LBG!

    Hope you have a great day! 💋

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  2. We’re glad Pinterest images link back to the source pages for the images. Every now and then we see a bit of traffic flow to Mars from your pins and others. This makes Pinterest a step above repurposed content. It actually helps people find out more about the images that catch their eye.

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    • Glad you are seeing a little traffic, Mars (and it should go without saying that if you object to any link that I’ve made, just say the word and I will take it down).

      Ownership of images is a curious thing in this digital age. There’s very little visual material on this blog or on my Pinterest page that belongs to me in any true sense of the word, but by selecting certain images via screenshots and juxtaposing them with text of my own creation, I do feel proprietary about them. I feel even more attached to the images I select, process, and frame for my Instagram feed.

      All of which would prove at best amusing to the copyright holders at Marvel and DC, to say nothing of the original creators, who have so often been swept aside entirely in this debate. I know your own site policy is to take something down if a rights holder objects, and that you display images just to celebrate your own love of the books … I feel the same way, and hope that by curating these comics boards on Pinterest I not only help promote my blog but also in some way help expose people to the great work of the comics pros we both so admire.

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      • We agree about one thing for sure: All (or most of) the images in our sites really belong to someone else. We understand that by putting comic book images on the web, we are making them easily available and cannot really control what people do with them. But we can’t complain, since they don’t “belong” to us in the first place. If someone wanted to take our scans of “Sound of Thunder” and post them with no mention of us, that would be just fine. We hope everyone on the planet gets a chance to enjoy the story! But, it just makes us a little happier when people link back to our full postings. It may not be any kind of requirement, but it’s a thoughtful touch.

        And to those who feel electronic sharing of images is killing the industry, we offer this defense: Roughly every quarter, our affiliate links sell about $1000 worth of comics. We work hard to make sure people know where they can buy the originals, or at least get all the information about a title they might need to track it down on eBay or their local stores. The sales figures suggest it’s working. Sites like LBG and MWSNM and DOTGK serve to make people and collector’s more aware of and enthusiastic about titles they might like to buy.

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        • Yes, I try to include an Amazon or MyComicShop.com link for everything I review at Longbox Graveyard (though my affiliate sales are not nearly so robust).

          The Big Two would be wise to set up an affiliate system for digital referrals. People who balk at a $99.99 Omnibus hardback may think nothing of dropping .99 on a digital story while sitting at their computer, and those dollars add up (and maybe add up to new readers over time, too).

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          • Dude, that is such a brilliant idea. The web is full of people reviewing the latest issues on their fan blogs. Setting up an affiliate program is not brain surgery. This would be a great way for publishers to connect with their fan base and the always-growing comic blog legions. So who is going to send them a nice letter telling them to get on the ball?!

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            • Unfortunately, like a lot of things in this digital age, it’s more complicated than it seems.

              On the iOS side, at least, Apple is very sensitive about any pipeline where publishers might collect revenue without going through iTunes, so a referral system that went around iTunes in any way would be courting banishment from the App Store.

              There is already a referral system in place that covers the App Store (it is called Linkshare in North America, and I think Europe has its own separate system). You have to jump through a couple hoops, but basically how it works is that anyone clicking on a Linkshare link resulting in a sale at the App Store kicks back a little percentage to whoever posted the link. The problem is that it can only point to an app, and not a specific purchase within that app, so you could Linkshare to Comixology’s DC Comics app (which is free), but not to the digital version of Detective Comics #27 which is on sale for .99 or whatever.

              It’s possible such a system could be created, working in concert with Apple, but that would require DC or Marvel get into the app business, which they seem loathe to do. I think they’re nuts that they’ve jobbed out their digital storefront to a third party, but obviously they see it differently (or are maybe maneuvering to buy Comixology as we speak).

              In any event I doubt Comixology would look with favor upon any letter from me, however nice. If they think of me at all it is likely in unchartiable terms, as they have been in the bullseye for my various digital comics rants here at Longbox Graveyard and on my podcasts.

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        • I always try to make a link back but sometimes I just pin scads of stuff I have in my own albums. Things I’d collected before I’d ever heard of Pinterest.

          As I’ve learned more about pinning and Pinterest. I find the inherent value of links. I’d rather pin with a link but sometimes…? Ya just gotta go for it? 😃

          Good studies, Mars! 💋

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          • That’s it, Dizzy. Report to the internet police immediately for mindwipe and relocation to the Venutian labor colony.
            :-p

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            • Awwwww, man. Relocation to the Venutian labour colony?! Again?! But, I just made parole, Mars! Ugh.

              The rapid succession of mindwipes is, in part, responsible for my dizziness in general and my lack of continuity in threads, in particular… Who knew?! 😜 lol

              Hope you have an awesome weekend! You, too, LBG! 💋

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