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If Courtney Ran Archie Comics Social Media

I often complain about Archie Comics and their pandering social media practices, which got me thinking… what would be different if I controlled Archie Comics social media accounts?

To be clear, I do love Archie Comics for what they produce. A lot of their comics are great escapes from the typical superhero stories that pop up twice a month. Their comics remind me of high school and stress that comes along with it. But as an Archie fan, there are definitely some changes that I would like to see the company make in order to enhance the reader experience, including:

1. Toning down the frequency of advertisments

I understand that Archie Comics, from a business perspective, wants to advertise up-and-coming comics. That’s how I found out that Josie and the Pussycats, Betty and Veronica, and Reggie were getting a new comic, so I have no real complains there.

However, this advertising can be excessive on social media.

For example…

Archie Comics shared on Facebook that they will be at New York Comic Con this yea, but instead of accompanying this post with a photo related to New York Comic Con, they instead chose to include a visual advertisement for Archie Meets the Ramones. It’s just not relevant.

The company also over advertises their upcoming comics on social media, an example being the heavy advertising that led up to Josie and the Pussycats first issue (which came out on September 28). Almost every post for the days up until that point was about Josie and the Pussycats, and while I understand the company’s desire to get fans excited for the comic, forcing advertising down fan’s throats is too excessive.

2. Doing memes….but having them make sense.

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This. ^

This the exact thing I hate when it comes to companies trying to appeal to teens/trending topics.

How does this make any sense to someone? I get the beginning is a “funny” reference to Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day and their song “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” but every unoriginal asshole on the Internet uses that joke.

The second part of the tweet is a reference to Mean Girls (one of my favorite movies ever)… another joke I’m totally over.

That last little “buy our comics” bit is so sad and so desperate. This makes me imagine some grown man, probably in his 40s, getting no help from his children on what’s hip, so he’s stumbling around trying to figure it out himself.

How can you do a relevant meme with Archie? Well, the running gag on their Tumblr is that Archie himself runs their social media. If they wanted to be relevant, then they easily could have done a #DescribeYourselfWithThreeFictionalCharacters post. They could have either done three incarnations of Archie himself OR gotten creative and thought of three other characters that might be similar to Archie.

Conan O’Brien chose Archie for one of his three fictional characters, so this would have been the perfect opportunity for the company’s social media page to jump on the trend.

You can be relevant without pandering.

3. Posting fan art.

This one is a little bit of a difficult one.

I feel that Archie could benefit from fan involvement by sharing fan art, but I know the company would never do that. Years ago, they tried suing Fanfiction.net because people were writing fan fictions about their characters, citing that the action would “dilute and tarnish their character.”

You read that right. The company that has had Ashlee Simpson referenced in their comics, did a crossover with Glee and the movie Sharknado, thinks that fans writing stories about characters romantically and/or sexually together would tarnish their character.

Sure, Jan.

I feel like if they did contests for fan art or stories through their social media pages, they could get more fans involved, and it would be a great way to showcase talent.

4. Doing Facebook Live Q and As with writers and artists.

Tumblr recently did a Q and A session with writer Mark Waid, which was very interesting. It made me wonder why these kind of live events don’t happen more often.

Hell, Archie Comics could even do it as a promotional live event with Riverdale with the actors answering questions on the set. This would be a great way for fans to be able to ask questions and feel connected with a comic book brand that has been in their lives for a long time.

These are just some of my ideas with what I would do to run Archie Comics social media. This was mostly in fun, but I think if they did do some of these things, their social media presence would be less cringe worthy.

What changes do you think Archie Comics should make in regards to social media? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Dog Day Sunday: Futuristic Pets

July’s Loot Pets theme was “Futuristic”. Two of the futuristic pets showcased were dogs “Astro”, from The Jetsons, and “Snowball” from Rick and Morty. It should come as no surprise that man’s best friend would be featured in any futuristic setting. So, I have compiled a slide show of some memorable futuristic dogs below. What have been some of your favorite futuristic pets? doesn’t have to be just dogs but can be any kind of pet. Let us know in the comments below!

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Also, you can take a look at the unboxing of this month’s Loot Pets with Percy and I. We are giving away this futuristic themed Loot Pets crate to one lucky person. All you have to do is submit your photos and stories of your fur babies to Webmaster at GeekGirlWorld dot com. We will chose a winner from those submissions. If you would like to subscribe to Loot Pets, you can using this link: http://goo.gl/4QBwW7

 

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Dog Day Sunday: The Rainbow Bridge

This week I had to say goodbye to someone who was a huge part of my life for the last decade and a half. She provided comfort and a shoulder to cry on when I fought with my siblings, and watched YouTube videos with me after a long day (she loved the ones of puppies barking). She enjoyed going on long drives and adventures, and was always gracious and poised— even when she was caught chewing up a pair of my Chucks. I had to say goodbye to Little Woman, the Schlaff family’s beloved Scottish Terrier.

Losing a pet is losing a family member. In 2013, we had to say goodbye to Little Man (Little Woman’s brother) and it was heartbreaking. I still miss him to this day. I remember someone paid their respects by giving us a framed copy of the story of the Rainbow Bridge, a tale about pets and their people being reunited in the afterlife and crossing “the rainbow bridge” (a pathway between an Earthly life and a Heavenly one) together— the ultimate walk to the park! Despite not being religious, I was very moved by the story and the gesture. Later, I showed my boyfriend the poem  and cried to him about how Thor-throwing-hammerunfair it was that dogs don’t live as long as humans. He attempted to cheer me up by telling me, “It’s ok. Little Man’s not hurting anymore. He’s in Asgard with Thor now.” At the time, Thor: The Dark World was about to debut in theaters, and trailers regularly showed clips of Idris Elba‘s Heimdall guarding the magnificently colored Bifrost Bridge. Through my tears, I smiled.

Little Woman will forever be missed. I couldn’t even get through this article without crying, remembering the adorable and wonderful things she did over the years, before she got sick. But there is a small comfort when I picture her with Little Man, playing fetch with Mjölnir on the Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in peace, Little Ones. We love you!

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 Want a chance to win last month’s Dogtopia themed LootPet‘s box and have your dog featured on Dog Day Sunday? Enter to win by sending your pet photos and story to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com!

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Dog Day Sunday: Get Your F’cking Dog Fixed

“Get Your F’cking Dog Fixed.”

This phrase is succinct, powerful, and can literally save lives— one such life belonging to Yoshi, a sweet dog who has literally been through it all.

In November 2014, a hero named Roxanne rescued him from a deplorable breeder and nursed him back to health. He was adopted out to a new family, and everyone expected him to live happily ever after! Unfortunately, in April 2016, his adopters reported he was not doing well and was in desperate need of vet care. While they originally considered euthanizing the poor pup, they eventually agreed to surrender him to the rescue group PAWSibilities are Endless.

Luckily, his story does not end there.

Roxanne shared Yoshi’s journey with Devanny Novak of Friends of Mayhem, a community-based program working to improve the lives of animals. It was through Friends of Mayhem that I learned of a witty t-shirt campaign. By making a $25 donation, I’d receive a shirt stamped with the phrase “Get Your F’cking Dog Fixed” (the “u” replaced with an adorable paw print).  100% of the proceeds would go directly to PAWSibilities are Endless to help cover the costs of Yoshi’s care.

Moved by his story, I immediately purchased the shirt! Every time I wear it, I think, “This could help Yoshi! This could help dogs just like him!”

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Please consider helping Yoshi and dogs just like him by making a donation, purchasing the t-shirt, or by simply sharing his story.

Want your dog featured on Dog Day Sunday? Send your pet photos and stories to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com!

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Caturday: Lazy Cats

This Caturday, we have Laura’s cat, Serena. You can follow Serena’s escapades on instagram here. Serena is one of those cats who is very demanding, but also loves to laze around. Take a look at some of the places where Serena decides to relax. Hoomans should be on their guard, because when Serena wants food, she wants it when she wants it, at the times she wants it, and anything less is unacceptable!

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If you would like your cat featured in the next Caturday, please submit your pictures and stories to webmaster at geekgirlworld dot com!

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Unboxings: March 2016 Horror Block Unboxing – Win This Block!

So I have way too many blocks in my house and not enough space. Which is good news for those who subscribe to our GeekGirl World youtube channel, because if you subscribe and comment on this video, you can win this Horror Block. It’s just that simple. I will send you this block for free! Check out the video below to see what is inside! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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Plants In Space! – GeekGirl Daily

NASA celebrated a brilliant accomplishment this week that has made us one step closer to actually living in space on organic food! This makes Julie happy, because now the rest of you all can hurry up and leave the planet! HAHA, just kidding! But, no, not really.

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

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Star Wars Pics, Tom Hiddleston, and The Hateful Eight – GeekGirl Daily

Entertainment Weekly dropped a bunch of Star Wars Episode 7 pics on us. Tom Hiddleston popped up with his pretty face as Hank Williams, and The Hateful Eight trailer has FINALLY arrived! Today was a very good day.

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Celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Birthday with Her Best Tweets

Can you believe that J.K. Rowling is 50-years-old today?!

It’s so difficult not to love J.K. Rowling. She’s the woman who brought us freakin’ Harry Potter after all, the series that pretty much defined the childhood of every millennial out there (including my own).

But beyond pioneering the world of wizarding, Rowling has also become a leading voice on Twitter, completely slaying people engaging in social injustice and giving people everywhere a reason to love her beyond her literary prowess.

So, without further adieu, here our some of our favorite tweets from this lovely, lovely lady:

When she wasn’t afraid to have some light hearted fun with her fans:

…or give unruly muggles a complete smack down:

When she wasn’t afraid to show love to the LGBT community:

…and was even quick to defend it:

That time she proved that she knows the internet very well:

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When she apologized for killing off George’s brother:

…and proved that fictional tragedy even affects the author:

When she showed us all how modest she really is:

When she shared her other possible career choices:

And finally, that time, and every time since, that J.K. Rowling has made her fans feel like pure magic:

Do you love J.K Rowling as much as we do? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Caturday: Sleepy Cats

Cats love their sleep, and we humans love taking pictures of them snoozing away! Check out this collection of napping cats and don’t forget to submits your own cat pictures and stories to us either on or Facebook page or email webmaster@geekgirlworld.com

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