I’ve heard Facebook described as a total time-suck and it can be. But my friend and master letterer Janice Chiang has described it as a life-line that helps her stay connected with other creators who otherwise would be working alone. I’ve always believed that Facebook was a great way to network and build relationships and here’s the story of how it got me my first paying gig as the cartoonist for TRUER THAN TROUSDALE at the University of Southern California (USC).
- Back in the early 90s, I used to write and draw a comic strip about life as a freshman student at California State University, Long Beach.
- After school, I moved to New York where I volunteered along side Minne Hong at Asian Cinevision.
- In 2007 I joined Facebook and eventually reconnected with Minne who had moved to California to do PR work.
- In 2014, Minne supported my Kickstarter for SCIFIES #1. Her pledge got her name in the book as one of the lead characters.
- In 2015, Minne and her coworkers came up with the idea of using a comic strip to reach out to at-risk freshmen students at USC.
- Guess who she called?
That, my friends, is the power of Facebook. Aside from Minne, my time on FaceBook has directly led to:
- Being part of four anthologies – Wonderfunders Anthology #2 (Indyplanet, 2015), Uncanny Tales (8th Wonder Press, 2015), Santa’s Favorite Tales (Vizyon Entertainment, 2014 and Out of the Blue – A Collection of Strange Stories (Stache Publishing, 2014)
- A strip in Asia World Magazine
- Collaborations with such awesome creators like Claire Connelly, Bill Walko, Roy Allan Martinez, Cee Raymond, Marta Tanrikulu, Brendan Hykes, James Lynch and more!
- Connecting with a several industry pros whom I have tapped to be on my panels. (Tom DeFalco (Marvel), Larry Hama (Marvel), Heather Antos (Marvel), Peter Hamboussi (DC), Maria Cabardo (DC), Nelson Faro DeCastro (DC), Mark Mazz (DC), Hunter Gorinson (Valiant) and more!
Networking and building relationships is all about connecting and getting to know people and letting them get to know you. Facebook is a great way to do that! And if you think “networking” is insincere and self-serving, it’s not if you can be as good and useful a resource for people as they can be for you.