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A Comic Book Community From MySpace

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Social networking site MySpace has branched out into the world of comic books. Late last week MySpace launched MySpace Comic Book community, “a Place for Comic Books”.

MySpace.com Comic Books will be the official community for comics, including Japanese-based manga, graphic novels and other classic American comics. Visitors to the hub will find comic book related news, interviews, special features and drawing contests. They will also feature new artists, industry events and user-generated comics from MySpace members.

Although MySpace clearly has name recognition it will be interesting to see if they can attract devoted comic book fans to their latest community. With established sites such as ComicVine and ComicSpace the challenge could be more difficult than they imagined.

To promote their launch, MySpace is hosting the “Buffy Changed My Life” contest running until March 14, 2007. Fans can write in describing how Buffy changed their lives in 250 words or less. Joss Whendon, “Buffy” and “Angel” creator will judge the contest and select one winner who will be written in as a character in the comic book Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8.

To further promote their presence in the comic book genre MySpace will be the title sponsor at the New York Comic Con taking place from February 23-25 at the Jacob Javits Center.

Most of what I have seen on the blogosphere concerning MySpace Comic Book has been skeptical of the new community. Michael Vu writes, “ The problem with MySpace and Facebook expanding their current social networks to fill these verticals is that current interfaces don’t really reflect all of the subtleties and nuances of what made that particular niche, a niche in the first place. It’s pretty clear who built something for true comic book fans and who built something just to do it”.
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