The Home of the Creative Mind

Welcome to PooBahSpiel, the online voice and home of the creative mind of Mark Monlux, Illustrator Extraordinaire. Prepare yourself for an endless regaling of art directly from the hand of this stellar artist. And brace yourself against his mighty wind of pontification. Updates are kinda weekly and show daily sketches, current projects, and other really nifty stuff.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Twitter Tip #5

Twitter Tip #5

Twitter has a whole section in its settings dedicated to controlling email notifications, over twenty check boxes. I have nearly all of these settings turned on. The reason is that I enjoy the notifications. Each one informs me in some small way what I’m doing right. I can even glean ideas from them on improving my Twittering skills. If you’re new to Twitter I’d suggest you turn on all the notifications until you get into the groove of things. The only one I don’t have turned on is to receive Top Tweets and Stories.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Twitter Tip #4

Twitter Tip #4
Remember in Tip #2 where I said you should review followers for the content of their Tweets? When folks following you tweet something new or interesting that touches on one of your themes, it’s a ready resource for retweeting.

Retweet only items that fit within the selected themes of your tweets—you want your tweets, whether they be original or retweets, to reflect your brand.

When you retweet somebody, the creator of the Tweet gets a notice. If the Tweet has been retweeted several times, its creator and the person who retweeted it to you will get a notice. By retweeting, in essence you are recommending that your followers follow its creator. Everybody loves a good referral. You will find that those you retweet will seek you out to follow you.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Twitter Tip #3

Twitter Tip #3
Select themes for your tweets.
I post on a variety of topics, but there is a method to the madness. I’m a cartoonist, graphic designer, professional freelancer, foodie, humorist, and civic-minded individual – so I make sure that all of my tweets follow those topics. There is a slew of other things I’m interested in, or dislike – but I don’t twitter about those. Twitter is a marketing tool and I’m very conscience of the brand it’s creating for me. I stick to my core themes. One of my core themes is humorist, and that allows me to toss in the odd quirky thing from time to time and not disrupt my brand.

Twitter Tips #1 & #2

Twitter Tip #1
Twitter is a microblog portal just like Facebook, only you have a limited character space. Why use twitter? You can set up Facebook, LinkedIn, your Blog, and other internet portals to accept and post you Twitter missives. That means that you can update multiple portals - each with their own audience - with one message.

Have a message longer than 144 characters? Then do a post on your blog, use that URL in your twitter message, and send it out that way. The link will show up in your other portals. This cross linking and traffic to your blog improves your standing in search engines.

Look for another tip tomorrow from your social media butterfly.

Twitter Tip #2
Follow those who follow you.
You can follow anybody, but people – or businesses – choose to follow you. The correct etiquette when somebody follows you is to return the favor and follow them back. There are some very solid reasons for this. Twitter will limit the number of people you follow unless you have a high ratio of people following you back.

Before you follow somebody back you should check them out be clicking on their name. Quickly look for five things:
1.     The content of their tweets.
2.     How often they tweet.
3.     The number of people they follow.
4.     The number of people following them.
5.     The number of tweets they make

If you find the content of their twitted offensive, don’t follow them. In fact you can block them. People will look at the people following you to get a feel for you because whom you have following you says a lot. The reasons for the other four will become obvious as I reveal more tips.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Comic Critic reviews Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone is a charming movie that thoroughly entertains. While not huge at the box office, it has legs. Bugsy Malone continues to pop up in various movie lists from the Top 100 Musicals to the Top 100 Mobster movies. The music, one of the movie’s strengths, is also one of its greatest weaknesses. They should have let the kids do the singing rather than dubbing in adult singers. In a gorgeously unique period film that’s cast with only children, pedal cars, and a huge amount of custard, its adult dubbing felt odd. The music itself is very strong, being covered over the years by great performers and continues to pop up in odd places—like the game Grand Theft Auto. This isn’t too surprising. Bugsy Malone was nominated for a few Oscars and the one it walked away with was for Best Original Score. Various movies and television shows have paid homage to Bugsy Malone through references to scenes and characters. It’s an endearing film that captures a cult audience every generation.