For decades, comic books have captured the imaginations of children, teens, and even adults. Comics bring words and imagery together in a way that pulls in readers and keeps them addicted. This medium can also translate well to the big screen, as any Marvel or DC Comics fan will tell you. However, no matter how much screen time a story or franchise gets, it’s important to remember it all started on a page.
If you’re the type of person who spends hours scouring the Internet for superhero factoids, you should keep your eyes peeled for comic book influencers. Comic book influencers are individuals who use their online platforms to offer their audiences goodies like industry insights, upcoming content and concept art. In some cases, they’re just using their social media accounts to share some entertaining memes. Here are a few to follow on Instagram.
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has carved out a space for herself on Instagram, which she uses to engage with fans. Her account, @kellysued, has more than 28,000 followers. Her Instagram feed is filled with concept art, event and product photos and images of her personal life.
DeConnick has a lengthy history in the comic book industry. She started off adapting Japanese manga for English audiences, working on titles such as “Fruits Basket.” and “Black Cat.” However, she has also worked on American comics, including “Captain Marvel” and her own original series, “Pretty Deadly.”
Comics often make their way to the big screen. So, it’s unsurprising that the actors who play superheroes on television and in movies also have a great opportunity to become comic book influencers. Take Jeremy Renner, for example. Marvel fans know him as the man who played Hawkeye in the “Avengers” franchise. Online, he connects with fans through his Instagram account, @renner4real. He has a massive following of more than 14 million followers on the image-sharing platform. Although he does share a hefty amount of Marvel-related content, his feed also contains posts about his other noncomic book projects.
Chris Samnee is an artist behind a variety of popular superhero comics. He’s spent plenty of time with the likes of Captain America and Daredevil. His Instagram account, @chrissamnee, has more than 88,000 followers. Because he’s a penciler/inker, his feed mostly contains black and white images. But that doesn’t make them any less impressive. In addition to superheroes and villains, you might come across the occasional glimpse of his personal life, such as illustrations of and by his family.
Yehuda and Maya Devir
Israeli comic book artists Yehuda and Maya Devir are basically a superhero duo. The married couple created the popular webcomic, “One of Those Days.”
Both Yehuda and Maya have their own Instagram accounts. Yehuda’s account, @jude_devir, has more than 5.2 million followers. Maya’s account, @maya_devir, has more than 1.1 million followers. They share similar content, including illustrations and real-life photos, but give both accounts a follow to stay updated on their adventures.
As if that weren’t enough, their child, Ariel Devir, also has an Instagram account. The tyke already has more than 231,000 followers and, of course, Maya and Yehuda manage the page.
Odunze Whyte Oguguo
Odunze Whyte Oguguo is the author behind the graphic novel series “Apple Black” and “Bacassi.” The Nigerian artist posts on Instagram under the name @whytmanga, and his account has more than 57,000 followers.
He uses his feed to show off all sorts of concept art, but he doesn’t limit himself to his own series. He also likes to recreate the works of other artists, infusing their characters with his own unique style. Some of his most popular posts involve his versions of famous characters like the Avengers and the Incredibles. Browse through his image collection to find a variety of original works as well as tributes to long-running manga series.
Meichi is the artist behind the web series “Barely Functional Adult.” As you might guess from the name, the series features characters just trying to navigate the difficult situations and complex emotions of everyday life. At its core, the comic serves as a friendly reminder to take care of yourself and those around you. Meichi’s art is so relatable that it’s no surprise that her Instagram account, @barelyfunctionaladult, has more than 125,000 followers.
Do you have a business that embraces the colorful realm of graphic novels and comics? Influencers like the ones above can help you market your brand to a wider audience. Their ability to create unique works of art and communicate with fans lends credibility to your business and enables you to stand out from competitors. However, make sure you search for influencers who align with your brand’s mission and values. The result might be a long-term partnership that elevates both you and the influencer in the eyes of your audiences.