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#Comicsgate began trending on Twitter July 12, the same day @ComicsgateVideo starting using the #Comicsgate hashtag. Let’s keep trending!

by 08.05.2022

The #Comicsgate hashtag recently began trending on Twitter on July 12, a day after Eric July launched the Rippaverse and the nearly $3.4 million Isom #1 campaign, and the same day that I started including #Comicsgate in every post on the @ComicsgateVideo Twitter account.

#Comicsgate trending on Twitter was first shown by Hunting Alice artist and guitarist Anthony Romano on his @DarkGiftComics Twitter account, who posted a picture of it to his followers at 7:15 p.m. EST. Others including Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter artist Peter Gilmore reported seeing the hashtag trending earlier at 6:30 p.m. on his @PeterGilmoreArt Twitter account and Darren Blair’s @FortIronhold Twitter account at 6:27 p.m., who was the first to see it.

That was just an hour after the first posts on July 12 from @ComicsgateVideo that included the #Comicsgate hashtag: a comic auction stream by Cecil at 5:13 p.m., an Ethan Van Sciver video celebrating Isom #1 hitting $1 million at 5:38 p.m. and two Mandy Summers’ videos promoting Overmind by Jon Del Arroz and another promoting the Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter 2 mailing list at 6:04 p.m.

I’ve been running the @ComicsgateVideo account since Feb. 2021, but after Rippaverse launched I noticed that although the name of the account includes “Comicsgate,” I was not using the #Comicsgate hashtag in the bot account’s posts. So, I started including #Comicsgate, #TeamComics and #Comics in every post on July 12.

Other notable posts that day were a couple of tweets from Lucious Morningstar celebrating Isom #1 getting close to $1 million on his @HellsSpawnWorld Twitter account at 7:56 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. that definitely got a lot more likes and retweets than the @ComicsgateVideo tweets.

And also The Horror Gamer’s @GazerMeat Twitter account celebrating Isom #1 hitting $1 million at 6:45 p.m. that similarly did way better than my own tweets. I am certain these contributed to the trending, too.

Initially, I assumed that Eric July’s launch was solely responsible for the #Comicsgate hashtag trending, but looking closer at some of the data, the only plausible explanation appears to be that there were Twitter accounts explicitly including the hashtag in their posts that day that were at least getting some attention. Otherwise, what else do we mean by “trending”?

That said, I still believe Rippaverse’s super successful July 11 launch absolutely contributed the enthusiasm of Comicsgaters on July 12 to promote the #Comicsgate hashtag when Isom #1 hit $1 million and also, in my opinion, the hashtag likely would have trended anyway without my help, because I wasn’t the only one raising the flag that day and there were others whose Twitter presence was far more effective. Overall, Rippaverse appears to be driving these trends, without which, I doubt the #Comicsgate hashtag would have trended that day, or in the ensuing weeks, when it would again trend on July 23 and July 28.

Clearly, hashtags work. But, in case readers needed any additional incentive to include the #Comicsgate hashtag in their tweets, here’s the bottom line: again, within an hour of adding the #Comicsgate hashtag to every one of @ComicsgateVideo‘s Twitter posts, the #Comicsgate hashtag was trending. Maybe you can do it, too.

And so, I encourage all Comicsgaters who want to see #Comicsgate keep on trending to keep using the hashtag and raising the flag on Twitter and everywhere else, and please keep liking and retweeting @ComicsgateVideo posts. We’re all stronger together.

Robert Romano is the Editor-in-Chief at Comicsgate.org.

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