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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Indiana Teen Rules Tumblr With Wry Comics | Magazine

Online media has delivered its share of stars. Myspace brought us Tila Tequila; Twitter delivered @shitmydadsays; and let’s not forget, before YouTube we were sad and Bieberless. Then there’s Tumblr. Founded in 2007, the popularity of the largely image-based blogging service has ebbed and flowed, but Tumblr never had a celeb to call its own. Until now.

Taylor-Ruth Baldwin, 17, created Hanging Rock Comics, a first-person chronicle of high school angst. The Star Wars-obsessed junior started her Tumblr last summer, posting comic panels from her diary. “It was a way of venting my frustrations,” Baldwin says. “I didn’t think much would come of it.” But she struck a nerve, and in a few months she had 15,000 followers. Her posts often get thousands of notes—reblogs, likes, and replies. One got more than 35,000, which is on par with posts by mainstream news orgs. And last fall, a Baldwin lookalike contest got 400-plus adults, kids, and animals aping her style of band T-shirt, big glasses, and braid.



Indiana Teen Rules Tumblr With Wry Comics | Magazine

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