Nielsen and Twitter reveal the harsh truth that the biggest fan chatter doesn’t equal the biggest audience

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Does social media buzz always equal a huge audience? Not necessarily. Nielsen, the sampling company which is the go-to measurer of TV viewership, book, and CD sales, has just released a joint project with Twitter which reveals that the most tweeted about TV shows were not necessarily the most viewed. They did this by measuring […]

Facebook Demographics: How many women read graphic novels?

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And speaking of reaching new audiences, Brett Schenker has been continuing his studies into Facebook’s comics demographics, and has some very interesting info. He’s just released his general demographic study for October and the results are a surprise: since last month 800,000 more people have expressed interest in one of the comics search terms he […]

Graphic Policy: Facebook Fandom Spotlight: The Comic Company Employees!

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by Brett Schenker — It’s Monday, which means it’s a new edition of Facebook Fandom Spotlight, where I break down the demographics of a particular group of fans. For this week I attempt to figure out who exactly is creating and delivering us out comic books. That’s right, I attempt to break down those employed in the comic book industry. We’ll compare this group to the greater comic fandom.

Facebook stats: 40% of comics fans are women

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In all the gender controversies rattling the comics world, one of the most frequently cited paradoxes is that although research such as DC’s 2011 reader survey showed only 7% of comics readers were female, yet when you walk around any comicksy event you see a lot more than 7% women. Women make up a lot of tweeters, tumblrs, and cosplayers and cartoonists. Why this disparity?

Sikh cartoonist’s day as Captain America in a turban

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Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh is a Sikh, a member of a relatively small religious group known for appearing in public in turbans. The turban is more than a fashion statement for a Sikh—it’s a religious observance. So when he recently cosplayed as Captain America, it was quite an experience for many reasons: I have been skinny […]

Let’s get this straight: DC is anti marriage, not anti GAY marriage

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When the news broke earlier that co-writers JH Williams II AND W. Haden Blackman (and not just Williams, as some sites reported) had quit Batwoman due to editorial interference, it was clearly going to be a big issue for the day. What’s been most worrying THOUGH is how quickly people have attempted to spin this […]

SDCC: Rep. John Lewis’s MARCH: Book One

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by Pam Auditore  Among the faux Heroes in spandex came a true, real life one, in suit and tie, to San Diego’s Comic-Con one Saturday morning. Representative John Lewis, Democrat, of the Congressional 5th District of Georgia, and sole surviving speaker of the 1963 Freedom March on Washington, made his Comic-Con debut promoting his  autobiographical […]

Latino Comics Expo highlights past and present Hispanic creators

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While  artists  from Spain and South America have become superstars at the big two,  this weekend’s  Latino Comics Expo in LA shines a spotlight on the many Latino creators making waves elsewhere.

Just add cigar and brandy: Girls banned from child’s superhero party

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This Sunday’s New York Times features yet another controversy over women’s place in comics–the exclusion of girls from a superhero-themed birthday party.

Stephen Moffat hits at a harsh truth in explaining why Doctor Who isn’t a woman

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Every time there is a new Doctor Who, people hope it won’t be a white man, but how hard are they really hoping?

Peanuts: It takes a nation of millions to hold Franklin back

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Here’s a window into comics as social history as Nat Gertler write about this history of Franklin, the black kid in Peanuts which began with a request from a white schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman in 1968: That request earned a personal reply from Schulz, who noted that such ideas had been discussed with fellow cartoonists, […]

Orson Scott Card waves a sullen white flag on gay marriage to thwart ‘Ender’s Game’ boycott

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Controversial jacket-holding author Orson Scott Card has finally commented on the proposed boycott of ENDER’S GAME, the tentpole SF movie based on his work launching this fall. Card has been on the hot seat over his 2008 comments opposing gay marriage, and his involvement as a board member for the National Organization for Marriage, which […]

And finally….from Tumblr to the New Yorker

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Jack Hunter’s sure-to-be-iconic cover for next week’s New Yorker hits so many notes…it’s what makes The New Yorker the New Yorker. But it was originally submitted via Tumblr for one of art director Francoise Mouly’s cover contests and had a different context. Still…it’s perfect for this moment. Enjoy the weekend with whomever you love, faithful […]

Nice Art: Henry & Glenn celebrate today’s Supreme Court DOMA decision

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Ed Luce has illustrated the Ghost Wedding of popular couple Henry and Glenn—which would be one step closer to reality today thanks to the Supreme Court if only a) ghost weddings existed and B) the real Henry and Glenn were a couple. Neither is true but today in many states people of every gender are […]

The week in women: do we write about gender issues too much?

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I had about 20 posts in various stages on gender issues this week…let’s put them all into one big roil, complete with shocking personal confessions: § Villain Month is for boys: When the New 52 rolled out two years ago (!?!) it was pointed out that there was a lone female creator: inker Sandra Hope. […]

On the Scene: DIY at The Latino Comics Expo

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by Bob Calhoun It’s a small room in the back of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, but every spot on its three wooden benches is taken, with an overflow crowd standing along the back wall. In the front row, a father sits with his nine-year-old son. The son is holding his very own […]