and yet men remain the most marketed demographic for just about everything.
I’m pretty sure the only men who spend more time thinking about DC than women on Tumblr are the men who actually work there.
people still act fucking surprised when women show up for genre shit
Holy shit—seeing a quote with over 14,000 notes from one of your oldest friends is… amazing. Tumblr! Women. Nerd stuff? Brett White!
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This is why we need more epic Young Adult-themed comic series, with great characters and worlds you can just get lost in. Imagine if a series with the imaginative scale and characters of Harry Potter were a comic first… Imagine if you could get the young adult female market engaged far beyond what we see today… A fraction of the success of series like HP, Twilight, or The Hunger Games (all of which are pure genre fiction, which comics excel at) would change the comics marketplace forever…
It drives me insane that this isn’t happening on a larger scale. Young women read more than ANY OTHER demographic. And in the digital age, there’s no barrier to entry. If someone wants to read something, it’s right at their fingertips. And yet so little of the market is trying to tell those kinds of stories, that have that kind of appeal. It practically dares the existing female audience to give up on the medium. It’s infuriating. There’s an incredible power to harness here, and I think people are starting to see it… But there’s so much more to do.
All it takes is one entryway. Harry Potter transformed Young Adult fiction from a couple shelves in your local book store to a whole wall of shelves with its own subgenres. I’m waiting for the comic that does that.
OMG YES THIS! SO THIS! ALL OF THIS! I got into comics in the last two years and while I read less manga from Japan these days I miss it so much in how women were respected as a freaking market. A consumer with purchase power that influences things!
I’ll also throw out there that the outfits and body proportions of women in anime and manga are sometimes WAY WORSE than western comics but female fans will let a lot of it slide because the female characters have emotional depth to them and interesting backstories and can probably kick everyone’s ass even if their clothing choices are bad.
Harry Potter comics would be huge. I think a Pirates of the Caribbean would work too.
But I think if DC and Marvel just took a serious look at their female fanbase and browsed through tumblr they could get a huge hit for almost any market, including women!
I personally would love to see a book based around Helena Wayne in some AU of Earth 2 and her adventures with batman/Catwoman as Robin. Meeting alternate versions of familiar bat characters. Did Earth 2 Dick or Jason try to date her? Did Roy? (Assuming he was still ward to Ollie.)
Do a series that takes place in either the pre-52 universe (ala L’il Gotham) or in the very early part of it with the Robins together on various adventures with each other. As volatile co-worker detective crime fighters and hesitant caring brothers, sometimes inadvertently stepping on each others toes and interfering in each others non professional lives. It could be so amazing. You basically have a fangirls dream, a veritable boy band of interesting dynamics and varying angst to suit any taste!
I mean find an artist with a flourish for an attractive man in motion and I might already be sold just for the pictures. (Marcus To? Maybe?)
Anyway, point is- I agree that women drive a very passionate fandom. I sometimes forget there are even men in my corner of the internet. Such a disconnect from the sale of the books themselves.