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How do you find out what girls want in comics? Try asking them! Author Hope Larson (Mercury, Chiggers) conducted an informal survey among her LiveJournal and Twitter followers, asking almost 200 girls and women about their comic reading. Now, she’s summarized the results (link no longer available).
There are a number of similarities. Most female fans were hooked before their teens. TV adaptations and male relatives were key introductions. They’re looking for satisfying characters, compelling stories, and strong artwork. (Who isn’t, right?) There’s also a list of things publishers and creators can do to interest this audience — much of it is common knowledge, like avoiding condescension and over-sexualization, and welcoming female customers — but it’s nice to have it reinforced.
Update: (5/21/10) Brigid Alverson analyzes the mechanics of the strip and how effective the comic format is in sharing information.
Betsey Swardlick’s illustrated essay about doujinshi, Japanese fan fiction in comic form, includes this image that I love, summing up differing attitudes:
But the whole thing is worth reading as a good introduction to another country’s view of fandom and comics. Great picture showing the size of Comiket, too. Now I want to read Homicide: Life on the Streets manga!