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Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey

“While many stores report that their children’s comics sections continue to grow, the demographic that seems to be growing the fastest is young women, aged 17–33. Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are “a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies. New titles aimed at this group are an important part of this. Books like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Young Avengers have been particularly successful.’ Data from a reader survey by digital comics vendor Comixology supports what retailers are seeing. Chip Mosher, Comixology’s v-p, communications and marketing, confirmed that 20% of its new customers in the third quarter of 2013 were females ages 17–26.”Shannon O’Leary writing for Publishers Weekly on findings in a recent comics retailer survey.

Previously in Women and Comics

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Schmexy Star Trek Body Pillows

Hey, remember that Loki/Thor cuddle blanket? Here’s another thing kinda like that. For sale by IdentityProductions on Etsy. (via Creepbay)

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The Mary Sue Exclusive

Part 2: The Mary Sue Discusses Women In Comics With Dark Horse Comics’ Editor In Chief

Yesterday we brought you the first part in our two-part conversation with Dark Horse Comics’ Editor in Chief Scott Allie. We discussed their Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, Tomb Raider, and just some of the phenomenal talent they’ve got behind them. Today we focus on Greg Rucka, Hellboy, diversity in the industry, and literally judging a book by its cover.

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This Makes Sense

Image Comics Publisher Calls Women “The Fastest Growing Demographic” In The Industry

This is one of those things that’s so in line with what we’re all about here, it’s hard to not copy-paste the whole shebang. Yesterday morning, at the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson gave a speech on expanding the industry’s appeal. Stephenson spoke passionately about advancing the medium, and talked at length about how both publishers and retailers need to focus on bringing in new readers. His remarks on one group in particular were highly relevant to our interests.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive

The Mary Sue Exclusive Preview: The Adventures of Apocalypse Al #2

J. Michael Straczynski’s The Adventures of Apocalypse Al premiered with its first issue last week from Image’s Joe’s Comics imprint, and the second will be hitting comic shops on March 5. Here’s your first look!

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old gods do new jobs

Image’s Ody-C Gives Us Lots of Lovely Genderswapped Greek Myth

Ody-C is an upcoming series from Matt Fraction that retells the story of The Odyssey, in space, with many (if not all) of the genders reversed. Artist Christian Ward posted these character designs from the series on his Tumblr. Here we have our crafty Odysseus, mistress of tricks, with her laser gun and space sword and I hope I have caught your attention by now.

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My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

Comics Publisher Image Announces New Titles At Image Expo

This Thursday marked the second annual Image Expo, held by comics publisher Image in their home city of San Francisco to promote their upcoming books. The event — a comics-star-studded extravaganza of signings and announcements — is the only one of its kind in comics publishing, as most publishers continue to use standard comic conventions or the press to announce their new projects. The good news is that there are a lot of awesome-sounding projects coming up. The bad news is that (unsurprisingly) diversity is still a problem in comics.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Daenerys With Dragon Hair

You need some detangler for that, Khaleesi? (via Artgerm on DeviantArt

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Interview

The Mary Sue Interviews Rocket Girl Artist Amy Reeder

Rocket Girl, the second Image Comic collaboration between artist Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, will give readers a look at the future as we imagined it in the 80s. Reeder took a moment from her busy SDCC schedule to give us a quick preview of Rocket Girl and the process of creating different kinds of sexy female characters.

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Today in Awesome

Comic-Con 2013: While You Were Sleeping Part 2

Look. A lot of stuff goes down at San Diego Comic-Con. Rather then hit you with post after post for each new exciting tidbit, we gather them all up in one place. Well, most of them anyway. If you missed what happened Thursday at SDCC, catch up here. Then get comfortable and find out what went down on Friday. The Eisner Awards were held yesterday, there was a big Agents of SHIELD surprise, stars cosplaying, and more!

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