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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


May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags.

The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention).

The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or…ah…have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.



The Mary Sue Interview: Fiona Staples of Saga!

We try not to brag about how awesome it is to live in New York City, but every year when the Museum of Comics and Comics Art’s MoCCA Fest rolls around, it’s hard not to. A small con that mostly attracts comics’ indie and creator owned scene, it’s a great place to get a low crowds (and low stress!) encounter with the creator of your favorite webcomic, comic, or even tumblr comic. I trotted up to the 69th Regiment Armory this weekend and walked away with a couple of short but sweet interviews, and the first with Fiona Staples, artist and co-creator with Brian K. Vaughan of Image Comics’ amazing series Saga.


It is a gift!

The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Books ‘n Stuff

Book-lovers are probably the easiest people to buy gifts for, sci-fi geek ones doubly so. Does it have pages? Check. Are there aliens and/or lasers? Check. Holiday shopping complete. The Mary Sue is here to make that process even easier with this selection of fiction, nonfiction, comics, and calendars for the holiday season. Holiday Gift Guide: Book Edition, commence!


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Stalk Cosplay From Saga

Cosplayer Nikki sent us this fabulous photo of herself as The Stalk and her boyfriend as Prince Robot IV from Saga. (photo by Thomas Spanos)


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Facebook-Flavored Ice Cream

You won’t be able to partake in this social network-themed treat unless you’re on Croatia’s Murter Island, where the not-sanctioned-by-Facebook confection can be found exclusively in brothers Admir and Ibi Adili‘s ice cream shop. It’s pretty much just plain ice cream with a blue syrup that tastes like “chewing gum and candy” drizzled on top. So it’s geared towards kids and looks neat at first but ultimately doesn’t have much to it. Fitting. (That’s Nerdalicious)


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: In a Bad Spot? Try Praying to Saint Jareth

This Jareth/David Bowie prayer candle is by Etsy seller Greaser Creatures, who’s also sanctified Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Elvira, and more.


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!



The Harvey Award Nominees (With Links to Many of the Ones You Can Read Online for Free!)

If you’re a fan of Fiona Staples, Noelle Stevenson, Becky Cloonan, Laura Allred, Colleen Coover, Lora Innes, or Jenny Frison, (and many other folks besides), then you should go congratulate them!


Why Not Do It With Some Style?

Nerd Worlds Collide As Felicia Day Wears A Saga Comic T-Shirt On Supernatural

If you’re a fan of both Image Comics’ Saga and The CW’s Supernatural, last night must have been pretty awesome for you. Fellow geeky redhead Felicia Day guest-starred on the series once again but wore a t-shirt with someone familiar on it. Yup. Lying Cat from Saga. Hit the jump for a few more looks.