September 25, 2012 by shepla
I started this blog over my perception that there are way more comics for guys than there are for girls. (I’m starting out with no statistics, but I’ll try to hunt some down.) The most popular comics in America are superhero comics, and yeah, I know some girls like these, but I don’t, and I’d bet that 90% of their readers are male.
I don’t understand this. I mean, I assume men and women like and appreciate art equally. I know women like to read. The story/art combo found in comic books is an effective, time-efficient way of storytelling. So what’s the deal here?
I asked a friend of mine (hi, Cathy!) who is a non-comic-reader why she didn’t read comics, and she said it came down to wanting a deeper storyline than she found in comic books. I told her there are comics (or graphic novels, whatever) with deep storylines, but they are harder to find for people who don’t peruse store shelves for manga or indy titles.
My own experience is that I read a lot of comics growing up. I read every Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, and Mad Magazine paperback that landed in our town. I also read Archie, Richie Rich, Little Dot, Spooky–pretty much any family-friendly, non-superhero comics I could find. But my ultimate favorites were Millie the Models–and I currently own a much bigger collection of these than I ever had as a kid. Additionally, I worked at VIZ Media in San Francisco for 7 years, where I exposed to some of Japan’s greatest manga in every genre from horror to teen romance.
So I’m starting this blog with zero readers, but I’d love to hear from everyone who reads comics or not what your perceptions are. Do you read comics? Why or why not? Which ones? Did you read them as a child?