Considering the stereotypes of the general comic book fan (or creator) it’s always interesting when people share their own experiences and observations, even when they don’t always match up. Especially when they don’t match up.
Sean Kleefeld of Kleefeld on Comics shows with some pictorial examples his observations regarding male or female creators and fans.
Notice anything different? Okay, obviously, there’s a noted gender disparity but, more significantly, the women are healthier-looking than the men. That’s not to say they necessarily are, mind you since we’re not privvy to what health issues might not visably apparent, and I’m sure some of the women wouldn’t mind shedding a few pounds. BUT, on balance, they look healthier, more vibrant, and more vital.
I mean, look at them. The men look like they’re tired and worn out and didn’t really get enough sleep last night in the first place. The women look like they’ve got energy and verve, even in the shots where it looks like they’ve actually been running around all day.
The Occasional Superheroine counters with a number of males within the comic industry that defy the stereotypes and addresses some of Mr. Kleefeld’s points.
3. As way of a personal example: when I met David the G., I thought he did not fit the stereotypical fanboy profile. I thought he was a hottie, and nearly knocked down another comic fan at the convention to get to him & give him my phone number.
4. As I get to know more fans, I do not see the fanboy stereotype really bourne out in the numbers one would expect based on the way the media/entertainment industry typically portrays them.
5. When I worked with Silver Bullet Comics, one of the projects we discussed was having a “Mr. Fanboy” beauty pageant. Contestants would be judged on hotness and comic book knowledge.
6. It is far more common to see heavy dudes with skinny chicks than heavy chicks with skinny dudes. It’s a societal thing. It’s a “World According to Jim/King of Queens” thing. The pressure is on women to be teh sexy — but not just teh sexy, but society’s vision of teh sexy. It’s ok for men to gain a few pounds and wear one of those cool oversized shirts with the dice on it. I’ve just gained 15 pounds because I was 15-20 pounds underweight. I’ve gone from a size 0 to a size 4. This is a healthy step, and it is nice having an ass again. But such a process is accompanied with fear — fear of not being teh sexy. Why does there seem to be much more skinny women in the comics industry than men? Maybe women try harder because they are afraid of not being teh sexy.
What do you think?