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Demo-Graphics: Comics on TV

It’s Monday and that means another dive into Facebook‘s data. This week I decided to do another multi-part study where I gather data now, and then will look at it again down the road. This week I decided to dive into the data concerning television shows based on comic book shows that are currently on the air and have debuted. I’ll again look at the data during the fall break, the spring launch, and then when the seasons are complete.

I think you’ll see the data gets interesting, and isn’t when I expected (some I did). Arrow has the strongest female following, while it’s sister show on The CW, The Flash has the least. We’ll see if that changes over the season. I also included the percent of the individuals in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The Flash is the best when it comes to the 18-49 demographic, while Arrow is the worst.

Facebook comic tv showsAnd that wraps up the latest edition of the Facebook Fandom Spotlight.

KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashFor some time, I was looking at successful Kickstarter comic book projects, recording amounts given, coming up with average given, items like that. I stopped doing this internal report for a while, but, I think this would be a great regular feature not provided by other sites. So, as part of our Marketing Monday set of regular articles, welcome KickStarting: Comics!

For now I’ll be reporting the past week’s results as well as the month’s results. This is until I completely fill out the backlog of data I need to sort through, which will likely be some months before completed.

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc.

So far in the month of October, 63 projects have been successfully funded. Here’s where the month stands as a whole.

63 projects successfully funded
Average goal: $5,277
Average pledged: $11,390
Average number of backers: 30.83
Average pledge: $369.44
Average percent raised: 215.86%
Most common given amount: $25 (2,105 times)
Most money from pledge level: $25 level brought in $53,625

Total pledged in October: $717,582

For the past week from October 20 to October 26 the statistics are:

12 projects successfully funded
Average goal: $3,251
Average pledged: $8,001
Average number of backers: 20.11
Average pledge: $397.93
Average percent raised: 246.07%
Most common given amount: $79 (212 times)
Most money from pledge level: $79 level brought in $16,748

Total pledged for the week: $96,007

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

Comic-Graphics: Weekly Facebook Page Stats

It’s Monday which means a new Marketing Monday and checking out how the various Facebook fanpages have grown or shrunk over the past week.

Overall, the pages continued to grow, this week gaining 204,091, 0.54%. That’s much more down to Earth as far as growth we’ve seen in the past.

There was some decent movement this past week towards the bottom of the list. Some pages hopped multiple spots. Arrows are present to indicate if a page has increased in ranking from the previous week. There is also one new page noted.

Facebook overall 10.27.14ComicBook.com has returned to the top spot with their purchased likes. Marvel, DC Comics, and IGN are two through four. They often rank at the top.

facebook new likes 10.27.14Farrago Comics has moved into the top spot, followed by Magnetic Press which has shown impressive growth these last few weeks.

Facebook overall percentage 10.27.14

Aspen Launches 350 Titles on Madefire

Madefire-AspenComic#CA9866DAspen Comics has announced the launch of over 350 new and classic titles from the publisher’s digital library available starting on October 23 on Madefire. Madefire delivers Motion Books, an interactive audio-visual reading format that combines art and sound for a new style of digital storytelling. The new titles will be available on both the Madefire iOS and Android apps for tablets and smartphones. Madefire Motion Books & Comics has been a 5-star rated app since launch and recently recognized in the iOS App Store as an Editors’ Pick, Best New Apps and Best of July (2014).

The Madefire Motion Book Tool was also recently launched to the public in July and has been continuously developed with the creator in mind. Taking static art a step further by incorporating movement, sound and depth to visual reading, the platform continues to push the limits in digital storytelling. New features have been introduced to allow for a more streamlined creative process like creating covers with a click of a button and animating art in a few simple steps. Publishing to the web has never been easier and can take as little as 5 minutes. The ease of sharing your story on a website or blog is also more fluid now with an embed code automatically created when the book is published, giving the creator control of where and how their story is told.

The first wave of Aspen Comics’ books on Madefire will cover a large variety of titles including Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Lola XOXO in addition to a majority of the publisher’s past library of books. New releases such as Aspen’s upcoming The ZooHunters will also be available day and date on November 5. Aspen Comics plans to include titles from their all-new Big Dog Ink imprint soon as well.

Warner Bros. Announces Static Shock

STATIC SHOCK #1Warner Bros. has revealed some of the details about its digital production unit. The unit named Blue Ribbon Content has unveiled some of its initial development plans, including some more work based on comics.

Already announced is Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, which will debut on Machinima in 2015 as well as the virtual reality experience, Batman: The Animated Series Experience. Warner Bros. has a stake in Machinima, so the project makes complete sense. Some other projects are tied into The CW, the television network that Warner Bros. is also involved with.

Today brought even bigger news, a project based on Static Shock.

The action series include Static Shock, an adaptation of the Static comic from writer-producer-director Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained).

That’s a pretty big announcement quietly put out there. Warner Bros./DC Comics was the first to announce a movie based on one of their female characters, as well as an African American character. Now we have Static Shock out of nowhere. Seems like the company that had been receiving lots of criticism is now beginning to fire on all cylinders.

Here’s more details on the comic related projects:

Static Shock — Writer/producer/director Reginald Hudlin (Best Picture Oscar nominee for producing Django Unchained) leads the creative team behind a live-action adaptation of Static Shock, featuring the African-American super hero Static, aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins. Static Shock is based on the Static comic co-created by the late Dwayne McDuffie with co-writer Robert L. Washington III and artist John Paul Leon, which was originally published by the DC Comics imprint Milestone Comics and, later, by DC Comics. Milestone Media co-founder/comic book artist/TV producer Denys Cowan (the original Static Shock animated series) is collaborating with Hudlin on the new Static Shock.

Batman: The Animated Series Experience — As previously announced, Blue Ribbon, DC Entertainment and visual effects pioneer OTOY are teaming up on an immersive entertainment experience that will see the Batcave from the acclaimed Emmy Award–winning Batman: The Animated Series brought to life via interactive holographic video for virtual reality displays. OTOY is collaborating with series producer Bruce Timm on this interactive narrative experience which will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before, allowing them to feel what it is like to be inside the show’s stylized universe on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, and on forthcoming “glasses-free” light field displays that will power future TV and mobile devices.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Demo-Graphics: The Walking Dead

Its been almost a year since we last looked at The Walking Dead‘s demographics via Facebook’s data. With the new season underway, it felt like an appropriate time to see how things have changed for the record setting show, and best selling comic book series.

For this report, we’re looking at fans within the United States that enjoy The Walking Dead in comics, television, books, games, or even the characters. We’ll also compare the latest results to those of last year. Keep in mind though, while the terms are generally similar, Facebook’s  system has been upgraded and the data returned is more prevalent and richer.

Facebook Population: Over 17.8 million fans in the US

That’s an increase of over 5 million fans since last year. Spanish speakers account for 1.08 million fans, 6.07%. That’s a significant drop from last year of about 500,000 individuals, and the percentage has been cut in half.

Gender and Age

When it comes to gender in 2013Walking Dead fans break down 59.38% male and 40.63% females. In the year since, we’ve seen a surge of female fans with their now accounting for 47.19% compared to the men who now account for 52.81%. This is close to the changes we’ve also seen for the general comic population.

facebook gender 10.20.14Below is the trend line which looks at the age and gender of the individuals together.

facebook gender age 10.20.14

Below is the raw data for The Walking Dead fans. The population has shifted slightly older compared to last year, but not by much.

facebook gender age raw 10.20.14Relationship Status

The stats for relationships has expanded greatly since last year, with many more options, so it’s hard to compare the two statistics.

facebook relationship 10.20.14And for those that like pie charts.

facebook relationship pie chart 10.20.14Education

Like relationships, education has changed a lot since last year, so we can’t really compare this year’s stats to last year’s.

facebook education 10.20.14Gender Interest

Gender interest too has changed since last year. But generally those interested in the same sex for men and women has dipped from last year.

facebook gender interest 10.20.14But how does the fandom compare to itself based on how it’s being consumed? For The Beat, I compared how The Walking Dead stacked up in comics, television, games, and books. I return to see how the gender breaks down for each.

Interesting enough, the comic fandom has dropped since last year with video games and television both seeing an increase in overall fans. Both television and comics see women make major gains, while video games continue to be the domain of men who increased percentage wise. Books remain almost exactly the same when it comes to gender compared to last year.

twd media 10.20.14

And that wraps up the latest edition of the Facebook Fandom Spotlight.

Comic-Graphics: Weekly Facebook Page Stats

It’s Monday which means a new Marketing Monday and checking out how the various Facebook fanpages have grown or shrunk over the past two weeks. After a week off we’re back and there’s been some impressive changes over the two weeks.

Overall, the pages continued to grow, this week gaining 1,818,501 individuals total, a 4.84% increase. That’s a massive increase, driven almost entirely by the generic “manga” page which saw over a million people like it over the two week period. We checked it multiple times, and something caused a massive frenzy to like the page.

There was lots of movement as far as ranks this week. Many pages hopped multiple spots. Arrows are present to indicate if a page has increased in ranking from the previous week.

facebook overall 10.20.14Manga, with its massive growth dethroned ComicBook.com for the top spot. The latter continues to buy likes, and has begun touting their page size in their “about” section on their website. What’s important isn’t necessarily page size, but instead the reach and activity of that page.

facebook new likes 10.20.14Magnetic Press jumped to the top spot with some impressive growth, almost a quarter of the page’s previous size. Manga moved into second, followed by 12-Gauge Comics, Small Press Expo, and Titan Comics. It’s been a great two weeks for small publishers.

facebook percent growth 10.20.14

Marvel Unlimited Adds Graphic Novels

This week Marvel announced the inclusion of Marvel’s award-winning original graphic novels into the already vast and expansive digital comic library of Marvel Unlimited. Marvel Unlimited and Marvel Unlimited Plus members will now be able to read Marvel’s  Ant-Man: Season One, Daredevil: Season One, Dr. Strange: Season One and more to come throughout the year.

Ant-Man: Season One brings you the origins of the original Avenger, Hank Pym – Ant-Man. In Daredevil: Season One, meet Matt Murdock, one of New York’s finest attorneys by day and swashbuckling crime-fighter Daredevil by night and in Dr. Strange: Season One experience a high-flying, globe-traveling, ghost-battling adventure from the earliest days of Doctor Strange’s training in the mystic arts!

These acclaimed tales are now included with over 15,000 of Marvel’s greatest comics – including the top-selling Age of Ultron event, the star-spanning Guardians of the Galaxy, with most of the first issues from the hugely successful and critically acclaimed All-New Marvel NOW! initiative and more.

Marvel Unlimited members can access some of the most important stories in pop culture history while online, and take twelve digital comics with them on the go via the ground-breaking Marvel Unlimited App (for iPhone®, iPad® & Android™ devices), even when offline!

Accessible through your desktop browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app – Marvel Unlimited is a member subscription service that gives members unlimited access to over 15,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles. More classic and newer issues are added every week – as early as six months after they’re in stores!

AntManSeasonOne DaredevilSeasonOne DrStrangeSeasonOne

Demo-Graphics: Thor

This week sees a changing of the guard as Marvel‘s Thor sees a new wielder of the mythical hammer Mjolnir. It just so happens that new wielder is a woman. With the discussion of gender in comics, both the characters and who reads comics, I thought it’d be interesting to release the first benchmark to see where Thor is now when it comes to gender demographics, and then check again in a few months to see what has changed, if anything. To get this data I looked into Facebook’s data with each line representing a specific term.

I previously looked at Thor’s demographics back in November 2013 when Thor 2 opened in theaters. Using similar terms, back then women accounted for 36.5% of the population. In the almost year since, the female population has increased, now accounting for 37.31% for all the Thor related terms.

Here are the latest stats:

thor facebook dataThat 37.31% is below the 45% women that make up the general comic fandom. It is better than Marvel’s general 36.84%, but just barely. We’ll track this though and see over the next year how this might shift with a woman wielding the hammer.

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