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Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Fans and Politics

Work is underway for the 2014 elections for the Senate, House and more. We’ll be tracking how comic fans break down in the political spectrum throughout this election year. It’s around the first of the month so I again dove into Facebook to figure out how it all shakes out and what has changed since last month’s statistics.

For these stats, I used the terms I’d normally use to determine other demographic breakdowns of comic fans. Facebook also provides the ability to break down those stats into convenient groups as far as politics which I have used. However, Facebook is now providing even more data including voter registration and donation habits.

According to Facebook 9.6 million “comic fans” are “active” politically in the United States, that’s 400,000 more than the previous report. This breaks down further into 5.4 million men (56.25%), and 4 million women (41.67%). Men have made all the gains. That also makes political active “comic fans” 19.50% of the individuals active politically which account for a little over 49 million of the 180 million individuals in the United States.

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Party affiliation is pretty clear as folks can indicate a party or none (which I assume is what the non-partisan stat is). The non-partisans make up the majority of comic fans with 48.53%, liberals are 26.47% of comic fans and 25% of comic fans or conservative. Both conservatives and liberals gained percentage wise from the previous report.

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Further breakdown of gender when it comes to party affiliation:

  • Conservative: 55.88% men, 44.12% women
  • Liberal: 55.56% men, 44.44% women
  • Non-Partisan: 59.09% men, 39.39% women

According to Facebook, just under 1 million comic fans  have donated to a liberal or conservative cause and there even is some overlap of about 80,000 individuals. For “comic fans” the conservative are a bit more likely to donate than those interested in liberal causes.

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Next up is voter registration. Not shockingly Democrats have a slight edge (voter registration is a strong point of the party) and make up 49.38% of those registered, only a few percentage points more than Republicans who account for 47.20%. Below is the raw data for these stats.

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We’ll keep watching to see how the political winds might be reflected through this.

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Vampire LARPing Congressional Candidate Embraces his Gaming Past

rush and wife cosplayYesterday we brought you the story of Jacob (Jake) A. Rush, a 35-year-old attorney and former sheriff’s deputy is running for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, the Gainesville area. The story became such news that the campaign was forced to respond with a press release and in a bit of a shocker, embraces his gaming past. In fact Rush and his campaign not only embraces it, he points out the positive aspects of his LARPing group (live action roleplaying), and goes on a bit of an attack towards his opponent.

As a straight shooter, yes, I play and have played video games, role playing games, board games, Yahtzee, Clue,and I have acted in dozens of theatre productions.

In the release, Rush owns up to his hobbies and intelligently in the statement above connects activities like LARPing and video games, which have a negative connotation, with positive ones that individuals might be more familiar with like Yahtzee and Clue.

All my life, I’ve been blessed with a vivid imagination from playing George Washington in elementary school to dressing up as a super hero last Halloween for trick or treaters. Any cursory review of the Internet will show that I have played heroes and villains … I have never hid nor shied away from disclosing my hobby activities. When I was hired at the Sheriff’s office, I fully disclosed my gaming and theatre background on the application, and these hobbies posed absolutely no problem or raised any flags. In fact, when applying for undercover work, these hobbies were considered an advantage, so much so my shift lieutenant nicknamed me ‘Shakespeare.’

The Rush campaign accused his opponents of game playing with their false characterization of what LARPing is, but even says it’s a deflection of his opponents failings.

Bottom line-There is nothing wrong with being a gamer. It’s kinda nerdy, but North Central Florida deserves a legitimate debate on the issues instead of Ted Yoho’s usual sideshow distractions.

In the release Rush and his campaign promote the positive community aspects of the Minds Eye Society (the LARPing organization) and the charities they’ve helped including:

  • Wounded Warrior
  • Houston Area Women and Children’s Shelter
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
  • Redwood Rehabilitation
  • Operation Homefront
  • ALSAC/St. Jude
  • Child’s Play
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • American Diabetes Association

While we have no issues with Rush’s past, and in fact thing we need more gamers as elected officials, our only question was about comments made on a message board by Rush’s game character. We actually have an answer to that as well. According to the Washington Post:

Another LARPer, Lee Snyder, emailed the Rush campaign and said he had made the comments while gaming as one of Rush’s preferred characters.

Well that answers that question.

There has been numerous recent attacks on gamers seeking office, including a World of Warcraft player who ran for State Senate in Maine, and won. Expect more as the next generation steps up and runs for office.

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Fans and Politics

Work is underway for the 2014 elections for the Senate, House and more. We’ll be tracking how comic fans break down in the political spectrum throughout this election year. It’s the first of the month so I again dove into Facebook to figure out how it all shakes out and what has changed since last month’s statistics.

For these stats, I used the terms I’d normally use to determine other demographic breakdowns of comic fans. Facebook also provides the ability to break down those stats into convenient groups as far as politics which I have used. However, Facebook is now providing even more data including voter registration and donation habits.

According to Facebook 9.2 million “comic fans” are “active” politically in the United States, that’s 600,000 more than the previous month. This breaks down further into 5 million men (53.35%), and 4 million women (46.65%). Women have increased slightly from the previous month. That also makes political active “comic fans” 18.55% of the individuals active politically which account for just under 50 million of the 180 million individuals in the United States.

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Party affiliation is pretty clear as folks can indicate a party or none (which I assume is what the non-partisan stat is). The non-partisans make up the majority of comic fans with 51.80%, liberals are 25.18% of comic fans and 23.02% of comic fans or conservative. Both conservatives and non-partisans gained percentage wise from the previous month, but only slightly.

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Further breakdown of gender when it comes to party affiliation:

  • Conservative: 56.25% men, 46.88% women
  • Liberal: 51.43% men, 45.71% women
  • Non-Partisan: 56.94% men, 43.06% women

What’s new though is voter registration as well as donation data. The voter registration is based on the current voter registration databases and must be verified by two sources. The donation data is based on surveys and the donations themselves. Lets look up the donors first.

According to Facebook, just under 1 million comic fans  have donated to a liberal or conservative cause and there even is some overlap of about 80,000 individuals. For “comic fans” the conservative are a bit more likely to donate than those interested in liberal causes.

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Next up is voter registration. Not shockingly Democrats have a slight edge (voter registration is a strong point of the party) and make up 50.22% of those registered, only a few percentage points more than Republicans who account for 47.27%. Below is the raw data for these stats.

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We’ll keep watching to see how the political winds might be reflected through this.

Congressional Candidate Comes Under Fire for Vampire LARPing Past

jake rushIt’s April Fools Day, so I did a double take on this one before reporting, but it’s also news out of Florida, so this shouldn’t be a shock at all. Jacob (Jake) A. Rush, a 35-year-old attorney and former sheriff’s deputy is running for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, the Gainesville area. He’s hoping to unseat Representative Ted Yoho, a first-term Tea Party member, in the Republican primary.

While Rush, in his announcement, touted his Constitutional conservative credentials, even with his hand on a Bible in his announcement video, what he didn’t mention is his time as “Chazz Darling” among other persona during his time as a member of the Mind’s Eye Society, you might know them as Vampire/Werewolf/Changeling/Mage LARPers. Larping, Live Action Role Playing, takes the table top game experience and has members act out the story through real actions such as actual sword fights (with foam swords) and play acting. Think of it as a live story that’s made up on the go.

Vampire became a popular roleplaying game when it launched in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing, and has since lived on as a popular LARPing choice with events being held regularly throughout the country. Rush was active in this as of last year and is a founding member and “main staff member” of the Gainesville chapter. The chapter’s name is the “Covenant of the Poisoned Absinthe.” Rush has done his best to scrub online evidence of his past, but nothing ever really goes away on the internet leading to numerous news sites dredging up photos of him in his various characters as well as throwing in more incendiary (to conservatives) imagery.

Though some of Rush’s writing is disturbing (including stories about rape and drugs), Florida news articles have wasted no time painting the game as part of the “occult,” “Satan,” and “witchcraft,” mimicking the moral panic of Dungeons & Dragons decades ago.

While Rush hasn’t responded to various media inquiries, his father did equating the hobby with dressing up for Halloween. Since the initial stories hinted that they found out about Rush’s history through anonymous tips, it’s likely either attacks from his opponents, or someone with personal issues with Rush. The campaign said they would issue a statement, but haven’t yet done so as of this article.

While I’ll admit his writings are a bit over the top, even for Vampire LARPing, should his extracurricular activity be held against him? Sound off below with your thoughts.

(via SaintPetersBlog)

It’s Frakking Passover with Democratic City Council Candidate Ben Kallos

Admitting you’re a geek is no longer a nail in the coffin for potential candidates. This past election, numerous geeks were re-elected or elected for the first time, including our current Commander-in-Geek who has admitted to collecting Spider-Man and Conan comics and had geeky moments in office.

New York City Upper East Side Democratic City Council Candidate Ben Kallos is an admitted nerd who went so far to build a website Battlestar Galactica themed Passover seder. In an interview with DNAinfo, Kallos said:

I’m a policy wonk, and I like science fiction.

The website includes a detailed guide in how to host your own Battlestar Galactica themed Passover. The idea began for him after a discussion with friends and he looks at it as a way to educate people with a twist.

Kallos has a tech background and has built numerous websites including fun ones like this, as well for government and community agencies.

Kallos ended his interview with:

I’m hoping to be part of a future where everyone is accepted.

Kallos is a shoo-in to win in next month’s election which adds another honorable elected official who’s also a proud geek, one that’ll represent us all well.

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(via DNAinfo)

Today is National Voter Registration Day – So Register to Vote Here!



Today is National Voter Registration Day. We want you to take advantage and make sure to register to vote so you can make your voice heard in this year’s elections (if you have any) and absolutely next years! If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about the state of the country or politics.

I don’t care about your political leaning or who you plan on voting for, just do your civic duty and register to vote. We’ve taken the opportunity to do our part by using Rock the Vote’s handy widget to make it easy for you to register right here or click the image above and get the process started.

As a site, we’ve taken it up as a task to register as many individuals as we can. So, if you’re not, do so and help spread the word!

The Fantastic Four Enter Italian Politics

The Italian political party PD has decided to start using a modified picture from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in their political campaign. A graphic featuring Nichi Vendola as Mr. Fantastic, Pier Luigi Bersani as The Thing, Laura Puppato as Invisible Woman, Matteo Renzi as The Human Torch, and Bruno Tabacci as The Silver Surfer. The image adorns their website. On November 25th, the party is holding its primary elections.

The Italian media reacted asking if the party website had been hacked. The image is so amateurish with Photoshop work that I’d think was a joke if presented to me. The fact this is an Italian political party makes me feel like I need to look into Italian politics more. Is this normal, because you wouldn’t get away with this level of crap here in the United States.

(via Bleeding Cool)

Around the Tubes

As this was written before I went to bed…. is the election over with?

Around the Blogs

Comics With Problems – Good Government Comic BookA great slice of history.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek – Superman Heirs, DC Comics Appeal Copyright CaseDefinitely a case to watch.

The Guardian – America: Elect! The action-packed journey to US election day in graphic novel formThe execution is interesting but facts pretty shallow.

ComicBook – Barack Obama’s Five Strangest Comic Book AdventuresClassics all.

News Channel 12 – $19k in Stolen Comic Books Returned to OwnerGlad he got it back.

DC Women Kicking Ass – That Time Babara “Boots” Gordon Ran for Congress!Interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Bleeding Cool – Bedlam #1

The Beat – Deadpool #1

IGN – Deadpool #1

The Beat – Iron Man #1

Bleeding Cool – The Manhattan Projects #7

Bleeding Cool – Perhapanauts: Trouble Down Under #1

Spandexless – The Underwater Welder

Updated: A Good Night for Politician Comic Geeks. The Commander in Geek Reelected!

It was a good night for politicians who are fans of comic books. Earlier we reported that Alan Grayson will be returning to Congress, having won in Florida and it seems everyone has called it for President Barack Obama to have another four more years in the White House. Gov. Romney though hasn’t conceded the election yet.

President Obama is an admitted geek, and more specifically a comic book geek. The President has admitted reading Spider-Man and Conan comic books and through various actions the man clearly appreciates sci-fi and fantasy.

Update: Democrat Colleen M. Lachowicz who was attacked by her opponent and Republicans for playing World of Warcraft also looks to be poised for victory. As of 1am she was up by 1,303 votes in the race for Martin’s Senate District 25 seat.

Update 2: Lachowicz beat Republican incumbent Thomas H. Martin Jr. by 913 votes.

That’s three for three for us geeks in this year’s election!

Comic Fan Alan Grayson to Rejoin the House

Alan GraysonFormer Congressman is soon to be Congressman again as Alan Grayson won in his Congressional race today in Florida’s 9th District. Grayson lost in 2010 but defeated Todd Long to regain the seat. Grayson made news when he sent out an email talking about Green Lantern and race a subject he often brought up in political speeches. Grayson is an admitted comic book fan and we had a chance to chat with him about his comic reading and that infamous email.

“It feels great,” Grayson said Tuesday night, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m going to do my best when it comes to jobs, when it comes to housing, when it comes to education [and] when it comes to human needs.”

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