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Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Graphic Novels

It’s Monday and that means a brand new Facebook Fandom spotlight where I look at the statistic of Facebook users when it comes to some part of geek fandom. Spinning out of a discussion over on the Beat, and with some prodding of that site’s head-honcho Heidi, this week I’m looking at graphic novels.

For this report, I look at the various terms used in Facebook as far as “likes” and through a mechanism on the site, report on the data of Facebook users concerning those likes. For this week, since it’s graphic novels, I narrowed the usual report down a bit to just focus on the gender of the people who like the various terms. Facebook has an algorithm on their backend to determine all of this, so it’s a bit more complicated than just “likes.”

Below I look at all these terms together as well as their broken apart. What stands out to me is that while women only make up 23.64% of the individuals who like the terms “graphic novel” and “graphic novels” there are some specific books where they are overwhelmingly the majority of the likes and many that are close to a 50/50 split. There’s a clear difference of interest when it comes to these books by gender.

Overall, this again shows that a diversity in what’s produced can only help attract a wider audience for comic books and graphic novels.

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