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Demo-Graphics: Beyond Gender, Age, and Ethnicity

The first day of each month (and a lot of Mondays) I break down the demographic data of those who “like” comics on Facebook. With about 32 million people this past month, the data represents those with an interest in comics (over 100 terms made up of publishers, generic terms like “comics,” and comic specific terms like “one-shot”). These are not necessarily purchasers or subscribers, they’d be a subset of this group, these are folks who are interested in comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, or publishers. That 32 million is the first audience we as a community should be reaching out to to push comics forward. They are the most likely to be interested in comics, and become regular readers and customers.

But, any good marketer knows, that demographic data is just one small portion of who a “customer” is. To truly get the whole picture of who these individuals are, and get even better bang for the buck, you also need to understand their interests and habits.

With the call to “push comics forward,” I am happy to present for the first time these habits and affinity, and explain why this is important.

Why is this important?

Someone’s age, gender, or ethnicity is just a small part of the equation when figuring out who to market to or what to market. A person’s history of purchases in this case, or what else they’re interested in helps to not only target to the individual, but find others like them. Gender, age, and ethnicity is the broad categories and helps with messaging, but now we’re getting into the specifics!

The Specifics

Again, we’re able to dive into Facebook for this data, using the exact same terms used for the monthly reports. The only difference is this data is for those 18 and up, while our monthly demographic report is 13 and up. Facebook data is enhanced using available data warehouses giving us a better idea as to who these people are.

And now, the data!

Age and Gender

We can see the similar breakdown of percentages as I’ve been presenting for some time now. We get to see how that compares though to the Facebook population as a whole.


This is everyone’s interest data based on their actual purchase behavior, brand affinity, and other activities. Interestingly enough, comic fans are much greater than the general Facebook population in having children early in life. They tend to be renters, and still in school. On the flip side those in their mid-20s without children and owning their own home are also over represented by comic fans as well as similar folks with children.

Not surprisingly, the wealthy and “elite,” established, and elderly are under represented in the population.

Younger individuals with and without children are the bread and butter of the comic fandom in other words.

lifestyle_1 lifestyle_2 lifestyle_3Relationship Status and Education Level

Compared to the general Facebook populace, comic fans are much more likely to be “single,” “in a relationship,” or “engaged.” They are much less likely to be “married.” As far as education, they are slightly more likely to be college educated. Take the above and we’re looking for younger college educated individuals.

2015-02-02_1429Job Title

This is rather interesting. Based on likely industries from self-reported data, we have groups of what types of jobs comic fans have. It’s not surprising that with a younger set of individuals, the positions are less established with folks more likely temporary and seasonal, retail, food preparation, service industry positions.

They are much less likely lawyers, in the medical field, in computing or mathematics or in the science industry. Most of those involve longer career commitments, so comic fans might not be  there yet. Remember, they’re mostly young and in college.

job_title_1 job_title_2 job_title_3Page Likes

When it comes to what pages comic fans like, most shouldn’t be a surprise. We see lots fo video games, Marvel, DC Comics, comic characters, and Stan Lee. What’s also interesting is we see Loot Crate (showing a nice overlap and business decision to include comics in the service) and some fascinating bands.

2015-02-02_1434But how do those page interests compare to the rest of Facebook? We have that below! If I wanted to build a brand, I’d look at these pages first when targeting ads (along with the previous data mentioned). So far we have men, who are in college, in service jobs, and like Iron Man.

page_affinity_1 page_affinity_2Location

Comic fans are located in big cities according to this.

location_1 location_2 location_3 location_4 location_5Interestingly though, comic fans also over represent in smaller cities and towns.

location_overrepresentThey’re also underrepresented in larger cities.

location_underrepresentFrequency of Activity

Comic fans are also rather active on Facebook, liking commenting, sharing, likely, and clicking ads more than the average Facebook user.


Comic fans use a mix of mobile and desktop to access Facebook and are more prone to using Android devices… Yet we see iOs devices launched first for digital comic apps…


Comic fans tend to live alone or in larger households and rent.

home_1 home_2Spending Methods

Comic fans also primarily use cash, which makes sense since younger individuals might not have credit built up. They also spend much less on “travel & entertainment,” and “premium” things compared to the general Facebook users.

spendingIndividuals also are pretty average in their spending, while more likely to spend online or not spend online at all. They are also much less likely to be on the low end of online spending. Good news for digital comics!

spending_2What’s really interesting is the comic audience’s purchase behavior is lower for every category compared to the general Facebook population. Since they are generally even in spending compared to the audience, we can assume they’re buying something else…. comics maybe?

purchase_behaviorAnd that wraps up our first look at the affinity and actual interests of our monthly comic fandom! Expect for even more of a dive in and explanation of how one would use this data in the coming weeks and months!

Most importantly, to really build the comic market, we need to understand who the fans and purchasers are. By doing so, we make our job easier. The above is a piece of that puzzle.