Demo-Graphics: The State of Indie/Small Press Comics
For this report I looked at comic book publisher likes that are not the big two or part of the big two. For this report, Vertigo, Zuda, Icon, are not included though they share similar comics as to other in this report. For this report, terms like IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics were included. Manga was left out of this as well.
Facebook Population: Over 6,800,000 in the United States
The indie/small press population has grown since last year by about 2.4 million individuals. That’s double the amount as last year and the year before which each grew 1.2 million.
In 2014 and 2015 Spanish speakers accounted for 12.50%. In 2016 the percentage increased to 16.18%.
Gender and Age
In 2014 men accounted for 57.50% of the population and women 40.63%. A year later, that shifted with men accounting for 59.09% and women 40.91%. The past year has brought some impressive changes as women now are a majority with 51.47% and men account for 48.53%.
Compared to last year those engaged took a serious drop, decreasing about 12 percentage points. Those Married double in percentage and over tripled in raw number. Those that are Single dipped slightly too, dropping about 4 percentage points.
With such a change in gender breakdowns, there’s absolutely shifts here.
With less Men, those all saw dips as far as how much they make up in percentage. Women interested in Women almost doubled while Women interested in both Men and Women increased about 0.7 percentage points.
Compared to last year all ethnicities increased a few percentage points.
The gains here all all in Generation X and Millennials, but what’s striking is again Generation X is majority women while Millennials are now about 50/50 parity.