Each month I run demographic data of comic “fans” based on data mined from Facebook. The monthly report is focused on the United States and runs the first of every month. Due to popular demand, today launches a European edition that will run on the 15th of every month!
This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.
This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.
Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are likely underrepresented. Europe also has some other data restrictions that will be discussed below.
Facebook Population: Over 55,000,000 in Europe
That’s 18 million more individuals than compared to what I reported for the United States in the beginning of the month. What’s interesting is that using the same terms as those used in the US report there are 54 million individuals. Adding in European publishers an additional 1 million individuals are added.
Worldwide, the estimate is 279,069,449 which is an increase of about 15 million compared to last month.
Gender and Age
In the United States at the beginning of the month women were reported as 37.84% of comic fandom while men accounted for 62.16%. In Europe, women account for 45.45% while men account for 54.55%.
This month in the United States at no point do women become a majority of fans. In Europe men and women age 38 to 46 are about in even numbers. Eventually men become the majority again at age 65 and up.
Part of the chance above is reflected below. Men increased in population age 46 and up while women dropped across the board at every age.
Compared to the United States, the relationship status of individuals is actually pretty different. “Single,” “In Relationship,” “Divorced,” and “Married” are all much lower when it comes to percentage. Those “Engaged” is a little higher, but what’s much higher is the individuals marked “Unspecified,” and those as “Civil Union,” “Domestic Partnership,” and “Open Relationship.”
Compared to the United States those with Doctorate or Master’s Degrees are lower, but College Grads, in College are higher. I don’t know how Europe generally compares to the US as far as education, but differences are probably reflected here.
And here’s where data privacy differs. In some European nations this information can’t be reported which means either removing those countries or just not reporting on this. I chose the latter for now.
And come back next month for a new look at the data and the first comparison of just Europe!