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Offline Overlord

Women dominated graphic novel covers find success in 2015...
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:15:27 PM »
I find it interesting that 7 of the top 8 Graphic Novels for 2015 (Goodreads) feature women as focus of front cover. Worth noting too that the strongest character (who takes over as lead) in Attack on Titan is female too.

Anyone read any of these (or not) and have any thoughts?



My reason for posting and the conversation I wish to evoke is whether this 7/8 stat is because graphic novels featuring women have been hugely in demand but not supplied and so this is a kind of mad dash for everything. OR is it that writers have had these awesome characters and ideas they've been unable to explore for a long time - not being in 'fashion' or what publishers are asking for - so the work they've released has been truly unmissable and of the highest quality. OR is it just that covers with women on the front are the 'in' thing amongst artists right now (I think although this is part of it, the fact the stories centre around women makes this a small part of the puzzle).
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Re: Women dominated graphic novel covers find success in 2015...
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2015, 12:36:31 PM »
I don't read all that many graphic novels, so can't speculate on trends much. But I do love Saga. It's an interesting blend of the challenges in relation to family life, including being unwelcome pretty much every where as a result of their forbidden love, being from warring planets/races. Plus all the amazing fantastical elements. And it's really funny.  And it has Lying Cat.
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Offline ArhiX

Re: Women dominated graphic novel covers find success in 2015...
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2015, 02:17:11 PM »
Actually I never judge anything by: "Woah! There is a female/male on a cover. Must buy", so I don't know what's the fuss about. Actually I'm more likely to get interested by cover if there is no human being at all.
I have read Attack on Titan (manga) and Historia is by no means the strongest character (not even the strongest woman there in my opinion). It's Levi all the way. 8)

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Offline Rostum

Re: Women dominated graphic novel covers find success in 2015...
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2015, 12:27:47 AM »
I dont tend to read Graphic Novels regardless of story author or sex of the characters. My daughter religiously follows girl genius though.

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/


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Re: Women dominated graphic novel covers find success in 2015...
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2015, 09:17:44 AM »
Followed this up with an article on Fantasy-Faction's main page for anyone interested:

http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/women-dominate-graphic-novels-in-2015

I’m sure we’ll see less women in the top eight of best graphic novels next year or the year after, demand will balance out now the supply is there, but I’m sure comic book writers around the world are preparing to submit ideas for characters and stories they avoided submitting due to fear of rejection prior to the ‘guy thing’ myth having been broken. That’s a good thing for us fans who have been robbed of certain types of stories and certain types of characters for far too long.
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Re: Women dominated graphic novel covers find success in 2015...
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2015, 10:30:56 AM »
Something which came out of Ms Marvel winning a Hugo was lots of Analysis of market share and type.
From memory  the split was close to even between male and female as to who reads comics and graphic novels and there seemed to be little change in this regardless of whether the MC was male or female in the comic.
My dad who is in his 70's has  a copy of Grandville and I would argue that age of readers may be more surprising than gender split. He grew up with the Eagle and has always had an interest in comics.

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