I took a couple of hours out of my day to be on a panel for Young Author’s Day, an event put on by the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I was invited to join by John Lustig, who I feel very lucky to call my friend and mentor. We answered the usual questions about the writing process and how we broke into comics, but I was even more intrigued by the audience. Notice something about them?
Yeah. GIRLS. Very. Young. Girls.
So I asked THEM some questions. “How many of you read comics?”
All hands went up.
"How many of you want to make comics some day?"
Most of the hands went up.
Here’s where it really got interesting. “How many of you BUY comics?”
Only one hand raised. I asked her where she buys her comics. She said, “At the comic book store.”
"Do you have a comic book store you like going to?" I asked.
She hesitated. “It’s complicated.”
That’s 10 year-old speak for “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.” The rest of them read webcomics. None of them had heard of Comixology before, but they knew all about it by the time the panel was over. What comic would they like to see most? Minecraft. Only Steve needs to be a girl.
It was a fascinating experience, especially in the wake of this article detailing why girls in the 1980s (like me and one of the moms nodding eagerly in the audience) stopped buying comics for 20 years.
The future of comics is bright indeed.
This is absolutely wonderful.
BFF CHAPTER SUMMARY 18 IS UP! There’s nothing too graphic, but you should probably not read this chapter at work…
- There is now a working RSS Feed for the new updates.
- Since some people were confused - yes, these summaries will go to the END OF THE STORY! There are many more updates to be made! Like, at least 30 chapters. Nothing is over just yet.
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I care too much.
reblogging this to remind myself to donate when I get my purse
reblogging this because I really want them to live like we do.
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a collage dedicated to my favorite lego spaceman
i just set it up and it seems to be working
if you’re at the club and someone asks for your number just give them this