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Comic Con's Programming [Jul. 6th, 2006|01:14 pm]
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divalea pointed out that there are only 3 female guests out of 46 at Comic-Con International this year -- a year when CCI:SD's advertising is touting "the most diverse guests." (BTW, they have zero African-Americans as guests.)

leborcham (Heidi MacDonald) responded:

You might want to take a look at the programming There are zillions of women panelists. And yes, every year SD has more than one female guest. Often more than three.

I think there are a lot of issues regarding women in comics, but this isn't one that really needs a lot of beating into the ground.

So I took a look at these zillions of panelists. Here's what I found for day one, Thursday:

Doing ComicsDoing Other StuffAcademicsTotal
Men11310911233
Women924235
Uncertain109019

This is divided somewhat arbitrarily into "...Doing Comics" and "...Doing Other Stuff" and "...Academics." And there are some names I just can't place, due to either being names like "Chris" and "Mel", or names which are foreign and not recognizibly gendered, or initials.

Crunching some numbers out:

People Doing Comics:Male (85.6%), Female (6.8%), Uncertain (7.5%)
People Doing Other Stuff:Male (76.8%), Female (16.9%), Uncertain (6.3%)
Academics:Male (84.6%), Female (15.4%)
All Panelists:Male (81.2%), Female (12.2%), Uncertain (6.6%)
Male Panelists:Doing Comics (48.5%), Doing Other Stuff (46.8%), Academics (4.7%)
Female Panelists:Doing Comics (25.7%), Doing Other Stuff (68.6%), Academics (5.7%)
Special Guests:Male (93.5%), Female (6.5%)

Sorry, Heidi. I'm just not seeing the "zillions" here.

Update: More stats.

Let's look at each panel on Thursday, then.

Panels with at least one woman panelist:23 (24.7%)
Panels with at least one man panelist:78 (83.9%)
Panels with at least one man and one woman:22 (23.7%)
Panels with only men panelists:56 (60.2%)
Panels with only women panelists:1 (1.1%)
Panels with uncertain gender composition:14 (15.1%)

"Uncertain" includes names which aren't easily identifiable (as above), and also panels in which the panels have not been announced (e.g. corporate panels). These panels will almost certainly fall into either the "mixed panel" or "exclusively male panel" category.

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From: coldfyre
2006-07-07 06:32 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm...

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It's a good point, and one that Kynn's "Friends of Lulu" link also brings up. However, it's also become pretty clear that many women do buy and enjoy comics, despite this. I think that we can both agree that more comics made by women (and more comic shops run by women) would certainly make a lot more women feel comfortable and interested in taking up the hobby, anyway. At this point, I guess my question would be, can I do anything? After all this discussion, I'd like to. But, I don't own a comic shop, I'm not a woman, I don't work with the comic industry, and I really only have a marginal interest in comics. Is there any way I can make a positive impact?
[User Picture]From: kynn
2006-07-07 06:37 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm...

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Donate your comic books (from your sister) to a younger female relative. :)

Support groups which promote women in comics, such as Friends of Lulu.

Try not to think of comics as "a guy's hobby/industry" (and the implicit excuses in that) but rather as "something everyone would enjoy if only the sexism were toned down."

Read divalea's LJ regularly. :)

Hurt comics!
From: coldfyre
2006-07-07 06:43 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm...

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Thanks! Also, I've just noticed that all the other hobbies I mentioned way back in my first post (D&D, video games, bad movies) often have sexist themes as well, though they don't need them to be fun. Perhaps they too are "something everyone would enjoy if only the sexism were toned down."
[User Picture]From: kynn
2006-07-07 07:20 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm...

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Pretty much, yeah.