Among the many wonderful things that you will find at Comicon
in San Diego. will be a voter registrati
on booth. notice: do not tell me if you are going to Comicon. Your attempts to make me jealous will only result in your death. Or at least a couple of hexes hurled in your direction
This will be a NON-PARTISAN effort ... we want ALL POV's repped at the table even though no politicizing will be allowed AT the booth
I think this is a great idea; it amazes me how many eligble voters are not registered. But that's another issue for another day. This non-partisan effort has me thinking in other directions.
Everyone knows I am a comic book geek (for lack of a better phrase). I am also a conservative - or a neocon, depending on your definition, or even a conservative moderate, or....you get the point. Once upon a time I was a moderate liberal. So I'm wondering where comic book readers skew on the political compass. Are we mostly liberals or Republicans or independents? Do we lean left or right or do we stand up in the middle? Or perhaps there is no real political leanings of comic book readers in general, but those who lean right read different comics than those who lean left. Or - and I think this is probably most likely - do your comic book tastes not reflect your politics at all?
I was talking with a friend about this and he remarked that it would make sense that conservatives would tend towards superhero comics. What would liberals read? Not sure, but I know there are quite a few recent titles where America - or a close, fictional fascimile - is the villian.
As for myself, I don't read superhero comics at all. My favorite titles include Sandman, Preacher, Transmetropolitan and Lenore. One of my favorites is Too Much Coffee Man, which happens to be a very liberal-leaning comic. So what does this mean? No idea.
I would like to take a little survey, though, to see if my friend's idea of conservatives leaning towards superhero stories holds true, and also to see what other people are reading and how - if at all - it coinicides with their politics.
These questions can start you off: Do you read comics? If so, what is your political affiliation (not necessarily how you are registered, but what you feel your "label" is)? What comics do you read? Specific titles or just genres or authors are all good. Also, are there comics you would label as specifically liberal or conservative? Are there comics you will not read because of the politis implied? Anything else you can add to the discussion that you feel would be helpful is fine.
I have no idea what I'll do with this data except disseminate it and say hmm...very interesting
. Which, I suppose, is the point of this. It will be interesting to see the results.