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40% of SDCC Attendees are Women!

July 12, 2012

Source: Felicia Day

That’s according to a mildly condescending article from Variety. Of the more than 130,000 tickets sold for San Diego Comic-Con this year, 40% were sold to or bought by women.

The article is crediting Twilight for the sudden surge in estrogen. Now, we here at FMG love to harp on that sparkly franchise and openly loathe it, but if it’s introducing women and girls to more quality geeky fair like Doctor Who and The Walking Dead, it’s not all bad. But still, it’s annoying to think that Twilight is the only reason women are in attendance.

In the past, many of the women who came to Comic-Con left the show shortly after the “Twilight” panel ended. But over the years, they’ve been increasingly sticking around to check out the artists, toymakers and other exhibitors on the show floor, as well as panels.

“Those girls are being exposed to science-fiction and action properties that are more traditional Comic-Con fare,” Kirkpatrick said. And there’s an upside for the typical Comic-Con attendee: “All of those boys there are being exposed to actual girls.”

Ugh. Right. We’ve insulted the geek girls enough, let’s make sure we also paint all geek guys with the “lonely virgins” brush, too. Great job.

Anyhow, whether we’re there for Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, Transformers, or Call of Duty, we’re there. We’re worth noticing. It hasn’t been a “boys only” club for a long time, and it’s high time that Hollywood (as well as video game and comic book publishers) take note.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 2:45 pm

    I know so many ladies who attend SDCC and similar events. I have countless females friends who are big into Dr. Who, Marvel, DC, video games, etc with no help from Twilight. While I’m sure Twi-hards are showing their loyalty by attending the Twilight portions and splitting, it’s silly for anyone to imply that 2 out of 5 attendees of one of the biggest geek events of the year are simply Edward Cullen obsessed teeny-boppers. There’s a tremendous opportunity for geek industries and they continue to write-off potential buyers.
    Check out my recent post about my sci-fi feminist icon

    • July 12, 2012 8:22 pm

      Ditto! Some day I’ll make it out there. San Diego is awesome.

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