Sunday, September 07, 2008

Slight Poll Issue Brings Hesitation

Good Sunday Morning to you all! I have a slight dilemma. I have done a new poll that I am very interested in. I have talked to 20 people. There is a small problem.

Let me reveal the questions for said poll before continuing. Know that this is a poll directed only at females, as my next one will be directed towards males.

Questions for females:

1. Have you ever read a comic book? Have any of them been super hero related? For How long?
2. What was your first awareness of super heroes?
3. What was your mother and/or father's views of comic books?
4. If you have children, what do you tell them about comic books?
5. What is your general opinion on reading comic books and the stories contained inside?

Okay, so the problem is that I have not a single person I have interviewed has answered "yes", other then to say that Archie comics were read. Do I continue the poll until I find someone who has, or do I ask my female friends here to respond? Does that skew the poll results?

I would appreciate your opinions on this. I am going to try and go talk to five more women today before I return home, so we shall see what happens then.

BTW, for a good time, check out the preview of Wonder Woman #24 over at Newsarama. Very Cool.

5 comments:

Vaklam said...

I'm interested in reading the answers to the other questions, especially from the women who have not read comics. I think you'll have enough non-comics readers that opening this up to your female readers here would not skew the results too badly.

If you do open the questions up to your readers I'll make sure I steer my wife in your direction.

Sheryl said...

Answers from a comic-reading female, in case this helps:

1. Have you ever read a comic book? Have any of them been super hero related? For How long?
Yes, many, and only a few were super hero related; I have found I generally am not fond of super hero comics. I have been reading comic books that I do like (which does not include "Archie") for about two decades.

2. What was your first awareness of super heroes?
"Superman" movies and collections of Golden Age "Batman" comics.

3. What was your mother and/or father's views of comic books?
My mother was the one reading the collections of Golden Age "Batman" comics, if that gives you an idea. :-) My parents also introduced me to "Asterix", which is on my shelf.

4. If you have children, what do you tell them about comic books?
I do not have and never shall have children, but I would definitely introduce them to comic books that I like, in the hypothetical case that I did.

5. What is your general opinion on reading comic books and the stories contained inside?
I love reading comic books as much as reading text-only stories and I am glad to see that comics are gaining acceptance in the mainstream.

Saranga said...

It depends on what you want to find out. If you only want to know more about women who do read comics, then it may take a long time to find said women.
If you are happy to find responses for questions 2 to 5 from non comics readers, (something I personally would be interested to hear about), then continue asking the questions to your rl friends/aqquaintences.
I think if you ask online women to respond, given the nature of this blog, you will have skewed results, becasue I imagine a lot of visitors are involved with comics. But, then again, if you plan on analsying the results it wodule be easy to split the responses between those who read comics and those who don't, and then compare the two.
If you do decide to open this up to online people, let me know and I can crosspost on my blog to open up the net a bit more.

Lisa said...

You might want to do both. Ask the questions to random women you know and post those results, then ask women you know DO read comics and see what their results are.

Have you gone to a library or book store and asked women there reading/buying manga? That would be interesting too!

Sea_of_Green said...

Well, I'm definitely biased because I'm a woman who reads comics, and I've read comics my entire life. I'll go ahead and answer the questions, though, if that's of any help to you:

1. Have you ever read a comic book? Have any of them been super hero related? For How long?
Yes, and yes. I've been reading comics since I was old enough to hold one, and I've been reading super-hero comics since 1971.

2. What was your first awareness of super heroes?
The old 1960s Batman TV show with Adam West and Burt Ward.

3. What was your mother and/or father's views of comic books?
My dad is responsible for me reading comics in the first place (he read them, too). My mom has always thought they're a waste of money and brain cells.

4. If you have children, what do you tell them about comic books?
Well, Mighty Mite isn't even a year old yet, but she likes to eat comic books and smack my action figure of Hal Jordan around.

5. What is your general opinion on reading comic books and the stories contained inside?
I love 'em, and I think they're good exercise for the imagination. The larger-than-life characters represent mankind's potential, and help give us ideas to shape our futures -- just like any good science fiction or mythological tale.