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Gender Representation in Comic Books

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This research study is dedicated to analyzing how gender is represented and perceived in the comic book medium, specifically in American superhero comic books and Japanese action-adventure shonen manga genre comics. The comic book medium has cemented itself as a creative cultural cornerstone valued by many fans. Despite this, the comic book industry is predominantly male and female comic book characters are scrutinized. (Roberts, 2016). In response to occurrences like these, survey and interview questions were created for this research study and given to comic book fans and artists respectively for insight into how comic book fans and creators feel about gender representation. As a result, it has been discovered that both male and female comic book fans have diverse opinions on preferable gender representation but tend to agree on certain kinds of character attire being desirable/impractical and how to detect or trust specific kinds of female characters.

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