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October 12, 2014

This FiveThirtyEight Article Is Likely To Be Much Discussed

imageHere. It's distressing, although I'm not sure it's surprising to anyone that pays half a minute of basic attention to these things. If there's a significant amount of denial that these proportional relationships exist -- I honestly don't know, and that would be an almost laughable stance to take -- this punches that line of thinking in the kidneys.

And yes, one aggravating thing about an article like this is that it conflates Marvel and DC with all of comic books. I don't know a lot about statistical analysis, but using a pair of companies to make statements that include a few dozen publishers would seem to me fraught with peril, the same way that using Division One basketball and football program statistics to make claims for all of NCAA athletic programs might be. On the other hand, that doesn't make the findings unimportant or less depressing, given the huge weight those industry players have.

It's an interesting read, and I hope that we continue to get these kinds of articles and others critical of industry and company practices from a variety of standpoints. I think that's healthy.
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