Captain America has a great butt, but we’re still all pretty bummed that Laverne Cox isn’t playing Wonder Woman, and Loki is a bad guy despite his sympathetic qualities (plus he definitely stars in a lot of pretty wild fanfiction that my editor won’t let me link to). Until recently, that was the bulk of what I knew about comics. My scope was quite obviously limited to whatever fandoms managed to spill across my Tumblr dashboard.
But as comic culture continues to explode, bolstered by the runaway success of the Marvel and DC film franchises, more and more people – myself included – are paying attention to this once-fringe medium. San Diego Comic Con has consistently drawn more than 130,000 enthusiastic fans in recent years, and the four-day event now includes appearances from bonafide Hollywood celebs like Mila Kunis and Christopher Nolan, alongside the writers and artists responsible for creating these characters. Your stereotypical comic fan today looks less like the Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy and more like, well, almost anyone.