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Is Captain America a Woman? No. This Data Viz of 34,000 Comic Book Characters Shows Us Why That’s a Problem

If Tony Stark did data science, this would have his name all over it. 

Graphic novels and comic books are becoming increasingly popular in schools. New York City public schools even officially recommended Black Panther for middle schoolers last year. If you are teaching comics or if your child (like mine) is “drawn” to them–take in the pun–then I highly recommend looking for ways to explore comics critically. Start with this fantastic interactive data visualization by the team at The Pudding. It let’s you explore trends in gender portrayal using a sample of 34,000+ characters.

 

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