In July 2019 I published another questionnaire to assess your tastes in female muscle comics. In this particular list of questions, I was looking for which relationships between characters you find the most exciting. You find the original survey here still.
Basically, I asked you to tell me which of the following relationships you were most interested in (we're always talking about strong, muscular women and tiny, short men).
423 people answered this survey (I would have gotten more responses if I would've put this survey in the newsletter as well, but I got enough as it was). Let me tell you something about the results (which I'm taking into account for my comics about amazon women).
Four of these options got noticeably fewer positive ratings, and there's a common thread among them: family relationships. Even though I'm not talking about blood relatives (there's the step-part, you know), people clearly seem less enthusiastic about these kind of relationships. The one relationship where there is actually a blood-connection (cousin and niece) got the lowest rating of all (not even half of the highest rated option, which I'll get to). Stepfather and stepdaughter, stepson and stepmom, and stepbrother and older sister did better than cousin and niece, but still scored significantly less than other options. There is one exception here: a stepbrother and a younger stepsister (which actually will be the topic of an upcoming comic called My best friend's brother), scored quite well - and actually ended in second place. So I might revisit that theme at some point.
So we got second place covered. Third and fourth place go to male student and female teacher, and male teacher and female student, respectively, with not that much difference between them. The theme of a tall, muscular female teacher and short male student has been developed in The Teacher, while small male teachers and tall, muscular female students have featured in Marjorie: the sub (see pic below) and also in Bigger than the Boys.
So, did you figure out by now which option was voted as the absolute number one? I must say it came as a surprise to me. It's the husband and wife/boyfriend and girlfriend option - with 636 points it scored over one hundred points higher than number two (stepbrother and younger stepsister). I think I'll need to ask you guys (and occasional girl) what exactly you like about this kind of relationship - and feel free to let me know in the comments. Should the two be married, or just boyfriend and girlfriend? Fresh relationship, or long standing? With growth, or not? How dominant should the wife or girlfriend be?
In any case, I have of course explored the partner dynamic in quite a few stories: in Amber and Julian (there are actually several couples in there), in Stepmom, in The Bully, in Katie... But I'd love to find out what exactly it is that you find so exciting about partner relationships. For now, I hope you'll enjoy the upcoming The Bride.
And by the way, male boss and female employee and male employee and female boss scored pretty well (below the top four, but not that much), and I'll definitely work more with these themes.
Oh, and there's of course relationship that weren't covered in the survey: like the doctor patient relationship that you can see in Amazon Doctor, Doctor's Appointment, and especially - more developed - in Muscle Therapy.
Something I forgot? Questions? Input? Let me know in the comments!
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