I'm writing a book that uses superheroes to explore science.
The book is aimed at people who wouldn't necessarily read comics and the book's structure (the characters to cover etc) is all set. But I'm still not sure how much to mention actual comics, as that might alienate my target audience (non-fans). I'd be interested in hearing your answers to the following question:
Why do you think more people watch superhero movies than read comic books?
Do non-comic fans experience greater escapism from the films than comics because the experience is passive than active, for example? I'm not a cognitive scientist, but maybe the brain finds movies less hard work and therefore more enjoyable? On the flip side, for those who've read non-fiction books about comics: What made you want to buy them, and what kept you reading? I haven't yet decided whether to accept a book deal or self-publish, so I ask these questions because the potential publisher has suggested I make very few references to comics so I don't risk making the book less accessible to a wide audience, which I can understand.
Please don't suggest content for the book (I already have plenty to work with!) but if you've got any other thoughts or queries, don't hesitate to ask.
P.S. If you're interested in reading the book, you can pre-order a signed copy by supporting my Kickstarter project...
P.P.S. If you want to find out more about me, click the 'See full bio' link under my Kickstarter photo. I haven't previously published any long-form articles about the science of superheroes, but here's a short piece on the X-Men (sorry for the poor image quality -- it's a combination of a low-resolution PDF and Marvel's disastrous photoshopping)...
The Real X-Men: http://db.tt/RsrlhV1b