All in announcements

As of this writing, the survey now has received 463 completed responses. Although I’d initially intended to close it on January 15 (tomorrow), I’m going to keep going for another three weeks in order to run the numbers up a little bit higher.

The more people who complete the survey, the better and more accurate a picture we have of the comics industry as a place to work in general but, perhaps more importantly, we need a relatively large group of responses in order to be able to say anything at all about smaller groups within the population—whether that be minority creators, older creators, or occupational roles. So please take the survey and share it with your friends and collaborators by February 5, 2014.

With that announcement out of the way, let me turn to a couple of statistics and charts about age and career length.

I’ve received a surprising amount of feedback about one particular feature of the survey: the request for the four letters and two digits to generate a personalized reference code. Some people simply find it too personal, but others have suggested that the questions' similarity to those used for security on credit cards and other accounts represents a risk of identity theft.

In response, I have changed the prompts and—as always—you can choose your own random letters or numbers. If this was stopping you from taking the survey, please feel free to go ahead now.

However, I wanted to take a moment to explain what this step is and why, as well as to say something about how we’re protecting your privacy.