In 1981 comic books were automatically connected with teenage male fans. Fortunately this isn't true so much any more. Back in the dim mists of the early 80s I depicted a typical gaggle of nerdy teenage boys enjoying the harvest of paper at the comics convention. We didn't know from "diversity" back then but I managed to add one black one and one girl. If you look closely you'll see they are reading immortal titles of the 80s and earlier such as "Brother Power, the Geek."
"Cosplay" hadn't been invented yet; dressing up as a character was just called "costuming." But some guys and gals did dress up at conventions, and some were even professional model types hired to stir up publicity. This one, dressed as the '70s Captain Marvel, is perhaps getting a little too close to a fan, who is not sure about the situation.
I still have my comic books from that era as well as the fan magazine that published these little illustrations.
Black ink on illustration board. Upper one: 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Lower one, 4 1/4" x 3 1/2. Spring 1981.