When this post appears, I will be on my way to Seattle. Maybe I will meet some of you there. You can still register here.
I held onto this tip from a reader for a while. I think it came from Twitter:
The Economist found a fun topic but what's up with the axis not starting at zero?
The height x weight gimmick seems cool but on second thought, weight is not the same as girth so it doesn't make much sense!
In the re-design, I use bubbles to indicate weight and vertical location to indicate height. The data aren't as interesting as one might think. All the actors pretty much stayed true to the comic-book ideal, with Adam West being the closest. I also changed the order of the actors.
I left out the Lego, as it creates a design challenge that does not justify the effort.