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Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 30 Female Creators On 35 Different Books

November 24, 2014

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Last month, after DC broke their record for female creators in their solicits yet again, I was wondering when they might hit the mark of 30 different women. Turns out, it was this month, with DC breaking their record once more in their February solicits. I’ve been expecting a drop off after so many months of steady growth into impressive new highs, but it hasn’t come yet. It will, of course, but let’s enjoy DC outdoing themselves each month for now. Here are all of the female creators listed in DC’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Alex de Campi: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Aquaman #39 (variant cover), Harley Quinn #15 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Superman #39 (variant cover), The Flash #39 (variant cover)
  • Amy Chu: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #5 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #39 (artist), Justice League #39 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #5 (co-writer), The Kitchen #4 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #15 (writer), Secret Origins #10 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #3 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #6 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables #149 (artist), Fables: The Wolf Among Us #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman and Robin #39 (variant cover), Supergirl #39 (cover and art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #39 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby Doo Where Are You? #54 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: Secret Origins #10 (artist)
  • Jill Thompson: Batman #39 (variant cover), Wolf Moon #3 (cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #39 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #31 (co-writer), Earth 2: World’s End #18-21 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #15 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #2 (artist)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #39 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #4 (artist)
  • Nicola Scott: Action Comics #39 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #19 (inker)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #39 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female creators working on 35 different books for DC Comics this February, up from January’s record breaking 28 and 25. Also encouraging to see is a number of women working on multiple titles. Amanda Conner leads the charge, drawing a variety of Harley Quinn variant covers as part of February’s variant theme, but several other women are set to work on multiple books as well.

As a quick sidenote, DC’s solicits list “Alison Borges” on art for Lobo #5, but I’m assuming that this is a misspelling of Alisson Borges, a male artist from Brazil who’s gotten some Big Two work recently. DC has a history of misspelling names in their solicits. However, if it turns out I’m wrong I will happily adjust the list accordingly and add her to the numbers.

In terms of new titles, February is very quiet. Harley Quinn has a Valentine’s special issue, co-written and with a cover by Amanda Conner, and Vertigo is launching Suiciders, a new book written and drawn by Lee Bermejo; the solicit for Suiciders lacks a character breakdown, so I don’t know how much female representation is inside the book.

Overall, DC broke their record yet again, and that is a fantastic thing. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, of course. For example, the only way female creators seem to get close to a major male character is through variant covers. The vast majority of women making comics at DC are writing and drawing female characters or lower tier male characters. Many of the big names remain elusive, and it would be nice to see that change. Nonetheless, it’s still a great month for DC, and I’m hoping to see another record shatter in March!

Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2015 Solicits

November 4, 2014

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It’s a brand new year, solicitswise, and DC is kicking it off right with a huge amount of female creators, the most we’ve seen from either DC or Marvel since this project began. The numbers are massive, so much so that I’m instituting a new system. When there were only 2 or 3 women writing or drawing books in a particular section, putting them in paragraphs was easy to read, but now there’s just tons and the paragraphs are getting bogged down. So we’re going to try it a different way. Here’s a look at the female creators listed in DC Comics’ January 2015 solicits:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #14 (cover and co-writing)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #4 (writing)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #38 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #4 (co-writing), The Kitchen #3 (cover)
  • Brooke Eikmeier: The Flash Season Zero #4 (co-writing)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #2 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #5 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Supergirl #38 (cover and interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #2 (writing)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #38 (writing)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You #53 (writing)
  • Jan Duursema: Earth 2: World’s End #14 (interior art)
  • Kate Perkins: Supergirl #38 (co-writing)
  • Katherine Walczak: Flash Season Zero #4 (co-writing)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 (co-writing)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #30 (co-writing), Earth 2: World’s End #14-17 (co-writing)
  • Marguerite Sauvage : Hinterkind #14 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #1 (interior art)
  • Mary H.K. Choi : Vertigo Quarterly: Black #1 (writing)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #7 (interior art), Fairest #33 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #38 (writing)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #3 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: The Multiversity Guide Book #1 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #38 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #18 (inking)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #7 (interior art)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #38 (variant cover)

All together, DC has 28 different female creators set to work on 25 different comic books in January 2015. This is a big jump up from their former high, hit just last month, of 21 and 22 respectively. The number of female creators at DC has jumped by a THIRD from their best total in one month. That’s very impressive.

The range of female creators is encouraging as well. They’re doing a variety of jobs across the line, from the New 52 to digital and licensed properties to Vertigo. We’ve seen a lot of the women listed above at DC before, but there are also some new names, including the television writers who are working on The Flash and Arrow comics.

There’s not a lot going on in January with new female characters, but that’s largely due to a lack of new books in general. There’s a new Mortal Kombat comic, and the print debut of a digital first Fables series, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, which appears to focus on Bigby Wolf though it looks as though Snow White may play a role as well. There’s also Effigy #1 from Vertigo, and it has a female lead character as well as a female artist, so that’s good to see

Ultimately, January is going to be the best month DC’s had for female creators since the New 52 launched more than three years ago. It’s been a slow build, but the numbers have rocketed up exponentially over the fall and now into the winter. Will DC break 30 next month? We’ll have to see. I anticipate a levelling off at some point, but this recent growth is very exciting news, however long overdue.

Wonder Woman ’77 Comic, Based On The Lynda Carter TV Show, To Debut In December

October 13, 2014

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At the “DC Digital: Download This!” panel at New York Comic-Con this weekend, DC announced a new, second digital-first series starring Wonder Woman. Joining Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman on the digital roster, Wonder Woman ’77 will be based on the 1970s Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter. Clearly inspired by the success of Batman ’66, the comic will debut digitally in December and run for six weeks, and then run sporadically in similar installments in 2015. The six digital issues will be published as two print issues.

While interior artists weren’t announced, Wonder Woman ’66 will be written by Marc Andreyko, who is currently the writer on Batwoman and is perhaps best known and generally beloved for writing Manhunter. I think he’s a great choice for the project, and I’m excited to see what sort of stories he comes up with. The comic will be set in the 1970s, like the second and third season of the show, and will incorporate Wonder Woman’s comic book villains along with those from the show. There was even talk of a possible Batman ’66 crossover during the panel.

The covers will be drawn by Nicola Scott, who illustrated the spectacular image above. Most recently, Scott has worked on Earth 2, but she did a run on Wonder Woman with Gail Simone a year or so before the New 52 relaunch. If the rest of the covers are even half as stunning as this first one, it should be a gorgeous run of issues. I’ve got my fingers crossed that she’ll do some interior art as well.

With Wonder Woman ’77 announced, I’m curious about which adaptations we’ll get next. I saw some folks on Twitter who were hoping for Lois and Clark ’93, which I would be onboard for. I’d also be really interested in Adventures of Superman ’52, preferably with Phyllis Coates Lois, but Noel Neill is cool too. I feel like Superman ’78 is going to happen at some point; that just seems like a no-brainer, if they can sort out all the rights. Maybe Batman ’89. There are a lot of ways to go.

Look for Wonder Woman ’77 in digital form this December, and in print in early 2015. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

May 29, 2014

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August looks like a very busy month for female creators at DC, with several women set for multiple gigs across every division of the publisher. There’s also some good news for female characters in terms of new series, though it’s counteracted with some unfortunate cancellations. Let’s dig into the August 2014 solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #34, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #34, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #34, and Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • In terms of New 52 art, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #26, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #34, Meghan Hetrick is doing a variant cover for New Suicide Squad #2, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #34, and Amanda Conner is doing cover for Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • Outside of the New 52, Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert are writing stories for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, which also features art by Cat Staggs. Staggs is doing covers for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #1 and Smallville Season 11 Special #5, as well. Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay both have art in Adventures of Superman #16, and Teen Titans Go! #5 features writing by Amy Wolfram and art by Lea Hernandez.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #10, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #2, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8.
  • For new series, Wonder Woman’s got a new book, the aforementioned Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, which will have new, out of continuity stories by different creators in every issue. The Multiversity #1 launches in August too, and features Mary Marvel on the cover.
  • In sad news, the last issue of Birds of Prey comes out in August, and Worlds’ Finest is losing Power Girl and Huntress and replacing them with Superman and Batman after the August issue.

All together, there are 16 different women working on 16 different books in August, one less woman than in July but two more titles. Plus that count doesn’t paint the most accurate picture, seeing as so many women a) have multiple gigs, and b) are working on the same books. There are 22 female credits in the solicits overall; they just break down into 16 and 16. This is one of the strongest months we’ve seen from DC since we started keeping an eye on the solicits.

For female characters, a new book for Wonder Woman is long overdue, and luckily it sounds absolutely fantastic. Losing Birds of Prey is quite a blow, though. It’s been a mainstay of female representation for ages as the publisher’s only real female team book, and it’s also been good at rotating the cast a bit and showcasing different female characters alongside Black Canary, Barbara Gordon, and some of the other fixtures of the series. The changes to Worlds’ Finest are disheartening as well. Power Girl and the Huntress were two of the most popular female characters at DC before the relaunch, and while their new incarnations were different it’s unfortunate to see them replaced with men. I hear they’ll be in the Earth 2 weekly book that launches in October, though, so that’s something.

Overall, August is looking good for female creators at DC, while somewhat bittersweet for female characters. Sensation Comics looks great, and let’s cross our fingers for a Birds of Prey relaunch soon.

Women At DC Comics Watch – July 2014 Solicits

April 30, 2014

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July should be very busy for female creators at DC Comics, largely due to Vertigo but there’s some solid representation on the superhero side of things as well. It’s not a bad month for female characters either, so all together July is looking like one of DC’s better months. Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #33, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #33, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #33, and Amanda Conner has a super packed month co-writing Secret Origins #4, Harley Quinn #8, and Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #25, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #33, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #33, and Amanda Conner is busy again, doing the cover for Harley Quinn #8 and the cover and some interior art for Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Rachel Dodson inks the cover for Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #4,
  • As a sidenote, DC has some books with VERY long titles. It’s a little bit out of hand.
  • Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are doing interior art for the new series, Bodies, while Fiona Stephenson is doing the cover for Bodies #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #9, Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #7, and Annie Mok, Rachel Deering, Jody Houser, and Carla Berrocal all have work in the anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1
  • In terms of characters, some dudes are getting news books, like Dick Grayson, a Robin special, and the new Star-Spangled War Stories that features G.I. Zombie. But a couple of new team books have ladies, including Joker’s Daughter, Harley Quinn, and Amanda Waller in New Suicide Squad #1 and Wonder Girl and Raven on the terribly covered Teen Titans #1. Secret Origins will again feature two men and one woman; this month, the woman is Harley Quinn, who is everywhere in July.
  • Also, the new Vertigo series Bodies has at least one main female character in its multiple storylines, a Detective Sergeant named Shahara Hasan.

All together, there are 17 different women working on 14 different books in July, up nicely from June’s 12 and 12. Now, 4 of these women are from a one-shot special, which means we likely won’t see them again next month, but we may see them down the road on a different book. Bringing in new names and expanding editors’ rolodexes could very easily lead to future projects.

The new female character situation is okay, though we’ve seen a lack of new solo female titles at DC since Harley Quinn launched in the fall. Representation in team books is good, but DC could still be doing a lot more with their female characters. They could also let their female creators write and draw men for a change; most of the female creators in the New 52 books are writing and drawing women, which is fun but also an odd sort of pigeonholing.

If you like ladies in your comic books, real or fictional, DC’s July offerings give you a decent amount of choices. It’s not quite a buffet of female-led books, but it’s an okay sampling, and better than the crumbs we’ve seen in past months. I imagine things will drop in August, just based on the sorts of books coming out in July, but hopefully new projects will bring in new women and the numbers will continue to grow.

Women At DC Comics Watch – May 2014 Solicits

February 27, 2014

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May looks to be a definite step down for female creators at DC after a few very solid months, and an uneventful month for characters of any kind, male or female, with not many new books launching.  The decline for female creators isn’t catastrophic, but it’s certainly bigger than a slight fluctuation and is doubly annoying because we know DC can do better.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone pens Batgirl #31 and The Movement #12, which will be the latter’s final issue.  Ann Nocenti writes Catwoman #31, Christy Marx is on Birds of Prey #31, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #6.
  • For New 52 artists, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #23, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover and interior art for Supergirl #31, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #31, and Amanda Conner is drawing the cover for Harley Quinn #6.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #2, while Bobbie Chase and Leah Moore are both writing The Vampire Diaries #5.
  • Finally, over at Vertigo, Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #5.  I’m not sure where Coffin Hill, and thus Caitlin Kittredge, is in May, though the first collection comes out then so maybe they’ve built in a skip month for the series around the trade’s release in May.
  • There’s not much in the way of new books.  The new weekly The New 52: Future’s End launches, but seems to feature mostly guys.  Grifter, Firestorm, and Batman Beyond appear to be the primary characters, though Lois Lane does get a mention in the solicit for the second issue.  Secret Origins continues with origin stories for Batman, Aquaman, and Starfire; Scott Lobdell is writing the Starfire origin, though, so don’t get your hopes up.

All together, 11 different women are working on 10 different books this May, a big drop from April’s 15 women on 16 books.  It’s not great to have the number of female creators drop by about a third when there are so few to begin with.  Plus next month, barring an announcement of a new series, Gail Simone will be down to just one book now that The Movement has been cancelled, so the future’s not looking terribly bright right now either.

In a busier month, the lack of new female characters would be distressing, but in such a slow month it’s more mildly annoying.  I’d have liked to see more women front and center in The New 52: Future’s End, though; there are a lot of dudes in those solicits, and only one woman.  As a positive update, though, Batman: Eternal looks to be featuring several female characters, including Harper Row and Spoiler, so that’s a plus.  At least one weekly book will have some ladies in it.  I highly recommend checking out Batman #28, which serves as a sort of preview for Batman: Eternal.  It’s a really great issue with another fun female character in the mix as well; I ruin the surprise.

Ultimately, May looks to be a pretty subpar month for women at DC.  Female creators are still in double digits, but just barely and at rates far lower than what we’ve seen lately.  Female characters in new books are few and far between, and what we do have is Starfire penned by the writer who’s written her in a rather exploitive way in the past.  Let’s hope May was a momentary dip and June will be better!

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2014 Solicits

January 28, 2014

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April looks like a very good month for female creators at DC Comics, but only an average one for female characters despite several new titles and shake-ups.  Let’s take a look at the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #30, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #30, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #5, and Gail Simone writes Batgirl #30, Batgirl Annual #2, and The Movement #11.
  • For New 52 artists, Meghan Hetrick is doing the interior art for Nightwing #30, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #22, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #30, Amanda Conner does the cover for Harley Quinn #5, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #22 and the interior art for Supergirl #30.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #1, Heather Nuhfer writes Vampire Diaries #4, and Amy Wolfram writes Teen Titans Go! #3.
  • At Vertigo, Amy Chu and Cris Peter are part of the new anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #7, and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #4.
  • There are some big Justice League shake-ups this April.  Justice League United #0 launches with Supergirl and Stargirl as part of the team along with 5 guys.  Justice League #30 is the debut of Lex Luthor as the leader of the team, along with a few other cast changes, but Wonder Woman remains the only woman on the roster.  As for Justice League of America, the book that had 3 female characters?  Cancelled in April.
  • Batman Eternal is set to launch, and Stephanie Brown is in the mix; she’s due to appear for the first time in the New 52 universe in Batman Eternal #3.  DC is also launching a new Secret Origins series, and Supergirl will be featured in the first issue, while Aquaman and the Others #1, an Aquaman spinoff if you can believe it, is 2 of 5 for female main characters.

All together, in April 2014 DC is scheduled to have 15 different female creators working on 16 different books, an increase of 3 and 4 respectively from last month’s numbers.  These are really solid numbers for DC, among the best we’ve seen since this project began.  Double digits used to be a rarity, and now it’s commonplace.  Men still hit well into the triple digits each month, so there’s still a long way to go, but this is definite progress.

Things are moving slower on the female character side.  Representation in team books is always good to see, though women are always a minority.  It’s nice to have Stephanie Brown back, though!  That’s been a long time coming.  However, while Marvel seems to be launching multiple female-led solo series each month, DC certainly isn’t.  Their new books are either teams, one of which has a male hero in the title, or male-led solo books like the new Sinestro #1 (because apparently there’s a lack of Green Lantern books; Sinestro makes 6 currently being published).

Ultimately, the variety and number of female creators is very encouraging, while representation for female characters could be better.  Interestingly, as we’ll see in a couple days, the situation at Marvel is the complete opposite.  It seems that you can either have female creators OR female characters from a publisher; for whatever reason, you can’t have both.


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