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Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, January 2014 In Review

March 30, 2014


It’s a new year of stats, and the first numbers have gone up over at Bleeding Cool. DC edged out Marvel for the higher overall percentage of female creators, posting 12.2% women overall while Marvel was at 11.6%.

We also took a look at female characters, and saw that not only are female characters underrepresented but their numbers have been stagnant for several years now. However, there’s some cause for cautious optimism moving forward, and so we’re going to check in on female characters again in six months time.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – June 2014 Solicits

March 27, 2014


After a very strong May, the June solicits were a definite step down for female creators at Marvel, and there’s not much going on for female characters either. The female creator situation is particularly frustrating; Marvel has demonstrated that there are lots of great female creators out there, yet the publisher seems incapable of hiring many of them on a consistent basis. Let’s look at the June 2014 solicits:

  • For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #4 and G. Willow Wilson is on Ms. Marvel #5.
  • For interior art, Annie Wu is penciling and inking Hawkeye #21. I thought the last issue was her final Hawkeye, but good news! I was wrong, and Wu is back again with her awesome art.
  • Covers were the big category this month: We’ve got Stephanie Hans on a teaser variant (whatever that is) for Original Sin #3, Siya Oum on a variant for All-New Ultimates #3, Amy Reeder on a variant for Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #2, Amanda Conner on a variant for Elektra #3, and Jenny Frison on the regular cover for Loki: Agent of Asgard #5.
  • In terms of new characters, there’s not much going on anywhere. The only new books are Savage Hulk #1 and Figment #1, both of which have male leads.

All together, there are 8 different female creators scheduled to appear in 8 different books in June, quite a fall from May’s 12 and 10. You might recall that last month I talked about the transitory nature of Marvel’s female creators, and suggested that at least half of May’s 12 different female creators wouldn’t be back in June. Turns out, I was correct; of those 12 women, only 5 are back. Marvel seems incapable of employing more than a handful of women in any long-term capacity.

This is only exacerbated by this month’s breakdown. Half of the female credits in June are variant covers, which is the least stable category by far. The vast majority of variants are one-and-done situations where the artist isn’t back the next month. Now, I’m sure these covers will be gorgeous. They’ve lined up some spectacular artists. But the likelihood that they’ll be back in July is slim at best.

This is a second month in a row that we haven’t seen many new books from Marvel, which is to be expected after their explosion of new titles and relaunches in the first few months of 2014. Not many new books means not much in the way of an increased presence for female characters but, to be fair, the male presence is hardly growing a lot either.

Overall, June doesn’t look too great for women at Marvel. The ones who are there are fantastic talents, but there aren’t very many of them and 5 of them are just doing covers. The folks at Marvel obviously have an impressive array of female creators in their rolodex, and I remain flummoxed as to why they can’t or won’t lock them down into more long-term gigs.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, December 2013 In Review

March 1, 2014


The monthly numbers have gone up at Bleeding Cool, and it was a disappointing month for both Big Two publishers.  Marvel fell further, though, and DC posted the higher overall percentage of female creators.  DC Comics came in at 11.4% female creators in December 2013, while Marvel was slightly behind at 11%.  It was a rough end to the year for both publishers, with DC posting their worst total since April and Marvel posting their worst total of the year.

We also took a look at an entire year of stats and what trends we can see at DC and Marvel heading into 2014.  DC seems to be improving slightly, while Marvel’s hit a bit of skid and is heading downward.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, November 2013 In Review

January 24, 2014


The full stats for November 2013 are up over at Bleeding Cool in my monthly “Gendercrunching column, and it wasn’t the best month for the Big Two.  Both publishers dropped noticeably from their October totals, but Marvel took the top spot at 12.2% female creators overall while DC trailed behind at 11.7%.

Inspired by the recent Image Expo and its lack of diversity, we also take a look at Image’s full stats for November 2013.  Image is doing much better than they were a year ago, when we last checked in, but they’re still slightly behind the Big Two overall.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stats fun and analysis!

Women In Comics Statistics: Image Expo 2014 OR Great Looking Books By A Lot Of White Men

January 9, 2014


Image Expo 2014 announced a slew of new titles today, a lot of which sound absolutely fantastic.  I’m particularly excited for new Casanova, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Bitch Planet, and cool sounding books from some of my favourite teams like Gillen/McKelvie, Brubaker/Phillips, and Snyder/Jock.  These should be some enjoyable books.

However, as I followed the announcements on Twitter today, the vast majority of people I saw up on the stage at the Image Expo were white men.  Image has a reputation as a forward thinking, groundbreaking company, and they certainly are that in terms of content, but in terms of creators it seems to be a lot of the same old.  I understand that they get most of their big creators from the Big Two, and that the Big Two is a bastion of white men, but it’s a bit disappointing to see the same lack of women we see everywhere else from a publisher that is supposed to be the different, alternative company.  Let’s quickly go through the books:

  • The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
  • Airboy by James Robinson and Greg Hinkle.
  • Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro.
  • C.O.W.L. by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis.
  • Casanova by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon, with backup stories by Michael Chabon.
  • 8House, a series of minis spearheaded by Brandon Graham. The other collaborators are purported to be numerous, but the only names I have so far are Marian Churchland and Emma Rios.
  • Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini.
  • Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson.
  • Nameless by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham.
  • Change by Nick Spencer and Morgan Jeske.
  • Paradigms by Nick Spencer and Butch Guice.
  • Cerulean by Nick Spencer and Frazier Irving.
  • Restoration by Bill Willingham and Barry Kitson.
  • Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca.
  • Tech Jacket by Joe Keatinge and Khary Randolph.
  • The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
  • Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock.

All together, there are 38 credited creators on these books, 34 men and 4 women, meaning that the overall percentage of female creators is 10.5%.

This is a small number.  It’s not a terrible number relative to what we usually see at the Big Two, but it’s not a great one.  For example, DC had 10.7% female writers in October (the latest month of full stats that are up now).  It’s great to see a new book from Kelly Sue DeConnick and artwork from Leila Del Duca, and I’m excited to see how Emma Rios and Marian Churchland are involved in 8House, but 4 women across 17 new titles is some disappointingly typical representation.

There’s also a lot of white folks.  Of the creators I recognize (which is most of them), I think that only 2 are black, Valentine de Landro and Khary Randolph.  A handful are Brazilian, so there are a few Hispanic folks there.  But the vast majority are white.  We’re used to seeing this at the Big Two as well; any time I do stats by ethnicity for Bleeding Cool, it’s sea of white people.  I’ve done it two years running, and the totals are always just below 80% white.  I get that Image is drawing from the pool of available talent, but there are places to look other than DC and Marvel.  Places that hire women and people of colour.  They’re out there.

So, the books look great.  Really great, actually.  I’m very excited for a lot of these titles, and Image appears to be continuing a fantastic track record of high quality books.  I buy a lot of Image comics now, and I’m definitely going to be buying even more soon.  But this continued perpetuation of the white male hegemony is getting old.  We expect it from the Big Two; they’re all corporate and whatnot.  But Image, free of these restraints and the old ways of doing things, can be different and they’re not.  And that’s disappointing.

EDITED TO ADD: Fred Van Lente kindly informed me that another titles, Howtoons: (Re)Ignition, an educational book for kids, was also announced at the Expo.  It’s written by Van Lente, with art by Tom Fowler and colours by Jordie Bellaire.  It wasn’t listed on the Image website list, which was the basis of my list.  That brings the numbers to 36 men and 5 women, or 12.2% female creators.  That’s a better number, but still not great; 5 female creators over 18 books remains rather paltry.  Also, all three creators are white.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, October 2013 Odds And Ends

January 6, 2014

“Gendercrunching” went up over at Bleeding Cool just before Christmas, and now that the holidays are over we can get back in the swing of things and dig a little deeper into the stats to see what was going on in October 2013.


DC topped Marvel overall for the first time in 17 months, and that required an impressive showing. Almost every category topped their six month average, culminating in the best month DC’s had since this project began.  Here are the numbers:


DC is up 2.4% over its recent average, which is a substantial gain.  Every category was up but letterers, who were only slightly down from their previous numbers.  Colorists and editors had the best month in terms of growth, but there were strong numbers across the board, and it was accomplished with some decent representation across a lot of titles.

To the odds and ends:

  • October was a five week month, and the only category to have at least one female creator every single week was cover artists.  Writers and colorists did well, though, with representation in every week but the last one and, to be fair, there were only 10 books in that last week.
  • Vertigo’s Witching Hour anthology one-shot was particularly strong for female creators, with 5 female writers, 4 female artists, and 3 female colorists.
  • For new titles, Hinterkind #1 was 2 of 8 (Cris Peter coloring, Sara Miller assistant editing), Coffin Hill #1 was 3 of 8 (Caitlin Kittredge writing, Eva de la Cruz coloring, and Shelly Bond editing), Forever Evil: Arkham War #1 was 2 of 12 (Rachel Gluckstern editing, Katie Kubert assistant editing), Superman/Wonder Woman #1 was 1 of 10 (Eva de la Cruz coloring a variant cover), Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1 was 1 of 9 (Jordie Bellaire coloring the cover), Beware the Batman #1 was 2 of 6 (Kristy Quinn editing, Jessica Chen assistant editing), Damian: Son of Batman #1 was 1 of 8 (Katie Kubert assistant editing), and Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #1 was 1 of 15 (Kate Stewart assistant editing).
  • Every single new book in October had at least one female creator, including all 3 Forever Evil tie-in mini-series.
  • The busiest book of the month was Witching Hour with 38 credited creators, 13 of them women.
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Smallville Season 11 #18 at 5 of 7.


Marvel didn’t have a bad October, but they fell low enough that DC could best them.  By category, it was an up and down month compared to their six month average.  Let’s look at the numbers:


Overall, Marvel was down 0.8% from their recent average, a noticeable but not massive drop.  Cover artists, pencillers, inkers, and colorists were all slightly better, particularly the colorists.  The drops, however, were large.  Writers were down by half, and both editorial categories fell substantially, especially assistant editors who dropped 13%.  The big losses outweighed the small gains, dragging Marvel down overall.

Now the odds and ends:

  • Cover artists and colorists had at least one female creator every week in October, with at least 2 every week for colorists.  Female writers, pencillers, and inkers all had representation in only 2 of the 5 weeks.
  • It says a lot about Marvel’s lack of female artists that 3 female pencillers and inkers in one month constitute a noticeable increase over their six month average.
  • From the date Marvel last had a female letterer, January 26, 2011, to the end of October, it’s been 1,009 DAYS since Marvel hired a female letterer.
  • For new books, Captain America: Living Legend #1 was 1 of 12 (Lauren Sankovtich editing), Cataclysm #0.1 was 1 of 9 (Emily Shaw assistant editing), and Thor: Crown of Fools #1 was 2 of 6 (Laura Villari coloring, Emily Shaw assistant editing).  There were a couple of other new titles without any female creators.
  • The busiest book of the month was the Marvel NOW What? one-shot with 28 credited creators, 6 of them women.
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Astonishing X-Men #68 at 4 of 8.
  • To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, October 2013 In Review

December 27, 2013


The monthly stats for October went up at Bleeding Cool on Christmas Eve, but I’ve been very busy with festive activities over the past few days (ie. building a massive 3D puzzle of the Minas Tirith citadel that I got for Christmas), so I’m finally linking to it now.

In a shocking turn of events, DC topped Marvel for the first time in 17 months, ending Marvel’s ridiculously impressive streak.  DC rose to 14.1% female creators overall, while Marvel fell to 13.2%.  We also take a look at Marvel’s now ended streak, and the factors that have lead to their recent dip and DC’s growth.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!


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