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

September 29, 2014

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The new “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and while Marvel fell and DC rose from their June totals, Marvel retained the higher overall percentage of female creators for the second straight month.

Marvel came in at 11.1% female creators, with DC close behind at 10.9%. Both numbers are fairly average, and are far behind where both publishers were just a year ago.

We also take a look at female characters at the Big Two, following up on some stats I tabulated six months ago. Nothing is worse, which is good to see, but there’s a lot of the same or slightly better. DC and Marvel are slowly crawling toward more equal representation, though it looks like it’s going to be a very long road.

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

Women At DC Comics Watch – December 2014 Solicits

September 23, 2014

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These articles used to be so easy to write. DC would have 4 or 5 female creators in their solicits, I’d list them all, say something snarky, and be done with it. But now, DC has a lot more women making their comics. It’s still a small minority, but it’s growing all the time and as a result it takes me way longer to write up these posts. It’s a good problem to have.

So let’s see who and what is coming up from DC in December:

  • For New 52 writers, Meredith Finch is on Wonder Woman #37, Kate Perkins is co-writing Supergirl #37, Becky Cloonan is co-writing Gotham Academy, Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #13 and Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Marguerite Bennett is co-writing Earth 2 #29 and Earth 2: World’s End #9-13, Ann Nocenti is writing Klarion #3 and has a story in Secret Origins #8, Genevieve Valentine is writing Catwoman #37 and Catwoman Annual #2, and finally Gail Simone is back with Secret Six #1.
  • Wow, that’s a lot of women writing.
  • For New 52 art, Jan Duursema is drawing parts of Earth 2: World’s End #9-11 and #13, Emanuela Lupacchino is pencilling Supergirl #37, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #37, Sandra Hope inks Batman/Superman #17, and Amanda Conner is on covers for Harley Quinn #13 and Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Corinna Bechko is co-writing Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5, and Cat Staggs is providing the cover for Smallville: Season 11 – Continuity #1.
  • Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are drawings Bodies #6, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #14, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #4, Ming Doyle is drawing The Kitchen #2 and Becky Cloonan is doing the cover, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #13, and Yuko Shimizu, after years of excellent work, is doing her final cover on Unwritten: Apocalypse #12, which is putting out its final issue.
  • There aren’t a lot of new books scheduled for December, but Gail Simone is bringing back Secret Six with a few female members, though the new Vertigo series Wolf Moon seems to have a male lead and all male creators.

All together, 21 different women are set to work on 22 different books in December, the highest total we’ve seen from either publisher since we started keeping track a few years back. Both numbers are up from November’s 20 and 19, which used to be the best combined total but is no longer. DC besting themselves two months in a row is really good to see.

It’s also nice to see so many female writers and artists in the mix, especially artists inside the book. Most publishers do quite well with female colorists, and cover artists tend to do okay relative to other categories, but writers and interiors artists can be shockingly low; there have been multiple months where either DC or Marvel don’t have a single female interior artist. All of these writers and artists in these more high profile gigs is a big change, and one I hope we see more of.

It’s a quiet month for female characters, but the return of Secret Six brings with it several women along with diversity in other ways; the old Secret Six was a bastion for LGBTQ+ characters, and it sounds like this relaunch will be the same.

So December is looking good for women at DC Comics. As always, there’s a lot of room for improvement yet, but comparatively this is really solid representation. I mean, it’s literally the best we’ve ever seen. Well done, DC. Keep it up.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – November 2014 Solicits

September 3, 2014

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For a while, Marvel’s female creator numbers were pretty much abysmal. Then, in the October solicits, things started to look up a bit. Now, with the November solicits, Marvel is in comparatively decent range for female creators and even has some female characters starring in some new books. Let’s take a closer look at their November 2014 solicits:

  • For writers, Marguerite Bennett is on Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #4, Kelly Sue DeConnick pens Captain Marvel #9, G. Willow Wilson is on Ms. Marvel #10, Corinna Bechko co-writes Savage Hulk #6, Katie Cook has a story in Spider-Verse #1, and Robin Furth is co-writing Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #4.
  • On art, Katie Cook is illustrating her story in Spider-Verse #1, Elia Bonetti is doing interior art on Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #5, Stephanie Hans is doing the cover for Storm #5, Stacey Lee is doing the cover for New Warriors #12, Amanda Conner is doing a variant cover for Miracleman #13, and Siya Oum is doing a variant cover for Spider-Woman #1.
  • Also, there’s a whole lot of Sara Pichelli. She’s doing variant covers for Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5, Superior Iron Man #1, All-New Captain America #1, and All-New X-Men #35.
  • For female characters, Spider-Woman launches her own series in November (along with the much maligned Milo Manara variant cover), Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 features 3 female characters of the 7 shown on its cover, and Scarlet Spiders #1 is 1 of 3. There are a lot of men getting books as well, though, including relaunches for Iron Man, Captain America, and a whole load of Death of Wolverine stuff.

All together, 12 different women are set to work on 15 different books in November, a huge increase from October’s 7 and 9. Now, DC has 20 different women slated to work on their books in November, so Marvel’s 12 is considerably less impressive. But at the same time, both publishers have hundreds of men writing and drawing their books as well, so no one is really killing it when it comes to female creators. Nonetheless, this is a definite improvement for Marvel.

It’s also good to see some regular gigs. While there are several variant covers slated for November, Corinna Bechko and Stephanie Hans seem to have steady jobs, joining Kelly Sue DeConnick and G. Willow Wilson as Marvel’s handful of regular female creators. Plus there are some new faces, too; I don’t think I’ve seen Stacey Lee before.

Female characters have a decent month lined up as well. Any month with a new female-led book is a new one, and despite the PR catastrophe of the cover reveal, Spider-Woman getting her own series is an exciting development that’s long overdue. It’s also good to see women on the new team titles, though as always there are several more dudes.

Overall, Marvel is looking pretty good for November, and is much improved from their past showings. There’s still a lot of room to grow, but “some” is better than “barely any at all” any day of the week. Here’s hoping they keep it up for December, and into 2015.

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

September 1, 2014

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Last Friday, my latest “Gendercrunching” column went up over at Bleeding Cool, and after a lengthy drought Marvel finally topped DC for the highest percentage of female creators.

Marvel rose to 12% female creators overall, while DC fell to 10.1%. With the departures of Kate Durre and Katie Kubert in recent months, DC’s assistant editor numbers have dropped dramatically. After six months in second place, Marvel was able to rise to the top with relatively mundane numbers.

We also took a look at the stats by nationality and ethnicity and, no surprise, white men still make up the majority of comic book creators by a considerable margin. Not much is changing in terms of the ethnic make-up of Big Two creators, which is sad to see. Any progress would be a big positive, but the numbers are absolutely stagnant.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for the full stats and analysis!

Women At DC Comics Watch – November 2014 Solicits

August 27, 2014

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After years of ludicrously subpar representation, DC Comics has started to increase their number of female creators. In November, should the solicits hold true, they’ll hit a new high for combined cover artists, writers, and interior artists. DC’s progress over the past several months has been a lovely change of pace, and with lots of room still left to improve hopefully we’ll see this growth continue. Let’s take a look at their November 2014 solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Meredith Finch starts her run on Wonder Woman #36, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #2, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #36, Kate Perkins co-writes Supergirl #36, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #2, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #12, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #28 and the weekly Earth 2: World’s End #5-8.
  • For New 52 art, Jan Duursema has pages in Earth 2: Worlds’ End #6-8, Sandra Hope is inking Batman/Superman #16, Babs Tarr is illustrating Batgirl #36, Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Harley Quinn #12, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #28 and the cover and interiors for Supergirl #36.
  • Outside of the New 52, Joelle Jones is drawing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #19, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #4, and Amy Mebberson is drawing a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #4.
  • Over at Vertigo, Ming Doyle is on interior art for The Kitchen #1 while Becky Cloonan draws the cover, Caitlin Kittredge is writing Coffin Hill #13, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are drawing Bodies #5, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #3, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #11.
  • There’s not a lot in the way of new series coming in November, but Gotham by Midnight #1 has two female characters out of six on the main cover. Vertigo’s The Kitchen focuses on mob wives who take over their husbands’ racket, so that should be a very cool, female led book, especially with the fantastic creators on board.

All together, the November 2014 solicits list 20 different women working on 19 different books, marking the first time we’ve ever been above the teens for either DC or Marvel since this column began three years ago. The October solicits had 17 women on 21 books, so we’re a bit up and down comparatively, but November also marks the highest combined total for the two categories we’ve seen thus far.

What’s particularly encouraging is that most of these jobs are long-term gigs. Occasionally we’ll get bigger numbers boosted by one-shots or variant covers, but I expect to see at least 16 of these 20 women back next month, if not more. While there’s not a lot in the way of new faces this month (though Kate Perkins on Supergirl is certainly new), it’s good to see creators who’ve popped up in the past come back again, like Sandra Hope, Joelle Jones, and Ming Doyle.

It’s a slow month for female characters, but October was pretty big for new books and creative shake-ups, and Wonder Woman gets dual new directions in November with new creative teams on both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman. And The Kitchen sounds fabulous, plus Jordie Bellaire is going to be colouring the book as well.

Overall, this is DC’s strongest month since we started keeping track of female representation there, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop and celebrate. Things are definitely improving, which is wonderful, and DC certainly deserves some credit. However, male creators still number in the triple digits and there’s tons of rooms left for female representation to improve further. Onward and upward, DC! You’re on the right track.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – October 2014 Solicits

August 4, 2014

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After several months of poor showings in the solicits, October looks somewhat better for female creators and characters at Marvel but still far from good. As much as there are a couple new female creators to celebrate, the numbers remain very low. As much as female characters are set to appear in several books, they’re vastly outnumbered by male characters and a lot of these appearances are limited engagements. Let’s look at the October 2014 solicits.

  • For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #8, G. Willow Wilson pens Ms. Marvel #9, Corinna Bechko co-writes Savage Hulk #5, and Robin Furth co-writes Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #3.
  • For artists, Ariela Kristantina is drawing Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2, Stephanie Hans is doing the cover for Storm #4, and Amanda Conner is drawing the covers for Miracleman #11 and Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #3.
  • For female characters, Rogue and the Scarlet Witch look to be part of the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS event (I thought they died?), Storm of Mystique are part of AXIS Revolutions, and X-23, Lady Deathstrike, and Mystique are some of the leads in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy. These are all limited series.
  • Meanwhile, at least three new ongoing series are launching with male leads, and the cover for the special Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1 features 38 men and 13 women along with no female creators whatsoever despite a lengthy list of writers and artists.

All together, 7 different women are working on 8 different books in October, which is certainly better than September’s 5 and 6, respectively. Nonetheless, this is still a very low amount. In this day and age, if a massive publisher like Marvel can’t hit double digits for female creators, they’re obviously just not trying hard enough. There are a lot of them out there, many of them quite good. There’s no lack of talent to draw from, and yet here we are with only 7 women across upwards of 75-80 comic books.

On the plus side, there are some new names. Ariela Kristantina is an Indonesian artist that I haven’t heard of before these solicits; her art looks very cool. And while I’ve definitely heard of Corinna Bechko, I can’t recall her working on any mainline Marvel books lately, though she did co-write Marvel’s Once Upon a Time graphic novel from last year. It’s always good to see new names, though lately with Marvel they don’t stick around for very long. Hopefully that is not the case for these women.

As for female characters, there’s a bit of representation in the AXIS event books but for each pair of women attached to the titles there are about 10 or so men as well. Things are better in the Death of Wolverine books, where the female characters appear to be playing a more central role, but the mini-series will be over quickly. All of the new ongoing books for October are led by male characters, though next month we will probably see the new female Thor and perhaps more.

Overall, the numbers for female creators have improved somewhat, but they’re still a long way from good and they remain very inconsistent. Marvel needs to a) hire more women, b) get them on regular gigs, and c) stop getting white dudes to make all of their comics. Maybe then men wouldn’t dominate the character side of things as much.

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

July 25, 2014

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The May 2014 “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC took the top spot for the sixth straight month, just barely edging out Marvel for the higher percentage of female creators.

DC fell to 11.8% female creators overall, and after a solid gain from April, Marvel rose to 11.7% female creators. Given recent trends, DC’s streak might get broken with the June report.

We also look at four smaller publishers: Archie, Avatar, Zenescope, and Valiant. Of the four, Zenescope is the only publisher with a decent female presence, and their representation is very uneven. The rest have very few women at all, including one publisher without a single female creator at any level of comic production.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun, and check out their Comic-Con news coverage while you’re there!


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