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Women At Marvel Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 11 Female Creators On 12 Books

December 3, 2014

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Well, February is definitely looking better than January, with a few more female creators added to Marvel’s ranks. Marvel is firmly in the shadow of DC Comics’ constant record breaking right now, however. DC had 30 different women in their solicits, while Marvel can barely get past 10. Let’s go through the list for Marvel’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Erica Henderson: Squirrel Girl #2 (artist, cover)
  • Fiona Staples: All New Ghost Rider #11 (cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #12 (writer), X-Men #24 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #12 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennet: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Thor Annual #1 (artist, variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #1 (artist)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Thor Annual #1 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #1 (artist, variant cover), Spider-Man and the X-Men #3 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 (artist, cover), Storm #8 (cover)

All together, there are 11 different women working on 12 different comic books at Marvel in February, a nice uptick from January’s 8 and 9. It also marks a second straight month of growth for Marvel, which is a definite plus however slight that growth may be. DC and other publishers are putting up much higher numbers in their solicits, but Marvel is trending upward at least.

It’s also good to see new names at Marvel. Noelle Stevenson, writer of Lumberjanes and Nimona, is doing her first work at the Big Two, which I feel will inevitably translate into more, bigger gigs for her. She’s definitely a creator on the rise. And artist Nik Virella is making her Marvel debut with a Deadpool mini-series. I may be wrong, but I think this is also Marguerite Sauvage’s Marvel debut; she’s done a bunch of work for DC lately.

In terms of female creators, there are a few notable launches in February. Both Spider-Gwen and Silk are debuting, with Silk boasting a female artist even. Some of the other new books are teams with at least one woman, including an adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon show and a new Guardians Team-Up book, which both feature Gamora regularly. There’s also a new Darth Vader series, but that’s pretty dude-centric.

Ultimately, February is definitely a step up for Marvel, but there is still vast amounts of room for improvement. Marvel is trailing far behind many other publishers, even ones with a much smaller output of books, and they need to take much bigger steps to catch up. Nonetheless, getting better each month is always a positive, as are new faces. They just have a long way to go yet to even come near the industry’s new highs.

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

December 1, 2014

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The new “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and it was yet another poor month for both Big Two publishers.

DC was at only 8.4% female creators overall, their lowest total since this project began, and the “Futures End” special issues were no help whatsoever. Marvel ticked up slightly to 10% female creators overall, but they remain far below last year’s numbers.

The lack of female creators on the “Futures End” event was not surprising, given how poorly DC has done the last three years running on their September events. Nonetheless, this was their weakest showing yet, largely due to the fact that there were no female assistant editors involved in the line whatsoever. Assistant editors used to be a bastion of female representation each month at DC, and lifted their overall totals considerably, but right now there’s not a single female assistant editor working on their superhero line. They’ve all left over the past couple of years, with new male assistant editors taking their place.

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

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 Marvel Comics Watch – January 2015 Solicits

November 7, 2014

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While DC has been hitting record highs with female creators in their solicits, Marvel has been lagging far behind, rarely breaking out of the single digits. A new year is a good place for a new start, but January 2015 looks to be a continuation of the same old for Marvel, even with some new and returning names in the mix. Let’s take a look at the solicits in our new format:

  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (cover, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #11 (writing), X-Men #23 (writing)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #1 (writing), Spider-Verse #2 (writing)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #11 (writing)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2 (co-writing)
  • Sara Pichelli: Star Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Siya Oum: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2 (cover, interior art), Storm #7 (cover)

This is considerably shorter than DC’s list. Less than a third, in fact.   All together, 8 different female creators are set to work on 9 different books in January, a slight increase from December’s 7 and 7, but barely so. What’s bizarre is that half of the list wasn’t solicited in December. That’s 4 new names, and the numbers barely ticked up because several women didn’t return this month. That’s some poor retention, and a weak showing across the board.

Not that there aren’t positives in the mix, of course. A second book for G. Willow Wilson is a smart move, and Kathryn Immonen is back after a lengthy absence with the Operation S.I.N. mini-series starring Peggy Carter. Plus, Squirrel Girl! With a regular female artist too.

January is actually pretty decent for female characters in new books. On top of Peggy Carter and Squirrel Girl, Rogue and Scarlet Witch comprise 2 of the 7 members of the new Uncanny Avengers, Star Wars #1 features Princess Leia, and two of the characters features in Wolverines are ladies: X-23 and Lady Deathstrike. The men still outnumber the women in most of these titles, but at least there’s representation across many of Marvel’s new comics.

The female creator numbers remain stagnant, however. It seems that the NYCC announcements haven’t had a big effect yet, though some of them did show up in January and the totals barely changed. I am optimistic that February will bring more female creators to Marvel, but then again I was optimistic about January and look what happened here. Marvel really needs to step up their game. DC hasn’t hired ALL of the women yet. There’s lots more out there.

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.

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

November 3, 2014

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up now at Bleeding Cool, and August was not a good month for female creators at the Big Two. Both DC and Marvel fell below 10%, and are down considerably from where they were just a year ago.

DC had the lower overall percentage of female creators with 9.5%, but Marvel wasn’t exactly blowing the competition out of the water with their 9.8%. The continued lack of female editorial representation at both companies is one of the primary reasons behind their weak showings, but the low numbers elsewhere aren’t exactly helping things either.

I also took a look at variant covers, to see how they affected the overall numbers. Turns out, they’re not a huge influence on the monthly totals but, in a pleasant change of pace, nor are they a hindrance. The numbers for variant covers are comparable to or better than the numbers for standard covers, and bring a slight boost to the covers category and the overall total.

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

Marvel Makes Big Women In Comics News At New York Comic-Con

October 14, 2014

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Last week, I posted my regular look at Marvel’s solicits, and found their December offerings severely lacking in terms of female creators. There are only 7 different women scheduled to work on Marvel’s comics in December; by comparison, DC has more than 20, which is still a very small minority. I ended the post by expressing hope that Marvel would make some news at New York Comic-Con. Basically, to quote my new favourite character Maps Mizoguchi, I said that Marvel better cut the crap.

Now, with NYCC wrapped up, Marvel has made a ton of announcements. The stage of their “Women of Marvel” panel was PACKED with female creators, and there were women, real and fictional, all over their new books. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming in 2015:

  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, drawn by Erica Henderson.
  • A new Spider-Gwen ongoing series.
  • Also spinning out of “Spider-Verse” is Silk, with a female lead and art by Stacey Lee.
  • Gamora, an ongoing series written by Nicole Perlman.
  • G. Willow Wilson is writing at least an arc of X-Men.
  • Kate Bishop will be a big part of the soon to be relaunched Hawkeye.
  • Kathryn Immonen is writing Operation S.I.N., a mini-series starring Peggy Carter.
  • Marguerite Bennett is adapting the James Patterson’ novel Maximum Ride as a mini-series called Max Ride: First Flight.
  • A series of variant covers drawn by a variety of female artists, which look like they’ll hit shops in March.

I may have missed something. It was a busy weekend and Marvel announced a lot of things involving women in some capacity. Not being able to keep up with all of it is a good problem to have.

So based on this list, what we’ve got is at least 5 new series with a female lead, 4 new books written by women, and 2 new books drawn by women. While some of these female creators are familiar faces who are already working on Marvel books, there are a lot of new names too. Erica Henderson, Stacey Lee, and Nicole Perlman are new additions entirely, and it’s great to see that two of these names are interior artists, where Marvel is often sorely lacking. Kathryn Immonen’s written a lot for Marvel before, and it’s nice to have her back on a mini-series that sounds like it’s going to be very fun.

In my December solicits report, Marvel had 7 different female creators working on 7 different books. If you add in all of these announcements, Marvel’s up to 13 different women on 13 different books, which is a big jump. Almost double, in fact. This is significant progress for a publisher that’s been fairly stagnant with female creators as of late.

At the same time, Marvel remains far behind DC, which is hardly a bastion of female representation. The NYCC announcements were a big step in the right direction, but they’re no game changer. Plus, both Marvel and DC lag behind comparatively; Boom! Studios puts out about a third of the books that either DC or Marvel do, but they’ve got more female creators scheduled in December than either publisher.

The Marvel announcements are also symptomatic of an odd phenomenon at both major superhero publishers: Female creators are working almost exclusively on female characters. None of them are writing or drawing Spider-Man or Superman. They’re working on the female versions thereof. At best, a couple female creators work on mixed team books. The numbers for women creators are growing at both DC and Marvel, but for some reason they’re being kept away from the higher profile, male heroes. True representation means women working across the board, not just being relegated to the titles with ladies in them, as awesome as so many of those books are right now.

So things are better! Hooray! But there’s still lots of work to be done for female representation at Marvel. In the industry as a whole, really, but Marvel is still comparatively lagging a bit behind among the major publishers, despite this progress. There are folks in Marvel plugging away for more, though, including some kick ass female editors, and everyone is optimistic that each new “Women of Marvel” panel will be increasingly packed with female creators.


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