Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, February 2020 Solicits, 28 Creators on 25 Books

January 16, 2020

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The New Year started off poorly for Marvel, with sizeable losses in their overall total of female and non-binary creators, but the publisher is set to bounce back in February with some higher numbers. After such a steady 2019, it’s a tad worrisome that Marvel is returning to its old back and forth ways thus far in 2020. That consistency was nice, and I was hoping the publisher had reached a new standard. Perhaps not yet. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this February:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Marvel’s Voices #1 (interior art)
  • Amy Chu: Aero #8 (co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #1 (writer, variant cover)
  • Belén Ortega: Doctor Doom #5 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star #2 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #1 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Amazing Spider-Man #40 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Captain Marvel #15 (variant cover), Star Wars #3 (variant cover)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #4 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Nebula #1 (cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #15 (writer), Deadpool #4 (writer), Jessica Jones #3 (writer), Jessica Jones #4 (writer), Star #2 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Star #2 (variant cover)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #5 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #4 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (variant cover), X-Men/Fantastic Four #2 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Nebula #1 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Marvel’s Voices #1 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #30 (writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Marvel’s Voices #1 (co-writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #2 (cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #7 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #1 (cover), Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #7 (writer), Strikeforce #6 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 (co-writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Marvel’s Voices #1 (co-writer), Morbius #4 (writer), Nebula #1 (writer)

All together, there are 28 female and non-binary creators set to work on 25 different books at Marvel this February, an impressive seven more creators than in January across three fewer books. The publisher has gained back most of its January losses, and while the drop in the number of books doesn’t look great at first glance, Marvel’s only putting out 81 books in February. With female and non-binary creators working on 25 of them, that gives the publisher representation across 31% of the line, where it’s been for the past few months.

Most of the creators listed are the usual gang, with a few returning favourites for Marvel Voices, a one-shot of stories from “Marvel’s acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives.” There’s only one brand new name and it’s maybe the coolest name ever: Torunn Grønbekk. She’ll be co-writing Valkyrie: Jane Foster, and given her Norwegian background she seems like a perfect fit for the book.

This round of solicits also lists several Asian creators who don’t appear to have an English language online presence. I did my best to track them down and was able to confirm a few, but some remain questions marks. So there may be more representation than we thought.

For new female-led books, we’ve got a few team outing with X-Men/Fantastic Four starring Kitty Pryde, Sue Storm, and Storm while Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost focuses on those two X-ladies. We’ve also got a brand new Nebula series, which should be fun, along with Dark Agnes, an old creation of Robert E. Howard who’s getting her own solo mini-series. Howard also created Conan the Barbarian, which Marvel now has the license to, but Dark Agnes seems unconnected to that universe. The book’s got a great creative team, and I’m curious to check it out.

Overall, February is a solid rebound month after an underwhelming January. The numbers for female and non-binary remain below Marvel’s 2019 highs, but at least things are better than January’s disappointing lows. Time will tell if the publisher can even things out, or if we’re in for a rollercoaster of a year.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, February 2020 Solicits, 33 Creators on 29 Books

January 15, 2020

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It’s February, and that means no more festive shenanigans! Thank goodness. Christmas being on a Wednesday really complicated the last couple rounds of solicits. We’ve got a normal month here, and a strong showing from DC. I was a little worried about widespread representation after January was dominated by female and non-binary creators working on Wonder Woman #750, a one-time special, over-sized issue, but we’ve got impressive representation across the board this month. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC this February:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 (co-writer, interior art, cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Amethyst #1 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #3 (writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #44 (writer)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #3 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Superman Smashes the Klan #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Jan Duursema: Wonder Woman #85 (interior art)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #3 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #85 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #86 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #4 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6 (writer), Supergirl #39 (writer), Superman: Villains #1 (co-writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #20 (writer, cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Lois Lane #8 (variant cover)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #17 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #57 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Dreaming #18 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #5 (interior art)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #6 (interior art), Metal Men #5 (interior art), Shazam! #11 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #5 (interior art)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #4 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #18 (co-writer)
  • Nicola Scott: The Flash #750 (variant cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #39 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #44 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #5 (cover)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #5 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Amethyst #1 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Phillips: DC Crimes of Passion #1 (co-writer)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #17 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: DC Crimes of Passion #1 (variant cover), DCeased: Unkillables #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 29 different comic books at DC this February, two more creators than in January across eight more books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. The increase overall is minor, though a plus nonetheless, but it’s especially good to see these creators spread across so many books. While the new Hill House Comics horror line is a big help in that regard, we’re also seeing a decent amount of appearances across the main line.

By the numbers, with women working on 29 of DC’s 72 books in February, that gives us representation of 40%, one of the best totals we’ve seen from either publisher since we started tracking this metric and a big 12% jump from January’s 28%. Women and non-binary creators should be working everywhere at the publisher, as a matter of course, and it’s good to see the publisher moving in that direction. For this month, at least.

In terms of new names, I think Stephanie Phillips might be the only brand new creator listed above. We’ve got a couple of rad returning favourites, though, with Marguerite Sauvage stepping in for an issue of The Dreaming and Amy Reeder writing and drawing a brand new Amethyst series.

The new Amethyst is one of DC’s two major female-led launches in February, the other being Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey from famed Harley Quinn team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. The former is a regular, ongoing book, while the latter is a prestige, bi-monthly Black Label situation. There are a few other dude-centric books coming out too, as well as the special The Flash #750, which appears to feature no female creators apart from one variant cover. Not great there.

Overall, February’s looking relatively decent for female creator representation at DC. The numbers are up, the work is widespread, and a couple of major launches are putting female characters in the spotlight as well. The publisher is lacking in non-binary creators, though, and hopefully the coming months will see some growth in that regard.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, January 2020 Solicits, 21 Creators on 28 Books

November 28, 2019

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Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators bounced back in December after a sub-par autumn, but the publisher is set to start the New Year by erasing all of those gains. While there’s decent representation across the line, the total number of different creators is the lowest we’ve seen from Marvel in some time. It’s not a strong start to 2020, to say the least. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this January:

  • Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #6 (cover), Fallen Angels #5 (cover)
  • Belén Ortega: Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel: The End #1 (interior art, variant cover), Star #1 (cover)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Avengers #29 (variant cover)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Star Wars #1 (variant cover), Thor #1 (variant cover)
  • Jodie Muir: Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #5 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #14 (writer), Captain Marvel: The End #1 (writer), Deadpool #3 (writer), Jessica Jones #1 (writer), Jessica Jones #2 (writer), Star #1 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #4 (writer), Doctor Strange: The End #1 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #3 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #29 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #1 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #5 (interior art, variant cover), The Web of Black Widow #5 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #6 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #5 (writer), Excalibur #6 (writer), Strikeforce #5 (writer)
  • Valentina Remenar: Star #1 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Conan: Serpent War #3 (interior art), Conan: Serpent War #4 (interior art)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #3 (writer)

All together, there are 21 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 28 books at Marvel this January, giving us seven fewer creators than in December across two more books. The book total is okay, at least, and with Marvel putting out 89 books total, we’ve got representation across 31% of the line. That’s the same as December, though certainly below the publisher’s recent highs.

Losing a full quarter of your female and non-binary workforce in one month is disconcerting, though. We’re seeing a handful of creators getting a lot of work here, which accounts for the high book total. Kelly Thompson, for example, is writing six books in January. Which is awesome, because Kelly Thompson is a spectacular writer and her high profile at Marvel right now is well deserved. But Marvel’s not employing as many other female and non-binary creators right now, when they could be doing so easily. There’s lots of them out there. They were getting hired in much larger numbers just a few short months ago.

Despite the low numbers, however, we’ve got a couple of new creators making their Marvel debut here. Jodie Muir is doing a variant cover for Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2, while Valentina Remenar is doing a variant for Star #1. Hopefully these gigs lead to future work for both artists.

In terms of new books, Star’s getting a mini-series after her recent appearance in Captain Marvel. I’m very curious to read this book, given the fiendish shenanigans she’s been up to thus far. The digital Jessica Jones series is getting reprinted in single issue form as well, which is exciting because those issues looked great. We’ve also got a Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch with what appears to be one female character in the mix (of six, ugh), and there’s a run of The End one-shots with one focusing on Captain Marvel (the other five are dudes, natch).

Overall, it’s a very underwhelming start to the year for Marvel. While it’s fantastic to see a few creators getting steady work, the publisher should be hiring lots of other female and non-binary creators as well. Having only 21 different creators is just unacceptable in this day and age, especially with the ludicrous number of books Marvel puts out each month.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, January 2020 Solicits, 31 Creators on 21 Books

November 25, 2019

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With the December solicits, DC listed a bunch of their titles for the first week of January, and I decided to keep those books out of the official tally. Most of the comics were DC’s usual first week of the month fare, just scheduled early, so they fit better with the January solicits. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in the New Year, starting with the newly listed books:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Basketful of Heads #4 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #2 (writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #43 (writer)
  • Colleen Doran: Wonder Woman #750 (interior art)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #2 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Wonder Woman #750 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Birds of Prey #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Gail Simone: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #2 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #750 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #3 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5 (writer), Supergirl #38 (writer), Superman: Heroes #1 (co-writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #19 (writer, interior art, cover), Wonder Woman #750 (cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #16 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #4 (writer), Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #4 (interior art)
  • Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #4 (interior art, cover)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #3 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #17 (co-writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #38 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #43 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #4 (cover)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #4 (cover)
  • Shannon Hale: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #16 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Daphne Byrne #1 (variant cover)

And the holdovers from the December solicits:

  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #17 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #42 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #5 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #42 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Lois Lane #7 (variant cover)

All together, it adds up to 31 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 21 different books at DC in January, the same number of creators as in December but across three fewer books. That’s some fairly consistent representation, though when we look at the total number of books from this round and the carryover from December we’ve got female and non-binary creators on 21 of DC’s 74 different issues, good for a rate of 28%. This is a big drop from December’s 36%.

While January’s got a lot of creators, they’re not very well spread out. A considerable number of the writers and listed above are working on one title, the super-sized Wonder Woman #750. All of these names are a good boost for the creator numbers, but it does concentrate the representation much more than usual. It also doesn’t bode terribly well for February, since this is a special one-time issue and most of the creators involved aren’t guaranteed a gig next month.

In terms of new names, the aforementioned Wonder Woman #750 boasts several returning favourites and what I think is the single issue debut for Shannon Hale at DC, which should be very cool. She’s done some great work on longer form superhero books. The Hill House Comics line continues to expand as well with Daphne Byrne from new-to-DC writer Laura Marks.

It’s a quiet month for new books with female characters, though. There’s Daphne Byrne, of course, and a re-solicited Birds of Prey that’s now part of DC’s Black Label line for some reason. Apart from that, Lois Lane and Supergirl are involved in the Superman: Heroes special, and that’s about it for new titles and specials.

Overall, while the total of female and non-binary creators remains relatively solid, the numbers may not be sustainable and we’re seeing noticeably less representation across the board. DC will need some new books or some creative changes in February to keep up with the standard they’ve set over the past few months.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, December 2019 Solicits: 28 Creators on 26 Books

October 25, 2019

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Unlike their Distinguished Competition, Marvel doesn’t fret December this far out. I’m sure there will be some sort of scheduling situation when the month actually comes. Releasing comics on Christmas Day seems like a bad idea. But nothing looks amiss in this round of solicits. Marvel doesn’t provide specific release dates with theirs, so it’s all a little simpler. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this December:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Future Foundation #5 (interior art)
  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #6 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #5 (interior art)
  • Anna Rud: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6 (variant cover)
  • Annie Wu: Amazing Mary Jane #2 (variant cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #3 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #40 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: The Web of Black Widow #4 (variant cover)
  • Belen Ortega: X-Men #4 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Avengers #28 (variant cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Incoming #1 (co-writer)
  • Fonda Lee: Sword Master #6 (co-writer)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #4 (writer), Venom 2099 #1 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Thor: The Worthy #1 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #13 (writer), Deadpool #2 (writer), Incoming #1 (co-writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #3 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Black Panther #19 (cover)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #5 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Deadpool #2 (variant cover)
  • Peach Momoko: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #28 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #4 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #5 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #3 (writer), Excalibur #4 (writer), Incoming #1 (co-writer), Strikeforce #4 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #2 (writer)

All together, there are 28 female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 26 different comics at Marvel this December, six more creators than in November on three more different books. It’s good to see Marvel on the rise again after a couple of sub-par months, though the numbers do remain noticeably below the publisher’s recent highs. I should also point out that there are a lot of onetime gigs in here, with one-shots and variant covers, which we know is not necessarily a sustainable model for consistent representation.

In terms of representation across the line, Marvel has female and non-binary creators working on 26 of their 84 books this December, giving us a percentage of 31%. This is up three points from November, which is good news, but again, it’s still below where they’ve been previously. And their percentage is lower than DC again this month.

For new books, Marvel’s big thing for December is Incoming, the start of some sort of murder mystery that’s going to reverberate throughout their line. It seems to involve darn near every character they’ve got, so chances are your favourite female character is in the mix. Elsewhere, it’s all tie-ins and mini-events, most of the dude-centric. Annihilation: Scourge is a whole big thing, and Marvel is really trying to make this 2099 stuff happen.

It’s a quiet month for new names as well. The only brand new creator seems to be Fonda Lee, who is co-writing Sword Master this month. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in the past few months, continuing the publishers recent trend of sticking with an established group of female and non-binary creators.

Overall, Marvel looks to close out the year with an uptick after a bit of a slide in the fall. It’s unclear if this is a sign of growth to come or just a random blip, but the January solicits should give us a better clue. Hopefully Marvel can climb back up their previous level in 2020.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, December 2019 Solicits: 31 Creators on 24 Books

October 22, 2019

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DC likes to get tricky with its solicits in December, and this year is no exception. Christmas is a Wednesday so comic shops won’t be open, and DC’s not putting out any books that week. Also, the next Wednesday is New Year’s Day, and while shops likely won’t be open then either, DC seems to have combined their last week of December books with their first week of January books and listed them in this round of solicits for January 1st. Which is confusing, I know. So we’re going to do two counts, first with just the books coming out in December, then adding in all the ones listed for the first week of January. On top of a busy month for female and non-binary creators already, prepare to enjoy the confusion as we look at who’s doing what at DC this December(ish):

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (variant cover), Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 (cover), Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #1 (writer)
  • Corinna Bechko: New Year’s Evil #1 (co-writer)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #1 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Lois Lane #6 (variant cover), New Year’s Evil #1 (interior art)
  • Gurihiru: Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (interior art, cover)
  • J.A.W. Cooper: The Low, Low Woods #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #1 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #2 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (writer), Supergirl #37 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #18 (writer, interior art, cover), The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 (variant cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #15 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #55 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Dreaming #16 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #3 (interior art)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #4 (interior art), Metal Men #3 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #3 (interior art)
  • N.K Jemison: Far Sector #2 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #16 (co-writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #37 (interior art)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #3 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #6 (interior art)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #3 (interior art)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #15 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Basketful of Heads #3 (variant cover)
  • Vita Ayala: New Year’s Evil #1 (co-writer)
  • Zoe Quinn: The Infected: Deathbringer #1 (writer)

All together, there are 31 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 24 different books at DC on titles actually coming out in December. Then for the first week of January we’ve got:

  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #17 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #42 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #5 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #42 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Lois Lane #7 (variant cover)

Which brings us to 35 creators on 28 books overall. So here is my executive decision: I’m going to save the January 1st books for next month and add it to that list. There’s an argument to be made that Batgirl should be counted with the December books, but we’re going to keep a clear line of demarcation.

So, 31 female and non-binary creators on 24 different books gives us six more creators than in November on one fewer book. It’s a nice showing for DC, whose numbers continue to climb after a long, underwhelming 2019. They’re closing the year relatively strong, which could bode well for the New Year.

Adjusting the numbers based on the titles being released, DC’s putting out 66 books in December (14 more will be added to the January 2020 report), so with female and non-binary creators on 24 of them, we have representation across 36% of the line. That’s three points up from December, and I think it’s the best percentage we’ve seen from DC since we started this adjusted total to balance things out with Marvel earlier this year.

It’s a bit of a quiet month for new books with female leads. Harley Quinn’s got yet another special, which makes sense with Birds of Prey on the way, and Donna Troy is starring in The Infected: Deathbringer one-shot that ties into Batman/Superman’s the Batman Who Laughs shenanigans. We’ve also got a new Wonder Woman mini called Wonder Woman: Dead Earth that looks weird and dark, and I’m curious to see what folks think of it.

There are some returning favourites on the creator side of things, but more notably we’ve got a slew of new names on the Hill House series The Low, Low Woods. Carmen Maria Machado is writing it, Dani is the artist, and J.A.W. Cooper is doing the cover. It’s great to see an all-female creative team in this new imprint.

Overall, DC is set to close out the year well, even with only three weeks of solicits. Hopefully this is a sign of change inside the publisher, which has been languishing in terms of representation for a while now, and the numbers will continue to grow in 2020.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, November 2019 Solicits: 22 Creators on 23 Books

September 27, 2019

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Oh, dear. Marvel’s had a really strong 2019, with consistent, high representation for female and non-binary creators. It’s been month after month of LONG lists of amazing writers and artists. Until the fall, that is. The past two months have been relatively subpar, and now the November solicits mark Marvel’s lowest totals for the year by a wide margin. Let’s dig into who’s doing what at the publisher this November:

  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #5 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #4 (interior art)
  • Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #1 (cover), Fallen Angels #2 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #38 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #39 (cover)
  • Emily Ryan Lerner: Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #50 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #12 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #3 (writer)
  • Karla Pacheco: Fantastic Four 2099 #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #12 (writer), Deadpool #1 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #2 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #4 (writer)
  • Peach Momoko: Fallen Angels #2 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #27 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #3 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #4 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Yondu #2 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #2 (writer), Strikeforce #3 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #1 (writer)

All together, there are 22 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 23 different books in November, eight fewer creators than in October on six fewer books. Those are some sizeable drops, without a commensurate drop in the publisher’s overall output. Marvel’s Fearless mini-series has ended, and that’s been a bastion of female creators for the publisher over the past few months, but that doesn’t account for all of the drop. The relaunch of the X-Men line certainly isn’t doing a lot to improve things either.

Marvel will put out 82 new book in November, and with female and non-binary creators on 23 of them we get representation across 28% of the line. That’s a five point drop from October, and a worrying decline given how everything else has gone thus far this autumn. All the numbers are going down.

There’s only one new creator in the list this month, which is what tends to happen when the numbers drop. We’ve got Emily Ryan Lerner writing Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1, one of a bajillion tie-ins to whatever is going on with all of this Carnage stuff (I’m not a big Carnage fan and am very out of the loop on that front).

For new books, the X-titles continue to roll out, adding lots of teams with various female mutants spread throughout them in unique formations. One of them is Fallen Angels, with Psylocke and X-23 in the mix. Not a lot of female or non-binary creators making those books, though. There are also a series of 2099 specials, because that’s a thing this month, I guess?

Overall, November looks like it’s going to be a rough month for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The numbers are in freefall, and while I assume they’ll level out soon (Marvel puts out so many books that I can’t imagine they’ll fall much further), everything is well off the recent highs right now. It’s disappointing to see.


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