Well, June didn’t go so great for DC, and I’m not entirely sure why. The only thing new was four Before Watchmen titles, but they weren’t too bad in terms of female creators, plus there were only four of them. At least our usual patterns have changed, though. This will be the first month in a while where I feel like I’m not writing the same post for DC. Let’s look at their overall numbers for June 2012:
It was up, down, up, down in June, with not a lot of variation. Hovering around 10% is unusual for DC… 11% is their jam. And usually we get a few big weeks to counteract the lower weeks, but not so much this month. It was just consistently mediocre. And the mega-chart isn’t much better either:
In May, the five-week month had an adjusted zero counter of 9.6, so things are a tiny bit better in June with 9 zeroes. Not a huge improvement, but really we should take what we can get this month and celebrate the little things because it’s not great across the board.
Cover artists were miniscule, with one zero and only one female artist in each of the other three weeks. DC rarely goes big with female cover artists, but they usually don’t suck this bad. It’s definitely not an auspicious start to the categories.
Female writers had a better than average month, largely due to Amanda Conner co-writing Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre. In fact, she accounts of one of the cover credits, a penciling credit, AND the sole female inking credit for the month. This month would be much worse without her. Plus Karen Traviss was back with the bi-monthly Gears of War, joining our regular pals Gail Simone and Ann Nocenti.
In terms of artists, there was a week with TWO female pencillers, so that’s pretty bonkers. One of them was Amanda Conner, of course. Sadly, three women in four weeks is actually somewhat above average for DC… the bar is really that low. And the semi-decent penciller numbers get seriously brought down by the ONE female inker. That’s not good to see.
We don’t often get a zero among colourists, but here we are. One week was great, another good, and another low, but the zero really tilts the colourist scene into the bad column this month. DC can and has done better. Letterers were the usual, with Saida Temofonte on a few books. She’s been the only female letterer at the Big Two for over a year now.
It’s just an ugly month for editors. The third week was strong, but three weeks in the teens is terrible. This seems mostly due to Bobbie Chase’s promotion. A lot of gigs got shifted around and Brian Smith took over several books, and all together the result’s is fewer women editing books. Maybe this will turn into better numbers as the editorial shuffle settles down soon, but for right now it’s not great. Assistant editors did well, though, with a couple really good weeks and reasonably strong numbers all four weeks.
So it wasn’t the best month. The overall numbers were weak, and a lot of the categories were down with only modest gains elsewhere to counteract the sizeable losses. Things looked a little bit better last month with the Second Wave kicking off, but it definitely dipped down in June. Maybe it will pick back up in July (SPOILER ALERT: I’m almost done July’s numbers… it doesn’t pick up).
- The busiest book of the month was of course Batman Beyond Unlimited #5 with 17 creators, 4 of them women. In terms of non-collection books, Justice League #10 had 16 creators, 1 woman, and Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 had 15 creators, 1 woman.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was a tie between iZombie #26 and Green Lantern: The Animated Series #3, both at 2 of 6.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.