August was another not so great month for DC Comics, and they continue to be all over the place with their credits. Some categories are up, which is good to see, but others are down, and all together it sort of evens out into continuing their recent subpar performances. Let’s take a look at their overall numbers:
August was a five week month, which gave DC an extra week to do a great job hiring women. It didn’t go so well, though. Their highest weekly total for August was only 11.2%, which a year ago was their average total overall!! Barely making your old average in your best week is a bad sign. With two weeks below 10% and the other three just barely above it, these numbers are pretty bad. Things have mixed up a bit by category, though. Let’s look at the super-sized mega-chart:
First, let’s talk about the zeroes. Last month DC’s zero counter was at 10, and this month, adjusted for the five weeks in August, they were at 8.8. That’s a slight step down, which is good news. This is one of the better zero numbers we’ve seen from DC, and they seemed to be spreading the work around a bit more in August.
There were a couple zeroes for cover artists in August, but we’re used to that in this category. We also got three weeks with representation, one of which was really quite good. Last month there were 3 female credits on DC covers, and this month it’s 7. That’s some nice growth.
However, there were fewer female writers, down from 3 to 2 this month. But on the bright side, this is set to go up next month with Ann Nocenti taking over Catwoman and Christy Marx on Sword of Sorcery.
Artists didn’t kill it, but they better. Pencillers had a really consistent month, with only one week with no representation. It was only two weeks for inkers, but there were 2 inkers in each of those weeks, so that’s a plus. It’s not a barnburner of a month for female artists, but it’s better than usual.
Colorists and letterers were all over the place. A high of 25% for colorists is solid, and while two weeks were sub-10%, there were no zeroes. Combined with a couple weeks in the teens, August went decently for colorists. Letterers, by which I mean Saida Temofonte, did well too, despite two zeroes. That 13.6% in the last week made a real difference, and she had 5 gigs overall.
We saw some small but welcome gains on the creative side of things, and editorial is where we’ll see the losses that balance it out. Editors didn’t crack 30% all month, and spent three weeks in the teens, which is never good to see. Assistant editors had one fantastic week at 53.3%, a couple weeks in the 30s, one just at 20%, and one in the teens. They did better than full editors, but it was still slightly below average for assistant editors.
So the good news: The female credits in August were spread out a lot more, and the creative side saw more representation than it has in quite some time. The bad news: Gains on the creative side were balanced by losses on the editorial side, and overall DC’s totals remained about the same. September brought the Zero Issue gimmick, so we’ll if that changes anything in a few weeks. Don’t hold your breath, though.
- The busiest book this month was Justice League #12 with 22 different creators, 3 of them women. When you have 11 inkers and 5 colorists, some gals are bound to slip in there.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Green Arrow #12 at 3 of 8.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.