If you thought that the various shake-ups and new titles in DC’s zero month were going to change their numbers some, then you were very wrong. I know I was. I didn’t know which way it would go, but I figured that things would be different somehow. Instead, it’s a lot of the same old. Let’s look at DC’s overall numbers:
Three weeks below 10% isn’t good at all, though their weekly high of 11.6% is smidge better than last month’s high of 11.2%. Progress!! DC just doesn’t seem to be gaining any traction, overall. Whenever there are gains in some categories, they’re offset by losses in others, keeping DC in the worst rut they’ve had since we started keeping track of the numbers. I’ll show you what I mean in the categories:
But first up, the zero counter!! There were only 6 zeroes in September, down from August’s adjusted total (it was a five-week month) of 8.8. That’s really quite good, and is one of the lowest, if not THE lowest, totals we’ve seen since we began this new format. DC spread the work around a lot more in September, which is nice, but it wasn’t accompanied by any noticeable increases in the amount of work going to female creators.
There were no zeroes for covers artists, but there were a couple very low numbers, a middling number, and a number we’d have to be feeling very generous to call high. Female cover artists never hit 10%, or even got very near it. Women on at least one cover all four weeks is great, but the amount is very low.
Female writers did well, though!! With Christy Marx starting up on Sword of Sorcery #1 and Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre coming out with Amanda Conner co-writing, our usual tandem of Ann Nocenti and Gail Simone were bolstered. There was one week with none, but there was another week with too. Altogether, these fairly paltry numbers are among the best we’ve seen from DC in this category lately.
Pencillers had a similarly paltry but consistent month, while inkers had very little at all on the go. Pencillers were in the ballpark of what we saw in August, but inkers nosedived. You see what I mean about things evening out? You gain a couple of writers, but you lose a couple of inkers, and overall things stay about the same. Interior artists has been a real problem for both publishers lately, despite there being several fantastic female artists out there.
Colourists were up and down, with a very low low and not the highest of highs, and all together things should settle into a range of about average. There were no zeroes, which is nice, but there wasn’t anything particularly “wow” either (“wow” meaning over 20%). Letterers did what they also do, with Saida Temofonte lettering a few books, though it was only 3 in September after August’s 4.
Editing has been much lower for DC since Bobbie Chase got promoted, and two weeks at 10% and another in the teens is very low. The high is pretty good, but 10% twice pretty much cancels out the good that the high did. Assistant editors, however, had an absolutely fantastic month. Every week above 30% and one in the 40s is great, though again we can see how things even out. Assistant editors do wonderfully, but editors aren’t so hot, and things remain the same overall.
There was some slight shuffling by category, but in terms of the bigger picture DC’s overall percentage of female creators remains stagnant. I am, however, optimistic for the first time in quite a while. There were a lot of female creators in the October solicits, almost twice as many as usual, so perhaps that will have some effect and bring up the weekly totals.
- The busiest book of the month was DC Universe Presents #0 with 27 different creators, 2 of which were ladies. The book was regular length comic made up of a series of short stories, most of them by different writers and artists, so it all added up pretty quick.
- We had a threeway tie for the highest percentage of female creators with Smallville Season 11 #5 and Catwoman #0 at 3 of 9 and Green Lantern: The Animated Series #6 at 2 of 6.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.