After several months of low numbers across the board, DC’s finally improved slightly. They didn’t set any records in October, but they were definitely less worse than usual. With DC slumping badly, we have to take what we can get. Less worse is the new good!! Hooray for lowered expectations. So let’s take a look at these not quite as bad as usual numbers:
October was a five-week month, and DC was under 10% in only one of those weeks. Their high of 12.9% is the best they’ve done in a while as well. It’s not as high as they used to be, and Marvel’s still beating them soundly, but it’s better than it was. This minor improvement continues as we turn to the super mega-chart:
First up, let’s look at the zero counter. Last month, DC did very well and only had 6 zeroes on the board. This month, adjusting for the five-week situation, DC has 6.4 zeroes, which is a slight increase but still very good regardless. Female creators have been getting work at DC much more consistently, which is good to see.
Cover artists had a decent month, hitting double digits in one week and posting only 1 zero. Two weeks in the 2s isn’t so great, but it’s much better than none at all and two relatively good weeks make this one of the better showings we’ve had for cover artists at DC lately.
Writers had a strong month as well, hitting the 8s twice with only one zero. There were 4 female writer credits all together in September, and that jumped to 7 in October. That’s a nice increase. While DC fired Gail Simone just last week, it’ll be a while before her loss is felt in the stats, and she had 2 writing credits this month.
This might be the best month DC’s had, artwise, since I started these stats. In the ten slots for pencillers and inkers, they topped 10% twice AND had two weeks in the 7s. Yeah, there were five zeroes, but there was only ONE inker last month. This month, there are FIVE. Now, a lot of these were onetime gigs and I expect these numbers will drop like a stone in November. However, that doesn’t make October any less impressive. DC’s comics were drawn by far more ladies than usual in October, so now they know that they CAN hire female artists. If we could only get them to do so more often…
Continuing DC’s trend of being better than usual, colourists had a decent month. They never cracked 20%, but there were three weeks in the teens and no zeroes. That’s a pretty solid showing. Plus letterers (ie. Saida Temofonte) hit 10% one week!! As more digital-first comics gets published on paper, expect these numbers to stay strong.
Editors didn’t have the best month, but nor was it too awful. They never came close to cracking 30%, and had two weeks in the very low teens. These numbers are definitely bad, comparatively, but yet again they are a smidge better than what we’ve been seeing for the past couple of months. Assistant editors were all over the map, with two very low weeks for a category that’s usually so strong countered by three very good weeks. These numbers seem about average, all together.
October had a lot of slight improvements, with a particularly strong showing from interior artists. It was the best month DC’s had in a while, and while we can’t really celebrate it as good, we can at least acknowledge that it’s better. Good would be DC crawling back up to where we started more than a year and a half ago, and we’re not there yet. We are, however, slightly less far away now. Let’s hope the improvement continues!!
- The busiest book of the month was Vertigo’s Ghosts anthology with 34 credited creators, 3 of them women. The busiest regular line book was Green Lantern #13 with 15 credited creators, none of them gals.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Fairest #8 at 3 of 7.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.