DC keeps doing better and better overall with female creators, which is good to see after the rut they got into over the summer months. There are still some issues with distribution of the numbers, but the rate of improvement overall has been quite good lately. Let’s take a look at those numbers for December 2012:
First off, disregard the fourth week overall and for each category. This year, new comics day was Boxing Day, and so DC released only three books. In fact, their usual fourth week titles (DC ships 13 mainline superhero books each week, along with others) didn’t come out until the first week of January because January is a five week month, so next month’s stats are going to be jam-packed. Anyway, disregarding the fourth week’s statistically insignificant 8.3%, these are some solid numbers. The first three weeks are in double digits, and a high of 16.2% is great compared to what we’ve been used to seeing from DC lately. There are some ups and downs by category, though, as you can see on the mega-chart:
There were a lot of zeroes in December, but again the fourth week kind of screws things up. We’ll have to asterisk the Zero Counter for this month when these stats are recorded in the annals of history. Last month, DC had only 4 zeroes, which is remarkably low and impressive, while this month they have 13, more than three times as many. If we take away the fourth week entirely then we’re left with 6 zeroes, and that’s still an increase. So that’s a bit of a bummer.
Also a bummer: These numbers for cover artists. They are paltry. Usually, there’s one really good week that makes the low weeks not seem so bad in comparison, but everything was small in December. A high of 5.6% is not good at all.
Writers, however, had a decent month. Forgetting the fourth week, that’s some decent representation, with 5 female writers over the first three weeks of the month. These still aren’t huge percentages, but consistently not terrible numbers are a positive step forward.
Artists remained consistent as well, but they’re consistently bad. There were ZERO female pencillers at DC in December, and only 2 inkers. Of almost 200 combined credits for interior artists, only 2 were ladies. This is miniscule. I understand that given the makeup of the industry right now there are going to be more men working on books than women, but 99 to 1 seems more than excessive.
Colourists had a nice month, fourth week aside. Every significant week in double digits plus two in the 20s is good to see. Letterers (and by “letterers” I mean Saida Temofonte) also did well, with a ridiculously good first week and then decent representation in the following two.
Editors had one strong week, topping 30%, but the other two significant weeks were firmly in the teens. That’s not what you want to see. But assistant editors knocked it out of the park, with two weeks over 50%!! A low of 31.6% is fantastically good. And the 75% they pulled in the fourth week is fun, however skewed. Assistant editors had a fantastic December.
All together, DC seems to be improving overall each month, but still has lots of room to improve by category too. A few categories are downright bad, but if DC moves to remedy that then they’ll continue their upward trend. If not, they’ll level off soon.
- The busiest book of the month was Action Comics #15 with 15 credited creators, 2 of them women. That’s a lot of ladies for a Superman book, actually. That department is usually pretty bad when it comes to female creators.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Fairest #10 at 3 of 7, followed closely by Smallville Season 11 #8 at 5 of 13.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.