My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up now at Bleeding Cool, and August was not a good month for female creators at the Big Two. Both DC and Marvel fell below 10%, and are down considerably from where they were just a year ago.
DC had the lower overall percentage of female creators with 9.5%, but Marvel wasn’t exactly blowing the competition out of the water with their 9.8%. The continued lack of female editorial representation at both companies is one of the primary reasons behind their weak showings, but the low numbers elsewhere aren’t exactly helping things either.
I also took a look at variant covers, to see how they affected the overall numbers. Turns out, they’re not a huge influence on the monthly totals but, in a pleasant change of pace, nor are they a hindrance. The numbers for variant covers are comparable to or better than the numbers for standard covers, and bring a slight boost to the covers category and the overall total.