The new “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and it was yet another poor month for both Big Two publishers.
DC was at only 8.4% female creators overall, their lowest total since this project began, and the “Futures End” special issues were no help whatsoever. Marvel ticked up slightly to 10% female creators overall, but they remain far below last year’s numbers.
The lack of female creators on the “Futures End” event was not surprising, given how poorly DC has done the last three years running on their September events. Nonetheless, this was their weakest showing yet, largely due to the fact that there were no female assistant editors involved in the line whatsoever. Assistant editors used to be a bastion of female representation each month at DC, and lifted their overall totals considerably, but right now there’s not a single female assistant editor working on their superhero line. They’ve all left over the past couple of years, with new male assistant editors taking their place.