When June’s numbers for female creators came in lower than what we’d been seeing from DC previously in the year, I was surprised but hoped it was just an off month. I had high hopes for DC’s mini-relaunch, especially after their impressive upswing of female creators thus far in 2015. But now, in the second month of the relaunch, the numbers have fallen even further to DC’s lowest total since September 2014. It’s just bizarre. Let’s take a look at who’s scheduled to do what this July at DC Comics:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #18 (cover, co-writer), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #2 (cover, co-writer), Section Eight #2 (cover), Starfire #2 (cover, co-writer)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #2 (interior art)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #42 (interior art), Black Canary #2 (cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #8 (co-writer)
- Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #20 (writer)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #7 (cover)
- Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #2 (art and cover)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12 (cover), Starfire #2 (interior art, variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: Constantine: The Hellblazer #2 (variant cover)
- Gail Simone: Secret Six #4 (writer)
- Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #42 (writer)
- Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #59 (writer)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #42 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #2 (co-writer)
- Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #8 (interior art)
All together, there are 15 different female creators set to work on 16 different books in July 2015, a big drop from June’s 19 and 21. Even more disheartening, 15 different women is less than half of the highs DC was able to hit just a couple of months ago. There were 32 different women in DC’s April solicits! And now only 15. It’s troubling to see such a steep decline in female creators when so much of the talk surrounding DC’s mini-relaunch was about diversity.
The only new female creator in July is Erica Henderson, with what is most likely a one-time gig drawing a variant cover. Henderson has a monthly book at Marvel, drawing The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Everyone else is the same women from last month, just with several of them missing. I mean, it’s a wonderful assortment of creators. Just far fewer of them now.
There’s not much news on the female character front either. After debuting a slew of new titles in June, July is pretty quiet. The only new title is a prequel comic for the upcoming Mad Max movie, and that seems to be centered on a fellow named Max.
So DC is set to drop to their lowest number of female creators thus far this year in July. All that “rah rah, women in comics” talk has yet to be reflected in the creators of DC’s books. DC was doing better before they made a point of saying that they care about diversity now. Over the past few years, both DC and Marvel have demonstrated an inability to sustain a decent number of female creators for any length of time, and doubly so when they actually talk about doing it. I don’t understand the disconnect, or why this substantial slide is happening. Hopefully things turn around with the August solicts, but things are trending downward right now.