My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up a while back on Bleeding Cool and August was a really good month for both DC and Marvel, who set a new combined total for their overall percentage of female characters in a regular month.
DC had 16.1% female creators overall, a big jump from their July numbers and their strongest showing in some time. The last time they were this high was during “Convergence”, when two women edited nearly every book DC put out and thus brought up the numbers considerably. Marvel was even higher at 16.8%, also a big jump from last month and one of their highest totals ever.
We also take a look at how these numbers got to be relatively high for the Big Two, tracings the ebbs and flows of the data over the past few years to explain how we arrived at this point. “Relatively high” is the key, of course; 16% is still a very small minority, and many other publishers are topping that each month with ease. Nonetheless, it was a strong showing for DC and Marvel and it’s good to see growth there.