My March 2016 “Gendercrunching” column is up now on Bleeding Cool, and it was a big month for Marvel Comics as the publisher hit a new high for female creators.
DC ticked down very slightly to 13.3% female creators overall, a total noticeably below their previous highs. Meanwhile, Marvel jumped up to 18.8% female creators overall, a big jump from their February total and a record high for Marvel. Now, 18.8% women is still a rather small minority so, on the one hand, hooray for the achievement, but on the other hand, there’s still a lot of room to grow yet. Also, if I’ve learned anything compiling these stats, it’s that the numbers go two steps forward, one step back, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the next few months don’t quite measure up.
We also take a look at this year’s Eisner Award nominations, which have a record number of female creators in the mix. And we compare the Eisners to the Hugos, the big awards for science fiction and fantasy, and for the first time since I’ve been keeping track, there is a higher percentage of female Eisner nominees than female Hugo nominees, which says a lot about the direction the comic book industry is heading in. Also, we’ve got some defenders of the Sad/Rabid Puppies slate that has hijacked the Hugo Awards for two years running in the comments section, so that’s pretty hilarious.