After a series of fairly solid rounds of solicits in terms of female and non-binary creator representation across the summer months, DC looks to be starting the fall towards the lower end of that range with their September solicits. A few new books have increased the ranks, while DC’s major autumn event seems to be entirely dude-centric thus far, and things have almost evened out. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC this September:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #27 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #28 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 (co-writer, interior art, cover)
- Babs Tarr: Bombshells United #1 (variant cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Shade, The Changing Girl #12 (cover)
- Carmen Carnero: Detective Comics #964 (interior art)
- Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Girl #12 (writer)
- Eleanora Carlini: Suicide Squad #25 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Wonder Woman/Conan #1 (writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #15 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #30 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #31 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Mother Panic #11 (writer)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14 (co-writer)
- K. Perkins: Superwoman #14 (writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14 (variant cover)
- Katie Jones: Shade, The Changing Girl #12 (backup story)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #7 (writer), Bombshells United #1 (writer), Bombshells United #2 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: Bombshells United #1 (interior art), Bombshells United #2 (interior art)
- Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Girl #12 (interior art)
- Mirka Andolfo: Teen Titans #12 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Bombshells United #1 (cover)
- Rosemary Valero-O’Connell: Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #12 (variant cover)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14 (co-writer)
- Shea Fontana: Wonder Woman #30 (writer)
- Siya Oum: Batman Beyond #12 (interior art)
- Stephanie Hans: Bombshells United #2 (cover)
- Tula Lotay: Doom Patrol #9 (variant cover)
- Vita Ayala: Batman Beyond #12 (co-writer)
- Yasmine Putri: The Hellblazer #14 (variant cover)
All together, there are 27 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 21 different books in September, 2 fewer creators than in August and 1 fewer book. This is hardly a major change, and could very well just be normal shuffling around. We don’t expect the numbers to stay the same everything month, and a things going a little lower or higher is common. Small changes like this are only significant when it’s part of a larger trend. If DC lost 2 women/NB creators after posting losses in a couple of months previous, that would be disconcerting. This slight drop, though, after a decent August, is nothing too worrisome yet. Of course, we’ll see how the rest of the fall solicits unfold.
Before we dig into things more, here’s a quick note on the change in terminology. We’ve been keeping track of female creators at DC for several years now, but I recently learned that writer Vita Ayala, who I’ve categorized as female in the past, identifies as non-binary. Since the purpose of this project is to showcase creators who disrupt the typical male hegemony of the superhero industry, changing the title and the terminology to be more inclusive seemed like the right way to go. We’ve always listed women who are transgender, of course, but that didn’t necessitate a shift in nomenclature. This does, I think. If there are other creators whose identity lies outside of the male/female binary, I’d be glad to know about them and will include them on the list moving forward; let me know in the comments.
We’ve mostly got returning favourites this month, but there are a couple of new names in the mix. Katie Jones is doing a backup story in Shade, The Changing Girl #12, while Rosemary Valero-O’Connell drew a variant cover for Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #12. The “Young Animal” line has certainly been a solid outlet for representation at DC each month since it began, and these additions carry that on well.
In terms of new books, DC’s Dark Nights: Metal event and its various tie-ins continue to be male-dominated, both in terms of characters and creators. But in exciting news, the Bombshells are back! The superhero ladies will continue fighting the Second World War in Bombshells United, which will double ship with double Marguerites in September. Wonder Woman’s also got a new mini-series that teams her with Conan the Barbarian, and Harley Quinn will star in a special 25th anniversary issue.
So overall, September looks to be an average month for female and non-binary creators at DC. The numbers are firmly in the middle of the publisher’s range across 2017 thus far; DC’s stayed within a fairly narrow window. So things are relatively steady, but that also means that the numbers aren’t growing. It’d be nice to see things improve in the months to come; with ComicCon this weekend, perhaps we’ll get some exciting announcements to that effect.