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Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2016 Solicits, 25 Women On 22 Books

February 2, 2016

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DC’s April 2016 solicits mark the seventh straight month in which DC has had more than 20 different women working on their books, which is a pretty solid run. There’s been some fluctuation along the way, but things haven’t dipped into the teens. Nor have the numbers soared particularly high; we’re not seeing much in the way of growth, or a return to their past highs in the low 30s from a year ago. But things are relatively steady nonetheless. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in April 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #27 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #1 (cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #3 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #11 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #4 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #11 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #51 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #16 (cover)
  • Colleen Coover: Gotham Academy #17 (interior art)
  • Eleanor Carlini: Batgirl #51 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Starfire #11 (interior art)
  • Faith Erin Hicks: Gotham Academy #17 (co-writer, art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #7 (writer), Secret Six #13 (writer)
  • Heather Nuhfer: Teen Titans Go! #15 (co-writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #5 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #7 (cover)
  • Jill Thompson: Bloodlines #1 (variant cover)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #7 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #6 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #51 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #11 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #17 (cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (interior art)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #4 (writer, penciller, cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #6 (cover)

All together, there are 25 different women working on 22 different books, the same number of books as last month but a drop from March’s 28 different woman. It’s a slight decline, but numbers fluctuate. While three fewer women is more than you’d like to see, it’s not a massive drop by any means, and 25 is pretty par for the course at DC lately.

There aren’t a lot of new names in the mix for April, but I think that Eleanor Carlini might be new to DC. Plus, it’s always fun to have creators like Colleen Coover, Faith Erin Hicks, and Jill Thompson pop into DC to do some work. DC’s compiled a pretty solid group of women who work on their books each month now; there are lots of steady gigs in the mix here. Even without guest creators or fill-ins or variant covers, DC would be at around 20 different women each month with regular creators alone. Such a permanent stable of regularly working women is good to see.

For female characters, April looks to be Harley Quinn month at DC. She’s launching yet another spinoff, Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys, and will start in a Suicide Squad special drawn by Jim Lee. There’s not much else new for April, perhaps due to DC’s rumoured relaunch “Rebirth” this June. They might just be sticking with the books they have for now before unleashing a new slew of the over the summer.

Overall, April looks to be a fairly average month for women at DC. The number of women working on their books isn’t low, relative to past months, but nor is it particularly high. While DC’s hit on a fairly consistent range, an upward trajectory, however slight, would be much more encouraging, especially considering that 25 women still make up a very small minority of all of DC’s creators. Perhaps the “Rebirth” relaunch will shake up these numbers for the good.

Women In Comic Statistics: DC and Marvel, November 2015 In Review

January 12, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and it was a busy month with coverage of six different publishers: DC and Marvel, as always, plus Boom!, Dynamite, Valiant, and Archie.

Both DC and Marvel’s overall percentage of female creators dropped and remain well below their past highs. DC had the higher overall total with 13.9% female creators while Marvel came in at 13.1%. Both are up from a year ago, but down from where they were just last summer.

We finished our bi-annual roundup of smaller publishers this month with a mix of good and bad. Boom!’s female representation was massive, as always, with 36.2% female creators overall. Meanwhile, Dynamite halved their percentage of female creators from six months ago, falling to 10.3%. Valiant grew from their past total but their numbers remain paltry at 6.3%. And finally, Archie had a great month with 17.9% female creators overall, huge gains from where they were just a year ago.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – March 2016 Solicits, 27 Women on 21 Books

January 6, 2016

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Continuing our upbeat start to the New Year, here are some more marginally decent numbers for female creators from a major comics publisher! These aren’t bananas high numbers or anything like that, just better than they’ve been. The room to grow remains ENORMOUS. Nonetheless, it’s Marvel’s best month in some time, and that is nice to see. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in March 2016:

  • Afua Richardson: X-Men ’92 #1 (variant cover)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #1 (interior art)
  • Amy M. Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Deadpool #8 (variant cover)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (art and cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #1 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Captain Marvel #3 (variant cover), Hyperion #1 (cover), Ms. Marvel #5 (variant cover), Spider-Gwen #6 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (interior art, variant cover), Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #5 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #6 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #5 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #1 (cover), Uncanny Avengers #7 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Invincible Iron Man #7 (variant cover), Mockingbird #1 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #6 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Scarlet Witch #4 (interior art)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #3 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #1 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #2 (art and cover)
  • Shawna Mills: Hyperion #1 (variant cover)
  • Siya Oum: Rocket Raccoon & Groot #3 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #6 (art and cover)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #3 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #5 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #4 (cover), The Ultimates #5 (variant cover)

All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 21 different books this March, a big jump from February’s 18 and 15 as well as Marvel’s highest number of different female creators maybe since I started keeping track? I’m flipping back through my numbers here and not seeing a better month from Marvel. Hey, good work Marvel! New high! Women still comprise a rather small minority of their overall creators, but it’s a less tiny minority than before.

March is also set to be a good month for female characters at Marvel, with both Black Widow and Mockingbird launching new series (the latter with several female creators involved), while there are several female characters in the new X-Men ’92 series, along with Alti Firmansyah drawing the book.

Furthermore, Marvel’s variant cover theme for March is “Women of Power.” Marvel does this every March for Women’s History Month, and it usually results in an uptick of their female creator numbers as they bring in a variety of women to draw cool ladies. It’s a fun promotion with lots of great art, and it’s good to see so many different female creators in the mix, including some new names. At the same time, though, it’s a temporary bump. See all of those women with “variant cover” after their name? They probably won’t be back next month, and Marvel’s numbers will drop accordingly. I’d guess at least 5 of them won’t be back, and possibly more. Variant covers are a great showcase, and a fun way to bring in new creators, but they’re not sustainable gigs.

Still, record breaking month! That’s fun. Though I should point out that Marvel’s record remains far below DC’s recent records; heck, DC even topped them this month. And guess what? DC isn’t exactly killing it with female creators either. So hooray for the new record, but at the same time Marvel should have been here long ago and far past these numbers by now. It’s 2016. The industry is changing. It’s nice to see the bigger publishers starting to catch up, but better isn’t yet good.

Women at DC Comics Watch – March 2016 Solicits, 28 Women on 22 Books

January 4, 2016

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I thought it would be fun to start off a new year of posts with some good news, so here’s what I’ve got: DC is poised to have a pretty decent March in terms of female creators, and their 2016 solicits thus far have been relatively strong.   The numbers aren’t as high as they were a year ago, when DC was busting up records left and right, but they’re considerably better than they were in the wake of last June’s #DCYou mini-relaunch. So yeah, things are looking up! I mean, women still constitute a tiny minority of DC’s overall creator total; things are better but not particularly good. Still, improvement! Let’s see who’s doing what at DC this March:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #26 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #10 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amanda Deibert: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #10 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #50 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Harley Quinn #26 (variant cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #1 (interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #15 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Starfire #10 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #6 (writer), Secret Six #12 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Batman & Robin Eternal #22 (writer), Batman & Robin Eternal #23 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #4 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #6 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #6 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #5 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #50 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki Davis: Green Arrow #50 (cover)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #16 (cover)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 (writer, art, and cover)
  • Ruth Fletcher: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Trina Robbins: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #5 (cover)

All together, there are 28 different women set to work on 22 different comic books this March, solid gains from February’s 21 and 19. Furthermore, the schedule for 2016 thus far is 31 different women in January, 21 in February, and 28 in March; it’s a bit up and down, but the numbers are decent relative to DC’s second half of 2015. While inconsistent, the numbers appear to be trending in a positive direction, and hopefully DC will soon be in record setting territory (for them) again.

We’ve also got a couple new names in the mix, which is always good to see. Elsa Charretier is drawing Starfire, and Ruth Fletcher is writing a story in the Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3. We’ve got some returning favourites in new places as well, with Bilquis Evely drawing the “Sugar and Spike” story in the new Legends of Tomorrow, and a bunch of folks taking part in that Wonder Woman ’77 Special, including Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Nicola Scott, and Trina Robbins.

The Wonder Woman ’77 special is just a one-time deal, though, which may not bode well for the April numbers. Of the 28 different women working at DC in March, 5 of them are on this special and likely won’t be back next month. Ideally, they may show up somewhere else or there’ll be new people on other books, but we need to take overall numbers bolstered by one-shots with a grain of salt.

For new female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month for new books across the board apart from the Legends of Tomorrow anthology. The only female character in the mix there is half of “Sugar and Spike”; the rest are all men.

Overall, March looks to be a solid month for women making comics at DC as 2016 continues to improve on DC’s recent performances. There’s still massive amounts of room to grow, of course, and with so many names tied up in a one-shot, a decline in April seems likely. But we’ll see what April brings. Let’s start 2016 on an optimistic note and hope for continued growth.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, October 2015 In Review

December 9, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up at Bleeding Cool yesterday, and it’s got the usual DC and Marvel fun plus the beginning of our semi-annual check-in with other publishers further down the chart.

DC Comics’ overall percentage of female creators rose nearly 3% in October, hitting 15.8%, while Marvel slipped down almost 4% to 13.6% overall. Both totals are decent relative to each publisher’s past history, but lower than their most recent highs; just two months ago, both DC and Marvel topped 16%.

We also stopped by Image Comics, which ticked up slightly since our last visit six months ago to 15.2% female creators overall. IDW slipped down 2% to 14.4%, and Dark Horse fell very slightly to 16.3%. All of these total are firmly in the mid-range of comic book publishers right now. There are a few who can’t get out of single digits, and a few who post 20% or more female creators each month. These publishers, currently the Top Five in the direct market, are very middle of the road. Things could be worse, but they’re all capable of better.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the numbers and analysis!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – February 2016 Solicits: 18 Women On 15 Books

December 7, 2015

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After two consecutive months with 20 or more different female creators, Marvel is set to take a slight step back in February. It’s not a terrible tumble, but any month with fewer than 20 female creators these days is a poor showing for either DC or Marvel; they put out so many books with so many creators that anything less than 20 takes them out of the ballpark of being anywhere near decent representation. Nonetheless, there are some positive signs despite the drop. Let’s look at who’s doing what at Marvel in February 2016:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annapaola Martello: The Astonishing Ant-Man #5 (interior art)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #3 (art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 (art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #4 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #4 (cover), Silk #5 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #4 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Howard the Duck #4 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #3 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #3 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #5 (writer)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #2 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #1 (art, cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #5 (art, cover)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #2 (co-writer)
  • Veronica Fish: Silk #4 (interior art), Silk #5 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #4 (cover), New Avengers #7 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #3 (cover)

All together, there are 18 different female creators set to work on 15 different books in February, a drop from January’s 20 female creators. It’s technically an increase from January’s 14 books, but that’s only because Silk is double shipping in February so it gets counted twice. I suppose that we should keep in mind that despite the drop in female creators, Marvel has twice as many women in their solicits as they did in October, so that’s progress. Though if I’m pointing that out, we should also keep in mind that Marvel had 18 women on 15 books last August, so this “All New, All Different” scene is really not living up to its name. No numerical change after six months isn’t great.

However, there are some qualitative changes, even if the numbers haven’t done much in half a year. Marvel’s total of female creators has been very dependent of variant covers as of late, which are one-time gigs. But now there are more full time jobs. I’d estimate that at least 15 of the 18 women working at Marvel in February will be back in March, and perhaps more. That’s a decent number of permanent gigs. Or rather, a great starting point to continue to build on.

In terms of female characters, not much is new in February. The Miles Morales Spider-Man will finally launch, which brings Sara Pichelli back into the mix on the creative side of things, but the only other new books star Power Man, Iron Fist, and Deadpool. Marvel’s relaunch seems to be winding down a bit. I’m not sure if things will pick up in March, or if the trickle will continue and perhaps Marvel will do another big wave in a few months’ time.

Overall, February’s not looking like a great month for Marvel, but there are some encouraging signs. It’s up to Marvel to continue to build in a positive direction, and they’re not great at that; they’re very up and down. But while the numbers may not be the best, there are going to be some awesome books at least. Look at that killer list of creators, on such fantastic titles! Marvel hires remarkably talented women, however sparingly.

Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2016 Solicits, 21 Women On 19 Books

December 2, 2015

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The solicits for January promise a big month for female creators at DC, but February isn’t looking nearly as good. Like, down a third. Last spring, DC was topping 30 different female creators a month fairly regularly, and now it’s a rarity. I’m not sure what changed within DC, but their numbers just aren’t what they used to be. So let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in February 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #25 (co-writer, cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #2 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #8 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #9 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #49 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #15 (co-writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #14 (cover)
  • Colleen Coover: Gotham Academy #15 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #5 (writer), Secret Six #11 (writer)
  • Helen Mingjue Chen: Gotham Academy #15 (art and cover)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #3 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #5 (cover)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #14 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (writer)
  • Maria Laura Sanapo: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #4 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #49 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #9 (co-writer)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #2 (writer, art, and cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #4 (cover)

All together, there are 21 different female creators set to work on 19 books in February, a big drop from January’s 31 and 20, respectively. Well, a big drop for creators; the book numbers are about the same. January’s numbers were buoyed by a Vertigo anthology and a variety of women appearing in books that already featured female creators. No anthology in February accounts for a good deal of the creator drop, and a lot of the books that had an extra artist or fun variant cover last month just don’t this month, to the tune of DC’s female creator numbers falling more than 30%.

Also, at least a third of the women listed above are on Vertigo books. Which is cool; it’s great that Vertigo is doing so well with female creators as of late. But Vertigo’s output pales in comparison to the rest of DC’s line; all of the other books outnumber Vertigo by about 4 to 1, while with female creators the rest of the line only tops Vertigo by 2 to 1. It’d be nice to see DC’s non-Vertigo books up their game and match their output in proportionate fashion.

For female characters, not much is going on in February for new books in general. There’s a Dark Knight III one-shot that promises some Selina Kyle, but given how Frank Miller has treated Selina Kyle over the years, that probably won’t be great. Neal Adams is also launching a new Superman mini-series called Superman: The Coming of the Supermen; maybe Lois will be in it some? If this book is anything like Adams’ recent Batman Odyssey series, perhaps we should hope that Lois stays as far away as possible.

Overall, DC took quite a tumble in February, continuing their inability to regain their stride following the big female creator drop of last June’s mini-relaunch. DC’s been inconsistent and well below their previous highs since then. It’s disappointing to see, but also par for the course when it comes to the Big Two. Progress is always followed by a step back in superhero comics; you just have to cross your fingers and hope they start stepping forward again.


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