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Women At Marvel Comics Watch – August 2015 Solicits: 18 Different Female Creators On 15 Different Books

May 26, 2015

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As Secret Wars rages on with a seemingly innumerable amount of tie-ins and mini-series, Marvel’s female creator ranks are slowly creeping up. Marvel’s still lagging behind their chief rival, DC Comics, but the numbers are growing nonetheless. Let’s talk a look at who’s doing what this August at Marvel:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Secret Wars #6 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8 (cover, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #4 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #18 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (interior art)
  • Katie Cook: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (writer, interior art)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #3 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #3 (co-writer)
  • Laura Braga: Secret Wars Journal #4 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #3 (co-writer), A-Force #4 (co-writer). Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (writer), Years of Future Past #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Spider-Woman #10 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: 1872 #3 (interior art)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #3 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #3 (cover, interior art)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #7 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3 (cover)

All together, there are 18 different women scheduled to work on 15 different books in August, a decent jump from July’s 14 and 14 as well as their second best total of the year thus far. On the one hand, Marvel’s a big enough publisher that they should have more than 20 female creators each month with ease, and the fact that they’re still languishing in the teens is very disappointing. On the other hand, things are moving up at least.

A quick note on the numbers: At first glance it looks like there are only 17 women working at Marvel in August, but Gurihiru is an art duo comprised of two women, Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano. Whenever they come up here or in my “Gendercrunching” stats, I always count them as two overall (it’s different with the stats, because overall they count as two but since they do different jobs they count as one in the categories; Sasaki pencils and inks, Kawano colors).

Gurihiru and Katie Cook are working on a one-shot and are thus unlikely to be back in September, so while it’s great for the August numbers it’s not particularly good for continued growth. And I doubt Babs Tarr will be back next month either after her variant cover this month. So really, while Marvel is up by four women this month compared to July, there’s four women who likely won’t be back next month. However, Natacha Bustos is set to make her Marvel debut in August, which is exciting, and Tana Ford is back after participating in a couple of Marvel projects a while back. Both look to be fill-in gigs, but it’s good to see Marvel reaching out to women and building up a bigger rolodex of female creators.

It also should be noted that several issues in the solicits advertised manga variant covers, with no artists attached yet. It seems likely that a few of those covers will be drawn by women. Manga is more of an equality opportunity scene than superhero comics.

August doesn’t look like a big month for female characters in new books, though. Ant-Man and Hank Johnson are leading two new titles, but the only woman involved in a new book is Ms. Marvel on the cover of the Secret Wars: Secret Love one-shot, which is a one time deal. It should be fun, though. There are some great creators involved.

Overall, August is looking better for women at Marvel, but things are still far from good. Last week I was super down on DC for their poor female representation in August, and they had more women than Marvel does, so a bad month for DC is still better than one of Marvel’s highest months. Still, it’s good to see Marvel’s female creator ranks growing with new names in the mix. Now if Marvel could only hire a bunch at once on regular gigs, instead of intermittently on one off jobs.

Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2015 Solicits: 19 Different Female Creators On 22 Different Books

May 22, 2015

womenatdcAUGUST

We’ve got an official name and promotional campaign for DC’s mini-relaunch this August, DCYou, but so far DC isn’t exactly living up to their supposed focus on diversity when it comes to female creators. The numbers for June and July were much lower than we saw earlier this year at DC, by half in terms of July’s solicits, and August is going to be more of the same. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what this August at DC Comics:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #19 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #3 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn Road Trip Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Section 8 #3 (cover), Starfire #3 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #3 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #43 (interior art)
  • Barbara Kesel: Sensation Comics #13 (writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #9 (co-writer)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #21 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #8 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #3 (art and cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: DC Comics Bombshells #1 (variant cover), Deathstroke #9 (variant cover), Detective Comics #43 (variant cover), Grayson #11 (variant cover), Justice League #43 (variant cover), Sinestro #14 (variant cover), Starfire #3 (penciller)
  • Emma Vieceli: Sensation Comics #13 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #5 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #43 (writer)
  • Irene Coh: Sensation Comics #13 (interior art)
  • Laura Braga: Sensation Comics #13 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #1 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #43 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #3 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #3 (interior art)

All together, there are 19 different women scheduled to work on 22 different books in August, an increase from July’s 15 and 16 but pretty much exactly in line with the June numbers. DC had 32 different women just a few months ago, before the DCYou launch, so these sustained lower numbers are quite disappointing. DC is clearly capable of doing better, and they’re just not.

What’s more, the numbers this month went up because of just one book. There are 4 different women set to work on Sensation Comics #13, which is a) more than a fifth of all of the women in August’s solicits, and b) the only reason August isn’t worse than July. Now, all of these women are great creators and I’m really looking forward to this issue. However, it’s a one time gig. None of these women are likely to be back in September. Plus it’s a sad scene when just one book can have such an effect. Four male creators is just a drop in the bucket at DC Comics, but four women stopped August from being DC’s worst month of the year for female creators.

On the character side of things, there are some fun books coming in August, including DC Comics Bombshells, a new series based on last year’s wildly successful variant cover line. The variant cover line is back in August, by the way, which is why Emanuela Lupacchino is everywhere this month. Bombshells could be a very cool book, and it’s a got a fantastic creative team behind it. Wonder Woman, or rather a new version thereof, is also getting a spotlight in prequel comics for the upcoming Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated film, including her own solo issue.

Overall, August is looking better than July, at least, but July was DC’s lowest month of the year. I had really high hopes for DCYou after seeing how much DC’s female creator representation grew in the early part of 2015, but it’s been rough so far. It’s never good to launch a new initiative with fewer female creators than you had before, but that’s DC’s jam. See: The New 52. And while there are certainly more women involved with DCYou than the New 52, literally every month of the year before DCYou debuted had more female creators in the mix. It’s just all a big step backwards so far.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – July 2015 Solicits: 14 Different Female Creators On 14 Different Books

May 5, 2015

womenatmarvelJULY

After the March “Women of Marvel” promotion helped Marvel reach 20 different female creators for the first time in a long time, the publisher crashed hard in April but slowly grew in the months that followed. Now with the July solicits, Marvel appears to be leveling out, and not at a particularly impressive spot either. As a comparison, DC just had their lowest month of the year for female creators, and Marvel is still lagging behind. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in July 2015:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #17 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and variant cover)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (co-writer), A-Force #3 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (writer), Years of Future Past #3 (writer)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #2 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #5 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (variant cover)
  • Sophie Campbell: Secret Wars #5 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and cover), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #20.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (cover)

All together, 14 different women are scheduled to work on 14 different books in July, the same number of women Marvel had in their June solicits but two fewer titles than in June. On the one hand, these numbers are comparatively not great. Several other publishers, even much smaller ones, could top this with ease. On the other hand, Marvel was a lot lower in the fall; single digit totals were the norm, so to be in the teens consistently now is at least a step in the right direction. It’s another case where better is not yet good. It’s just less bad than before. Which is something! But not enough.

It’s not a big month for new names at Marvel, but I think this is Irene Koh’s first gig there, which is fun. Getting an interior art gig right off the bat is pretty rare. It looks like Sophie Campbell is getting her first Marvel gig as well, doing a variant cover for Secret Wars. I’m a little surprised to see no Marvel work in her credits, since she’s been doing great work for years elsewhere.

In terms of female characters, there are a slew of new Secret Wars tie-ins, most of which bring back past events like Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, and Spider-Island. These are mostly group books with a mixed cast, though usually more men than women because that is the way of things. However, there is one new title that appears to have a majority female cast: Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1. Lots of ladies on the cover for that.

Overall, Marvel’s still trailing behind a lot of other publishers in terms of female representation. I’m very curious to see what happens once Secret Wars is over and Marvel premieres tons of new titles. A huge portion of their line right now is tie-ins, and once the event is over whatever new/tweaked/revamped Marvel universe exists will come with a sea of new books. So far, their Secret Wars tie-ins aren’t overly heavy on the female creators, but hopefully they’ve got more scheduled for their next wave of launches. Only time will tell.

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

May 4, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and February 2015 turned out to be a decent month for increased female representation at both Big Two publishers.

DC rose to 12.3% female creators overall, taking the top spot. DC also had a very strong showing on the creative side of the chart, as growing creative representation is finally countering their much diminished editorial ranks. Marvel’s overall percentage of female creators remains in single digits, coming in at only 9.3%, though that is up from January. Their creative numbers were okay relative to past showings, but still not enough to pull them out of their current sub-10% slump.

We also take a look at the Eisner awards, which posted a higher percentage of female nominees than last year. It’s not a huge jump in percentage, a 1.1% uptick to 19%, but it’s growth nonetheless and very strong compared to past years. Unfortunately, the Eisners don’t look too great when compared to the Hugos, science fiction’s major awards. Even with a bizarre and very controversial conservative takeover of the nomination process that cut the percentage of female nominees nearly in half, the Hugos still have a higher percentage of female nominees than the Eisners.

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

Women At DC Comics Watch – July 2015 Solicits: DC’s Lowest Month of the Year, 15 Different Female Creators on 16 Different Books

April 28, 2015

womenatdcJULY

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.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, January 2015 In Review

April 8, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up over a week ago at Bleeding Cool, but I’ve been busy and then out of town so I never got to post it here. But better late than never! January wasn’t a great start to the year for either DC or Marvel, with DC returning to their past average for female creators overall and Marvel falling ever lower.

DC Comics had 11% female creators overall, a decent jump from their December total and a nice return to their past range after a very low autumn. Even better, by category DC is posting some of their best numbers for writers and artists since this stats project began in 2011. If the editorial numbers weren’t so low, DC could be setting some record highs. At Marvel, the overall percentage of female creators fell to 8.5%, one of their lowest totals since this project began. After a steady if unimpressive autumn, Marvel’s taken a real dip across the board over the past couple of months.

We also took a look at female creators, using covers as an indicator of each book’s gender representation. DC was down negligibly from July, but Marvel rose a couple percentage points. All together, there were slightly more female characters on the covers in January 2015 than we saw in January or July of last year.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stats fun!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – June 2015 Solicits: 14 Different Female Creators On 16 Different Books

March 25, 2015

womenatmarvelJUNE

Yesterday we looked at DC’s June solicits, and I was disappointed that DC had only 19 female creators because they hit 32 female creators just a couple of months earlier. Today we turn to Marvel, and they’re just trailing way behind. June is actually a decent month for women at Marvel, relative to their recent output, but they’re still far back of DC’s lowest month of the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in June 2015:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: Secret Wars #4 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #2 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #16 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Weirdworld #1 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (co-writer), A-Force #2 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #4 (writer), Years of Future Past #1 (writer), Years of Future Past #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (interior art), Secret Wars #3 (variant cover)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #1 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #4 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #5 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (interior art, cover), Max Ride: First Flight #4 (cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Armor Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #19.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (cover)

All together, there are 14 different women set to appear in 16 different books in June, one more female creator than in May but one less book. It’s not a great number when compared to other publishers, not just DC but independent publishers with smaller outputs too. At the same time, with Secret Wars on the go and so many new tie-in series, I’m a little bit impressed that the number of female creators ticked up, however slightly. The Big Two tend to fall back on the same old for events, but both DC’s “Convergence” and Marvel’s Secret Wars have had a solid number of female creators in the mix.

There are some new names in the June solicits as well. Alti Firmansyah is making what I think is her first Marvel appearance drawing Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde, while Kelly Thompson is co-writing Captain Marvel’s Secret Wars tie-in, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage, who recently did a story in a Thor annual, are back with bigger gigs in June as well.

In terms of female characters, there’s a lot going on with new and altered series in June. Thor is part of Thors, Runaways has several female characters including some favourites from the original run, Kitty Pryde is co-headlining a book with Star-Lord, Angela is going back in time with 1602 Witch Hunter Angela, Mary Jane Watson is back married to Peter Parker in Amazing-Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Shiklah the queen of the monster metropolis below Manhattan is starring in Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, and Captain Marvel is now Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. Plus, there are lots of women in various new team books as well. It’s a very strong month for female characters across the board.

Ultimately, Marvel is making a bit of progress in female creator representation in June, but remains far behind many other publishers. I’m anticipating a spate of new books and relaunches once Secret Wars wraps up, though, so it’ll be very interesting to see if things improve then. It’s encouraging to see some new names and women returning to Marvel for bigger gigs, and hopefully that bodes well for the future. Only time will tell.


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