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Women At DC Comics Watch – June 2015 Solicits: A Disappointing Month For DC’s Mini-Relaunch, 19 Different Female Creators on 21 Different Books

March 24, 2015


I was very excited for the June solicits to come out, because DC has been having a great 2015 thus far. They’ve bested their previous highs for female creators on multiple occasions, and even maintained high numbers through their “Convergence” event. Events have rarely seen DC’s strongest effort when it comes to female creators, so that the numbers stayed relatively steady was very encouraging. Moreover, their June mini-relaunch looks to be an exciting new direction for the publisher in terms of the style and tone of their books. Unfortunately, June also has the fewest female creators at DC thus far this year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what and where for DC’s June 2015 comics:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #17 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1 (co-writer, cover), Section 8 #1 (cover), Starfire #1 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #10 (co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #41 (interior art), Black Canary #1 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #7 (co-writer, cover), The Kitchen #8 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #19 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: Strange Sports Stories #4 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #6 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #1 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #41 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #58 (writer)
  • Kai Yu Wu: The Flash Season Zero #9 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Cento: The Flash Season Zero #9 (co-writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #6 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #41 (writer), Wonder Woman Annual #1 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 (writer, variant cover), The Kitchen #8 (interior art)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #7 (interior art)

All together, there are 19 different female creators set to work on 21 different books in June, a big drop from May’s 26 and 25 and a far cry from the 32 different female creators DC had in April, their biggest month to date. I was hoping that with this mini-relaunch, DC would make a big statement and top their best yet again, but instead June is their lowest month of the year thus far.

When DC cancelled a slew of books in March to make way for this mini-relaunch, they lost many of the female creators working on those books. Some other titles outside of the superhero line have come to an end as well. That means that female creators like Ann Nocenti, Cat Staggs, Christy Marx, K. Perkins, Marguerite Bennett, Meghan Hetrick, Tula Lotay, and Sandra Hope are not in the mix this month.

Furthermore, DC’s hit highs this year by regularly having women in one-off appearances through variant covers or anthology series, and June doesn’t have the usual assortment of female creators we expect in this regard. That bodes well for July; June just may be a randomly off month for these avenues, and the numbers could bounce back next month. However, right now the numbers are pretty poor, comparatively.

There are some new names in the mix, though. Annie Wu is fairly new to DC after a stint on Marvel’s Hawkeye, Corin Howell is drawing Bat-Mite, and Mingjue Helen Chen is drawing Gotham Academy. While these few new faces aren’t exactly compensating for the many female creators DC has lost through their mini-relaunch, it’s always great to see different names in the mix.

June also looks to be a good month for female characters. Black Canary, Power Girl (with Harley Quinn), and Starfire are all launching new series, and the lead of the new Prez series is a teenage girl. There are a few female characters sprinkled in some of the new team books as well.

But in the end, these posts are a numbers game. June not only has DC’s lowest number of female creators for the year, it’s the lowest number since October 2014. To hit a low at a time when they’re set to launch several new series and get a lot of attention and sales is particularly disheartening. The mini-relaunch is certainly better than the New 52 relaunch where there were only 2 female creators in the mix, but DC has proven they’re capable of hitting much higher numbers since then. Only 19 different women in June is a disappointment given how high DC has moved their bar this year.


Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 30 Female Creators On 35 Different Books

November 24, 2014


Last month, after DC broke their record for female creators in their solicits yet again, I was wondering when they might hit the mark of 30 different women. Turns out, it was this month, with DC breaking their record once more in their February solicits. I’ve been expecting a drop off after so many months of steady growth into impressive new highs, but it hasn’t come yet. It will, of course, but let’s enjoy DC outdoing themselves each month for now. Here are all of the female creators listed in DC’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Alex de Campi: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Aquaman #39 (variant cover), Harley Quinn #15 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Superman #39 (variant cover), The Flash #39 (variant cover)
  • Amy Chu: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #5 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #39 (artist), Justice League #39 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #5 (co-writer), The Kitchen #4 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #15 (writer), Secret Origins #10 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #3 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #6 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables #149 (artist), Fables: The Wolf Among Us #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman and Robin #39 (variant cover), Supergirl #39 (cover and art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #39 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby Doo Where Are You? #54 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: Secret Origins #10 (artist)
  • Jill Thompson: Batman #39 (variant cover), Wolf Moon #3 (cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #39 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #31 (co-writer), Earth 2: World’s End #18-21 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #15 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #2 (artist)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #39 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #4 (artist)
  • Nicola Scott: Action Comics #39 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #19 (inker)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #39 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female creators working on 35 different books for DC Comics this February, up from January’s record breaking 28 and 25. Also encouraging to see is a number of women working on multiple titles. Amanda Conner leads the charge, drawing a variety of Harley Quinn variant covers as part of February’s variant theme, but several other women are set to work on multiple books as well.

As a quick sidenote, DC’s solicits list “Alison Borges” on art for Lobo #5, but I’m assuming that this is a misspelling of Alisson Borges, a male artist from Brazil who’s gotten some Big Two work recently. DC has a history of misspelling names in their solicits. However, if it turns out I’m wrong I will happily adjust the list accordingly and add her to the numbers.

In terms of new titles, February is very quiet. Harley Quinn has a Valentine’s special issue, co-written and with a cover by Amanda Conner, and Vertigo is launching Suiciders, a new book written and drawn by Lee Bermejo; the solicit for Suiciders lacks a character breakdown, so I don’t know how much female representation is inside the book.

Overall, DC broke their record yet again, and that is a fantastic thing. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, of course. For example, the only way female creators seem to get close to a major male character is through variant covers. The vast majority of women making comics at DC are writing and drawing female characters or lower tier male characters. Many of the big names remain elusive, and it would be nice to see that change. Nonetheless, it’s still a great month for DC, and I’m hoping to see another record shatter in March!

Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

May 29, 2014


August looks like a very busy month for female creators at DC, with several women set for multiple gigs across every division of the publisher. There’s also some good news for female characters in terms of new series, though it’s counteracted with some unfortunate cancellations. Let’s dig into the August 2014 solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #34, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #34, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #34, and Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • In terms of New 52 art, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #26, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #34, Meghan Hetrick is doing a variant cover for New Suicide Squad #2, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #34, and Amanda Conner is doing cover for Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • Outside of the New 52, Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert are writing stories for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, which also features art by Cat Staggs. Staggs is doing covers for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #1 and Smallville Season 11 Special #5, as well. Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay both have art in Adventures of Superman #16, and Teen Titans Go! #5 features writing by Amy Wolfram and art by Lea Hernandez.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #10, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #2, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8.
  • For new series, Wonder Woman’s got a new book, the aforementioned Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, which will have new, out of continuity stories by different creators in every issue. The Multiversity #1 launches in August too, and features Mary Marvel on the cover.
  • In sad news, the last issue of Birds of Prey comes out in August, and Worlds’ Finest is losing Power Girl and Huntress and replacing them with Superman and Batman after the August issue.

All together, there are 16 different women working on 16 different books in August, one less woman than in July but two more titles. Plus that count doesn’t paint the most accurate picture, seeing as so many women a) have multiple gigs, and b) are working on the same books. There are 22 female credits in the solicits overall; they just break down into 16 and 16. This is one of the strongest months we’ve seen from DC since we started keeping an eye on the solicits.

For female characters, a new book for Wonder Woman is long overdue, and luckily it sounds absolutely fantastic. Losing Birds of Prey is quite a blow, though. It’s been a mainstay of female representation for ages as the publisher’s only real female team book, and it’s also been good at rotating the cast a bit and showcasing different female characters alongside Black Canary, Barbara Gordon, and some of the other fixtures of the series. The changes to Worlds’ Finest are disheartening as well. Power Girl and the Huntress were two of the most popular female characters at DC before the relaunch, and while their new incarnations were different it’s unfortunate to see them replaced with men. I hear they’ll be in the Earth 2 weekly book that launches in October, though, so that’s something.

Overall, August is looking good for female creators at DC, while somewhat bittersweet for female characters. Sensation Comics looks great, and let’s cross our fingers for a Birds of Prey relaunch soon.

Women At DC Comics Watch – June 2014 Solicits

March 21, 2014


DC’s had a pretty consistent year thus far, keeping their number of female creators in the double digits, and the June solicits continue this trend.  They also continue an odd trend we’ve seen recently of a lack of new titles.  Marvel’s been launching 5 or 6 books a month this year, while DC’s only been adding 1 or 2 titles a month, though I suppose that two of those titles are weekly books which means 4 or 5 new issues a month.  Anyway, let’s dig into the June 2014 solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone in on Batgirl #32, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #32, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #32, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #7.
  • For New 52 art, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover and interior art for Supergirl #32, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #32, and Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Harley Quinn #7 and Batwing #32.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #3, Sandra Hope is an inker in the Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular #3, Amy Wolfram co-writes Teen Titans Go! #4, and Colleen Doran is doing EVERYTHING, cover, writing, AND art, for The Vampire Diaries #6.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge is back writing Coffin Hill #8 after the book took a break in May, while Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #6.
  • For new books, the only new title is Infinity Man and the Forever People #1, which features no female creators but does have two female characters front and center.  Also, DC’s ongoing Secret Origins includes Batwoman in June, alongside Green Lantern and Red Robin, the third straight issue with two men and one woman.  However, there are no female creators there either.

All together, in June there are 12 different female creators scheduled to work on 12 different books, a bit of an increase from May’s 11 and 10, respectively.  That’s a decent total, though do please remember that the male creators number in the hundreds so female creators are still quite a substantial minority.  Nonetheless, DC has built a solid assortment of women who work on their books each month.  We’ve not got any new names in June, which would have been nice, but it’s good to see so many female creators getting consistent work.

In terms of female characters, DC’s slow roll out of new books continues, but there’s some decent representation in Infinity Man and the Forever People.  I have a bone to pick with Secret Origins, though.  For three straight issues they’ve featured a female character, which is good, but it’s so easy to just be happy that a female character has been included that you forget, oh wait, for three straight issues male characters have outnumbered female characters 2 to 1.  We’re so used to no representation that we take whatever we get as a win instead of noticing that inequality remains.  I’d very much like to see two female characters and one male character in the next issue of Secret Origins, just to even things out a bit.  I doubt it’ll happen, but it only seems fair.

Anyway, it was another decent month for DC, albeit only in relation to the fact that they’d been rather terrible at female representation for quite a while.  The numbers for female creators remain paltry, but they’re less paltry than they were last month, so hurrah!  Things are oh so slowly getting better.

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2014 Solicits

January 28, 2014


April looks like a very good month for female creators at DC Comics, but only an average one for female characters despite several new titles and shake-ups.  Let’s take a look at the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #30, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #30, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #5, and Gail Simone writes Batgirl #30, Batgirl Annual #2, and The Movement #11.
  • For New 52 artists, Meghan Hetrick is doing the interior art for Nightwing #30, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #22, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #30, Amanda Conner does the cover for Harley Quinn #5, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #22 and the interior art for Supergirl #30.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #1, Heather Nuhfer writes Vampire Diaries #4, and Amy Wolfram writes Teen Titans Go! #3.
  • At Vertigo, Amy Chu and Cris Peter are part of the new anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #7, and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #4.
  • There are some big Justice League shake-ups this April.  Justice League United #0 launches with Supergirl and Stargirl as part of the team along with 5 guys.  Justice League #30 is the debut of Lex Luthor as the leader of the team, along with a few other cast changes, but Wonder Woman remains the only woman on the roster.  As for Justice League of America, the book that had 3 female characters?  Cancelled in April.
  • Batman Eternal is set to launch, and Stephanie Brown is in the mix; she’s due to appear for the first time in the New 52 universe in Batman Eternal #3.  DC is also launching a new Secret Origins series, and Supergirl will be featured in the first issue, while Aquaman and the Others #1, an Aquaman spinoff if you can believe it, is 2 of 5 for female main characters.

All together, in April 2014 DC is scheduled to have 15 different female creators working on 16 different books, an increase of 3 and 4 respectively from last month’s numbers.  These are really solid numbers for DC, among the best we’ve seen since this project began.  Double digits used to be a rarity, and now it’s commonplace.  Men still hit well into the triple digits each month, so there’s still a long way to go, but this is definite progress.

Things are moving slower on the female character side.  Representation in team books is always good to see, though women are always a minority.  It’s nice to have Stephanie Brown back, though!  That’s been a long time coming.  However, while Marvel seems to be launching multiple female-led solo series each month, DC certainly isn’t.  Their new books are either teams, one of which has a male hero in the title, or male-led solo books like the new Sinestro #1 (because apparently there’s a lack of Green Lantern books; Sinestro makes 6 currently being published).

Ultimately, the variety and number of female creators is very encouraging, while representation for female characters could be better.  Interestingly, as we’ll see in a couple days, the situation at Marvel is the complete opposite.  It seems that you can either have female creators OR female characters from a publisher; for whatever reason, you can’t have both.

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