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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, September 2019 Solicits: 30 Creators on 27 Books

September 12, 2019

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As we continue our catching up, September marks a slight drop for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The publisher has maintained a relatively impressive level of representation for some time, and this may well be a momentary blip. That being said, consistency in representation is out of character for Marvel, so we’ll have to see what happens over the rest of the fall. For now, let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this September:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #47 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Marvel Comics #1001 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (interior art)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #6 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #36 (cover)
  • Audrey Loeb: Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #10 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #3 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (variant cover), Ghost-Spider Annual #1 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #48 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #10 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Marvel Tales: Black Panther #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #3 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #1 (writer), Wolverine Annual #1 (writer)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #3 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #10 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Absolute Carnage: Avengers #1 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: The Web of Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Marvel Comics #1001 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Silver Surfer: Black #4 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #25 (writer)
  • Sabine Rich: Agents of Atlas #2 (variant cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #4 (variant cover), House of X #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #3 (writer), Ghost-Spider #1 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #3 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #3 (writer), Strikeforce #1 (writer), Thanos #6 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Ghost-Spider Annual #1 (writer), Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #3 (cover), Savage Sword of Conan #9 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 different books in September, seven fewer creators but only one fewer book. The drop in creators in considerable, with a decline of nearly a fifth. That’s nothing to scoff at. The number of books remains more or less consistent, though.

With female and non-binary creators working on 27 of Marvel’s 88 books in September, that gives us representation across 31% of the line. This was 33% in August, so it’s a slight step down that, when combined with the big drop in creators, makes September a disappointing month for the publisher. Nothing catastrophic, but certainly a step down from what’s been a relatively strong run as of late.

It’s a quiet month for new creators as well. There don’t seem to be any brand new names, though there are a few returning creators from way back. We haven’t seen Meghan Hetrick or Audrey Loeb in some time, years even, so it’s cool to have them back in the mix. And while we’re used to seeing Sabine Rich at DC, this might be her first credit in the Marvel solicits, which is fun.

For new books, The Web of Black Widow has everyone’s favourite spy starring in some new adventures. If Scarlett Johansson’s got you down, you can still enjoy Black Widow comics at least. There are also some great female characters in the new Strikeforce book, including Angela, Monica Rambeau, and Spider-Woman.

Overall, Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators are slightly down from their recent levels in this round of solicits. It was inevitable, to some degree. The numbers tend to shift far more often than we’ve seen from Marvel this year. Time will tell if September marks a temporary slide or a bigger change at the publisher.

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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, August 2019 Solicits: 37 Creators on 28 Books

July 26, 2019

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August is a big month for Marvel, with a “landmark” thousandth issue from a massive team of creators set to hit comic shops. The numbering is completely arbitrary, and it’s not even a real series. Marvel saw the success DC had with its legitimate Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000 and, since there are no Marvel books anywhere close to a thousand issues yet, just decided to make something up and have their own Marvel Comics #1000. It’s a goofy gimmick that will sell a ton of copies because that’s how the comics business works, and it’s set to feature a bunch of female creators, as you can see below. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this August:

  • Alexandra Petri: She-Hulk Annual #1 (writer)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #46 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover), Invisible Woman #2 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (interio art)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #5 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Marvel Monsters #1 (interior art)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #9 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #2 (interior art)
  • Dana Schwartz: Deadpool Annual #1 (writer)
  • Elsa Charretier: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Absolute Carnage: Mile Morales #1 (variant cover), Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #47 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #9 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Gail Simone: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover), Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (interior art)
  • Irene Koh: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Irina Nordsol: Doctor Strange #18 (cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Cat #3 (variant cover), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Marvel Tales: X-Men #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5 (writer)
  • June Brigman: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Fearless #2 (co-writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #9 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: She-Hulk Annual #1 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Runaways #24 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #2 (variant cover), House of X #3 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #2 (co-writer), Ghost-Spider #1 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #2 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Thanos #5 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Absolute Carnage: Lethal Projectors #1 (variant cover), Fearless #2 (cover), House of X #2 (variant cover), Powers of X #2 (variant cover), Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5 (variant cover)

Altogether, there are 37 different female creators set to work on 28 different books in August, one fewer creator than in July on two fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. It’s a slight drop in both counts, but Marvel’s putting out fewer books this month so we’re in the same ballpark as before as the publisher continues to maintain its high level of female creators. Marvel is on quite a run right now.

We’re still seeing the concentration of female creators we had last month, though. Marvel’s set to put out 85 books in August, and with women working on 28 of them that means the publisher has female creators on 33% of the line. This is a slight step up from July’s 32%, but still below the 40% they posted in June. While the number of female creators remains high, they’re not spread out as much across the line right now.

There are some new names in the mix in August. We’ve got two new female writers with Alexandra Petri and Dana Schwartz, adding an already strong lineup. There are a lot of returning favourites, as well, including legends like June Brigman and Louise Simonson, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen Kathryn Immonen.

For new books, Marvel Comics #1000 is obviously the big one, and it’s set to feature darn near every Marvel character ever, so there’ll certainly be some ladies in the mix. For new books, we’ve got a Gwenpool mini-series and a relaunched Gwen Stacy book, Ghost-Spider, that’s basically just the same book and creative team with a slightly different title and new numbering. There are also team books like Agents of Atlas, Future Foundation, and Power Pack: Grow Up! that have female characters involved.

All together, it’s another solid outing for Marvel. With so many books coming out each month, the jobs are plentiful and they’re filling them with a lot of female creators. Proportionally, it’s not the best numbers we’ve ever seen because Marvel’s been at a comparable level before with much fewer books. But still, this is a relatively strong run, and it’s great to see so many wonderful female creators doing excellent work each month.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, February 2019 Solicits – 18 Creators on 15 Books

December 18, 2018

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Well then. DC’s January solicits didn’t give us a lot of hope that the publisher was going to start the New Year off strong in terms of female and non-binary creator representation, and the February solicits haven’t helped matters at all. We’re back into the teens, which is just ridiculous. Embarrassing, really. In the year of our lord 2019, a major comic book publisher should be able to find more than 18 female and non-binary creators to work on their titles. They’re EVERYWHERE now. It’s really not that hard. Anyway, let’s take a look at who is doing what at DC this February:

  • Adriana Melo: Female Furies #1 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Old Lady Harley #5 (cover)
  • Aneke: House of Whispers #6 (interior art)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #6 (interiort art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Female Furies #1 (writer)
  • Elena Casagrande: Catwoman #8 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batgirl #32 (cover), Supergirl #27 (variant cover). Young Justice #2 (interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #64 (writer), Wonder Woman #65 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #8 (writer, cover)
  • Kat Howard: The Books of Magic #5 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #45 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #32 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Hex Wives #5 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #6 (writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #64 (cover), Wonder Woman #65 (writer)
  • Reiko Murakami: Lucifer #5 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Hex Wives #5 (cover)
  • Zoe Quinn: Goddess Mode #3 (writer)

All together, there are 18 different female creators scheduled to work on 15 different book at DC this February, 2 fewer creators though 1 more book than in January. As far as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. So yeah, not great. If a behemoth like DC is in the teens, they just aren’t trying hard enough. Or, much at all, it seems. I feel like they brought in a couple of huge names with G. Willow Wilson and Kelly Sue DeConnick and were like “Hey, we’ve got the famousest ladies! We can take a break on that front now!” Which, no. I mean, I love them both, but they don’t count extra. Everyone in DC editorial should feel bad about this showing.

In terms of new creators, we don’t have much here. Reiko Murakami is someone I haven’t seen before, and her cover for Lucifer looks cool. Everyone else is the usual gang of folks we’ve seen in recent months, though I am glad that Cecil Castellucci’s got a new book! Female Furies looks rad.

Speaking of, Female Furies is one of two new titles with female characters in a lead role this month. And given that it’s a pretty quiet month for new books, that’s some decent representation at least. We’ve got Big Barda and all of the Furies in this mini, getting up to some sort of Apokaliptic adventures. And we’ve also got a Wonder Twins book that co-stars Jayna, the sister half of the duo. I was never huge into Super Friends, but this book looks like it could be fun.

Overall, DC editorial needs to get their act together. These are some terrible numbers, way down from their recent highs. Both months of 2019 have been lower than the month before, and that’s not a good way to start the year. Sharpen up, DC! Representation matters, you know.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, January 2019 Solicits: 20 Creators on 14 Books

November 26, 2018

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So remember how we adjusted the numbers for DC’s December solicits? The last Wednesday in December is Boxing Day, and DC’s not shipping any books that week. Instead, because January is a five-Wednesday month, they moved all those books to the first Wednesday in January. Thus, when we looked at the December solicits, we added in that January week to get a more accurate view of the numbers. Now it’s time for the January solicits, so we’re going to subtract that first week. Easy peasy, right?

This leaves us with the last four weeks in January, which is a full cycle of DC’s publication schedule. All of the books will come out at their regular rate in that span. The only trouble is, it seems DC forgot to hire female and non-binary creators to work on them. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what this January:

  • Agnes Garbowska: Teen Titans Go! #32 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Old Lady Harley #4 (cover)
  • Amanda Deibert: Teen Titans Go! #32 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: House of Whispers #5 (interior art)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #5 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Mysteries of Love in Space #1 (co-writer)
  • Elena Casagrande: Catwoman #7 (interior art), Mysteries of Love in Space #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Wonder Woman #63 (interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #62 (writer), Wonder Woman #63 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #7 (writer, interior art, cover), Mysteries of Love in Space #1 (cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Wonder Woman #63 (variant cover)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #4 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #44 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #31 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: The Wild Storm #19 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Hex Wives #4 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #5 (writer)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: Hex Wives #4 (cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #62 (cover), Wonder Woman #63 (cover)
  • Zoe Quinn: Goddess Mode #2 (writer)

All together, there are 20 different female creators set to work on 14 different books at DC in January, 4 fewer creators than in the December adjusted numbers and a whopping 9 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. And let me re-iterate: This is the same slate of books as our adjusted December numbers. We’ve not lost titles by moving the first week of January back with the December post. Both are four week cycles of DC’s entire line. January just sort of sucks. It looked like the December numbers were a step in the right direction after a subpar autumn for the publisher, but January has DC’s female and non-binary representation on the decline again.

Reading through the solicits was an odd experience, in that so many familiar names were gone. Yasmine Putri usually does a slew of variant covers, but this month there were none. Jenny Frison’s been doing Wonder Woman variant covers for ages, but she’s wrapped up that gig. Julie and Shawna Benson have been writing one book or another at DC for a couple of years now, but they’ve been taken off Green Arrow. So several of our regulars are gone, without much in the way of new names to replace them. We’ve got a few returning favourites; I feel like it’s been a little while since we’ve seen Amanda Deibert, Elena Casagrande, or Marley Zarcone. But there’s no one brand new, nor any real commensurate rise in female or non-binary creators to make up for the losses.

In terms of fictional women, Brian Michael Bendis’ new “Wonder Comics” imprint is rolling out some titles in January that feature a few gals. Wonder Girl and Amethyst are in Young Justice, while Naomi stars an all new female lead. Unfortunately, there are no female or non-binary creators attached to ANY of the “Wonder Comics” books at this point, which is just embarrassing. There are several books, all written and drawn by dudes. Come on now. Elsewhere this month, the only new book with female characters in the mix is the Mysteries of Love in Space special, which has stories starring Hawkgirl and Crush, i.e. Lobo’s daughter.

Overall, this is not a great start to the new year. The drop in creators is certainly noticeable, and the drop in representation across the line is massive. Falling from 23 books to 14 is a huge decline. And things like “Wonder Comics” aren’t helping matters either. How, in 2019, do you launch a brand new imprint with NO women or non-binary creators in the mix? It’s just ridiculous. Especially when the last imprint, “Young Animal,” was a bastion of female creator representation. So yeah, the year’s not getting off on the best foot. Hopefully things will pick up from here.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, December 2018 Solicits – 24 Creators on 23 Books, Sort Of

October 18, 2018

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Okay, this one is going to be a little bit weird. The fourth Wednesday in December is Boxing Day, and DC has decided not to ship any comics at all that week. Since January is a five-week month, they’re bumping all of their usual fourth week books from December into the first week of January. That leaves the December solicits a bit sparse, with a quarter of the usual books not there. This obviously makes our monthly comparisons a bit difficult, but let’s start with who’s doing what at DC this December and we’ll keep going from there:

  • Amanda Conner: Supergirl #25 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 (interior art)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #4 (interior art)
  • Brandee Stilwell: Sasquatch Detective #1 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Supergirl #25 (interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #60 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #60 (variant cover)
  • Jill Thompson: Supergirl #25 (interior art)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #46 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Julie Benson: Green Arrow #47 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #43 (writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Harley Quinn #56 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #4 (writer)
  • Nicola Scott: Justice League Dark #6 (cover)
  • Priscilla Petraites: New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Justice League Odyssey #4 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #60 (cover)
  • Sanya Anwar: New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 (co-writer)
  • Shawna Benson: Green Arrow #47 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Nightwing #54 (variant cover), Nightwing #55 (variant cover), Red Hood: Outlaw #29 (variant cover)
  • Zoe Quinn: Goddess Mode #1 (writer)

All together, there are 21 female creators scheduled to work on 16 different comic books at DC in December, 1 more creator than in November but 5 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. Now, we’ve already got more women working on comics than last month, so that’s a plus, but it just doesn’t feel right. Especially when the January solicits will have a lot of books double shipping that typically don’t. Everything’s all wonky. So I think for our “official” count, I’m going to borrow the entries from the first week of the January 2019 solicits (i.e. the books that should have come out December 26), and we’ll make those part of the December count. So let’s add in:

  • Amanda Conner: Old Lady Harley #3 (cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #61 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #61 (variant cover)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #3 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #30 (writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Hex Wives #3 (cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Hex Wives #3 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Justice League Odyssey #4 (variant cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #61 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Raven, Daughter of Darkness #11 (cover)

A bunch of these creators were in the first list above, but the net gain here is 3 more female creators and 7 more books, for a total of 24 female creators overall, working on 23 different books. It may not be the monthly numbers exactly, but it captures this publication cycle well, and I think that gives us our most accurate totals for our usual month to month comparison.

And it’s a comparison that stacks up pretty well. I mean, November kind of sucked. Only 20 female creators is terrible. But there were 15 in October, and that’s even worse. We’re seeing two big jumps in a row here that, while they haven’t lifted DC to anything resembling a strong total yet, could bode well for continued growth in the new year. Or the numbers could just fall off a cliff again. You never know with the Big Two. Regardless, 24 creators is a decent total relative to the back half of 2018 as a whole, and hopefully we’ll see the growth continue.

We’ve got a few new names as well. I think Brandee Stilwell got listed once for her work on Exit Stage Left, but her Sasquatch Detective backups from that mini are getting collected in a one-shot with a new story thrown in, too. We’ve also got Priscilla Petraites, who has gone through DC’s talent development program and will be drawing a story in this year’s New Talent Showcase. And finally, Zoe Quinn is launching Goddess Mode for Vertigo, which sounds like it could be a cool title.

In terms of female characters, it’s mostly team stuff for new books this month. Zatanna and Orphan are going to be in Batman and the Outsiders, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna are going to be in the New Talent Showcase 2018, and Freedom Fighters should have some ladies in the mix, though none are specified in the solicit. Also, Goddess Mode has a female lead, which is very fun.

All together, the adjusted numbers show a step up for DC in terms of female creator representation, though their non-binary ranks remain poor. It would be nice to have the new year on the horizon bring continued growth and new opportunities for women and non-binary creators, but if you’ve followed this project at all you know it’s a dang yo-yo, up and down all the time. At the very least, at this current moment in time, DC is moving in a positive direction. That’s something, I suppose

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, June 2018 Solicits: 19 Creators on 17 Books

April 3, 2018

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June is a huge month for DC, and the bulk of it is centered around their two superstar writers. Scott Snyder is relaunching Justice League, with Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez drawing the books, while Brian Michael Bendis is kickstarting his new Superman run with a Man of Steel mini-series featuring art from Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok. You may have noticed that these creators have something in common, namely that they’re all men. It’s a fitting dude-fest given that DC Comics’ June solicits contain their lowest number of female and non-binary creators in nearly two years. As always at DC, when big things are happening, women and non-binary creators are few and far between. Let’s take a look at who is doing what this June:

  • Adriana Melo: Plastic Man #1 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Plastic Man #1 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: Bombshells United #19 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (cover)
  • Brandee Stilwell: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6 (co-writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Plastic Man #1 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #48 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #49 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #4 (writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #4 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Green Arrow #41 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #16 (writer), Bombshells United #19 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Bombshells United #19 (interior art, cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Harley Quinn #43 (interior art), Harley Quinn #44 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Future Quest Presents #11 (variant cover), Mera, Queen of Atlantis #5 (cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Motherlands #6 (inteior art)
  • Sandra Hope: The Silencer #6 (cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: The Wild Storm #14 (variant cover)

All together, there are 19 different female creators scheduled to work on 17 different books in June, 4 fewer creators than in May and 3 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators set to work at DC in June. I’ve said before that in this day and age, with so many different, amazing women and non-binary creators working in comics, that a big publisher like DC or Marvel should be able to hire 20 of them a month with ease. If a publisher can’t get out of the teens, then they’re not even trying. And now DC is in the teens. Just barely so, but still. This is an embarrassingly low total, doubly so given that it’s such an important month for the publisher, and triply so because it marks DC’s lowest total since August 2016.

Moreover, fictional men are getting all of the focus in June as well. Superman’s the star of the show for the Man of Steel mini-series, of course, while only 2 of the 9 members of the new Justice League are women. There are also 5 special issues leading up to Batman and Catwoman’s nuptials called Batman: Prelude to the Wedding, in which only 2 of the 10 named characters are women and all of the creators are men. And 4 new Hanna-Barbera crossover issues with all male characters and about 17 dudes writing and drawing them. We’ve got a new Hawkman book in June, too, again with all male creators. At least the new Plastic Man has some women in the mix behind the scenes, even if the month as a whole is sorely lacking in fictional representation.

And as bad as these numbers are, they might be about to drop further. June marks the last issue of Bombshells United, ending one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve ever read and also removing a bastion of female creators from the monthly solicits. With its double shipping, you could count on 3-5 women each month in Bombshells United, and now that’s come to an end. July might be a rough outing, barring some new books or creative changes.

As I said at the top of the piece, female and non-binary creators tend to disappear when DC does big new initiatives. In every new round of relaunches or big creative shifts, men are always at the forefront. And frankly, this isn’t going to change until these men do something about it. Creators like Scott Snyder and Brian Michael Bendis are mega-stars. They could be working with any artists they wanted to, and yet here we see them with eight different dudes. The big names at DC need to step up and fight for improved representation at the publisher, otherwise it’s just going to be the same old thing again and again. Gail Simone does it. Greg Rucka does. And others need to join in.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, April 2018 Solicits: 23 Creators on 23 Books

February 6, 2018

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April looks to be another subpar month for female and non-binary creator representation at DC Comics. Not only has the publisher posted their lowest numbers of the year thus far, the total also leaves them well below their past highs. For several months now, DC’s been operating at about 2/3 of the level they’ve shown themselves to be capable of achieving in the past, with few signs that this is going to change any time soon. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at DC Comics this April:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #41 (cover), Harley Quinn #42 (cover), The Jetsons #6 (cover)
  • Aneke: Bombshells United #15 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Shade, The Changing Woman #2 (cover)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #2 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Bombshells United #15 (cover), Wonder Woman #44 (interior art), Wonder Woman #45 (interior art)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #22 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #44 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #45 (variant cover)
  • Jill Thompson: Scooby Apocalypse #24 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 (writer), Supergirl #20 (co-writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Batman #44 (interior art)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #21 (co-writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #21 (variant cover)
  • Louise Simonson: Action Comics #1000 (writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #14 (writer), Bombshells United #15 (writer), Bombshells United #16 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (variant cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #2 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Mera, Queen of Atlantis #3 (cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Motherlands #4 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #21 (cover), Bombshells United #16 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: The Silencer #4 (cover)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #21 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Nightwing #42 (variant cover), Nightwing #43 (variant cover)

All together, there are 23 different female creators scheduled to work on 23 different comic books at DC in April, 3 few creators than in March and 1 fewer book. To the best of my knowledge, there are no non-binary creators in DC’s solicits this month. While the drop from last month isn’t disastrous, it does leave DC with their lowest combined total of female creators and books since August 2016. That’s not encouraging news. The numbers have been flat for a while now, and DC doesn’t seem to be doing much to change that right now. What’s more, all of their recent announcements for what’s to come through the spring and into the summer have predominantly featured male creators.

Everyone listed above is someone we’ve seen before, which is part of the reason the numbers aren’t growing. Bringing in new talent is important. We haven’t seen Louise Simonson in some time, though, and it’s great that she’s going to be a part of Action Comics #1000! Less great that she’s the only female creator who’s been announced on the book thus far, however.

Also troubling is how the gigs break down this month. Of the 23 women writing or drawing DC’s books, 10 of them are solely doing covers. While covers are key, of course, the bulk of the storytelling happens inside the pages, where only 13 women have work in April. That’s 13 women across DC’s monthly line of 80+ comic books. It’s some paltry representation.

April looks to be a quiet month for new titles as well. The only flashy new thing is the thousandth issue of Action Comics, and while I’m hoping that it will turn out to be a good showcase for Lois Lane, who is celebrating this milestone alongside Superman, I’m not holding my breath. Everything else is the usual fare, though it sounds like we’ll be getting a lot of new stuff and some major creative changes across the board in May and beyond as spinoffs from DC’s “Metal” event begin and the publisher moves pieces around to adjust to Brian Michael Bendis’ prominent new role.

Overall, April is not a particularly good month for female and non-binary creator representation at DC. While the publisher’s not been as atrociously poor as Marvel lately, that doesn’t mean that their numbers are good. Both of the Big Two are underachieving right now, Marvel’s just doing especially poorly. DC appears to be stuck in a bit of a rut. Their current bench of female creators is excellent, but they’re not doing anything to expand the ranks. It’ll be interesting to see what the next few months brings as big creative upheavals hit the lineup, but given how things have been going so far in 2018, signs don’t yet point to a major female and non-binary creator renaissance on the horizon.


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