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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.

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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 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.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – January 2016 Solicits: 20 Women On 14 Books

November 5, 2015

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Marvel’s December solicits were abnormally good in terms of female creator representation, and I was curious to see if they would maintain their high total in January or fall back into their old, lower range. What actually happened was a little bit of both. Marvel’s down from their December total but up from their November total, splitting the difference exactly. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in January 2016:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 (co-writer, cover), The Totally Awesome Hulk #2 (variant cover)
  • Annie Wu: Spider-Woman #3 (variant cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Ms. Marvel #3 (variant cover)
  • Brittney Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #2 (art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: All-New Hawkeye #3 (variant cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #2 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #2 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #3 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #3 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #3 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: A-Force #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #1 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Lady of Shadows #5 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #3 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #4 (art, cover)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #1 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #3 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #2 (cover)

All together, Marvel has 20 different female creators scheduled to work on 14 different books in January, a drop from December’s 24 and 19 but a comparatively decent total for Marvel given their poor showings over the past year. Things seem to be looking up for female creators at Marvel, which is good news; this is two straight months of 20 or more women. At the same, though, in this day and age 20 women is about where a Big Two publisher needs to be at to be considered “not awful” with female creators. “Good” is still a ways off.

Despite the drop, though, Marvel is moving in a positive direction in terms of regular gigs for women. They’ll add two in January with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters writing the new Captain Marvel together. Marvel’s gradual unveiling of their new post-Secret Wars line up over the past few months has been slow to add female creators, but there are a bunch in the mix now. Hopefully there’ll be more to come in February.

January isn’t looking great for female characters, however. While there are a slew of new books, only one has a female lead: Captain Marvel. It looks great and all, but there are at least four other new books with a male lead as well a team book set to debut in January as well. A 4 to 1 ratio of new male-led to female-led books is disappointing.

Overall, January was an expected step back; there were too many one-time variant cover gigs in December for Marvel to be able to maintain their total without a MASSIVE spike in their hiring of women. But Marvel didn’t step back as far as they could have, and have put up a marginally decent number of female creators for the month. Things aren’t good by any means, but they’re better than they’ve been. There’s still loads of room to grow, of course, in a variety of ways: more female creators, female creators on more books instead of clustered, more female characters. Women are a small minority by every measure. The past two months are an okay start after a bad autumn, and now Marvel needs to move forward in a decidedly positive direction.

Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2016 Solicits, 31 Women On 20 Books

October 28, 2015

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It took a long time, but DC is finally back in the ballpark of the highs they hit early in 2015 with female creators. Things took a big dip after “Convergence”, with the #DCYou initiative bringing a substantial drop in female creators that was slow to recover. Things are looking up in the New Year, though, with a lot of great female creators set to work on books at DC. There are a few caveats, but DC’s posted their highest total in some time and that’s a good thing. Let’s see who’s doing what in January 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #24 (cover, variant cover, co-writer), Starfire #8 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #8 (art, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #48 (art, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #14 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #13 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Deathstroke #14 (variant cover), Starfire #8 (interior art), Wonder Woman #48 (variant cover)
  • Emma Needell: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #4 (writer), Secret Six #10 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #2 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Gotham Academy #14 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #4 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Joelle Jones: Superman: American Alien #3 (variant cover, interior art)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Kate Perkins: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Katie Cook: Gotham Academy #14 (writer, art)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #4 (co-writer)
  • Leila Del Duca: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (writer)
  • Maria Laura Sanapo: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (interior art)
  • Megan Levens: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #13 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #3 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #48 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine, The Hellblazer #8 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #14 (cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (variant cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 (writer, cover, interior art)
  • Samantha Shannon: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #3 (cover)

All together there are 31 different female creators set to work on 20 different books in January, a big jump from December’s 20 and 18. DC was hitting the 30s earlier in 2015, so this is a much welcome return to form, and long overdue. After showing they were capable of hiring so many women, it was disappointing to see them slip down.

But now they’re back! Though it remains to be seen for how long. Six of the women listed above are on Vertigo SFX #4, a one-shot anthology book that won’t be back next month. I’m anticipating a drop in February, but these anthologies have proven fruitful long-term; many of the women who work on the anthologies end up getting regular series work down the road. Also, there are a lot of new, sustainable gigs; Amy Chu will be writing a new Poison Ivy book for a few months, and Renae De Liz will be on a digital first Wonder Woman series.

Both of these books represent a strong month for female characters, and Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman’s new ventures are joined by a spotlight on Katana, who headlines a special Suicide Squad Most Wanted one-shot. It’s always good to see more female characters leading their own series, and while they’re mini-series and thus will have a limited run, it’ll add to DC’s female representation for several months to come.

Ultimately, January looks good for women at DC, but I’m not sure how long it will last. DC’s going to need to increase their ranks of female creators again in February to counter all of the one-time gigs listed above. But they can do it; their rolodex is deep. They are capable of hiring a wide array of female creators, if they so choose.

Women At DC Comics Watch – December 2015 Solicits: 20 Female Creators On 18 Books

September 23, 2015

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For the past couple of months, DC’s solicits have stepped up their female creator representation after a disappointing start to their #DCYou mini-relaunch in June. The numbers were still a ways off from their highs earlier in the year, but they were growing. Unfortunately, December looks to be a step back for women at DC Comics. It’s not a disastrous fall, but the loss puts them back in the range of their earlier 2015 lows. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in December 2015:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #23 (co-writer, cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #1 (co-writer, art, cover), Starfire #7 (co-writer, cover), Wonder Woman #47 (variant cover)
  • Anna Dittman: Sensation Comics #17 (cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #7 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #47 (art and cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #6 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #12 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #7 (penciller)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #3 (writer), Secret Six #9 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #1 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #3 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #6 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #3 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #13 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #6 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #7 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #2 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #47 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #7 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #7 (interior art)
  • Trina Robbins: Sensation Comics #17 (writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #2 (cover)

All together, there are 20 different female creators scheduled to work on 18 different books in December, a drop from November’s 24 and 23 respectively. As I’ve said before, given the breadth of talent available, major publishers like DC and Marvel should be able to hit 20 female creators with ease. There are 150-175 different people in the solicits each month, so 20 women should be a breeze. That’s the low end, the barely passable level of representation. So DC’s hit the bare minimum here, after showing they can do much better earlier in the year.

Also, their mainline superhero books are set to have a rough December. Those books account for more than half of DC’s entire publishing line, but only 6 of the 20 women listed above are working on a mainline superhero book. The rest are on digital first, kids, or Vertigo titles. This number isn’t helped by the fact that Genevieve Valentine has been replaced on Catwoman. She’ll still pop up occasionally in Batman and Robin Eternal, but her regularly monthly presence has come to an end.

Furthermore, December is the last month for Sensation Comics, which has been a bastion for fantastic female creators. Two of the women listed above are working on Sensation Comics. DC Comics Bombshells is picking up some of that slack with it’s stellar team of female creators, but the loss of Sensation Comics will be seen in the numbers moving forward for sure.

Still, there are some new names in the mix, which is always a good sign. Anna Dittman is new, and her Sensation Comics cover looks gorgeous, and Holly Black is launching Lucifer, which I’m looking forward to. Vertigo has been great for female creators lately; 7 of the women listed above have a Vertigo credit this month.

In terms of female characters, December looks to be a quiet month for new books, but Harley Quinn is launching a new team-up title and Wonder Woman is her first co-star, so that should be fun. Vertigo’s set to roll out the last batch of their new line as well, including New Romancer, which has a female lead.

Overall, December is set to be a step down for DC, and things are looking especially disappointing on the superhero side of the street. Six female creators across nearly 50 mainline superhero titles is embarrassingly low; luckily the (far fewer) digital books and Vertigo are much more representative. Here’s hoping that DC can get back on track in the new year and start out 2016 strong.


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