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Women in Comics Statistics, DC and Marvel: May 2017 in Review

August 2, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last week over at Bleeding Cool, and it featured the usual DC and Marvel fun plus visits to Dynamite, Boom, Titan, and Valiant.

The Big Two continued to struggle with female creator representation, and posted their lowest combined overall percentage of female creators over the past year in May. DC ticked up slightly to 15.1% female creators, a gain that still left them with their second lowest total over the past twelve months. Marvel dropped to 15.9% female creators, their lowest total in six months.

We also concluded our biannual tour of other direct market publishers, and it was a mixed bag. Dynamite slid down to a paltry 6.2% female creators, Boom remained a bastion of female representation at 39%, Titan ticked down slightly to a relatively strong 20.4%, and Valiant rose to 14.3%. All told, our larger tour over the past two months featured more losses than gains, and combined with low showings at DC and Marvel, female creator representation across the board in the direct market appears to have taken a bit of a dip as of late.

Head on over the Bleeding Cool for the full stats and all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, November 2016 in Review

January 31, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up at Bleeding Cool a week or so ago, and November 2016 saw DC posting a high percentage of female creators again as Marvel continued to slide.

DC had 19.4% female creators overall, a slight drop from October but still their second best total of the year. Marvel slipped down to 15.6% female creators, and while that wasn’t a big decline from October, it was the publisher’s third straight month of drops.

We also checked in on several smaller publishers. Boom! posted a whopping 40.9% female creators overall, the highest number we’ve ever seen from any publisher. Titan ticked down since our last visit but still came in at a very solid 22.1%. Dynamite fell more than half, posting only 9.1% female creators. Finally, Valiant ticked up slightly to 10.1%.

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

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

January 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

July 30, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last week on Bleeding Cool, but I’ve been slow to post it because I’ve been on vacation. Aw yeah, cottage in the summer! Except it’s been grey and cloudy all week. I read The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, though, and it’s GREAT. Check out that series, for sure. Anyway, I’m back momentarily and posting some stats!

DC topped Marvel handily thanks to “Convergence” and two female editors appearing in well over half of all of DC’s books. DC had 25.3% female creators overall, a huge but only momentary total. Things go back to normal in June, and the numbers will drop. Marvel came in at 12.2% female creators overall, a drop from April but a decent total relative to Marvel’s poor showings as of late.

I also stopped by four other, smaller publishers to see how they’re doing in terms of representation. Boom! was down but still tops among all nine publishers we looked at over the past two months with 30% female creators overall. Dynamite came in at 20.6%, a big jump for them and a really great number overall; the “Swords of Sorrow” event spearheaded by Gail Simone helped a lot. Valiant was the pits with 2.2% female creators, but Archie came in at 9.7%, low compared to most other publishers but their best total yet.

I should also point out that I had incomplete numbers for Archie when the May “Gendercrunching” first went up. I didn’t know that the digests had new stories, and I missed the Dark Circle books and a Dark Horse crossover; all dumb mistakes on my part. Again, my apologies to Archie. Everything has been updated to reflect their entire line.

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

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, November 2014 In Review

February 2, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and it was yet another subpar month for both publishers.

DC’s overall percentage of female creators rose to 9.8%, but that’s still well below their regular average despite a particularly strong month for female writers and artists. Marvel topped them with 10.8% overall, but that’s not a particularly good total either; Marvel’s been on a skid for some time after spending several months in the 14% range last year.

We also visited four other publishers. Boom! led everyone else by far with a whopping 36% female creators overall, with Dynamite coming in second with a decent 14.3%. Not only did Dynamite top DC and Marvel, they’ve more than quadrupled their female representation since the last time we ran their stats. Archie trailed far behind with a paltry 2.7%, while Avatar brought up the rear with an abysmal 0%.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for more details and stats fun!

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, April 2013 In Review

June 25, 2013

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It was double the stats pleasure, double the stats fun at Bleeding Cool this month.  We got a bonus article looking at DC’s “Forever Evil” villain month solicits a few weeks ago, and now the stats are back again with our usual fun.  Marvel ticked up slightly in April 2013, hitting 13.3% female creators, while DC slid down to 10.7%.

We also popped by a few other publishers, with some surprising results.  Both Boom! and Zenescope had an astronomical number of female creators compared to what we’re used to seeing from the Big Two, while Valiant came up rather flat.  We’ll visit more publishers next month as well, and hopefully hit everyone soon.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stats fun!  It’s got charts up the wazoo this month.


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