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Women At DC Comics Watch – November 2015 Solicits: 24 Female Creators On 23 Books

August 31, 2015


After four months in which DC’s new, supposedly diverse mini-relaunch resulted in their lowest totals for solicited female creators in some time, October was a step up into the ballpark of DC’s past highs. It wasn’t their best month of the year, but it was considerably better. November looks to be a slight step down for women at DC, but will be a stronger showing for female representation than the first four months of the #DCYou initiative at least. Let’s see who’s doing what in November:

  • Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #6 (cover), Harley Quinn #22 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #6 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #6 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #46 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #12 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Sensation Comics #16 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #11 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #6 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #6 (interior art, variant cover), Superman/Wonder Woman #23 (cover)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #2 (writer), Secret Six #8 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Batman and Robin Eternal #7 (writer), Batman and Robin Eternal #8 (writer), Catwoman #45 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #2 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #2 (co-writer)
  • Lesley-Anne Green: Bat-Mite #6 (cover)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #1 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #46 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #6 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #6 (variant cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #46 (variant cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #1 (cover)

All together, there are 24 different female creators scheduled to work on 23 different comics at DC in November, a drop from October’s 27 different female creators but a slight gain from last month’s 22 different books. The mid-20s is a comparably good range for DC Comics; while they hit the low 30s earlier this year, they’d been stuck in the high teens for a while following the mini-relaunch. They’re capable of a higher number than this, and 24 different women still isn’t a substantial percentage of DC’s entire creative line up, but it’s a decent showing for the publisher.

One good thing about November’s solicits is that a lot of these women have regular gigs at DC. There aren’t a bunch of variant covers or one-shot deals upping the numbers. I’d estimate that close to 20 of these female creators should be back next month on the same books, and that’s good to see. One-time jobs are fun, and a great way to break into a publisher, but it’s nice to see a consistent core of female creators working regularly each month.

November’s not huge for female characters at DC, nor is it big for new books generally. The only new superhero titles are Superman: American Alien and Batman: Europa, both with male leads. Vertigo continues to unveil its new line up with another four titles, and Red Thorn and Slash & Burn both appear to have female leads, as well as some female creators in the mix, while Unfollow seems to be more of an ensemble cast with some female characters. These new books from Vertigo have been decent for women, real and fictional, thus far.

So November looks like it will be a solid month for women at DC. While there are fewer female creators than in October, they’re spread across more books. There are also a few books that are bastions of female representation, most notably DC Comics Bombshells. It double hips in November, and is written and drawn wholly by women apart from the covers. Plus it’s a lot of fun! It’d be nice to see DC’s December solicits tick up so that they can end the year by matching or perhaps topping their past highs, but that will take a sizeable jump. We’ll see what happens when those solicits are released in a few weeks’ time. But for now, November is relatively average for the publisher.

Wonder Woman’s November 2015 Covers and Solicits

August 25, 2015

November is looking like another busy month for Wonder Woman, with a variety of books that could be a lot of fun. Of course, her main series isn’t great, but the rest of her titles sound intriguing. Yes, even Superman/Wonder Woman. I know, I’m surprised too. So let’s see what Wonder Woman will be up to this November, starting with Wonder Woman #46:


Art and cover by DAVID FINCH
LOONEY TUNES Variant cover by TERRY DODSON, RACHEL DODSON and Warner Bros. Animation
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Diana finds herself trapped between Donna Troy and Aegeus in a battle that will redefine the role of the Amazon queen!

I really hope that this isn’t the cover, because it’s not great. Finch has used this style for covers before, though, I think. I seem to recall something like this on one of his Batman books. Anyway, I’m not feeling it.

The solicit is very vague, but also predictable. Since Donna Troy and Aegeus are the two primary side characters in the book’s current arc, it would make sense that things come to a head with the both of them in the mix. This issue is the sixth since the DC mini-relaunch began in June, which often marks the end of an arc, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Usually DC’s previews hype up a big finale more. Perhaps the current story will wrap in December, and maybe in January the book will be onto something new.

Next up, Superman/ Wonder Woman #23:


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
LOONEY TUNES variant cover by KARL KERSCHL and Warner Bros. Animation
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Clark Kent must go to extreme measures to try to restore his power, while Diana, Lois and Lana team up to learn exactly who is behind a new threat to Superman!

I’m kind of looking forward to this? Given the book’s track record, this issue could be absolutely terrible. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it sucked. But a team up of Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Lana Lang has epic fun potential. It’ll be hard to screw up a story with that much awesomeness in the mix. Plus it doesn’t say anything about the overarching “Truth” storyline, which is a good sign, because that whole scene has been uniformly dull thus far. So yeah, this could be cool! I’m mildly optimistic.

Now to Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #16:


On sale NOVEMBER 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The streets of Gotham City are dangerous at night, but not for Diana of Themyscira. When she sees Echidna, Mother of Monsters, attacking a local thug, she jumps into the fray—though she never expected to take Echidna’s side. And stick around as Clark Kent’s exposé “A Day in our Lives” hits the Daily Planet!

This is going to be a really good issue. The Kittredge/Hampton story is creepy but fun, with a good, moody Gotham City and some excellent guest appearances. The Badower story is a well done day in the life of Wonder Woman, with a smart take on Wonder Woman’s approach to avoiding violence. Together, this is one of the better one-two punches in Sensation Comics in a while, and I highly recommend picking it up, even though the Mahnke cover is a little gruesome and doesn’t at all reflect anything inside the book. I really don’t understand how they decide on covers for this series.

Finally, DC Comics Bombshells #5:


Cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale NOVEMBER 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Shipping twice in November! While Wonder Woman leads an American infantry division in an attack on an Axis battalion, Harley makes a none-too-graceful landing in France, where she encounters a woman with a strange affinity for plants. Plus, Supergirl and Stargirl fly home to protect their parents, only to be attacked by a fearsome forest spirit known as the Swamp Thing.

As the solicit points out, this book is double shipping in November. This issue has Wonder Woman on the cover, though, so that’s the one we care about more. Wonder Woman in the middle of the second World War was fun in the 1940s and it’s still fun now! Plus it sounds like they’re bringing in Poison Ivy, which is very cool. This should be an enjoyable read all around.

Look for all of these comics this November! Though if you’re jonesing for those Sensation Comics stories, you can just read them now digitally at Comixology.

Female Creator Representation Remains About The Same At The Latest Image Expo

July 2, 2015


Today was the latest Image Expo, a semi-annual event where Image Comics brings out their many creators to announce exciting new books and projects that will debut in the year to come. It’s always cool to see what new books are going to be coming out, and this year was no exception. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott are launching a new series, and that’s an absolutely amazing duo no matter what the book is about (it’s a magical police thriller). Gail Simone and Cat Staggs have a new comic that’s Freaky Friday except with a hitman, so that sounds interesting. And Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera are going back to the Bible for a dark, grisly take on the days before the great flood, and I’m very excited to check that out. Plus so many more!

The past couple of Image Expos have had decent female creator representation, so let’s go through the list to see how this Expo compares. Here are all of the new titles and teams, minus reissues of previously printed work, as per Image’s own page:

  • Invincible: Reboot by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
  • Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death by Antony Johnston, Shari Chankhamma, and Simon Bowland
  • Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein
  • Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us by Chynna Clugston Flores
  • Scooter Girl by Chynna Clugston Flores
  • Throwaways by Caitlin Kittredge and Steve Sanders
  • Sunset Park by Ron Wimberley
  • Slave Punk: White Coal by Ron Wimberley
  • Cry Havoc by Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly, Lee Loughridge, Matt Wilson, and Simon Bowland
  • Black Magick by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
  • Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
  • The Goddamned by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guerra, and Giulia Brusco
  • Heartless by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay
  • Huck by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Private Eye: The Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente
  • Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung, Mickey Quinn, and Mare Odomo
  • Virgil by Steve Orlando and JD Faith
  • Hadrian’s Wall by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis
  • Axcend by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Morry Horrowell
  • Faster Than Light by Brian Haberlin
  • Expired by Jimmie Robinson and Richard Pace
  • The One% by Kaare Kyle Andrews
  • Ringside by Joe Keatinge, Nick Barber, Simon Gough, and Ariana Maher

All together there are 12 different female creators named in this list of 51 different creators total, so women account for 23.5% of the creators announced at this year’s Image Expo. That’s down slightly from the last two Image Expos, which had 25.9% and 26.4% female creators. It’s not a huge drop, but it’s always more pleasant to see these numbers trending upward. This Expo was a small step back.

However, things are better in terms of representation per book. Of the 23 new titles announced, 12 feature at least one female creator. That’s more than the last Image Expo’s 10 of 24. So while there are fewer female creators overall, there are more women across the board.

Ultimately, female creator representation remains about the same. A little less in one area and a little more in another evens out to no real significant change. It’d be nice to have had Image wow us with a slew of female creators and blow us away with huge numbers, but at the same time it’s great to see a lot of new names in the mix here. Creators like Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Cat Staggs, Caitlin Kittredge, and a few others have all been Big Two mainstays for a while, and good on Image for bringing them in to do their own, creator owned books. I’m still holding out hope for a huge number of female creators at the next Image Expo, though. Image likes to talk the talk when it comes to diversity, and I’d like to see a bit more of a commitment to walking the walk. Doing well with female representation doesn’t change the fact that there’s lots of room to do better.

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #37 Review: “Echidna, Part 2” by Caitlin Kittredge and Scott Hampton

June 4, 2015


I enjoyed the first part of “Echidna” last week, and the finale this week turned out to be even more fun. The grim, grittiness of the first installment did an excellent job establishing the setting and the tone of the story, and while this issue continued in that vein there was also some comic relief added to the mix. I like a good moody tale, but a little levity is always welcome. One-note comics get old after a while.

It feels like Caitlin Kittredge had an absolute blast writing this comic. Last week’s issue was creepy and cool, but this issue was fun and occasionally over the top, in good ways. Looking back, the two issues feel like night and day in a lot of respects, and yet they absolutely work together as a whole. It’s a very well constructed storyline.

I’m always a little wary of guest stars in Sensation Comics, because they tend to overshadow Wonder Woman and take away her page time, but Kittredge finds a good balance here. While she introduced Batgirl at the end of part one, she uses her only sparingly here, keeping the focus on Wonder Woman and her efforts to rescue the monstrous children. Kittredge also brings in some charismatic villains, Harley Quinn and Professor Pyg, but again they don’t take over the book. Wonder Woman punching out Professor Pyg because she’s sick of listening to his ridiculousness is a particularly nice moment.

Harley Quinn is inherently a scene stealer, and her pages shine. Kittredge does a fantastic job writing her, and I was glad to see that Scott Hampton went with the classic costume. I didn’t realized how much I missed that classic costume until I noticed how right it felt to read the jokes coming out of that costume. The New 52 Harley Quinn was a mess for a while, and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have done a solid job of bringing back more of her iconic characterization, but you can’t beat that classic costume. It’s just not Harley Quinn to me without out. Anyway, Harley steals the spotlight a little bit, I suppose, but that’s what Harley Quinn does. And Wonder Woman handles her with great aplomb.

Hampton set up the creepy vibe of Gotham’s monstrous underbelly beautifully last week, and he continues that tone with more brightness and fun here, matching the changes in the story well. His Harley Quinn is great, bouncy and amusing with just the right hint of darkness, and I really liked his Professor Pyg, particularly his use of shadows with the mask. Even his Wonder Woman is growing on me. I was a bit critical of her depiction last week, but Hampton makes her less flat and more dynamic here. I think my increased enjoyment of his Wonder Woman is partly just adjusting to Hampton’s style and partly a few smart tweaks he made with this issue.

All together, “Echidna” was a very good installment of Sensation Comics. It was nice to have something different, both in tone and style, and the story really took advantage of the series’ mandate to tell Wonder Woman stories in any sort of continuity and style. There aren’t a lot of other places you do this story except for Sensation Comics, and I continue to be glad that it’s providing us with new and different Wonder Woman content each week. I still don’t know when this story will be printed. I double checked all of the Sensation Comics listings and this isn’t in it any of them, so it looks like it will be September at the earliest. Keep your eyes peeled for it, though. It’s a great read.

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #36 Review: “Echidna” by Caitlin Kittredge and Scott Hampton

May 28, 2015


We’ve got something a little different from Sensation Comics this week. The book isn’t beholden to any particular style, but what we usually get is standard superhero fare or something a little cuter and kid friendly. Sensation Comics #36 is much grittier than what we’re used to, in a fitting way. It’s a monster story set in Gotham City, so Scott Hampton’s unique style is a good match.

The story is fairly straight forward. Echidna is a monster who lives in Gotham City, and her three kids were captured by some villains driving around town in a church van. Wonder Woman learns about her situation, pledges her help, and starts busting down doors and busting up goons to figure out what’s going on.

I enjoyed Caitlin Kittredge’s take on Wonder Woman from the very start of the book when a bored out of her mind Diana exits a charity function, talks back to some street harassers, and then ditches her heels to run to assist someone when she hears a cry for help. Her Wonder Woman is much more about action than words, and eager to get in on a fight when one arises, but she’s no hothead either. The best moment in the book is when Wonder Woman sees a monster attacking a man and, after quickly sizing up the situation, she sides with the monster. It’s a fun reversal of what we’d expect in this scenario. Wonder Woman has deep mythological roots, after all; fighting monsters is her jam. But Wonder Woman’s main focus is always the truth, even more than monster battling. She takes the time to recognize that Echidna is reasonably aggrieved and that the man she’s accosting is sketchy and packing a gun.

The rest of the story is a lot of fun, with Wonder Woman tracking down the kidnappers and taking out goons. There’s also a cool guest appearance at the end of the issue that should make for an entertaining team-up next week. Plus there’s lot of mystery remaining. You know someone has kidnapped Echidna’s children, but we don’t know who or why. It could be a new villain, it could be an established villain. We’ll find out next week!

I like the art in all aspects but one. Hampton’s moody style is an excellent fit for a story about monsters in Gotham City. It’s grey and grimy in all of the right ways to capture a dark, ominous night in Gotham, and the muted colors set the scene well. Hampton does a good job with Echidna too, and his simple style with the monster is almost reminiscent of Mike Mignola, the platonic ideal for all creepy creatures. My only qualm is that his Wonder Woman doesn’t look great. With his simple linework, she comes off sort of flat. Her hair is literally flat, in fact; Hampton doesn’t give her much volume or style. All together, it’s a fairly dull take on the amazing Amazon:


It’s not bad, just somewhat underwhelming. It fits the grey world that he and Kittredge have created, but I would’ve like to see Wonder Woman bring a little more light and vibrancy into this environment rather than sinking down into it. It’s a minor quibble, though. I really enjoyed everything else Hampton did here.

Ultimately, this was a solid first issue of a storyline I’m excited to read more of next month. Kittredge has a great handle on Wonder Woman and has put her in a very interesting situation, while the moody art well communicates the dark, monster-laden underbelly of Gotham City. I’m not actually sure when this story will be printed, though. The Doug Mahnke cover is new to me, and I don’t see it listed in any of the Sensation Comics print solicits. It might not be out until September, unless stuff gets shuffled around. I’ll dig around and try to have a more solid date with the story’s conclusion next week.

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

May 22, 2015


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

April 28, 2015


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.

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