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Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2016 Solicits, 25 Women On 22 Books

February 2, 2016


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.

Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2016 Solicits, 21 Women On 19 Books

December 2, 2015


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.

Wonder Woman Wednesday Interview #10: Colleen Coover And Kate Leth

March 26, 2014


It’s the final week of our interview series leading up to the publication of Wonder Woman Unbound, where we talk to cool and interesting people about their favourite versions of Wonder Woman and how she relates to their particular fields and interests. This week we’ve got a grand finale spectacular with Colleen Coover AND Kate Leth!

First up is Colleen Coover. Colleen is a comic book artist who is currently hard at work on the fantastic, Eisner award winning digital comic Bandette. She’s also known for her work at Marvel, bringing Batgirl into the Batman ’66 comic at DC Comics, and small press books like Small Favors, Banana Sunday, and Gingerbread Girl.

Colleen took a break from illustrating the adventures of her  plucky young prowler to talk to me about Wonder Woman:

Tim Hanley: What was your very first encounter with Wonder Woman?

Colleen Coover: I had a comic when I was very young that reprinted several early Golden Age stories, including her origin. So my formative impression of Wonder Woman included art by H.G. Peter, and included the whole mythology of the Amazons competing for the right to escort marooned pilot Steve Trevor back to America. It was awesome!

TH: What is your favourite version of Wonder Woman?

CC: The H.G. Peter version is a strong contender. Not long ago I happened to see a few minutes of the pilot episode starring Lynda Carter, and I was struck by how faithful her character was to the original World War Two hero. But if I’m honest, the Super Friends Wonder Woman wins out for her overall poise and authority.

TH: What qualities of the character do you think are the most important to capture when drawing Wonder Woman?

CC: Grace and feminine strength. I’m not a big fan of seeing her drawn as a very tall woman, because I feel like that’s a cheap way to make her physically more substantial than her male foes. I also like to see her smiling.

TH: What aspects of Wonder Woman’s design do you most like or dislike?

CC: My platonic ideal is probably the Mike Sekowsky version from his time drawing Justice League of America. Streamlined hotpants, ribboned ballet slippers, nicely stylized eagle on the bust. But most important to me are the silver bracelets: they are meant to represent the bonds of the Amazons’ past enslavement, so they should always look like shackles, not gauntlets.


Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl by Colleen Coover.

TH: You recently drew the debut of Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl in Batman ’66. Would you be interested in drawing a comic based on the Wonder Woman TV show? Do you have a dream Wonder Woman project?

CC: Oh, I think if I were to do a dream project, it would have to be a period WWII piece, with Steve as her brave but not nearly as awesome sidekick. Mostly because I’m very fond of the kind of Rosie the Riveter, “We Can Do It!”, wartime version of feminine power, and I think that works best as a narrative when set in a time preceding the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s. The short animation from the Brave and the Bold cartoon where she rescues Steve Trevor and Batman from Nazi Baroness Paula Von Gunther was about as close as possible to what I consider a perfect Wonder Woman story.

TH: Finally, if Wonder Woman were to leave Paradise Island and come to our world for the first time today, what do you think she’d find most surprising about it?

CC: Oh gosh, I don’t know. Probably she’d be appalled at how crappy our Internet wifi is compared to theirs?

Big thanks to Colleen Coover! Colleen is @ColleenCoover on Twitter, and you can learn more about her projects on her website.

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Next up is Kate Leth! Kate is a writer and artist, currently earning praise for her new graphic novel, Adventure Time: Seeing Red, which she wrote. Kate has also done backup stories for the Adventure Time comic, her work has appeared in Locke & Key, and she’s done variant covers for a variety of awesome BOOM! comic books. She does comics online on her own site, Kate Or Die!, and in her regular Comics Alliance column, plus she’s the founder and leader of the Valkyries, a bad ass legion of lady comic book shop employees. Finally, Kate is in Wonder Woman Unbound! She did a key illustration that you can find on page 69 when you get a copy of the book.

Kate talked to me about Wonder Woman in between traipsing around North America as she attends ALL of the comic book conventions:

Tim Hanley: What was your very first encounter with Wonder Woman?

Kate Leth: Probably at some point during the Superman cartoon that ran around the same time as the Batman: The Animated Series. I don’t think I saw her portrayed by Lynda Carter until I was in my teens, honestly, so it was all her bit parts on Superman or Batman. She was always so tough, though. I liked her.

TH: What is your favourite version of Wonder Woman?

KL: Visually, it’s Cliff Chiang’s. Especially his punk rock Wonder Woman. I love the way he draws her – she’s big and strong, but she’s also got a bit of edge. Adam Hughes and Alex Ross do a pretty great job, too, but there’s something about her in Chiang’s style. Annie Wu’s interpretation of her leading a JLA punk band is awesome, goddamn! Oh, and Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier Wondy! I love her!

TH: As an artist, what qualities do you think are the most important to capture when you draw Wonder Woman?

KL: Well, there are two qualities that often get too focused on… Haha. I think of her height. I love when she has big arms and big thighs. I don’t like her drawn skinny, or short, or with a crazy-small waist. Wonder Woman should, I think, be fit and kind of intimidating. She’s big!


Robin, Wonder Woman, and Black Canary by Kate Leth.

TH: You wrote Marceline the Vampire Queen in Seeing Red. If Marceline and Wonder Woman were in the same comic, would they be pals or foes? What sort of adventures would they get up to?

KL: I think Marceline would be intimidated! She’s old, certainly, but Wonder Woman is probably three times her size and physically just as strong. I think they’d make a great buddy cop comedy. Like the strong role model older sister and her goth sibling! I wish!


Marceline, Wonder Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, America Chavez, and Captain Marvel by Kate Leth.

TH: How do the Valkyries feel about Wonder Woman? Great superhero, or the greatest superhero?

KL: I think we all wish she had better representation! Everybody wants a Wonder Woman movie and it’s just idiotic that it hasn’t happened yet. She should have a dozen iterations, both good and bad, by now. Even the Hulk got, what, three movies? It’s just dumb.

TH: Finally, if Wonder Woman were to leave Paradise Island and come to our world for the first time today, what do you think she’d find most surprising about it?

KL: Probably reality TV shows. I like to think she’d be stunned by the idiocy of pop culture in general, but maybe that’s my own bias. I hope she’d get really into The Wire. I bet she’d hate iPhones.

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Big thanks to Kate Leth! Kate is @kateleth on Twitter, and you can check out her tumblr to see more of her art and projects.

That’s the end of our interview series! Thanks so much for reading. Look for the final Wonder Woman Unbound preview panel this Monday, and the book itself is available for pre-order now, online or at your local comic shop, and is in stores only SIX days from now.

Women At DC Comics Watch – November 2013 Solicits

August 14, 2013


I was a little bit worried that we’d see a big drop this month after we had so many female creators on a Vertigo one-shot anthology in October, but it seems that my concerns were ill founded.  There are female creators all over the place in November, and a new book with a female lead character as well.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52 books, Marguerite Bennett is on Batgirl #25, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #25, Ann Nocenti writes Katana #9, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #0, and Gail Simone is on The Movement #6 (she should be back on Batgirl in December).
  • For New 52 artists, Amanda Conner is drawing the covers for Batwing #25 and Harley Quinn #0, Rachel Dodson inks the cover for Catwoman #25, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover of Worlds’ Finest #17, and Nicola Scott pencils the interior of Earth 2 #17.
  • Amusingly, the official solicits actually listed “Emanual Lupaccino” and “Nicolas Scott”, but we know who they meant.
  • Outside of the New 52, Colleen Coover is drawing a story in Batman ’66 #5, Karen Traviss writes Batman: Arkham Unhinged #20, Cat Staggs is doing the cover to Smallville Season 11 #19, and Heather Nuhfer is writing Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #39.
  • At Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #2 and Meghan Hetrick-Murante is doing the interior art on Fairest #21The Unwritten isn’t in the solicits, so we’re missing Yuko Shimizu.
  • As you probably saw above, Harley Quinn has her own book starting in November.  And it’s got a team of superstar artists as well, ostensibly competing to get the job of regular artist.  It looks like it could be fun.  Another new title is Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1, which I assume will feature Daphne and Velma.  The only other new title in November is Dead Boy Detectives #1, which doesn’t seem to feature any female leads.

All together, there are 14 different women set to work on 15 different books in November, one female creator less than in October, but two books more.  These are some really good numbers, and it’s great to see two strong months after the weak showing in September for Villains Month.

It’s also nice to see a bit more representation across the board.  Gail Simone may have gotten bumped from Batgirl for a “Zero Year” tie-in, but the fill-in writer replacing her is up the up and coming Marguerite Bennett.  It’s also great to have Amanda Conner back writing again, and to have new (to DC) names like Heather Nuhfer and Meghan Hetrick-Murante.  Colleen Coover is a well-established artist who’s done some work at Marvel (and on Bandette, of course), but I think this is only her second book at DC, and her first in a couple of years; she’s a perfect choice fit for Batman ’66.  Plus many female creators from last month are back again in what I hope continue to be regular gigs.

With only three new titles in November, a solo Harley Quinn book stands out especially well.  She’s a fan favourite, so hopefully people are excited and will check it out.  While it does continue the trend I find irksome of having female creators working primarily on female characters, Amanda Conner is a great choice for the book, which she’ll co-write with Jimmy Palmiotti.

So November is looking very good for women at DC.  There’s still a long way to go, with male creators outnumbering female creators by at least 10 to 1, but we’ve had months with only 4 or 5 female creators and no new female characters at all, so this is pretty decent.  Hopefully DC can keep it going in December.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – October 2013 Solicits

July 16, 2013


DC’s October solicits had female creators in the double digits, but Marvel is in a real slump right now when it comes to ladies writing and drawing their books.  Combined with a general lack of female characters on their new titles, October is looking pretty rough for women of any variety at Marvel.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing Captain Marvel #17, but Avengers Assemble is an Infinity tie-in written by someone else, while Marjorie Liu writes Astonishing X-Men #68, although it is the series’ final issue.
  • The hilarious Sara Schaefer is writing a story and Colleen Coover is drawing a story in the comedy special Marvel NOW WHAT?! #1.
  • And that is it for female creators.
  • There are eight new #1 issues in October, not a single one of which features a female creator.  Of those 8 books, 4 feature a (single) female character: Black Widow is part of Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble #1, there’s a lady of some sort on the cover of Fantomex MAX #1, and Jean Grey is on the covers of 2 of a weird 3 part crossover, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special #1 and All New X-Men Special #1.
  • The end.

This is not a lot of women.  On the creator side, while we had 3 women on 4 books last month, we’ve reversed that with 4 women on 3 books this month.  That’s really not better, especially considering that two of the female creators are from a one-shot special and another’s book has been cancelled.

On the bright side, there are rumours of an Astonishing X-Men relaunch for the second wave of Marvel NOW!, and hopefully Kelly Sue DeConnick is back on Avengers Assemble next month and Sara Pichelli returns to Guardians of the Galaxy soon.  But for now, UGH October looks like an awful month for female creators at Marvel and unless a bunch of stuff changes, November’s might be terrible too.  Let’s cross our fingers for some fun, lady-based announcements to come out of SDCC this weekend.

As for female characters, this is pretty weak comparatively.  Marvel’s done well including female characters as of late, but a lady here and there across 8 new titles is small potatoes.  Plus, of those 8 books, 7 star dudes and one is a team book comprised of a majority of dudes.

So yeah, it’s slim pickings for women at Marvel in October.  This past stretch has been especially bad for female creators; they’ve gone from 5 in August to 3 in September to 4 now.  DC has more female creditors solicited for October than Marvel does for the past three months combined.  It’s getting pretty ridiculous.  I don’t know what’s happening over at Marvel, but I hope that someone soon notices that they’ve been forgetting to hire women.

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