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Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, April 2017 In Review

July 5, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up a little while back at Bleeding Cool, and it really wasn’t the best month for female representation across the board.

DC’s overall percentage of female creators fell for the sixth straight month to land at 14.3%, their lowest total over the past year by a sizeable margin. Marvel ticked down in April as well with 16.8% female creators, a fairly middle of the road total for the publisher.

We also began our biannual visit to other direct market publishers and looked at the numbers for Image, Dark Horse, and IDW. Image’s overall percentage of female creators was down from our last visit in the fall, coming in at a rather humdrum 16.3%. Dark Horse was up, posting 19.3% female creators, the highest total of all five publishers we visited this month. IDW slipped down, however, landing at 16.2% female creators overall. All of the drops in April, from the Big Two on down, were quite noticeable changes; a shift of less than a percentage point is commonplace, but 4 of the 5 publishers fell in the ballpark of 2%. With everyone in the teens to start with, these were significant loses.

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

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, October 2016 In Review

January 2, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” article went up before Christmas over at Bleeding Cool, but I was busy with festive things and am only getting around to posting it here now. So let’s start off the New Year with some stats!

In October 2016, DC Comics posted one of their highest overall percentages of female creators yet, coming in at 19.7% overall. “Rebirth” has been good for women at DC thus far, and its run over the last five months has marked DC’s strongest period of female representation since this project began. Marvel slipped down to 16%, however, a drop that puts them mid-range relative to their past year. It’s been a couple of months of drops for Marvel now, and they’re noticeably off their previous highs.

We also began our biannual check-in on other direct market publishers. This month we visited Image, which ticked up slightly to 18.9%; IDW, which gained more than 4% female creators overall to land at 18.6%; and Dark Horse, which dropped down to land at 17.5%.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stat fun!

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

July 11, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and May 2016 was a pretty solid month for female creators across the board. Both DC and Marvel appear to have settled into a new status quo that’s noticeably above their previous typical range.

DC Comics ticked up slightly to 16.9% female creators overall, their highest percentage in a year. Marvel dropped a bit, but still came in at 17.4% overall; Marvel’s past three months have the highest continuous run we’ve seen from either Big Two publisher since this project began a few years back.

We also continued our tour around smaller publishers and saw impressive totals from Dark Horse, Dynamite, and Titan, as well as somewhat less than impressive numbers from Valiant. All together, over the past two months, the seven smaller publishers we visited posted some pretty solid numbers.

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

Women In Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, October 2015 In Review

December 9, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up at Bleeding Cool yesterday, and it’s got the usual DC and Marvel fun plus the beginning of our semi-annual check-in with other publishers further down the chart.

DC Comics’ overall percentage of female creators rose nearly 3% in October, hitting 15.8%, while Marvel slipped down almost 4% to 13.6% overall. Both totals are decent relative to each publisher’s past history, but lower than their most recent highs; just two months ago, both DC and Marvel topped 16%.

We also stopped by Image Comics, which ticked up slightly since our last visit six months ago to 15.2% female creators overall. IDW slipped down 2% to 14.4%, and Dark Horse fell very slightly to 16.3%. All of these total are firmly in the mid-range of comic book publishers right now. There are a few who can’t get out of single digits, and a few who post 20% or more female creators each month. These publishers, currently the Top Five in the direct market, are very middle of the road. Things could be worse, but they’re all capable of better.

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

Women In Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, April 2015 In Review

June 26, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and it’s a stats extravaganza with the usual DC and Marvel fun plus visits to Image, IDW, and Dark Horse.

Bolstered by the female editors behind their “Convergence” titles, DC’s overall percentage of female creators soared to 21.4%, a massive total that’s roughly double what we’re used to seeing from them. It will be fleeting, though; May will be similar, but it will most likely be back to the same old in June. Marvel rose as well, coming in at 13.9%, one of their better totals in some time, bolstered by growing female assistant editors ranks.

For our bi-annual check of non-Big Two publishers, Image was down slightly from six months ago but still posted a solid 14.7% female creators overall. IDW shot up to 16.6%, while Dark Horse did the same, also posting 16.6%. All together, it was a strong month for women making comics, though there remains lots of room to grow further.

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

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

December 29, 2014

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last Friday at Bleeding Cool, and it really wasn’t a great month for either of the Big Two publishers.

DC certainly improved on the creative side of things, with some of the highest totals for female creators we’ve seen since this project began, but the dearth of women in editorial continued to tank their numbers overall. They rose slightly in terms of overall female creators, hitting 8.7%, but this remains well below their past average. Marvel came in higher at 10.8% overall, posting a solid gain from the September total, but they remain below average as well.

We also looked at three other publishers. Image had the highest percentage of female creators at 17.3%, Dark Horse trailed behind at 13.3%, and IDW came in at 11%. Hopefully the publishers we’ll visit next month will post better numbers.

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

Woman In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, November 2012 In Review

February 2, 2013

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The monthly numbers for women in comics are up at Bleeding Cool, and it was a good November for both publishers.  Marvel was the better of the Big Two at 12.9% female creators overall, but DC had a solid month at 11.4%.

We also popped by the next three top publishers to see how they’re doing, and the numbers varied.  Dark Horse had an impressive 15.7% female creators overall, with good representation across the board.  Image had 8.5% female creators and no female writers, while IDW had 7.9% female creators and barely any female artists or editors.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool to check out all the stats fun!!


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