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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, February 2020 Solicits, 28 Creators on 25 Books

January 16, 2020

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The New Year started off poorly for Marvel, with sizeable losses in their overall total of female and non-binary creators, but the publisher is set to bounce back in February with some higher numbers. After such a steady 2019, it’s a tad worrisome that Marvel is returning to its old back and forth ways thus far in 2020. That consistency was nice, and I was hoping the publisher had reached a new standard. Perhaps not yet. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this February:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Marvel’s Voices #1 (interior art)
  • Amy Chu: Aero #8 (co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #1 (writer, variant cover)
  • Belén Ortega: Doctor Doom #5 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star #2 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #1 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Amazing Spider-Man #40 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Captain Marvel #15 (variant cover), Star Wars #3 (variant cover)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #4 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Nebula #1 (cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #15 (writer), Deadpool #4 (writer), Jessica Jones #3 (writer), Jessica Jones #4 (writer), Star #2 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Star #2 (variant cover)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #5 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #4 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (variant cover), X-Men/Fantastic Four #2 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Nebula #1 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Marvel’s Voices #1 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #30 (writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Marvel’s Voices #1 (co-writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #2 (cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #7 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #1 (cover), Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #7 (writer), Strikeforce #6 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 (co-writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Marvel’s Voices #1 (co-writer), Morbius #4 (writer), Nebula #1 (writer)

All together, there are 28 female and non-binary creators set to work on 25 different books at Marvel this February, an impressive seven more creators than in January across three fewer books. The publisher has gained back most of its January losses, and while the drop in the number of books doesn’t look great at first glance, Marvel’s only putting out 81 books in February. With female and non-binary creators working on 25 of them, that gives the publisher representation across 31% of the line, where it’s been for the past few months.

Most of the creators listed are the usual gang, with a few returning favourites for Marvel Voices, a one-shot of stories from “Marvel’s acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives.” There’s only one brand new name and it’s maybe the coolest name ever: Torunn Grønbekk. She’ll be co-writing Valkyrie: Jane Foster, and given her Norwegian background she seems like a perfect fit for the book.

This round of solicits also lists several Asian creators who don’t appear to have an English language online presence. I did my best to track them down and was able to confirm a few, but some remain questions marks. So there may be more representation than we thought.

For new female-led books, we’ve got a few team outing with X-Men/Fantastic Four starring Kitty Pryde, Sue Storm, and Storm while Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost focuses on those two X-ladies. We’ve also got a brand new Nebula series, which should be fun, along with Dark Agnes, an old creation of Robert E. Howard who’s getting her own solo mini-series. Howard also created Conan the Barbarian, which Marvel now has the license to, but Dark Agnes seems unconnected to that universe. The book’s got a great creative team, and I’m curious to check it out.

Overall, February is a solid rebound month after an underwhelming January. The numbers for female and non-binary remain below Marvel’s 2019 highs, but at least things are better than January’s disappointing lows. Time will tell if the publisher can even things out, or if we’re in for a rollercoaster of a year.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, January 2020 Solicits, 21 Creators on 28 Books

November 28, 2019

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Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators bounced back in December after a sub-par autumn, but the publisher is set to start the New Year by erasing all of those gains. While there’s decent representation across the line, the total number of different creators is the lowest we’ve seen from Marvel in some time. It’s not a strong start to 2020, to say the least. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this January:

  • Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #6 (cover), Fallen Angels #5 (cover)
  • Belén Ortega: Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel: The End #1 (interior art, variant cover), Star #1 (cover)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Avengers #29 (variant cover)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Star Wars #1 (variant cover), Thor #1 (variant cover)
  • Jodie Muir: Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #5 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #14 (writer), Captain Marvel: The End #1 (writer), Deadpool #3 (writer), Jessica Jones #1 (writer), Jessica Jones #2 (writer), Star #1 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #4 (writer), Doctor Strange: The End #1 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #3 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #29 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #1 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #5 (interior art, variant cover), The Web of Black Widow #5 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #6 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #5 (writer), Excalibur #6 (writer), Strikeforce #5 (writer)
  • Valentina Remenar: Star #1 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Conan: Serpent War #3 (interior art), Conan: Serpent War #4 (interior art)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #3 (writer)

All together, there are 21 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 28 books at Marvel this January, giving us seven fewer creators than in December across two more books. The book total is okay, at least, and with Marvel putting out 89 books total, we’ve got representation across 31% of the line. That’s the same as December, though certainly below the publisher’s recent highs.

Losing a full quarter of your female and non-binary workforce in one month is disconcerting, though. We’re seeing a handful of creators getting a lot of work here, which accounts for the high book total. Kelly Thompson, for example, is writing six books in January. Which is awesome, because Kelly Thompson is a spectacular writer and her high profile at Marvel right now is well deserved. But Marvel’s not employing as many other female and non-binary creators right now, when they could be doing so easily. There’s lots of them out there. They were getting hired in much larger numbers just a few short months ago.

Despite the low numbers, however, we’ve got a couple of new creators making their Marvel debut here. Jodie Muir is doing a variant cover for Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2, while Valentina Remenar is doing a variant for Star #1. Hopefully these gigs lead to future work for both artists.

In terms of new books, Star’s getting a mini-series after her recent appearance in Captain Marvel. I’m very curious to read this book, given the fiendish shenanigans she’s been up to thus far. The digital Jessica Jones series is getting reprinted in single issue form as well, which is exciting because those issues looked great. We’ve also got a Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch with what appears to be one female character in the mix (of six, ugh), and there’s a run of The End one-shots with one focusing on Captain Marvel (the other five are dudes, natch).

Overall, it’s a very underwhelming start to the year for Marvel. While it’s fantastic to see a few creators getting steady work, the publisher should be hiring lots of other female and non-binary creators as well. Having only 21 different creators is just unacceptable in this day and age, especially with the ludicrous number of books Marvel puts out each month.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, January 2020 Solicits, 31 Creators on 21 Books

November 25, 2019

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With the December solicits, DC listed a bunch of their titles for the first week of January, and I decided to keep those books out of the official tally. Most of the comics were DC’s usual first week of the month fare, just scheduled early, so they fit better with the January solicits. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in the New Year, starting with the newly listed books:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Basketful of Heads #4 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #2 (writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #43 (writer)
  • Colleen Doran: Wonder Woman #750 (interior art)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #2 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Wonder Woman #750 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Birds of Prey #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Gail Simone: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #2 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #750 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #3 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5 (writer), Supergirl #38 (writer), Superman: Heroes #1 (co-writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #19 (writer, interior art, cover), Wonder Woman #750 (cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #16 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #4 (writer), Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #4 (interior art)
  • Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #4 (interior art, cover)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #3 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #17 (co-writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #38 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #43 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #4 (cover)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #4 (cover)
  • Shannon Hale: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #16 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Daphne Byrne #1 (variant cover)

And the holdovers from the December solicits:

  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #17 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #42 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #5 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #42 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Lois Lane #7 (variant cover)

All together, it adds up to 31 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 21 different books at DC in January, the same number of creators as in December but across three fewer books. That’s some fairly consistent representation, though when we look at the total number of books from this round and the carryover from December we’ve got female and non-binary creators on 21 of DC’s 74 different issues, good for a rate of 28%. This is a big drop from December’s 36%.

While January’s got a lot of creators, they’re not very well spread out. A considerable number of the writers and listed above are working on one title, the super-sized Wonder Woman #750. All of these names are a good boost for the creator numbers, but it does concentrate the representation much more than usual. It also doesn’t bode terribly well for February, since this is a special one-time issue and most of the creators involved aren’t guaranteed a gig next month.

In terms of new names, the aforementioned Wonder Woman #750 boasts several returning favourites and what I think is the single issue debut for Shannon Hale at DC, which should be very cool. She’s done some great work on longer form superhero books. The Hill House Comics line continues to expand as well with Daphne Byrne from new-to-DC writer Laura Marks.

It’s a quiet month for new books with female characters, though. There’s Daphne Byrne, of course, and a re-solicited Birds of Prey that’s now part of DC’s Black Label line for some reason. Apart from that, Lois Lane and Supergirl are involved in the Superman: Heroes special, and that’s about it for new titles and specials.

Overall, while the total of female and non-binary creators remains relatively solid, the numbers may not be sustainable and we’re seeing noticeably less representation across the board. DC will need some new books or some creative changes in February to keep up with the standard they’ve set over the past few months.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, December 2019 Solicits: 28 Creators on 26 Books

October 25, 2019

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Unlike their Distinguished Competition, Marvel doesn’t fret December this far out. I’m sure there will be some sort of scheduling situation when the month actually comes. Releasing comics on Christmas Day seems like a bad idea. But nothing looks amiss in this round of solicits. Marvel doesn’t provide specific release dates with theirs, so it’s all a little simpler. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this December:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Future Foundation #5 (interior art)
  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #6 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #5 (interior art)
  • Anna Rud: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6 (variant cover)
  • Annie Wu: Amazing Mary Jane #2 (variant cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #3 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #40 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: The Web of Black Widow #4 (variant cover)
  • Belen Ortega: X-Men #4 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Avengers #28 (variant cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Incoming #1 (co-writer)
  • Fonda Lee: Sword Master #6 (co-writer)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #4 (writer), Venom 2099 #1 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Thor: The Worthy #1 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #13 (writer), Deadpool #2 (writer), Incoming #1 (co-writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #3 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Black Panther #19 (cover)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #5 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Deadpool #2 (variant cover)
  • Peach Momoko: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #28 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #4 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #5 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #3 (writer), Excalibur #4 (writer), Incoming #1 (co-writer), Strikeforce #4 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #2 (writer)

All together, there are 28 female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 26 different comics at Marvel this December, six more creators than in November on three more different books. It’s good to see Marvel on the rise again after a couple of sub-par months, though the numbers do remain noticeably below the publisher’s recent highs. I should also point out that there are a lot of onetime gigs in here, with one-shots and variant covers, which we know is not necessarily a sustainable model for consistent representation.

In terms of representation across the line, Marvel has female and non-binary creators working on 26 of their 84 books this December, giving us a percentage of 31%. This is up three points from November, which is good news, but again, it’s still below where they’ve been previously. And their percentage is lower than DC again this month.

For new books, Marvel’s big thing for December is Incoming, the start of some sort of murder mystery that’s going to reverberate throughout their line. It seems to involve darn near every character they’ve got, so chances are your favourite female character is in the mix. Elsewhere, it’s all tie-ins and mini-events, most of the dude-centric. Annihilation: Scourge is a whole big thing, and Marvel is really trying to make this 2099 stuff happen.

It’s a quiet month for new names as well. The only brand new creator seems to be Fonda Lee, who is co-writing Sword Master this month. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in the past few months, continuing the publishers recent trend of sticking with an established group of female and non-binary creators.

Overall, Marvel looks to close out the year with an uptick after a bit of a slide in the fall. It’s unclear if this is a sign of growth to come or just a random blip, but the January solicits should give us a better clue. Hopefully Marvel can climb back up their previous level in 2020.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, November 2019 Solicits: 25 Creators on 25 Books

September 24, 2019

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November has DC back on a regular four-week schedule, but the publisher’s output remains high and we’re seeing the numbers for female and non-binary creators continuing to hold steady. Hopefully this marks a change for DC, who have been unimpressive with representation throughout the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what this November:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #3 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #5 (co-writer, interior art, cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #15 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #41 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman/Superman #4 (variant cover), Birds of Prey #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #82 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #83 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #1 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #3 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #17 (writer, interior art)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley Quinn: Criminal Sanity #2 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: The Flash #82 (variant cover)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #14 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #54 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: Supergirl Annual #2 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #2 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Aquaman #54 (variant cover), Inferior Five #3 (interior art), Metal Men #3 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Lois Lane #5 (variant cover), RWBY #2 (interior art)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #1 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #15 (co-writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #41 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #2 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #5 (interior art)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #2 (cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #14 (cover)

All together, we’ve got 25 different female creators set to work on 25 different books in November, two fewer creators and books than in October. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. While there are double drops, the number of books overall has dropped as well, and we’ve ended up at a similar level.

Or rather, exactly the same. With female creators on 25 of 75 books in November, that gives us representation across 33% of the line. That’s the same total as in October, despite all the shifting in output. DC putting our more books again has been a boon for female creators.

It’s not a busy month for new creators, but there are some notable additions. Jessica Dalva is doing the cover for The Dollhouse Family, a new book that’s part of Joe Hill’s horror imprint that’s been rolling out slowing thus far this fall. We’ve also got acclaimed author N.K. Jemison writing Far Sector, a new Green Lantern series that’s part of DC’s Black Label, and I am beyond excited to dig into that!

Far Sector is the only new title with a female lead. November is pretty quiet at DC, though there is another round of those unspecified annuals. I don’t know why DC isn’t listing creators for those, and I imagine that their not doing so is annoying retailers quite a bit.

Overall, DC is holding steady in terms of female creator representation now that they’re putting out more books. As always with the Big Two, time will tell if this is an actual shift or a momentary blip, but it’s good to see at least one month of consistency from them at a relatively decent level.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, October 2019 Solicits: 30 Creators on 29 Books

September 19, 2019

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Marvel looks to hold steady across the board with their October solicits. There aren’t any huge changes from their September numbers, which is unfortunate given that the September numbers were a definite step down from what’s been a stellar year of female and non-binary creator representation at the publisher. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this October:

  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #4 (co-writer), Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (interior art)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #37 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Bizarre Adventures #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Belen Ortega: The Punisher #16 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #11 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #4 (interior art)
  • Colleen Doran: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #49 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #11 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Loki #4 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #4 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #2 (writer)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #4 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (co-writer), Captain Marvel #11 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (writer), The Amazing Mary Jane #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 (variant cover)
  • Peach Momoko: Aero #4 (variant cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (interior art)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #26 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (variant cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #6 (variant cover), Spider-Man #2 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #4 (writer), Ghost-Spider #3 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Spider-Verse #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: The Web of Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #4 (writer), Doctor Strange Annual #1 (co-writer), Excalibur #1 (writer), Strikeforce #2 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #4 (cover)

All together there are 30 female creators set to work on 29 different books at Marvel in October, the same number of creators as in September on two more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits, a rarity for Marvel as of late. Very little has changed from September, despite the fact that we’re starting to see some big changes at Marvel as House of X and Powers of X wrap up and start a new era of X-books.

Marvel’s only put out one more book in October than September, meaning that 29 of their 89 books had female creator representation this month. That’s a total of 33%, a jump of two points from last month. It’s a minor change, but one in a positive direction at least. Still, that’s where DC’s at right now. Marvel’s advantage is this proportional metric has long past now.

We’ve got a couple of new names this month, including Alyssa Wong who is writing or co-writing a whopping FOUR books in October. That’s a massive debut. We’ve also got a variant cover from Belen Ortega, who is new to me. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in some capacity over the past few months.

For new books, the aforementioned X-books are starting to roll out now. I’m not going to go through them all, but suffice it to say if there’s an X-lady you like, she’s probably on a team somewhere this month or next. It’s a pile of teams. There’s a female-led Excalibur title now, though, which looks great! The Amazing Mary Jane is launching this month too, and we’ve also got a series of Future Fight Firsts one-shots that I believe tie into some sort of Marvel mobile game, and they have a lot of female leads.

Overall, October looks to be a steady month for Marvel. The numbers haven’t bounced back, but nor have they dropped. While the November numbers will paint a fuller picture, it looks like Marvel’s strong run may have ended for now.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, October 2019 Solicits: 27 Creators on 27 Books

September 18, 2019

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October has five Wednesdays, which means an extra round of comics hitting shops this month. The solicits confirm what we’ve noticed since DC reduced its output: Fewer books means fewer opportunities for female and non-binary creators, beyond simple proportionality, and the inverse is true. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in October with an extra week of books:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #4 (co-writer, cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1 (cover)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #40 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Birds of Prey #1 (interior art, cover), Lois Lane #4 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #80 (writer), Wonder Woman #81 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Superman Smashes the Klan #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #81 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #16 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1 (writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #13 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #53 (writer), Aquaman Annual #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #1 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #2 (interior art), Metal Men #1 (interior art), Shazam! #11 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #1 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #14 (co-writer)
  • Nicola Scott: Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 (interior art)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: Dial H for Hero #8 (interior art)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #1 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #4 (interior art)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #1 (cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #13 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Wildcats #3 (variant cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Aquaman Annual #2 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: DCeased #5 (variant cover), DCeased #6 (variant cover)

All together, there are 27 female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 27 different comic books at DC in October, seven more creators than in September across a whopping 11 more titles. These are substantial gains. While the extra week of books explains some of this gain, this is more than proportional.

We can see that when we look at the numbers more closely. DC is putting out 83 books in October, a big jump from September, and having female and non-binary creators on 27 of them means representation across 33% of the line. That a seven point jump from September that puts DC back in line with where they were a few months back. Not that the numbers were impressive then! But they’ve dropped since, and it’s nice to have things moving up again.

In terms of new names, we’ve got a couple current Marvel regulars with some DC gigs. Gurihiru are drawing Superman Smashes the Klan, which looks spectacular, while Vita Ayala is co-writing an Aquaman annual. Cover artist Reiko Murakami is brand new, Kami Garcia is writing her first single issues at DC, and we’ve got the return of a classic pairing with Marguerite Bennett and Mirka Andolfo on RWBY.

I don’t really know what RWBY is, but I gather it’s some kind of cartoon with female leads? And anything that reunites an old DC Comics Bombshells team is bound to be a fun read. We’ve also got a new Birds of Prey title, but with Brian Azzarello at the helm my hopes are rather low. There are some “giant” issues listed in the solicits with no creator information, including one for Wonder Woman and one for the DC Super Hero Girls. Since there are no creators associated with the books, they’ve been left out of the overall count. Details released later include a handful of female creators in the mix for the books’ new stories.

Overall, October marks some solid gains for female and non-binary creators at DC. More books means more opportunities, but it’s more than that. The top of the pecking order is clearly dominated by male creators, so with fewer books they get more jobs. More books means those lower down the list get opportunities, and we’re seeing how much of a difference that makes this month.


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