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

November 3, 2017

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My regular “Gendercrunching” column at Bleeding Cool has shifted to a new quarterly format, and the first installment is up now! It takes a closer look at female representation at DC and Marvel over the summer months, covering July, August, and September to see what the trends are heading into the fall.

All together, DC Comics’ average percentage of female creators over the summer barely changed from when we last saw them, rising just 0.1% to 15.4% overall. Their monthly numbers were up and down, including the publisher’s lowest total for the entire year in August. By category, female representation is trending down on the creative side of the chart, while there is growth in both editorial categories. The ups and downs cancelled each other out over the course of the summer, leading to little change overall.

Marvel’s average percentage of female creators this summer rose 0.3% to 16% overall, a very slight gain. By category, almost everything looks like it’s trending upward, but the numbers are deceptive. Everything is growing, yes, but that’s largely because the July numbers were generally terrible and so everything that followed looked good in comparison. After an average August, September did go well for Marvel and it will be interesting to see what happens this fall. But all together, the publisher’s female representation is barely marginally better than it was last June.

Head over to Bleeding Cool for the full stats and analysis, and all of the fun charts!

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

October 3, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up at Bleeding Cool last week, and June 2017 was yet another underwhelming month for female creator representation at the Big Two.

DC’s overall percentage of female creators ticked up slightly to 15.3%, while Marvel fell down a tad to 15.7%. As much as both publishers remain several points above where they were a few years ago, they’re also well below their recent highs. DC and Marvel have shown themselves to be capable of higher numbers than these, and this sustained lull in female representation is not a great look.

The June article also included the announcement of a new format for “Gendercrunching.” It’s become increasingly difficult to keep up the monthly pace of running the numbers plus doing additional analysis, and so the feature is shifting to a quarterly format moving forward that will focus just on DC and Marvel. Watching trends in representation within the superhero industry and serving as a record of this evolution has always been the main focus of “Gendercrunching,” and so the new format will allow us to continue to do this, without any of the other bells and whistles. I do hate to give up the bells and whistles, because I loved all of the supplementary analysis we dug into, but it became unsustainable and something had to give. I’m excited to see what a quarterly perspective will reveal about DC and Marvel’s numbers, though. Should be fascinating!

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for the full stats fun!

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, 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, March 2017 in Review

June 6, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up at Bleeding Cool a little while back, and March 2017 was an interesting month that solidified some recent trends we’ve been seeing in female representation at both DC and Marvel.

DC’s overall percentage of female creators fell slightly to 16%, marking their fifth straight drop and their lowest total in a year. Marvel rose to 18.5% female creators overall, bringing them to their highest total in nearly a year. Things are heading in opposite directions at the Big Two right now.

We also took a look at the Eisner Award nominees, and while female representation across all of the categories is down from 27.5% in 2016 to 24.7% in 2017, this year’s total is still considerably higher than every year before 2016. It’s a small step down, but women are well represented across all of the categories and are a strong presence in the nomination list, just at slightly lower levels than last year’s record breaking numbers.

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

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

May 4, 2017

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My latest “Gendercrunching” article went up earlier this week on Bleeding Cool, and February was an interesting month in terms of shifting trends at both DC and Marvel.

After setting record highs in the fall, DC has remained in the ballpark of those highs since, but their overall percentage of female creators tumbled down to 16.3% in February, their lowest total in nearly a year. Marvel’s been rather up and down lately, and well off their past highs, but they ticked up to 17.1% female creators overall, marking the first time in several months that they’ve topped DC. Moreover, while their recent data is a bit all over the map, the overall trend for the past few month appears to have them moving upward in terms of representation.

We also took a look at who is writing who at DC and Marvel, following up on a piece we did last year that found while men write male and female characters proportionally to the publisher’s line as a whole, women were predominantly writing female characters. Not much has changed in the year since; in fact, this trend is even more pronounced. Women writers worked on books with a female lead 85% of the time in February, up 15% from last year, while at Marvel women writers worked on books with a female lead 89% of the time, up 10% from last year. It’s a stark imbalance that shows that true representation remains far off. Female writers should be able to write everyone, just as male writers do.

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

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, January 2017 In Review, Plus Female Characters

March 15, 2017

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It’s a whole new year of “Gendercrunching,” and my latest article is up now at Bleeding Cool. We saw last month that 2016 marked the highest overall percentage of female creators at both DC and Marvel since this project began, so it should be fun to see where 2017 takes us.

Both publishers began the year down from their December totals, however. DC ticked down slightly to 18% female creators overall, while Marvel tumbled to 16.1%. It’s not the most auspicious beginning to the New Year, but both are average performances relative to each publisher’s recent totals.

We also take a look at female characters in our biannual check in. Women account for 32.4% of the characters on DC’s covers, down slightly from July, while they account for 35.8% of the characters on Marvel’s covers, a big jump from their last total. The percentage of comics with female leads is up at Marvel as well, as it is at DC albeit much less so.

Head over to Bleeding Cool for the full stats and analysis!


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