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Women at DC Comics Watch – May 2017 Solicits, 28 Women on 21 Books

March 6, 2017

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May looks to be a decent month for female creators at DC Comics, with the publisher set to post their highest number of different women for the year thus far. While the total is still somewhat below the highs that DC hit last fall, the numbers have been moving up for a couple of months now and are nearing the 30-range, a relatively strong bar for female representation at either superhero publisher. Let’s take a look at who is going what at DC in May 2017:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #19 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #20 (co-writer, cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Shade, the Changing Girl #8 (writer, interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #9 (co-writer), Shade, the Changing Girl #8 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Wonder Woman #22 (interior art, cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: DC Comics Bombshells #26 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #27 (interior art), Detective Comics #957 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #8 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #22 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #23 (variant cover)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Detective Comics #957 (co-writer)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #11 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Shade, the Changing Girl #8 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #22 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #23 (variant cover)
  • Jill Thompson: The Flintstones #11 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic #7 (writer)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10 (co-writer)
  • K. Perkins: Superwoman #10 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #27 (interior art)
  • Lilah Sturges: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #9 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #3 (co-writer), DC Comics Bombshells #26 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #27 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, the Changing Girl #8 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #26 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #27 (interior art)
  • Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #9 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Red Hood and the Outlaws #10 (cover), Wonder Woman Annual #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Rachael Stott: DC Comics Bombshells #26 (interior art)
  • Sandra Hope: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #9 (inker)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #9 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: The Hellblazer #10 (variant cover)

All together, there are 28 different female creators set to work on 21 different books in May, 2 more women than in April though 3 fewer books. Things were a bit more concentrated this month; rather than women across the board, a few series like Shade, the Changing Girl and a double shot of DC Comics Bombshells had a lot of women in just a few places, thus the drop in different comics despite the gains in female creators overall. All together, it was a solid month for DC, and the nearest the publisher has come to their fall highs thus far in 2017.

In terms of new names, I think we’ve got a few women making their DC debuts, though they are known for their work elsewhere in the industry. According to my records, Audrey Mok, Jen Bartel, and Rachael Stott are all appearing in the DC solicits for the first time since this project began, and it’s always enjoyable to see pros from other kinds of comics pop in to do some corporate superhero fun. We’ve also got a couple of returning favourites; we haven’t seen Carmen Carnero, Genevieve Valentine, or Jill Thompson in a while, and it’s cool to have them back in the mix.

There’s not many new comics set to premiere at DC in May, much less ones with female leads. Things have been pretty steady at DC for a while now, so much so that I can’t help but expect a new wave of books sometime soon. June will mark a year since “Rebirth” began, so perhaps we’ll see some new titles then? DC’s been sticking with this lineup for several months now.

All together, May looks to be a decent month for women at DC Comics. There remains, as always, a massive amount of room to grow, but increases in female representation for two months running is a positive sign, as is posting the highest number of the year thus far. Hopefully June brings more growth, and perhaps some new series.

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Women at DC Comics Watch – March 2016 Solicits, 28 Women on 22 Books

January 4, 2016

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I thought it would be fun to start off a new year of posts with some good news, so here’s what I’ve got: DC is poised to have a pretty decent March in terms of female creators, and their 2016 solicits thus far have been relatively strong.   The numbers aren’t as high as they were a year ago, when DC was busting up records left and right, but they’re considerably better than they were in the wake of last June’s #DCYou mini-relaunch. So yeah, things are looking up! I mean, women still constitute a tiny minority of DC’s overall creator total; things are better but not particularly good. Still, improvement! Let’s see who’s doing what at DC this March:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #26 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #10 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amanda Deibert: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #10 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #50 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Harley Quinn #26 (variant cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #1 (interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #15 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Starfire #10 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #6 (writer), Secret Six #12 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Batman & Robin Eternal #22 (writer), Batman & Robin Eternal #23 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #4 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #6 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #6 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #5 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #50 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki Davis: Green Arrow #50 (cover)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #16 (cover)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 (writer, art, and cover)
  • Ruth Fletcher: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Trina Robbins: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #5 (cover)

All together, there are 28 different women set to work on 22 different comic books this March, solid gains from February’s 21 and 19. Furthermore, the schedule for 2016 thus far is 31 different women in January, 21 in February, and 28 in March; it’s a bit up and down, but the numbers are decent relative to DC’s second half of 2015. While inconsistent, the numbers appear to be trending in a positive direction, and hopefully DC will soon be in record setting territory (for them) again.

We’ve also got a couple new names in the mix, which is always good to see. Elsa Charretier is drawing Starfire, and Ruth Fletcher is writing a story in the Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3. We’ve got some returning favourites in new places as well, with Bilquis Evely drawing the “Sugar and Spike” story in the new Legends of Tomorrow, and a bunch of folks taking part in that Wonder Woman ’77 Special, including Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Nicola Scott, and Trina Robbins.

The Wonder Woman ’77 special is just a one-time deal, though, which may not bode well for the April numbers. Of the 28 different women working at DC in March, 5 of them are on this special and likely won’t be back next month. Ideally, they may show up somewhere else or there’ll be new people on other books, but we need to take overall numbers bolstered by one-shots with a grain of salt.

For new female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month for new books across the board apart from the Legends of Tomorrow anthology. The only female character in the mix there is half of “Sugar and Spike”; the rest are all men.

Overall, March looks to be a solid month for women making comics at DC as 2016 continues to improve on DC’s recent performances. There’s still massive amounts of room to grow, of course, and with so many names tied up in a one-shot, a decline in April seems likely. But we’ll see what April brings. Let’s start 2016 on an optimistic note and hope for continued growth.

My Top 10 Favourite Comic Books of 2015

December 29, 2015

Now that the year is almost over, it’s a good time to look back at the comic books I most enjoyed this year. Usually I like to do an all new Top 10, focusing on my new favourites, but so many books stayed ridiculously good this year that my pull list hasn’t changed a lot. So we’ll go for a split, with half returning favourites and half new books that I’m all about. We’ll start with the former!

MY FIVE FAVOURITE COMIC BOOKS

It’s been a fantastic year for comics, and several of my best books from 2014 remain at the top of my list here at the end of 2015. My top books, in order, are:

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5) Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: The book is hilarious and great and surprisingly heartwarming, but what I love more than anything is the letter column. It’s the funniest thing I read each month, comics or otherwise.

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4) The Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman: The series was a blast all year as Thor, and now that it’s been relaunched as The Mighty Thor the fun continues. I liked the initial mystery aspect of the book, but the reveal of Thor’s identity has led to some interesting angles and new storylines that are even more compelling.

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3) ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward: It’s a gender swapped take on The Odyssey in space. This concept could not be more up my alley, and the execution has been fascinating and gorgeous. And also informative! The essays in the backmatter are great, and are a fantastic compliment to the trippy main story.

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2) Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro: Feminism in space again. What can I say, I have a type. The Mighty Thor sort of fits that theme too, now that I think about it! Last year, I compared the first issue of Bitch Planet to a punch in the stomach but in the best way, and the series has continued as such throughout the year. While it’s often brutal, there’s a fury to the book that I love and that is much needed.

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1) Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and others: This was my top pick last year, and it’s my top pick this year too. It’s just so good! I LOVE Kamala Khan, I love the world they’ve built around her in Jersey City, and I love that the book is classic superhero fun in a very fresh and new way. And now, Kamala’s made it through Secret Wars and is back in a relaunched title that continues her story in enjoyable new ways. Plus she’s an Avenger! 2015 was the year of Kamala, for sure.

MY FIVE FAVOURITE NEW COMIC BOOKS

The year also saw a bunch of new great books, from multiversal destructions to gals across various eras to a modern day crime lord. These were my favourite new books/revamps of 2015:

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5) Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic: This book is bananas, and I love it. I’ve been following Hickman since he relaunched Avengers and New Avengers a few years back, and while the buildup was impressive, the payoff is epic. This is the first event series in ages that I’ve really enjoyed, plus it’s also led to some great tie-ins, including A-Force, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps, and Runaways.

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4) Catwoman by Genevieve Valentine, Garry Brown, and David Messina: This storyline began in 2014, but it ran for most of this year and it was ridiculously good. Selina Kyle took over a crime family and tried to keep Gotham from falling into a gang war, with often tragic results. It was dark and tense and an absolutely fascinating new take on the character, and I was so disappointed when DC brought in a new creative team at the end of the year.

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3) Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang: It’s just so gorgeous. Regular readers will know that Cliff Chiang is my favourite artist, hands down, and he doesn’t disappoint here. Plus that Vaughan fellow is pretty good too, and he’s crafted a weird, mysterious story; we’re a few issues in, and I’m still not 100% sure what’s happening. I just know that it’s rad.

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2) The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon: The print edition of the book doesn’t start until January, but the digital version has been coming out for weeks and it’s GREAT. It’s a classic take on Wonder Woman and the Amazons but with several new, fun twists, and the first few issues have spent a lot of time establishing Themyscira and introducing us to a young Diana. Simultaneously cute and ominous, this is the best Wonder Woman book in years.

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1) DC Comics Bombshells by Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, and more: When DC did their World War Two era “Bombshell” variant covers a while back, I thought it was kind of silly and unnecessary. But they were a hit, and now this series fleshes out the story behind the new designs, reimagining the war with scores of DC’s female heroes in the mix, and nary a male hero in sight. It’s so much fun and delightfully bad ass to see DC’s ladies working together to bust up Nazis, and I love how Bennett and her team of artists have added so much depth to what began as a line of pin-ups.

And those are my favourite books of the year! It’s all so much awesome. The comic book industry is an embarrassment of riches right now.

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

August 31, 2015

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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.

Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2015 Solicits: 27 Different Female Creators On 22 Different Books

July 16, 2015

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DC’s track record with female creators since their #DCYou mini-relaunch has been odd. On the one hand, they’ve topped Marvel every month thus far, but on the other hand they’ve been far below their pre-#DCYou numbers for female creators for four straight months, and by a considerable margin. It’s not been an impressive run; going backwards is never good, and hiring more women than Marvel really isn’t that hard to do. But now, finally, five months into their mini-relaunch, DC has a list of female creators that that is comparable to where they were for the first half of 2015. Let’s see who’s doing what in October:

  • Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #5 (cover), Harley Quinn #21 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #5 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #5 (cover)
  • Asher Powell: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #45 (interior art, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #11 (co-writer)
  • Carla Speed McNeil: Sensation Comics #15 (writer, interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #10 (cover)
  • Claire Wendling: Wonder Woman #45 (variant cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #5 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #5 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #1 (writer), Secret Six #7 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #45 (writer)
  • Jen Wang: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #1 (cover), Grayson #13 (variant cover), Sensation Comics #15 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors Club #1 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #12 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #45 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (co-writer, interior art), Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #5 (interior art)
  • Ricken: Teen Titans #13 (interior art)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (interior art)

All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 22 different comics in October, a big jump from September’s 19 and 16 and DC’s best month for female creator representation since April. It’s a huge improvement for DC, though still below their best. As always, there remains lots of room for growth.

Plus, there are a lot of one-time gigs here. I’d estimate that at least 7 of these women aren’t likely to be back next month. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s fantastic they’re getting work in October; it just means that DC’s going to have to step it up to keep their numbers from nosediving in November.

However, there are a lot of new names, and that’s always encouraging. I don’t think I’ve seen Asher Powell or Jen Wang at DC before; they’re both on a Vertigo special. This might be Claire Wendling’s first DC gig as well. My pal Kate Leth is doing a variant cover for DC Comics Bombshells, so that’s all kinds of rad! And Jenny Frison and Nicola Scott are back at DC to drop some fun cover art.

In terms of female characters, a few are starring in new books. Cassandra Cain is coming back in Batman and Robin Eternal, there look to be a few gals in the new Titans Hunt series, and an alternate universe Lois Lane headlines Superman: Lois & Clark, though DC is still hurting for a kick ass Lois Lane solo series. I mean, seriously. Get on that, DC. There are also scores of other new books that don’t feature women at all, real or fictional, including six “Darkseid War” one-shots all starring male characters written and drawn by male creators. So that’s not great.

Ultimately, October is looking decent for female creators in what is hopefully a return to form for a slumping DC. November will tell us whether this is an aberration or a new trend, but for now it’s nice to see DC well out of the teens again with a plethora of great female creators across their titles. Things could be a bit better for female characters, but there’s something at least. Here’s hoping for continued growth next month.

Women At DC Comics Watch – September 2015 Solicits: 19 Different Female Creators On 16 Different Comics

June 22, 2015

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Since June’s #DCYou initiative and mini-relaunch, DC Comics has certainly been consistent in its hiring, posting the same number of female creators in 3 of the 4 months we have solicit information for thus far. However, in doing so they remain consistently below the number of women they were hiring before #DCYou, and by a considerable margin. #DCYou remains a step forward compared to the launch of the New 52, but a step backwards compared to where they were just a few months ago. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in September:

  • Amanda Conner: All Star Section 8 #4 (cover), Harley Quinn #20 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #4 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #4 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #4 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #44 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #10 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #9 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #4 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Catwoman #44 (variant cover), Starfire #4 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #6 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #44 (writer)
  • Karen Traviss: Sensation Comics #14 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #2 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #44 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 (co-writer)
  • Nei Ruffino: Sensation Comics #14 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #4 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #44 (variant cover)
  • Ricken: Teen Titans #12 (art and cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 (interior art)

All together, there are 19 different female creators set to work on 16 different comic books at DC in September. It’s the same number of women as August and June, but ties July for the lowest number of different titles this year. Earlier in 2015, DC had 30 different female creators or more multiple times, so it’s disheartening to see them unable to escape the teens currently. Moreover, in February of this year there were women working on 35 different comics; now that’s more than halved.

On the positive side, there are some new and returning names in this month’s solicits. I think that Bilquis Evely is new to DC, and while Nei Ruffino has done a lot of jobs there as a colorist, I believe this is her first time doing line art for them. It’s also nice to have Pia Guerra back inside of a comic book; she’s done some covers here and there, and sporadic interiors, so it’ll be cool to see her do a full issue of Black Canary. She’s a great choice for the book. Ricken is back as well, after a two year absence from DC. Her art should fit very well with Teen Titans.

On the negative side, there are 6 female creators in the September solicits who weren’t there in August. That may sound like a plus, but the overall number didn’t change so that means that there were 6 women in the August solicits who didn’t return in September. New names and returning favourites are great, but not at the expense of other female creators. We want growth, not a revolving door.

There’s not much new for female characters in September, with no new titles as DC continues to settle into their mini-relaunch.

Overall, this is another disappointing month for DC Comics. Consistently underperforming compared to earlier in the year is both frustrating and nonsensical; where did all those women go? DC is hiring female writers and artists at less than 2/3 the rate they used to, and have done so for four straight months. They are capable of a lot better than this.

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

May 22, 2015

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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.


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