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Women At DC Comics Watch – July 2015 Solicits: DC’s Lowest Month of the Year, 15 Different Female Creators on 16 Different Books

April 28, 2015

womenatdcJULY

When June’s numbers for female creators came in lower than what we’d been seeing from DC previously in the year, I was surprised but hoped it was just an off month. I had high hopes for DC’s mini-relaunch, especially after their impressive upswing of female creators thus far in 2015. But now, in the second month of the relaunch, the numbers have fallen even further to DC’s lowest total since September 2014. It’s just bizarre. Let’s take a look at who’s scheduled to do what this July at DC Comics:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #18 (cover, co-writer), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #2 (cover, co-writer), Section Eight #2 (cover), Starfire #2 (cover, co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #2 (interior art)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #42 (interior art), Black Canary #2 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #8 (co-writer)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #20 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #7 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #2 (art and cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12 (cover), Starfire #2 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Constantine: The Hellblazer #2 (variant cover)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #4 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #42 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #59 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #42 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #2 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #8 (interior art)

All together, there are 15 different female creators set to work on 16 different books in July 2015, a big drop from June’s 19 and 21. Even more disheartening, 15 different women is less than half of the highs DC was able to hit just a couple of months ago. There were 32 different women in DC’s April solicits! And now only 15. It’s troubling to see such a steep decline in female creators when so much of the talk surrounding DC’s mini-relaunch was about diversity.

The only new female creator in July is Erica Henderson, with what is most likely a one-time gig drawing a variant cover. Henderson has a monthly book at Marvel, drawing The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Everyone else is the same women from last month, just with several of them missing. I mean, it’s a wonderful assortment of creators. Just far fewer of them now.

There’s not much news on the female character front either. After debuting a slew of new titles in June, July is pretty quiet. The only new title is a prequel comic for the upcoming Mad Max movie, and that seems to be centered on a fellow named Max.

So DC is set to drop to their lowest number of female creators thus far this year in July. All that “rah rah, women in comics” talk has yet to be reflected in the creators of DC’s books. DC was doing better before they made a point of saying that they care about diversity now. Over the past few years, both DC and Marvel have demonstrated an inability to sustain a decent number of female creators for any length of time, and doubly so when they actually talk about doing it. I don’t understand the disconnect, or why this substantial slide is happening. Hopefully things turn around with the August solicts, but things are trending downward right now.

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Women At DC Comics Watch – June 2015 Solicits: A Disappointing Month For DC’s Mini-Relaunch, 19 Different Female Creators on 21 Different Books

March 24, 2015

womenatdcJUNE

I was very excited for the June solicits to come out, because DC has been having a great 2015 thus far. They’ve bested their previous highs for female creators on multiple occasions, and even maintained high numbers through their “Convergence” event. Events have rarely seen DC’s strongest effort when it comes to female creators, so that the numbers stayed relatively steady was very encouraging. Moreover, their June mini-relaunch looks to be an exciting new direction for the publisher in terms of the style and tone of their books. Unfortunately, June also has the fewest female creators at DC thus far this year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what and where for DC’s June 2015 comics:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #17 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1 (co-writer, cover), Section 8 #1 (cover), Starfire #1 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #10 (co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #41 (interior art), Black Canary #1 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #7 (co-writer, cover), The Kitchen #8 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #19 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: Strange Sports Stories #4 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #6 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #1 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #41 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #58 (writer)
  • Kai Yu Wu: The Flash Season Zero #9 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Cento: The Flash Season Zero #9 (co-writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #6 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #41 (writer), Wonder Woman Annual #1 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 (writer, variant cover), The Kitchen #8 (interior art)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #7 (interior art)

All together, there are 19 different female creators set to work on 21 different books in June, a big drop from May’s 26 and 25 and a far cry from the 32 different female creators DC had in April, their biggest month to date. I was hoping that with this mini-relaunch, DC would make a big statement and top their best yet again, but instead June is their lowest month of the year thus far.

When DC cancelled a slew of books in March to make way for this mini-relaunch, they lost many of the female creators working on those books. Some other titles outside of the superhero line have come to an end as well. That means that female creators like Ann Nocenti, Cat Staggs, Christy Marx, K. Perkins, Marguerite Bennett, Meghan Hetrick, Tula Lotay, and Sandra Hope are not in the mix this month.

Furthermore, DC’s hit highs this year by regularly having women in one-off appearances through variant covers or anthology series, and June doesn’t have the usual assortment of female creators we expect in this regard. That bodes well for July; June just may be a randomly off month for these avenues, and the numbers could bounce back next month. However, right now the numbers are pretty poor, comparatively.

There are some new names in the mix, though. Annie Wu is fairly new to DC after a stint on Marvel’s Hawkeye, Corin Howell is drawing Bat-Mite, and Mingjue Helen Chen is drawing Gotham Academy. While these few new faces aren’t exactly compensating for the many female creators DC has lost through their mini-relaunch, it’s always great to see different names in the mix.

June also looks to be a good month for female characters. Black Canary, Power Girl (with Harley Quinn), and Starfire are all launching new series, and the lead of the new Prez series is a teenage girl. There are a few female characters sprinkled in some of the new team books as well.

But in the end, these posts are a numbers game. June not only has DC’s lowest number of female creators for the year, it’s the lowest number since October 2014. To hit a low at a time when they’re set to launch several new series and get a lot of attention and sales is particularly disheartening. The mini-relaunch is certainly better than the New 52 relaunch where there were only 2 female creators in the mix, but DC has proven they’re capable of hitting much higher numbers since then. Only 19 different women in June is a disappointment given how high DC has moved their bar this year.

Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 30 Female Creators On 35 Different Books

November 24, 2014

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Last month, after DC broke their record for female creators in their solicits yet again, I was wondering when they might hit the mark of 30 different women. Turns out, it was this month, with DC breaking their record once more in their February solicits. I’ve been expecting a drop off after so many months of steady growth into impressive new highs, but it hasn’t come yet. It will, of course, but let’s enjoy DC outdoing themselves each month for now. Here are all of the female creators listed in DC’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Alex de Campi: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Aquaman #39 (variant cover), Harley Quinn #15 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Superman #39 (variant cover), The Flash #39 (variant cover)
  • Amy Chu: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #5 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #39 (artist), Justice League #39 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #5 (co-writer), The Kitchen #4 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #15 (writer), Secret Origins #10 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #3 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #6 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables #149 (artist), Fables: The Wolf Among Us #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman and Robin #39 (variant cover), Supergirl #39 (cover and art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #39 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby Doo Where Are You? #54 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: Secret Origins #10 (artist)
  • Jill Thompson: Batman #39 (variant cover), Wolf Moon #3 (cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #39 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #31 (co-writer), Earth 2: World’s End #18-21 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #15 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #2 (artist)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #39 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #4 (artist)
  • Nicola Scott: Action Comics #39 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #19 (inker)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #39 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female creators working on 35 different books for DC Comics this February, up from January’s record breaking 28 and 25. Also encouraging to see is a number of women working on multiple titles. Amanda Conner leads the charge, drawing a variety of Harley Quinn variant covers as part of February’s variant theme, but several other women are set to work on multiple books as well.

As a quick sidenote, DC’s solicits list “Alison Borges” on art for Lobo #5, but I’m assuming that this is a misspelling of Alisson Borges, a male artist from Brazil who’s gotten some Big Two work recently. DC has a history of misspelling names in their solicits. However, if it turns out I’m wrong I will happily adjust the list accordingly and add her to the numbers.

In terms of new titles, February is very quiet. Harley Quinn has a Valentine’s special issue, co-written and with a cover by Amanda Conner, and Vertigo is launching Suiciders, a new book written and drawn by Lee Bermejo; the solicit for Suiciders lacks a character breakdown, so I don’t know how much female representation is inside the book.

Overall, DC broke their record yet again, and that is a fantastic thing. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, of course. For example, the only way female creators seem to get close to a major male character is through variant covers. The vast majority of women making comics at DC are writing and drawing female characters or lower tier male characters. Many of the big names remain elusive, and it would be nice to see that change. Nonetheless, it’s still a great month for DC, and I’m hoping to see another record shatter in March!

Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2015 Solicits

November 4, 2014

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It’s a brand new year, solicitswise, and DC is kicking it off right with a huge amount of female creators, the most we’ve seen from either DC or Marvel since this project began. The numbers are massive, so much so that I’m instituting a new system. When there were only 2 or 3 women writing or drawing books in a particular section, putting them in paragraphs was easy to read, but now there’s just tons and the paragraphs are getting bogged down. So we’re going to try it a different way. Here’s a look at the female creators listed in DC Comics’ January 2015 solicits:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #14 (cover and co-writing)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #4 (writing)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #38 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #4 (co-writing), The Kitchen #3 (cover)
  • Brooke Eikmeier: The Flash Season Zero #4 (co-writing)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #2 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #5 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Supergirl #38 (cover and interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #2 (writing)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #38 (writing)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You #53 (writing)
  • Jan Duursema: Earth 2: World’s End #14 (interior art)
  • Kate Perkins: Supergirl #38 (co-writing)
  • Katherine Walczak: Flash Season Zero #4 (co-writing)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 (co-writing)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #30 (co-writing), Earth 2: World’s End #14-17 (co-writing)
  • Marguerite Sauvage : Hinterkind #14 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #1 (interior art)
  • Mary H.K. Choi : Vertigo Quarterly: Black #1 (writing)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #7 (interior art), Fairest #33 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #38 (writing)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #3 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: The Multiversity Guide Book #1 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #38 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #18 (inking)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #7 (interior art)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #38 (variant cover)

All together, DC has 28 different female creators set to work on 25 different comic books in January 2015. This is a big jump up from their former high, hit just last month, of 21 and 22 respectively. The number of female creators at DC has jumped by a THIRD from their best total in one month. That’s very impressive.

The range of female creators is encouraging as well. They’re doing a variety of jobs across the line, from the New 52 to digital and licensed properties to Vertigo. We’ve seen a lot of the women listed above at DC before, but there are also some new names, including the television writers who are working on The Flash and Arrow comics.

There’s not a lot going on in January with new female characters, but that’s largely due to a lack of new books in general. There’s a new Mortal Kombat comic, and the print debut of a digital first Fables series, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, which appears to focus on Bigby Wolf though it looks as though Snow White may play a role as well. There’s also Effigy #1 from Vertigo, and it has a female lead character as well as a female artist, so that’s good to see

Ultimately, January is going to be the best month DC’s had for female creators since the New 52 launched more than three years ago. It’s been a slow build, but the numbers have rocketed up exponentially over the fall and now into the winter. Will DC break 30 next month? We’ll have to see. I anticipate a levelling off at some point, but this recent growth is very exciting news, however long overdue.

Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2014 Solicits

July 17, 2014

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This month’s DC Comics solicits report is aka. the Marguerite Bennett show. She’s got a big month lined up, along with a slew of other female creators and a few new books starring female characters as well. October should be a busy, exciting month for DC Comics, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #1, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #1, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #1, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #7 and Earth 2: World’s End #1-4 (it’s weekly).
  • For New 52 art, Meghan Hetrick is drawing Batman: Eternal #28, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #35, Jan Duursema is doing a variant cover for Grayson #3, Becky Cloonan is doing covers for Gotham Academy #1 and Detective Comics #35, and Amanda Conner is doing covers for Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Marguerite Bennett co-writes Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two Annual #1, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #3, Marguerite Sauvage is illustrating a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #3, and Georgia Ball is writing Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #50.
  • For Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay have art in Bodies #4 while Jenny Frison is doing the cover, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #12, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #2, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #12, Yuko Shimizu is the cover artist for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10, and the Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow #1 features writing from Marguerite Bennett and art from Toril Orlesky.
  • In terms of new books, Power Girl and Huntress look to have a big role in the new Earth 2: World’s End weekly series, Arkham Manor has a woman, perhaps Poison Ivy, front and centre on the cover, Gotham Academy has a female lead, and the new Trinity of Sin co-stars Pandora.
  • There are also some cool creative shake-ups, with new takes on Batgirl and Catwoman premiering in October.

So yeah, it’s quite a month for women at DC! All together, 17 different women are working on 21 different titles in October, an impressive jump from September’s 13 and 12 as well as the highest combined total we’ve seen since this project launched nearly three years ago. These are great numbers, but as always please remember that the number of male creators in DC’s solicits is still in triple digits. Things are getting better, but female creators remain a very small minority.

What’s especially nice about this month’s solicits are all the new names. It’s always great to see old favourites, but new female creators are what is really going to change the industry. While it’s a bummer that there’s no Gail Simone this month, for perhaps the first time since this project began (she’ll be back soon with a new project, though!), growing the ranks of female creators at DC is a very positive thing. DC finally seems to be thinking outside of their dusty old rolodex and actively seeking new talent, and that is an exciting shift.

Also exciting are the new and revamped female characters debuting in October. Gotham Academy looks like an absolute blast, and the new Batgirl has already inspired a mountain of fan art. I’m excited for the new Catwoman as well; the book got off to a bad start with the New 52 and hasn’t yet found its footing in the new universe, and hopefully this will sort it out.

Overall, October looks pretty awesome for DC. The new books are garnering lots of excitement, and this explosion of new female talent is an extremely welcome change of pace for DC. Here’s hoping we get more of the same next month!


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