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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, April 2016 in Review

June 13, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last week at Bleeding Cool, and both Big Two publishers posted relatively strong numbers for female creators in April 2016.

DC’s overall percentage of female creators rose to 16.7%, their highest total in almost a year. Marvel dropped very slightly to 18.7% female creators overall, only a 0.1% dip from their record setting March total. All together, it’s one of the best combined totals we’ve seen from the Big Two since the column began.

We also began our biannual tour of other direct market publishers, and saw some decent numbers there, too. Image posted an overall percentage of female creators of 18.2%, IDW came in at 14.1% overall, and Boom! Studios hit a new high with a whopping 39.1% female creators. Every publisher at least in the teens with female creators is big change for the industry; they’re still very much a minority, to be sure, but the numbers are growing.

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

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!

Review – IDW’s Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Strip, 1944-1945 by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter

December 16, 2014

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I recently read and absolutely loved IDW’s collection of the short running Wonder Woman comic strip from the 1940s, and I was fascinated with the way the strips compared to the regular Wonder Woman comic books. Both were done by Wonder Woman’s original creative team of William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter, but the strip debuted more than two years after Wonder Woman first appeared. With a couple years under their belts, they duo got a second chance to introduce Wonder Woman’s feminist message to a new audience, and the differences in the strips are just as interesting as what stayed the same. I examined IDW’s collection as compared to the original comics in a review that’s up now at The Comics Journal.

Marston doubled down on his matriarchal message, making it explicitly clear that Wonder Woman was coming to America to conquer the patriarchy. Look at this comparison of Wonder Woman leaving Paradise Island for the first time, and see what Marston added to the strip:

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He also kept his bondage fetishism front and center as always. In fact, the Cheetah story in the strips is completely different from the Cheetah’s first appearance in Wonder Woman except for an elaborate bondage sequence that was redrawn by Peter almost exactly as it first appeared:

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Head on over to The Comics Journal for more pictures and my full review.


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