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Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, October 2016 In Review

January 2, 2017


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, June 2016 in Review, Plus Ethnicity Numbers

August 17, 2016


My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and it’s got DC and Marvel’s June 2016 gender numbers plus our annual tabulation of ethnicity stats for both publishers and Image.

In terms of the overall percentage of female creators, DC ticked up slightly to hit 17.5%, their highest total over the past year, while Marvel dropped down to 15.6% women, a middling number for them as of late and well below their recent record highs.

There were some interesting numbers in the ethnicity count as well. At DC, their percentage of people of colour dipped down to 22.5%, at Marvel it rose to 29.9%, the highest number since we started tracking ethnicity a few years back, and at Image things stayed about the same at an unimpressive 16.5%. Basically, white men are still making a lot of comics, though some publishers have done more to improve representation in their hiring than others.

Click on over to the “Gendercrunching” article to check out the full stats breakdown for June 2016!

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, April 2016 in Review

June 13, 2016


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!

Latest Image Expo has Lowest Percentage of Female Creators Since January 2014’s Expo

April 11, 2016


Before ECCC started in Seattle this weekend, Image Comics held another of its Image Expos, their roughly semi-annual presentation of new titles that will be debuting over the course of the coming year. There were a lot of intriguing titles in the mix, and I’m particularly looking forward to Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr, formerly of Batgirl, and Isola by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, formerly of Gotham Academy. It’s always fun to see my favourite superhero creators try something new.

The Expo also featured new books from notable creators like Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, Leila del Duca, Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena, Sean Phillips, Jen Van Meter, and more. And, as always when given a list of names, I decided to count them up and see what the gender representation was at this Image Expo. The numbers weren’t great, comparitively. Here are all of the new books, with creator information courtesy of Image’s website:

  • AFAR by Leila del Duca & Kit Seaton
  • BLACK CLOUD by Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon, Greg Hinkle, Matt Wilson, Aditya Bidikar
  • THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS by Jonathan Hickman & Tomm Coker
  • GLITTERBOMB by Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan & K. Michael Russell & Marshall Dillon
  • HORIZON, by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Frank Martin
  • THE HUNT by Colin Lorimer, Jim Campbell, and Joana Lafuente
  • ISOLA by Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl
  • KILL OR BE KILLED by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser
  • LAKE OF FIRE by Nathan Fairbairn & Matt Smith
  • MOONSHINE by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso
  • MOTOR CRUSH by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr
  • PRIMA by Jen Van Meter, Rick Burchett
  • PRINCE OF CATS by Ron Wimberly
  • ROCKSTARS by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison
  • ROMULUS by Bryan Hill & Nelson Blake II
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY by Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña, & Matt Hollingsworth
  • SURGEON X by Sara Kenney & John Watkiss, James Devlin, & Jared K. Fletcher
  • VS by Ivan Brandon, Esad Ribić, Ive Svorcina, Aditya Bidikar
  • WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD by Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, Stephane Paitreau, & Clem Robins

All together, there were 40 different men and 9 different women across these 20 new titles, so women accounted for 18.4% of the creators announced at this year’s Image Expo. That’s a noticeable drop from the past three Expos, where women posted percentages of 25.9%, 26.4%, and 23.5%. This year’s total is the lowest since the January 2014 Image Expo, which only had 10.5% female creators.

In terms of representation per book, 8 of the 20 new titles have at least one female creator, another drop from the last Image Expo in July 2015 where there was a woman on more than half of the books (12 out of 23). The Image Expo before that was slightly better than this year, too; the January 2015 Expo had 10 women on 24 books, or 41.7% of the titles, while this year’s 8 of 20 is just a step behind at 40%.

So we’ve got a drop in the overall total and a drop in representation across the board. A double slide like this is rather disheartening, especially from a publisher who prides itself on being the anti-Big Two. While these numbers are somewhat better than Marvel’s recent relaunch or DC’s upcoming “Rebirth”, Image isn’t blowing anyone out of the water here. Fewer than 20% female creators is a decidedly average showing, and far below the bar that Image has set for itself in past Expos. Holding fairly steady around 25% for three shows instead of growing was a little bit disappointing, and now they have taken a step back. If Image was really as different and cutting edge as they seem to think they are, we’d be seeing an explosion of female creators. Yet we are not. Here’s hoping for a course correction with the next Image Expo.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, October 2015 In Review

December 9, 2015


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, June 2015 In Review

August 24, 2015


My latest “Gendercrunching” column is now up at Bleeding Cool, and there were a lot of interesting numbers in the mix this month. After posting huge totals with “Convergence” in April and May, DC fell back down to Earth as Marvel took the top spot.

DC had 12.2% female creators overall, a decline of more than half from last month, though some of their numbers were strong by category. Nonetheless, June was the beginning of DC’s mini-relaunch that promised more diverse creators, and the numbers were only marginally different from where DC was before their two month “Convergence” break. Marvel came in at 13.5% female creators overall, a relatively decent total for the publisher and another strong showing for Marvel, continuing their solid spring.

We also took a look at ethnicity numbers at DC, Marvel, and Image. Unsurprisingly, there are still a lot of white guys making comics. Based on each publisher’s solicits, DC was 74.9% white in June, Marvel was 78.2% white, and Image was 83.3% white. But on the positive side, high as those numbers may be, they are all lower than last year and show a turn toward more representation, albeit very slowly. Still, of all of the other ethnic groups tabulated in very broad categories (Asian, Black, and Hispanic) only one group at one publisher hit a percentage in double digits. While the numbers are improving in terms of representation, they’re still far from good.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for more details and charts!

Female Creator Representation Remains About The Same At The Latest Image Expo

July 2, 2015


Today was the latest Image Expo, a semi-annual event where Image Comics brings out their many creators to announce exciting new books and projects that will debut in the year to come. It’s always cool to see what new books are going to be coming out, and this year was no exception. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott are launching a new series, and that’s an absolutely amazing duo no matter what the book is about (it’s a magical police thriller). Gail Simone and Cat Staggs have a new comic that’s Freaky Friday except with a hitman, so that sounds interesting. And Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera are going back to the Bible for a dark, grisly take on the days before the great flood, and I’m very excited to check that out. Plus so many more!

The past couple of Image Expos have had decent female creator representation, so let’s go through the list to see how this Expo compares. Here are all of the new titles and teams, minus reissues of previously printed work, as per Image’s own page:

  • Invincible: Reboot by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
  • Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death by Antony Johnston, Shari Chankhamma, and Simon Bowland
  • Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein
  • Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us by Chynna Clugston Flores
  • Scooter Girl by Chynna Clugston Flores
  • Throwaways by Caitlin Kittredge and Steve Sanders
  • Sunset Park by Ron Wimberley
  • Slave Punk: White Coal by Ron Wimberley
  • Cry Havoc by Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly, Lee Loughridge, Matt Wilson, and Simon Bowland
  • Black Magick by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
  • Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
  • The Goddamned by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guerra, and Giulia Brusco
  • Heartless by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay
  • Huck by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Private Eye: The Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente
  • Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung, Mickey Quinn, and Mare Odomo
  • Virgil by Steve Orlando and JD Faith
  • Hadrian’s Wall by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis
  • Axcend by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Morry Horrowell
  • Faster Than Light by Brian Haberlin
  • Expired by Jimmie Robinson and Richard Pace
  • The One% by Kaare Kyle Andrews
  • Ringside by Joe Keatinge, Nick Barber, Simon Gough, and Ariana Maher

All together there are 12 different female creators named in this list of 51 different creators total, so women account for 23.5% of the creators announced at this year’s Image Expo. That’s down slightly from the last two Image Expos, which had 25.9% and 26.4% female creators. It’s not a huge drop, but it’s always more pleasant to see these numbers trending upward. This Expo was a small step back.

However, things are better in terms of representation per book. Of the 23 new titles announced, 12 feature at least one female creator. That’s more than the last Image Expo’s 10 of 24. So while there are fewer female creators overall, there are more women across the board.

Ultimately, female creator representation remains about the same. A little less in one area and a little more in another evens out to no real significant change. It’d be nice to have had Image wow us with a slew of female creators and blow us away with huge numbers, but at the same time it’s great to see a lot of new names in the mix here. Creators like Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Cat Staggs, Caitlin Kittredge, and a few others have all been Big Two mainstays for a while, and good on Image for bringing them in to do their own, creator owned books. I’m still holding out hope for a huge number of female creators at the next Image Expo, though. Image likes to talk the talk when it comes to diversity, and I’d like to see a bit more of a commitment to walking the walk. Doing well with female representation doesn’t change the fact that there’s lots of room to do better.

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