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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, April 2019: 32 Creators on 31 Books

March 21, 2019

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Thus far, 2019 has been a strong year for female and non-binary creators at Marvel Comics. And the streak goes back further than that, too. Marvel came out of the summer with some solid gains and by November they were pretty near the level they remain at today. That’s six months of decent representation now. Are there still WAY more dudes? Of course. It’s superhero comics. Change is slow. But this kind of consistency is rare, and encouraging to see. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Alti Firmansyah: The Unstoppable Wasp #6 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #4 (cover), War of the Realms #1 (variant cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #5 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover), X-23 #11 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #2 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #4 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #5 (writer), Marvel Team-Up #1 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Hotshots #2 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 (variant cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #4 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Hotshots #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #4 (writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #10 (writer), West Coast Avengers #10 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #7 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #3 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #11 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #42 (cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #2 (writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Grand Moff Tarkin #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Princess Leia #1 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #20 (writer)
  • Rebekah Isaacs: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (variant cover)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (cover), War of the Realms #1 (variant cover)
  • Savanna Ganucheau: Marvel Rising #2 (varaint cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #7 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #6 (cover)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #4 (co-writer)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (writer), Thanos #1 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #2 (writer), Shuri #7 (writer)
  • Yasmime Putri: Avengers: No Road Home #8 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #9 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #10 (cover), Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #16 (variant cover)

That is a lot of names to spell correctly and books to italicize! All together there are 32 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 31 different books this April, the same number of creators as in March across four more titles. I’m not used to seeing steady numbers from Marvel in any form, much less at a relatively high level. This year has been solid for the publisher so far.

Also, we’re introducing a new element to these posts, where we look at the number of titles being released. DC’s trimmed back their line noticeably, and so an apples to apples comparison doesn’t really work so well anymore. This April, Marvel has 79 new books on their schedule, which means there are female and/or non-binary creators working on 39% of their titles. We’ll use that as a baseline for comparisons moving forward.

In terms of new names, April looks to be pretty quiet. For as far back as I’ve been keeping track, we’ve not seen Rebekah Isaacs at Marvel before. She’s got a variant cover on the new Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast spinoff. Savanna Ganucheau looks to be new as well, with another variant, this time on Marvel Rising. The rest of the list are regulars, I think.

It’s also a low key month for new female-led titles at the publisher, which is unfortunate because there certainly are a lot of new books. War of the Realms is kicking off, with all sorts of tie-in mini-series and the like. Few have any female or non-binary creators in the mix, and while there are a handful of female characters in a couple of the team books, it all looks a bit dude forward. I miss Lady Thor. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is going to tie into the event, so there’s that, I suppose. And Ms. Marvel is starring alongside Spider-Man in a new Marvel Team-Up.

Overall, the numbers are steady at Marvel and female and non-binary creator representation is holding relatively strong. There remains, as always, a lot of room to grow, but this has been a decent streak for Marvel. I’m curious to see if they can keep it up or even hit higher levels in the months to come.

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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, March 2019 Solicits: 32 Creators on 27 Books

February 21, 2019

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When I write up these posts, I have to go through all the entries below, italicizing the titles and consolidating the different entries for each creator. With DC, it’s a pretty quick job these days. I’m done before I know it. With Marvel, it’s much more involved. There are a lot of female and non-binary creators working on a lot of books at Marvel right now, and getting this list looking right is a big job! And I’m glad for it. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this March:

  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #3 (cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #4 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #30 (cover), X-23 #10 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #3 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42 (interior art, cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #4 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #1 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #10 (variant cover), Marvel Tales: Thor #1 (cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #3 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous #1 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic – Padme Amidala #1 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #3 (writer),Mr. and Mrs. X #9 (writer), West Coast Avengers #9 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #6 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #10 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2 (cover)
  • Naomi Franquiz: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #41 (interior art, cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #1 (writer)
  • Peach Momoko: Marvel Rising #1 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #19 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #6 (writer)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #3 (co-writer)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #1 (writer), Shuri #6 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Avengers: No Road Home #4 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #5 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #6 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #7 (cover)

All together, there are 32 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 different comic books at Marvel in March 2019, 1 more creator than in February though 2 fewer books. These are very solid numbers, and Marvel’s been consistently in this range for several months now. Whatever was plaguing them a year ago when they dipped into the low teens has been sorted, and now we’ve got women and non-binary creators working across the board at Marvel.

In terms of brand new names, it’s not a big month. I think that Peach Momoko is the only creator I haven’t seen before, at either publisher, and it looks like Audrey Mok might be making her Marvel debut. We also have a host of returning favourites! I feel like it’s been a little while since we’ve seen Kate Niemczyk, Nilah Magruder, and Sana Takeda at Marvel, so it’s nice to have them back in the mix as well.

March is a big month for female characters at Marvel. Kamala Khan is back after little to no absence with Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1. It’s odd to not have G. Willow Wilson in the mix above, and I’m a little bit sad at the lack of female creators inside the book, but I’m sure it will be excellent. We’ve also got Age of Conan: Belit, which stars a female character I know nothing about. Marvel’s really going all in on this Conan license, eh? And finally, Domino is back again with Domino: Hotshots after her original series went over so well with readers.

So yeah, solid month all around at Marvel. There are lots of female and non-binary creators in the mix, female characters are headlining some big new titles, and the publisher is maintaining a level of consistency we don’t usually see from them. There’s always room to grow, of course, but this level of representation is certainly putting the distinguished competition to shame.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, July 2018 Solicits: 22 Creators on 18 Books

May 3, 2018

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Marvel is in an odd spot with female and non-binary creators right now. After a truly abysmal spring with some of the lowest numbers we’ve seen from them in some time, things have improved somewhat. Now, the totals are still relatively quite poor. Marvel’s been in the high 30s in the past, and their current streak has them in the low 20s. That’s not great. But it’s better than it was. The bigger issue right now is that these gains are very precarious. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this July:

  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #22 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #197 (cover)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (co-writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Doctor Strange #3 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #34 (cover)
  • Fiona Staples: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #32 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #4 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: X-23 #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #21 (writer), Star Wars: Thrawn #6 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Avengers #4 (variant cover)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #3 (writer), X-23 #1 (writer), X-23 #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #33 (interior art, cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #11 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 22 female creators scheduled to work on 18 different comic books at Marvel this July. That’s 2 more creators than in June and 4 more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. The gains are undercut to a certain degree by the low totals, but they’re gains nonetheless. Given Marvel’s track record in 2018 thus far, we’ve got to celebrate the little things here.

However, 12 of the 22 creators listed above are doing one time gigs. They’re on oneshots or variant covers, jobs that don’t come with guaranteed work next month. The June numbers were similar, and so long as Marvel can keep things rolling along with these non-permanent jobs, the numbers should hold. But there are three big problems here. First, this juggling act rarely lasts for long and things will inevitably drop off. They always do. Second, the level Marvel is at right now is comparatively poor. And third, the only way for the numbers to really grow AND to fend off this inevitable drop is to have a sizeable number of female and non-binary creators locked into long term gigs. Marvel does not have that right now, at all.

This lack is still stark even with the addition of two new series with female writers, and they also star female leads. Margaret Stohl is back with The Life of Captain Marvel mini-series, while Mariko Tamaki is launching a new X-23 (even though Laura is always the superior Wolverine to me!). A bunch of male characters are getting new books as well, but between these two titles and the ongoing Wakanda Forever oneshots, Marvel’s paltry female character representation has bumped up slightly as of late.

Overall, while representation is set to improve a bit at Marvel in July, these gains are tenuous and the publisher remains far back from the high levels they’ve set in the past. There just doesn’t seem to be much firm commitment to female and non-binary creators at Marvel right now. Things have improved from disastrous to bad over the past few months, but good is still a long way off. Hopefully we’ll see some more permanent additions to Marvel’s ranks in the future.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – April 2017 Solicits, 24 Female Creators on 19 Books

February 20, 2017

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After posting the highest number of female creators we’ve ever seen from either DC or Marvel last month, Marvel failed to match their record this month. In fact, they weren’t even close. Now, this isn’t a huge surprise; the story of these stats is always two steps forward, one step back. A high is rarely followed immediately by another high. Instead, new highs tend to be followed by a slightly lower plateau and an even further drop back before the numbers surge again. Marvel’s skipped the plateau this time around, though, and have dropped to their lowest number of female creators in over a year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in April 2017:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #11 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #17 (interior art, cover)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Elektra #3 (cover), Spider-Man #15 (variant cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #4 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #4 (interior art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #19 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #17 (writer)
  • Gabby Rivera: America #2 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #19 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #6 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #17 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Man-Thing #3 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #5 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: America #2 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #5 (writer)
  • Myisha Haynes: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #14 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18 (interior art)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #5 (writer)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #14 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #15 (interior art)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #19 (interior art)
  • Yona Harvey: Black Panther: The Crew #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 24 different female creators set to work on 19 different books in April, 13 fewer women than in March and 14 fewer books. That’s quite a decline. Last month was clearly abnormal; there were loads of variant covers with female artists that helped Marvel break their record total. But Marvel’s had at least 30 female creators for several months now, going back to the fall. Landing in the 20s is uncharacteristically low for them.

Having women on fewer variant covers is one of the big reasons for Marvel’s drop this month. It also looks like a few creators with regular gigs are on a skip month, with someone else filling in, or the creative teams have been changed and women are no longer working on those books. It’s an odd month all around. For example, there’s only one woman working on more than one comic this month, Elizabeth Torque on a variety of covers. In March, there were six women with multiple gigs. Everything’s contracted across the board in April.

In terms of new books with female leads, there are a handful of team books with women in prominent roles. Manifold, Misty Knight, and Storm co-star in Black Panther: The Crew, Marvel Girl is a part of X-Men Blue, and Kitty Pryde, Prestige, and Storm are part of X-Men Gold.

Overall, April doesn’t look to be a great month for women at Marvel relative to their past year or so. What’s unclear is if this marks a shift for the publisher or an aberration. Aberration seems more likely; Marvel’s established a solid track record with female creators as of late, and I’m expecting to see at least a few missing creators back next month. Time will tell, as always, but I’d expect stronger numbers in May. For now, though, April is a rather underwhelming follow up to March’s stellar numbers.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – October 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 24 Books

August 3, 2016

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Marvel’s really on a roll with female creators right now. I mean, they still represent a small minority of Marvel’s overall number of creators, but the numbers are much higher than they used to be. Consider this: Marvel’s October 2015 solicits had only nine different female creators in the mix. NINE. A year later, Marvel is in the low thirties for the third straight month. This is progress, and hopefully a change that will continue to grow; both Big Two publishers are prone to significant drops after sustained growth, unfortunately. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in October 2016:

  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #8 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #6 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #11 (interior art, cover)
  • Carly Monardo: Gwenpool #7 (variant cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #8 (writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #12 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #7 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Gwenpool #7 (cover)
  • Janet Lee: Deadpool #21 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #2 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #8 (cover), Ms. Marvel #12 (variant cover), Han Solo #5 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Han Solo #5 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #11 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #8 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #10 (writer)
  • Leila Del Duca: Scarlet Witch #11 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Black Panther #7 (variant cover)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #5 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Uncanny Avengers #15 (cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #13 (interior art)
  • Nilah Magruder: A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1 (co-writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #1 (co-writer)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #10 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #9 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: A-Force #10 (cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #13 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #12 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Black Widow #7 (variant cover), Silk #13 (cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 24 different books at Marvel this October, the same number of women as in September and one more book. Marvel’s been impressively steady as of late; the last three months have had 34, 33, and 33 women in the mix. This is the highest sustained run we’ve seen from Marvel or DC since we started keeping track of these numbers a few years back. It will be interesting to see how these numbers change as the new round of post-Civil War II books unfolds over the next few months, but the initial wave set for October hasn’t affected things much here, for good or ill.

We’ve got a couple of new names in October, including Nilah Magruder writing a story in A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1. I’ve seen Leila Del Duca and Meghan Hetrick elsewhere, most recently at Image and DC respectively, but I think this month may mark some of their first Marvel work. And we’ve got some returning favourites too: Robin Furth is back for another round of The Dark Tower, Siya Oum is breaking out of her recent spate of variant covers with some interior art, and I think it’s been a long while since Janet Lee’s done something at Marvel.

For female characters, there’s not a lot going on in October’s new titles. Most of the Marvel NOW! titles debuting in October star dudes, though there are a couple of team books with ladies involved. Both Champions and Great Lake Avengers looks to have a lady or two in the mix, though each team has more male members than females. That’s just how team books seem to be going at the Big Two, which is ridiculous. It’s either a token lady or two or ALL women. Someone needs to make a team with like four women and two guys, just to mix things up.

Overall, October’s looking like another solid month for women at Marvel. As always, there remains lots of room for these numbers to grow, but these are very strong totals relative to Marvel’s past performances. Hopefully Marvel can keep this going in the months to come, and cement a new standard for women making comics at a major publisher.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – September 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 23 Books

July 7, 2016

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When Marvel posted 34 different female creators in their August 2016 solicits, I thought that the number would be hard to match when next month’s batch dropped. Turns out, I was right, but in the best way; Marvel didn’t quite hit 34 different female creators again, but they did hit 33 and that’s pretty impressive. These are two of the highest months we’ve ever seen from Marvel or DC, and Marvel’s hit them back to back. Let’s take a look at who will be doing what at Marvel in September 2016:

  • Alison Sampson: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (interior art)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #7 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #11 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Deadpool #18 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #5 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Civil War II: X-Men #4 (variant cover), Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #10 (interior art, cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (co-writer), Mockingbird #7 (writer)
  • Christina Strain: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (co-writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Uncanny Inhumans #14 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #11 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #6 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #12 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #1 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #7 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #10 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #7 (interior art)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Doctor Strange Annual #1 (co-writer)
  • Kei Zama: Scarlet Witch #10 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #9 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Star Wars: Han Solo #4 (variant cover)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #11 (interior art)
  • Rosi Kampe: Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1 (interior art)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #9 (co-writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #8 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: Max Ride: Final Flight #1 (variant cover), The Astonishing Ant-Man #12 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #6 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Star Wars: Han Solo #4 (variant cover), The Totally Awesome Hulk #11 (variant cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #12 (interior art)
  • Tula Lotay: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (variant cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 23 different comic books at Marvel this September, one fewer creator than August though five fewer books. Despite these drops, this is a ridiculously good showing relative to every other set of numbers we’ve seen from Marvel. Moreover, they all but sustained their record setting total from August, even though the August numbers were heavily inflated by variant covers, i.e. onetime gigs that don’t carry over into the following month. Marvel’s on quite a run right now.

They’re doing so by regularly adding a couple of new women to the ranks each month. I believe that Alison Sampson is making her Marvel debut in September, as is Kei Zama, both of them doing interior art. The jobs look to be one time gigs again, but it’s good to see Marvel giving creators a shot at interiors; that could easily lead to future work. There are also a lot of returning names who we haven’t seen in a while. As Marvel continues to hire more and more women, their rolodex gets deeper and deeper and thus more women are likely to show up each month. Conceivably, anyway. If we’ve learned anything in these years of tracking women working at the Big Two, it’s that the numbers can drop precipitously at any time for no good reason.

There’s not much in the way of new books with female characters again, just because there aren’t any new books. We’ll start to see a slew of new titles as the fall continues and Marvel does yet another round of relaunches, but for September they’re finishing up Civil War II.

Overall, September looks to be yet another strong month for women making comics at Marvel. There’s still a bit of grouping and a tendency to have female creators working primarily on female characters, but hopefully that will start to change. It will require keeping these numbers up, though, so we’ll keep an eye on how that goes in the months ahead.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – August 2016 Solicits, 34 Women on 28 Books

May 27, 2016

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Marvel’s on quite a run right now, hitting some of the highest numbers of female creators they’ve ever had over the past six months. This coming August will be no exception, with Marvel besting their own record set just a couple of months back. Lots of women are working on lots of fantastic books at Marvel right now, giving readers a wide variety of options to choose from other than dumb stuff like Nazi Captain America. Go buy Ms. Marvel or Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! instead! Anyway, let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in August:

  • Afua Richardson: Amazing Spider-Man #17 (variant cover)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #6 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annapaola Martello: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #4 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #9 (interior art, cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #6 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Hyperion #6 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Gwenpool #5 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11 (interior art, cover)
  • Faith Erin Hicks: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #10 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 (variant cover), Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 (variant cover)
  • Helen Chen: Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 (variant cover), Silk #11 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Gwenpool #5 (interior art)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #6 (cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (variant cover), Scarlet Witch #9 (interior art)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #9 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #6 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #8 (writer)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #3 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Power Man and Iron Fist #7 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (interior art), The Mighty Thor #10 (variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #6 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #5 (co-writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 (interior art)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #8 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Black Panther #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #7 (cover), Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #5 (cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #11 (interior art)
  • Tula Lotay: Captain America: Sam Wilson #12 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey: Daredevil Annual #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Veronica Fish: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (interior art)

All together, there are 34 different female creators set to work on 28 different comic books in August, big jumps from July’s 25 and 18, respectively, and the highest totals we’ve seen at Marvel since this project began. Heck, when we started this project a few years back, there were months with only FIVE women at Marvel. So this is an excellent change of pace. While female creators are still a significant minority at Marvel, things have definitely changed.

Now, there are a bunch of variant covers in the mix this month, with at least 11 of the women listed above working on one. Marvel seems to have brought in a lot of female artists for their special “Tsums Tsums” variant cover promotion. Variant covers are an enjoyable gig and all, but they are the least stable of positions so chances are that a lot of these women won’t be back next month. We’ve seen variant cover gigs eventually turn into steady, interior gigs later on though, so while in the immediate future we might lose some names, they could be back down the road.

There are some new creators in the mix for August, which is always fun. I think that August might mark the first gigs at Marvel for Irene Strychalski and Rosi Kampe, and they’ve both landed interior art jobs, which is impressive. It’s also nice to see some returning favourites, like Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay, as well as Faith Erin Hicks, who’s done the occasional variant cover for Marvel lately but here is doing a short story in the All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 which should be great.

There’s not a lot of new news for female characters, what with Marvel in the midst of Civil War II and pretty focused on that. Marvel did announce a new publishing initiative for the fall called Marvel Now (again) that seems set to bring another dang round of relaunches. That’s always worrisome, because neither DC or Marvel are particularly good at featuring female creators when they do a big relaunch initiative; the numbers ALWAYS go down. Hopefully Marvel’s learned to do better. We’ll see in a couple of months.

As for right now, Marvel’s doing very well with female creators and they’re putting out some fantastic books. It’s great to have women making comics, but it’s extra fun to see all of my favourite Marvel books listed up there. More ladies are making comics at Marvel than ever before, and they’re making some of the publisher’s very best books too. Keep it up, Marvel!


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