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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, April 2018 Solicits: 17 Creators on 15 Books

February 8, 2018


So this is an unusual month for Marvel. Their female creator representation has grown a whopping 70% from March, a massive gain for the publisher. However, even with this jump their numbers are still terrible. Better than in March, sure, but the March numbers were abominable. Like, ridiculously bad relative to the levels Marvel has shown themselves to be capable of. So while it’s good to see growth, there’s still a long, long way to go to get anywhere near the ballpark of decent representation. Let’s look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #19 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #194 (cover)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising #0 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: The Hunt for Wolverine #1 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Domino #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #31 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #29 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #1 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Super Hero Adventures #1 (cover)
  • Helen Chen: Marvel Rising #0 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #18 (writer), Star Wars: Thrawn #3 (writer)
  • Katie Cook: Thanos Annual #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Rogue & Gambit #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #30 (interior art, cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #8 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Tales of Suspense #104 (cover)

All together, there are 17 different female creators scheduled to work on 15 different comic books at Marvel in April, 7 more creators than in March and 3 more books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators set to work at Marvel in this round of solicits. Normally a 70% gain in female creators would be astounding news, but March was abysmal. That big gain still leaves them in the teens, which is an embarrassing place to be in 2018. There are scores of amazing female and non-binary creators making comics these days. If Marvel can’t hire at least 20 of them, then they’re just not trying at all. For the Big Two right now, 20 is the line for “still pretty bad, but not terrible.” The 30 benchmark says “maybe they’re trying a bit, but they could still do a lot better.” Given the creator ranks out there, both DC and Marvel should be able to employ AT LEAST 40 amazing female creators a month with ease. Neither has been close to that.

In terms of the women working at Marvel this month, we don’t have any brand new names but there are a few returning favourites. Devin Grayson is back writing on the new Marvel Rising series, which will tie into the upcoming animated film aimed at young fans. Katie Cook is back too, doing what should be a fun story in the Thanos Annual. And Gail Simone has returned to Marvel’s ranks with a new Domino series, her first ongoing work at Marvel in years.

Two of these books highlight a decent month for female characters at Marvel. The team in Marvel Rising is 75% women, including fan favourites like Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. It looks like it’s going to be awesome. And the Domino series is a new solo book with a female lead, which probably owes its existence to the upcoming Deadpool film sequel. Marvel’s smart to capitalize on the character’s exposure, and Simone is always a good choice for the sort of fun, bawdy tales this series will probably be telling.

All together, things are looking up in a lot of ways at Marvel right now, and yet everything is still very bad. There are more female creators in the mix, but the numbers are still shamefully low. There are new books with female leads, but Marvel just cancelled a slew of similar titles and have yet to make up the difference. The publisher spent the first few months of 2018 digging themselves a deep hole, and while the April solicits are a small step in the right direction, there’s still a massive amount of work to be done.


Women at Marvel Comics Watch – July 2016 Solicits, 25 Women on 18 Books

April 27, 2016


Just as we missed the first month of “Rebirth” at DC because I was busy travelling and being a bad blog person, we also skipped the first month of Marvel’s Civil War II, with all of its various  mini-series and tie-ins. The June numbers were strong, with 29 different female creators on 19 different books. There was a lot of grouping therein; Marvel seems to like to keep their ladies congregated on a limited number of books. But 29 different women was big for Marvel, and their second best total of the year. So let’s see how July stacks up by looking at who’s doing what at Marvel in the July 2016 solicits:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #9 (cover, co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Gwenpool #4 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #3 (writer, variant cover)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #8 (interior art)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #5 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Civil War II: Gods of War #2 (variant cover), Hyperion #5 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #9 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #4 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #10 (cover)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #5 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #8 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #5 (interior art)
  • Katie Cook: Haunted Mansion #5 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #7 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #2 (interior art)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #9 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #4 (co-writer)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #7 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #6 (art and cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #4 (cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #10 (interior art)
  • Tula Lotay: Scarlet Witch #8 (interior art)

All together, there at 25 different female creators scheduled to work on 18 different comic books at Marvel in July, a step down on both counts from the June numbers that’s tied for their lowest showing since the February solicits. Nonetheless, Marvel spent ages stuck in the teens (or less) when it came to women working on their books, so consistently landing in the mid-20s is a decent change of pace for them. They’re capable of higher numbers, but compared to last year it’s quite good.

It doesn’t look like there’s much in the way of new names in July; Ruth Gage co-writing Captain Marvel‘s tie-in to Civil War II is about it. There are some returning favourites, though, including Annie Wu, Katie Cook, Tana Ford, and Tula Lotay, who don’t have regular gigs at Marvel right now but pop in occasionally for variant covers and drawing an issue here and there.

It’s a quiet month for female characters innew titles too, with Civil War II in full swing. A couple of mini-series connected to the event launched last month, but they don’t mention many female characters. Kate Bishop’s in Civil War II: Choosing Sides #3 and that look to be about it. I imagine we’ll see some new books spinning out of however Civil War II concludes, so we may not see many big lineup changes for a couple of months yet.

Overall, while July’s a bit of a backwards step for female creators at Marvel when compared to June, the numbers are still relatively strong. It’s not a disastrous decline by any means, and the numbers keep Marvel well within the new, higher range they’ve been in as of late. I’m not anticipating a ton of changes, bookwise, in the August solicits, so I’m curious to see how the numbers shake out then.

Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2016 Solicits, 31 Women On 20 Books

October 28, 2015


It took a long time, but DC is finally back in the ballpark of the highs they hit early in 2015 with female creators. Things took a big dip after “Convergence”, with the #DCYou initiative bringing a substantial drop in female creators that was slow to recover. Things are looking up in the New Year, though, with a lot of great female creators set to work on books at DC. There are a few caveats, but DC’s posted their highest total in some time and that’s a good thing. Let’s see who’s doing what in January 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #24 (cover, variant cover, co-writer), Starfire #8 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #8 (art, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #48 (art, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #14 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #13 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Deathstroke #14 (variant cover), Starfire #8 (interior art), Wonder Woman #48 (variant cover)
  • Emma Needell: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #4 (writer), Secret Six #10 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #2 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Gotham Academy #14 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #4 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Joelle Jones: Superman: American Alien #3 (variant cover, interior art)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Kate Perkins: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Katie Cook: Gotham Academy #14 (writer, art)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #4 (co-writer)
  • Leila Del Duca: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (writer)
  • Maria Laura Sanapo: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (interior art)
  • Megan Levens: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #13 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #3 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #48 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine, The Hellblazer #8 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #14 (cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (variant cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 (writer, cover, interior art)
  • Samantha Shannon: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #3 (cover)

All together there are 31 different female creators set to work on 20 different books in January, a big jump from December’s 20 and 18. DC was hitting the 30s earlier in 2015, so this is a much welcome return to form, and long overdue. After showing they were capable of hiring so many women, it was disappointing to see them slip down.

But now they’re back! Though it remains to be seen for how long. Six of the women listed above are on Vertigo SFX #4, a one-shot anthology book that won’t be back next month. I’m anticipating a drop in February, but these anthologies have proven fruitful long-term; many of the women who work on the anthologies end up getting regular series work down the road. Also, there are a lot of new, sustainable gigs; Amy Chu will be writing a new Poison Ivy book for a few months, and Renae De Liz will be on a digital first Wonder Woman series.

Both of these books represent a strong month for female characters, and Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman’s new ventures are joined by a spotlight on Katana, who headlines a special Suicide Squad Most Wanted one-shot. It’s always good to see more female characters leading their own series, and while they’re mini-series and thus will have a limited run, it’ll add to DC’s female representation for several months to come.

Ultimately, January looks good for women at DC, but I’m not sure how long it will last. DC’s going to need to increase their ranks of female creators again in February to counter all of the one-time gigs listed above. But they can do it; their rolodex is deep. They are capable of hiring a wide array of female creators, if they so choose.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – August 2015 Solicits: 18 Different Female Creators On 15 Different Books

May 26, 2015


As Secret Wars rages on with a seemingly innumerable amount of tie-ins and mini-series, Marvel’s female creator ranks are slowly creeping up. Marvel’s still lagging behind their chief rival, DC Comics, but the numbers are growing nonetheless. Let’s talk a look at who’s doing what this August at Marvel:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Secret Wars #6 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8 (cover, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #4 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #18 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (interior art)
  • Katie Cook: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (writer, interior art)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #3 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #3 (co-writer)
  • Laura Braga: Secret Wars Journal #4 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #3 (co-writer), A-Force #4 (co-writer). Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (writer), Years of Future Past #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Spider-Woman #10 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: 1872 #3 (interior art)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #3 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #3 (cover, interior art)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #7 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3 (cover)

All together, there are 18 different women scheduled to work on 15 different books in August, a decent jump from July’s 14 and 14 as well as their second best total of the year thus far. On the one hand, Marvel’s a big enough publisher that they should have more than 20 female creators each month with ease, and the fact that they’re still languishing in the teens is very disappointing. On the other hand, things are moving up at least.

A quick note on the numbers: At first glance it looks like there are only 17 women working at Marvel in August, but Gurihiru is an art duo comprised of two women, Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano. Whenever they come up here or in my “Gendercrunching” stats, I always count them as two overall (it’s different with the stats, because overall they count as two but since they do different jobs they count as one in the categories; Sasaki pencils and inks, Kawano colors).

Gurihiru and Katie Cook are working on a one-shot and are thus unlikely to be back in September, so while it’s great for the August numbers it’s not particularly good for continued growth. And I doubt Babs Tarr will be back next month either after her variant cover this month. So really, while Marvel is up by four women this month compared to July, there’s four women who likely won’t be back next month. However, Natacha Bustos is set to make her Marvel debut in August, which is exciting, and Tana Ford is back after participating in a couple of Marvel projects a while back. Both look to be fill-in gigs, but it’s good to see Marvel reaching out to women and building up a bigger rolodex of female creators.

It also should be noted that several issues in the solicits advertised manga variant covers, with no artists attached yet. It seems likely that a few of those covers will be drawn by women. Manga is more of an equality opportunity scene than superhero comics.

August doesn’t look like a big month for female characters in new books, though. Ant-Man and Hank Johnson are leading two new titles, but the only woman involved in a new book is Ms. Marvel on the cover of the Secret Wars: Secret Love one-shot, which is a one time deal. It should be fun, though. There are some great creators involved.

Overall, August is looking better for women at Marvel, but things are still far from good. Last week I was super down on DC for their poor female representation in August, and they had more women than Marvel does, so a bad month for DC is still better than one of Marvel’s highest months. Still, it’s good to see Marvel’s female creator ranks growing with new names in the mix. Now if Marvel could only hire a bunch at once on regular gigs, instead of intermittently on one off jobs.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – November 2014 Solicits

September 3, 2014


For a while, Marvel’s female creator numbers were pretty much abysmal. Then, in the October solicits, things started to look up a bit. Now, with the November solicits, Marvel is in comparatively decent range for female creators and even has some female characters starring in some new books. Let’s take a closer look at their November 2014 solicits:

  • For writers, Marguerite Bennett is on Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #4, Kelly Sue DeConnick pens Captain Marvel #9, G. Willow Wilson is on Ms. Marvel #10, Corinna Bechko co-writes Savage Hulk #6, Katie Cook has a story in Spider-Verse #1, and Robin Furth is co-writing Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #4.
  • On art, Katie Cook is illustrating her story in Spider-Verse #1, Elia Bonetti is doing interior art on Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #5, Stephanie Hans is doing the cover for Storm #5, Stacey Lee is doing the cover for New Warriors #12, Amanda Conner is doing a variant cover for Miracleman #13, and Siya Oum is doing a variant cover for Spider-Woman #1.
  • Also, there’s a whole lot of Sara Pichelli. She’s doing variant covers for Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5, Superior Iron Man #1, All-New Captain America #1, and All-New X-Men #35.
  • For female characters, Spider-Woman launches her own series in November (along with the much maligned Milo Manara variant cover), Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 features 3 female characters of the 7 shown on its cover, and Scarlet Spiders #1 is 1 of 3. There are a lot of men getting books as well, though, including relaunches for Iron Man, Captain America, and a whole load of Death of Wolverine stuff.

All together, 12 different women are set to work on 15 different books in November, a huge increase from October’s 7 and 9. Now, DC has 20 different women slated to work on their books in November, so Marvel’s 12 is considerably less impressive. But at the same time, both publishers have hundreds of men writing and drawing their books as well, so no one is really killing it when it comes to female creators. Nonetheless, this is a definite improvement for Marvel.

It’s also good to see some regular gigs. While there are several variant covers slated for November, Corinna Bechko and Stephanie Hans seem to have steady jobs, joining Kelly Sue DeConnick and G. Willow Wilson as Marvel’s handful of regular female creators. Plus there are some new faces, too; I don’t think I’ve seen Stacey Lee before.

Female characters have a decent month lined up as well. Any month with a new female-led book is a new one, and despite the PR catastrophe of the cover reveal, Spider-Woman getting her own series is an exciting development that’s long overdue. It’s also good to see women on the new team titles, though as always there are several more dudes.

Overall, Marvel is looking pretty good for November, and is much improved from their past showings. There’s still a lot of room to grow, but “some” is better than “barely any at all” any day of the week. Here’s hoping they keep it up for December, and into 2015.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – March 2014 Solicits

December 20, 2013


March looks like a mixed bag for Marvel for both female creators and characters.  The numbers for female creators aren’t too bad, but a lot of them are temporary.  There are some new books with female characters, but scads more with male characters.  Let’s take a look at the solicits:

  • For female writers, G. Willow Wilson is writing Ms. Marvel #2 and Kelly Sue DeConnick writes Captain Marvel #1 and co-writes Avengers Assemble #25.
  • In terms of female artists, Sara Pichelli is drawing the cover and interior art for Guardians of the Galaxy #13 and Jenny Frison is doing the cover for Loki: Agent of Asgard #2.
  • There are a slew of variant covers as well.  Amanda Conner is doing a variant for She-Hulk #2, while Katie Cook is doing animal variants for Moon Knight #1, Deadpool #25, Secret Avengers #1, and Uncanny Avengers #18 and Jenny Parks is doing animal variants for Iron Man #23 and Wolverine and the X-Men #1.
  • There are 7 new solo titles launching in March, 6 of which star men.  Moon Knight, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Iron Patriot, and Magneto are countered only by the return of Captain Marvel.
  • There are 3 new team books as well.  Wolverine and the X-Men #1 features a bunch of female characters via the teachers and students of the Jean Grey School, despite Wolverine being the only character name-checked in the title.  Secret Avengers #1 has Black Widow and Spider-Woman, while Avengers Undercover #1 has a couple of gals I don’t recognize.

On the creative side, there are 7 different female creators working on 12 different books this March.  That is 1 less creator than February but 3 more books.  The tricky part is that 7 of those books are variant covers, which is not particularly stable work.  Marvel seems to be making a thing out of animal variants, so perhaps Cook and Parks will be around for a while, doing covers for new books all the time like Skottie Young does.  That would be fun; we’ll have to keep our eye on that moving forward.  But as it stands now, only 4 women have regular gigs at Marvel right now.

It’s great to see that Captain Marvel is coming back, and that there’s some female representation on new team books, but the number of male characters in new books dwarfs the number of women quite handily.  I mean, another Ghost Rider book?  They couldn’t do a Storm book or something?

All together, for female creators things are only tenuously okay right now.  More female creators in more stable gigs are necessary to bring these numbers up into the ballpark of decent.  But Captain Marvel is back!  And that’s ridiculously exciting all around.  As much as it’s a bummer that 6 dudes are getting solo series versus only 1 woman, that woman is Captain Marvel and her awesomeness trumps the combined awesomeness of all of those fellows.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – February 2014 Solicits

November 22, 2013


After a pretty dismal fall to end 2013, the New Year seems to be looking up for women at Marvel, both real and fictional.  Women aren’t all of a sudden everywhere now, but there are several small improvements this month that should result in a better female presence at Marvel for months to come.  Let’s take a look at the solicits:

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick is co-writing Avengers Assemble #24, and G. Willow Wilson is back in comics writing the all new Ms. Marvel #1.
  • For interior art, we’ve only got Sara Pichelli this month, penciling and inking Guardians of the Galaxy #12.
  • However, it’s a busy month for cover artists!  Sara Pichelli is doing a cover for Ms. Marvel #1, Siya Oyum is doing a variant for She-Hulk #1, Jenny Frison is the cover artist for Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, and Amanda Conner is covering Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #4.
  • Marvel is also doing a run of animal variant covers, including art by Katie Cook on Wolverine #1 and Fantastic Four #1 and Jenny Parks on Superior Spider-Man #27.
  • As you might have guessed, there are some new female starring books in February.  Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk are getting their own titles, joining the new Black Widow book that’s set to start in January.  There’ll be more solo lady titles in March too.  I hope Marvel does this every month in 2014!
  • There are also a couple of new team books featuring female characters.  3 of the 8 characters in New Warriors are women, as are 2 of the 4 characters in X-Force.  There are a bunch of new solo male titles as well, but they’re offset by the impressive number of women in new books this month.

Overall, there are 8 different women working on 9 different books in February, a decent increase from January’s 6 and 6.  While 8 certainly isn’t a massive total, it’s a step in the right direction for a publisher that’s been sorely bereft of female creators for several months now.

There is good news and bad news in the breakdown of female creators.  First, the good: G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel is a regular gig, so we’ll be seeing her every month now, and Jenny Frison is listed as the main cover artist on Loki: Agent of Asgard so hopefully she’ll be around too.  But the bad news is that three of the women listed are doing variant covers, which is the least permanent gig you can get; chances are, they won’t be back next month, but we’ll cross our fingers that we’ll see them again soon in new spots.

More female characters is an exciting development, and I’m especially glad to see such a wide array of women.  We got Black Widow, the super spy, last month, and now we’ve got She-Hulk, the lawyer/superhero, and Ms. Marvel, the Muslim immigrant teen exercising her new superpowers for the first time.  Three new female-starring books with three different and interesting women is very cool.

All together, February is looking like a good month for Marvel.  There’s still lots and lots of room for improvement, but more female-led books are fantastic and the growth in female creators is good to see.  Here’s hoping they keep it going in March.

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