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Women At DC Comics Watch – May 2015 Solicits: 26 Different Female Creators On 25 Different Books

February 23, 2015

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As the second and final month of “Convergence” wraps up, DC Comics’ female representation ticks down somewhat from the numbers in the April solicits to their second lowest total of the year thus far. Nonetheless, it’s still far better than where they were at any point in 2014, or several years previous. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC Comics in May 2015:

  • Alisa Kwitney: Convergence: Batgirl #2 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Convergence #6 (variant cover), Convergence #7 (variant cover), Convergence: Action Comics #2 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Convergence: Superboy #2 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Convergence: Aquaman #2 (cover), The Kitchen #7 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #18 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #9 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Amoung Us #5 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Convergence: Green Arrow #2 (writer)
  • Claire Wendling: Convergence: Catwoman #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Convergence: Titans #2 (cover)
  • Gail Simone: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (writer)
  • Jan Duursema: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (penciller)
  • Jill Thompson: Convergence #8 (variant cover), Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (cover)
  • June Brigman: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #2 (penciller)
  • Kai Wu: The Flash Season Zero #8 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #8 (writer)
  • Lauren Ceto: The Flash Season Zero #8 (co-writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #18 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #5 (interior art)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #7 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 (art and cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Convergence #5 (inker)
  • Sara Ryan: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #10 (writer)
  • Yishan Li: Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 (interior art)

All together, there are 26 different female creators scheduled to work on 25 different books, a drop from April’s 32 female creators but the same number of series. A big part of this drop was that the Vertigo quarterly special pumped up the April numbers, so without it the May numbers fell off a bit. Vertigo’s also got Strange Sports Stories #3 coming out, and while the second issue had two female creators listed last month, this month the only credits are “Various.” So things are about the same for the regular books.

Of course, all of these regular books will be gone next month, when “Convergence” ends and DC returns to its regular titles. June should be very interesting, seeing as DC is debuting 24 new series with some new creators in the mix. While several of the women who worked on “Convergence” probably won’t be back at DC in June, it looks like there are a lot of ladies set to take their place. I’m curious to see if DC can top their record total yet again; that would certainly be a good way to kick off a bold new direction for the publisher.

There’s not much new for female characters in May, seeing as it’s just more “Convergence”. The crossovers are starting to expand, though, so female characters from random universes will probably be showing up haphazardly across the line. I counted 5 or 6 different Wonder Womans in various titles, and she’s only headlining one book.

Overall, May isn’t a record breaking month for DC, but it’s a solid showing. I remain pleased to see so many women involved in an event like this; past events at DC, like their regular September stunts, usually result in a big drop for female creators, so it’s great that there are so many in the mix for “Convergence”. June’s going to be a whole new ball game, and I’m cautiously optimistic that DC will be up in the 30s again to launch their new direction.

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Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2015 Solicits: 32 Different Female Creators On 25 Different Comics

January 27, 2015

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DC’s 2015 solicits have been quite good for female creators thus far, but I’ve been worried about April. With the regular New 52 books replaced by “Convergence” event titles, a lot of regular creators would be gone and DC generally doesn’t have the best track record for bringing in female characters on event books. But it turns out that there was no need to worry. The April solicits have lots of female creators, including some new names and almost a stealth cover event with several ladies drawing “Convergence” covers. Here is who’s doing what at DC Comics in April 2015:

  • Alisa Kwitney: Convergence: Batgirl #1 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Convergence: Action Comics #1 (cover)
  • Amy Chu: Strange Sports Stories #2 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Convergence: Superboy #1 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Convergence: Aquaman #1 (cover), The Kitchen #6 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #17 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #8 (cover), Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #4 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Convergence: Green Arrow #1 (writer)
  • Claire Wendling: Convergence: Catwoman #1 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Convergence: Titans #1 (cover)
  • Erica Schultz: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer, art)
  • Jan Duursema: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (art)
  • Jill Thompson: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (cover)
  • June Brigman: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #1 (art)
  • Kai Wu: The Flash Season Zero #7 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #7 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Beukes: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #9 (writer)
  • Lauren Certo: The Flash Season Zero #7 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Petty: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Laurie Penny: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #17 (cover), Wolf Moon #5 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #4 (art)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #6 (art)
  • Nicola Scott: Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 (art, cover), Wonder Woman ’77 Special #1 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (cover)
  • Robin Furth: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Tana Ford: Strange Sports Stories #2 (art)
  • Yishan Li: Convergence: Blue Beetle #1 (art)

All together, there are 32 different women set to work on 25 different books in April. That’s 9 more female creators than in March, though one less book, but it looks like DC isn’t putting out as many books this month as last so having women on fewer books is to be expected. Plus, 32 different female creators breaks DC’s record yet again. DC’s broken their record three times already with their 2015 solicits, and we’ve only had four months of them! So that’s ridiculously good.

We’ve also got a lot of new names this month, especially throughout the “Convergence” titles. It’s great to see so many first time DC creators getting a shot during this event, as well as many of the usual crowd and some returning favourites. It’s a solid mix of new, current, and classic female creators.

In terms of new books, there’s a ton of them on account of “Convergence.” Like forty of them. There’s also a number of female characters in the mix, including much missed characters like Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and Renee Montoya as the Question. If you’ve got a favourite female character at DC, chances are she’s in at least one of the books. There’s definitely a lot to choose from.

Overall, April’s got female creators across the board, from “Convergence” to digital first titles to Vertigo, adding up to the highest number of different female creators that DC Comics has had since I started keeping track of them. They’re at 32 now, so hopefully they’ll hit 40 soon. Things are moving in the right direction and at a record setting pace, but there’s still lots of room to grow.

Women At DC Comics Watch – March 2015 Solicits: 23 Different Female Creators On 26 Different Books

January 5, 2015

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After breaking their record total for female creators several months in a row, a drop from DC was pretty much inevitable at some point and it’s come with the March 2015 solicits. The drop is bigger than I’d like to see; losing nearly a quarter of the female creators in one month is quite a tumble. Nonetheless, DC remains well above where they were just a year ago, so there’s that. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in the March 2015 solicits:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #16 (co-writer, cover)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #6 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #40 (art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #6 (co-writer), Gotham Academy: Endgame #1 (co-writer), The Kitchen #5 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #16 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #4 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #7 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #3 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Secret Origins #11 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Justice League #40 (variant cover), Supergirl #40 (art, cover)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #4 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #40 (writer)
  • Heather Nuhfer: Sensation Comics #8 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Detective Comics #40 (variant cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #40 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #6 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #32 (cowriter), Earth 2: World’s End #22-26 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #16 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #3 (art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #40 (writer), Wonder Woman Annual #1 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #5 (art)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Sensation Comics #8 (art)
  • Sandra Hope: Aquaman #40 (inker, cover), Batman/Superman #20 (inker)

All together, there are 23 different female creators set to work on 26 different books in March, both big drops from February’s 30 and 35. I’m hoping this is just a minor setback and that DC will continue their stellar numbers in April, but the “Convergence” event might throw a wrench into the works since a lot of the New 52 regulars will be off until June.

Despite the drop, there’s a new name and some returning favourites in the solicits. Noelle Stevenson is doing her first work for DC, while Christy Marx is back for a quick story, Jenny Frison is doing a variant cover, and Heather Nuhfer, who tends to pop up here and there, returns again. March may also be the last time we see Ann Nocenti for a while, though, because this is the final issue of Klarion. Luckily a lot of female creators’ books escaped DC’s many pre-“Convergence” axings.

With “Convergence” set for April, there’s not much in the way of new books in March, much less new books featuring female characters. There are, however, some special issues of female-led series. Both Gotham Academy and Batgirl are putting out extra issues that tie into the “Endgame” storyline in Batman, while Wonder Woman is getting an annual that will wrap up the current storyline in the regular series. In sadder news, Batwoman ships its final issue in March; it’s sad to lose such a great character, but by all accounts the book has gone severely downhill. Perhaps a relaunch is in the works?

Overall, DC is certainly down in terms of female representation, but also remain far better than they used to be. Keep in mind that there were months with only FIVE female creators in the early days of the New 52 relaunch, so 23 is pretty good. At the same time, DC has shown that they can do better, and 23 accounts for a significant minority of the overall ranks. Even at their best, there’s still loads of room for improvement, and thus there’s even more so when they fail to meet their best.

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.


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