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Women at Marvel Comics – February 2017 Solicits, 31 Women on 23 Books

December 6, 2016

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Marvel is set to be below their recent highs in female creator representation this February, but it’s still going to be a relatively strong month for women at the publisher. They have more than 30 women in their solicits for the seventh straight month, an impressive run with far and away the best sustained numbers we’ve seen from either DC or Marvel over the best several years. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in February 2017:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 (cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #10 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #15 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Elektra #1 (cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #2 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #15 (cover),The Unbelievable Gwenpool #11 (cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #17 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #15 (writer)
  • Gisele Lagace: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #12 (cover)
  • Gurihiru: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #12 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #17 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #17 (interior art)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Uncanny Inhumans #19 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #4 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #15 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #3 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Unworthy Thor #4 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #3 (writer)
  • Myisha Haynes: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #11 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16 (interior art)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #3 (writer)
  • Q-Hayashida: Monsters Unleashed #3 (variant cover)
  • Ro Stein: Champions #1.MU (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #5 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #13 (interior art, cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Scarlet Witch #15 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #16 (interior art)

All together, there are 31 different female creators set to work on 23 different comic books this February, 2 fewer women than in January but the same number of books. Marvel’s female creator numbers have ticked down for two months in a row, though that was somewhat expected given the high they hit in December; numbers rarely go up and up and up. It’s been an up and down game, with the overall trajectory heading in a positive direction. That Marvel still has more than 30 women in the mix after two declining months is a good sign for the stability of their ranks. A year ago there were only 18 women in the solicits.

We’ve got a couple of new names this month as well. As far as I can tell, Gisele Lagace is doing her first work at Marvel with a cover, Q-Hayashida is drawing a variant cover, and Ro Stein is doing some interior art. Three new women is a solid tally; anything that expands the rolodex is good to see.

There’s not much in the way of new series this February apart from a Daredevil-related trifecta. Kingpin, Bullseye, and Elektra are all launching books, and the latter is the one we’re the most interested in. Elektra had a book recently that got cancelled in one of the many line-wide relaunches, but she’s back again. And she’s got the Daredevil television show to thank for it if the covers are any indication; her new costume very much resembles her Netflix outfit.

Overall, February looks like it will be a slightly down month for Marvel, but their numbers have been so high lately that even a down month is still rather decent relative to their previous performances over the past few years. There’s no cause for concern yet. Chances are things will be trending up again soon, though we’ll be here each month keeping an eye on things either way.

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

September 15, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and DC’s overall percentage of female creator ticked up yet again as they bested a stagnant Marvel for the second straight month.

DC had 18.4% female creators, a gain of 0.9% that marked their fourth straight month of growth and took them to their highest total of the year. Marvel’s overall percentage of female creators rose only slightly, gaining 0.1% to hit 15.7%, a mid-level performance for the publisher that was several points down from their recent highs.

We also took a look at female characters in Big Two comics; DC had 34.1% female characters across their covers, their highest total in three years, while Marvel slipped down slightly to 30.2%, another mid-level performance. In terms of series headliners, male-led books took a tumble as team books surged for DC while Marvel’s numbers stayed about the same, with male-led books comprising roughly half of their line.

Head over to Bleeding Cool for the full numbers and all of the stats fun!

Women at Marvel Comics – November 2016 Solicits, 31 Women on 19 Books

September 8, 2016

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Marvel’s on quite a run with female creators. While their November solicits are a slight step down from the record highs of the three months previous, there are still a lot of women in the mix; the publisher hasn’t had fewer than 30 female creators since July. There are, however, some slightly disconcerting trends therein. We’ll chat about it all, but first let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in November 2016:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #9 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annapaola Martello: Scarlet Witch #12 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #7 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #12 (interior art, cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars Annual #2 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #13 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #8 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #14 (variant cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #14 (interior art)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #3 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Ms. Marvel #13 (cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: The Punisher #7 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #12 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Star Wars Annual #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (variant cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #14 (interior art)
  • Risa Hulett: Ultimates 2 #1 (variant cover)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #2 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #10 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: Jessica Jones #2 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #8 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Captain America: Steve Rogers #7 (cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #13 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Silk #14 (cover)
  • Yona Harvey: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 31 different female creators scheduled to work on 19 different comic books at Marvel in November, 2 fewer women than in October and 5 fewer books. The drop in the overall number isn’t a particularly big deal; these things fluctuate, and Marvel’s been solidly in the low-30s for four straight months. The drop in the number of books, however, is a bit troubling.

Back in August, Marvel had women working on 28 different books, and that number has dwindled since then down to 19 in November, a drop of a third. Meanwhile, the number of women at Marvel has stayed roughly the same. Instead of having female creators spread throughout the line, they’re grouped together, typically on a book with a female lead, limiting their broader impact on Marvel’s output. It’s an odd sort of pigeonholing; Marvel’s employing more women than they ever have, but they’re keeping them all together in a small little corner of their line.

Now, there are books where this makes sense. The new Black Panther: World of Wakanda focuses on Wakandan women, and it’s got several women of colour writing and drawing the stories therein. It’s a smart idea to bring their perspective to this title. But broadly speaking, female creators are capable of writing and drawing more than just women, and lumping them all together in a limited number of titles is a poor way to go about improving representation at the publisher. Moving women from a tiny minority to a small minority is a step in the right direction, yes, but Marvel needs to a) keep hiring MORE women, and b) start employing them throughout their line.

It should also be pointed out that this problem is not unique to Marvel; DC does this a lot as well. But it’s been more pronounced at Marvel as of late, and the consistent drop in titles while the number of women has remained about the same is a bizarre trend that demanded comment.

In terms of female characters, Marvel’s got a whole pile of new books set to premiere in November as their new Marvel NOW! line continues to roll out, most of which have male leads. Black Panther: World of Wakanda is an exception, as is the new Invincible Iron Man with Riri Williams in a lead role. Most of the rest have men at the forefront, with a few women here and there on new team books; Ultimates 2 looks to have several women in the mix, at least.

Overall, Marvel’s been doing a lot of good things as of late. Consistent numbers for female creators that are very high relative to their past performances is a great thing. But there’s still a long way to go. There’s lots of room for these numbers to grow, and female creators don’t just have to work on books with a female lead. Progress on all of these fronts is slow, of course. We’ve been monitoring these numbers for years and are just starting to see hints of almost decent representation now, so this will take some time. Hopefully Marvel can continue with the progress they’ve made and push things even further in the months ahead.

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, June 2016 in Review, Plus Ethnicity Numbers

August 17, 2016

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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 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 in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, May 2016 in Review

July 11, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and May 2016 was a pretty solid month for female creators across the board. Both DC and Marvel appear to have settled into a new status quo that’s noticeably above their previous typical range.

DC Comics ticked up slightly to 16.9% female creators overall, their highest percentage in a year. Marvel dropped a bit, but still came in at 17.4% overall; Marvel’s past three months have the highest continuous run we’ve seen from either Big Two publisher since this project began a few years back.

We also continued our tour around smaller publishers and saw impressive totals from Dark Horse, Dynamite, and Titan, as well as somewhat less than impressive numbers from Valiant. All together, over the past two months, the seven smaller publishers we visited posted some pretty solid numbers.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stats fun!

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.


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