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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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Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2012 Solicits

July 10, 2012

We’ve been looking at DC’s solicits for almost a year now, ever since they promised to include more female creators and characters after the brouhaha at ComicCon last year.  In that time, things have been up and down for DC.  New female creators would come in, but others would leave.  There was the sporadic new female character, but old favourites are still missing.  Frankly, things haven’t been great, and last month kind of sucked.  But we just got the solicits for October 2012, and HOLY WOW it’s the best month yet, and by FAR.  Now, it’s only one month so let’s not get too excited, but it’s a pretty great month nonetheless.  Some excitement is called for.  Let’s go through the solicits… there are so many ladies that this is going to be tricky to present intelligibly:

  • Okay, let’s start with writers on DC’s main line, superhero books.  We’ve got: Amanda Conner on Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #4, Ann Nocenti on Green Arrow #13 and her new gig on Catwoman #13, Gail Simone on Batgirl #13 AND Batgirl Annual #1, and Christy Marx on Sword of Sorcery #1.
  • Now to the art.  Amanda Conner is doing the art and cover for Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #4 along with the same for Ame-Comi Girls #1: Wonder Woman, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #5 AND she has a story in Legends of the Dark Knight #1, Adriana Melo is drawing Catwoman #13, Becky Cloonan is drawing Swamp Thing Annual #1, Fiona Staples is doing the cover for National Comics: Madame X #1, and finally Cat Staggs is on art duties for Phantom Lady #3.
  • Holy cats, that’s a lot.
  • And there’s more!!
  • Over at Vertigo, Lauren Beukes writes Fairest #8 with Inaki Miranda on art, and the Ghosts anthology features work by Mary H.K. Choi and Amy Reeder.  And, as always, Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten #42.
  • As for female characters, there’s not a ton new generally, but Wonder Woman stars in Ame-Comi Girls #1: Wonder Woman, Madame X is the subject of National Comics, and Rapunzel takes center stage in Fairest.  Plus Ann Nocenti on Catwoman might make that book WAY less awful.

So that’s a pile of ladies.  Last month there were only 5 female creators on 5 different books.  In October, it’s a whopping 14 women on 15 books!!  That’s HUGE.  It’s far and away the most female creators DC’s had in their solicits in AGES.  I’m a little bit astounded.

Now, of course, 7 of these gigs are one time deals, ie. the annuals and special anthologies and such.  But on the plus side, tons of those are doubles.  Gail Simone may not be writing a Batgirl Annual again next month, but she’ll be writing Batgirl.  Same with Nicola Scott on Legends of the Dark Knight… that’s a one time gig, but she’s still the regular artist on Earth 2.  So yeah, things will likely be down a bit next month, but a) this month is HUGE, and b) so is the new, ongoing status quo.  At least 11 women have steady gigs on a DC comic book for the foreseeable future and should be back next month, and of those Simone and Nocenti are writing 2 books each even!!  I’m not saying DC’s turned a corner yet, because the last few months haven’t been great, but if the numbers hold up like they look like they will then maybe things are changing.  We’ll have to see.

There wasn’t a lot going on with female characters, mostly because there were barely any new books, but of those new books there were a lot of ladies.  Given how few new books there are scheduled, October is actually pretty good for female characters too.

So yeah, go buy some DC comics in October!!  There are women all over the place, for a very nice change.


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