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

February 8, 2016

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Usually my write ups for Marvel’s April solicits are a bit of a downer. Marvel often runs a special variant cover promotion in March that focuses on female creators and bumps up their numbers, and then everything falls back down to Earth in April. But not this April! Not only are Marvel’s numbers up after last month’s special promotions, they’ve hit their highest number of different female creators since this project began. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #2 (interior art)
  • Amy Chu: A Year of Marvels: The Amazing #1 (co-writer)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #5 (art and cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #2 (writer)
  • Colleen Doran: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Hyperion #2 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Howard the Duck #6 (interior art), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #4 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #6 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #1 (art and cover)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #7 (variant cover)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #2 (cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: International Iron Man #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #5 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #4 (co-writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Mockingbird #2 (variant cover)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #7 (writer)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #4 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 (interior art)
  • Nen Chang: Mockingbird #2 (variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #2 (interior art)
  • Robin Firth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #3 (art, cover)
  • Siya Oum: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #1 (variant cover), Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect #2 (cover), Spider-Women Alpha #1 (variant cover), Uncanny Inhumans #7 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #7 (art and cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #7 (interior art)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #4 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Spider-Women Alpha #1 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Silk #7 (cover), Spider-Gwen #7 (cover), Spider-Woman #7 (cover), Spider-Women Alpha #1 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #5 (cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators set to work on 24 different comics books at Marvel this April, solid jumps from last month’s 27 and 21 respectively. Marvel’s not been in the 30s since I started keeping track of these numbers a few years back, and DC’s only been there a handful of times, so this is a significant achievement. After being up and down with their female creator numbers for years, Marvel is finally showing some consistency with decent numbers.

The numbers look to be fairly sustainable, too. While there are a few one-time gigs like variant covers in the mix above, Marvel’s got a lot of women on regular gigs right now. There is a solid core of at least 20 women who are guaranteed to return next month, with several more likely to be back somewhere else then or soon. A high like 33 might not be matched next month, or in the next few months, but a) Marvel seems headed in a positive direction, and b) they may well top 33 different women; I wouldn’t put it past them.

For female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month. Gwenpool’s getting a comic, and the “Spider-Women” event is kicking off with Spider-Woman Alpha though the bulk of that event will take place in existing books rather than any new titles. The rest of the new books for April have male leads, including a new Black Panther that looks pretty cool and a Star Wars title starring Poe Dameron; with Marvel making Force Awakens books now, perhaps a Rey book will be coming soon.

Overall, April should be a good month for women at Marvel. As always, there’s still lots of room to grow, but 33 different female creators is huge for Marvel, and the past two months have had Marvel’s best showings in recent memory. Hopefully Marvel can keep up the strong numbers and continue trending in a positive direction. They’ve been up and down in the past, but the strong base of female creators on regular books is encouraging moving forward.

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Women at Marvel Comics Watch – March 2016 Solicits, 27 Women on 21 Books

January 6, 2016

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Continuing our upbeat start to the New Year, here are some more marginally decent numbers for female creators from a major comics publisher! These aren’t bananas high numbers or anything like that, just better than they’ve been. The room to grow remains ENORMOUS. Nonetheless, it’s Marvel’s best month in some time, and that is nice to see. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in March 2016:

  • Afua Richardson: X-Men ’92 #1 (variant cover)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #1 (interior art)
  • Amy M. Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Deadpool #8 (variant cover)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (art and cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #1 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Captain Marvel #3 (variant cover), Hyperion #1 (cover), Ms. Marvel #5 (variant cover), Spider-Gwen #6 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (interior art, variant cover), Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #5 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #6 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #5 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #1 (cover), Uncanny Avengers #7 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Invincible Iron Man #7 (variant cover), Mockingbird #1 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #6 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Scarlet Witch #4 (interior art)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #3 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #1 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #2 (art and cover)
  • Shawna Mills: Hyperion #1 (variant cover)
  • Siya Oum: Rocket Raccoon & Groot #3 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #6 (art and cover)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #3 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #5 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #4 (cover), The Ultimates #5 (variant cover)

All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 21 different books this March, a big jump from February’s 18 and 15 as well as Marvel’s highest number of different female creators maybe since I started keeping track? I’m flipping back through my numbers here and not seeing a better month from Marvel. Hey, good work Marvel! New high! Women still comprise a rather small minority of their overall creators, but it’s a less tiny minority than before.

March is also set to be a good month for female characters at Marvel, with both Black Widow and Mockingbird launching new series (the latter with several female creators involved), while there are several female characters in the new X-Men ’92 series, along with Alti Firmansyah drawing the book.

Furthermore, Marvel’s variant cover theme for March is “Women of Power.” Marvel does this every March for Women’s History Month, and it usually results in an uptick of their female creator numbers as they bring in a variety of women to draw cool ladies. It’s a fun promotion with lots of great art, and it’s good to see so many different female creators in the mix, including some new names. At the same time, though, it’s a temporary bump. See all of those women with “variant cover” after their name? They probably won’t be back next month, and Marvel’s numbers will drop accordingly. I’d guess at least 5 of them won’t be back, and possibly more. Variant covers are a great showcase, and a fun way to bring in new creators, but they’re not sustainable gigs.

Still, record breaking month! That’s fun. Though I should point out that Marvel’s record remains far below DC’s recent records; heck, DC even topped them this month. And guess what? DC isn’t exactly killing it with female creators either. So hooray for the new record, but at the same time Marvel should have been here long ago and far past these numbers by now. It’s 2016. The industry is changing. It’s nice to see the bigger publishers starting to catch up, but better isn’t yet good.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – February 2016 Solicits: 18 Women On 15 Books

December 7, 2015

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After two consecutive months with 20 or more different female creators, Marvel is set to take a slight step back in February. It’s not a terrible tumble, but any month with fewer than 20 female creators these days is a poor showing for either DC or Marvel; they put out so many books with so many creators that anything less than 20 takes them out of the ballpark of being anywhere near decent representation. Nonetheless, there are some positive signs despite the drop. Let’s look at who’s doing what at Marvel in February 2016:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annapaola Martello: The Astonishing Ant-Man #5 (interior art)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #3 (art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 (art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #4 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #4 (cover), Silk #5 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #4 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Howard the Duck #4 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #3 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #3 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #5 (writer)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #2 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #1 (art, cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #5 (art, cover)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #2 (co-writer)
  • Veronica Fish: Silk #4 (interior art), Silk #5 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #4 (cover), New Avengers #7 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #3 (cover)

All together, there are 18 different female creators set to work on 15 different books in February, a drop from January’s 20 female creators. It’s technically an increase from January’s 14 books, but that’s only because Silk is double shipping in February so it gets counted twice. I suppose that we should keep in mind that despite the drop in female creators, Marvel has twice as many women in their solicits as they did in October, so that’s progress. Though if I’m pointing that out, we should also keep in mind that Marvel had 18 women on 15 books last August, so this “All New, All Different” scene is really not living up to its name. No numerical change after six months isn’t great.

However, there are some qualitative changes, even if the numbers haven’t done much in half a year. Marvel’s total of female creators has been very dependent of variant covers as of late, which are one-time gigs. But now there are more full time jobs. I’d estimate that at least 15 of the 18 women working at Marvel in February will be back in March, and perhaps more. That’s a decent number of permanent gigs. Or rather, a great starting point to continue to build on.

In terms of female characters, not much is new in February. The Miles Morales Spider-Man will finally launch, which brings Sara Pichelli back into the mix on the creative side of things, but the only other new books star Power Man, Iron Fist, and Deadpool. Marvel’s relaunch seems to be winding down a bit. I’m not sure if things will pick up in March, or if the trickle will continue and perhaps Marvel will do another big wave in a few months’ time.

Overall, February’s not looking like a great month for Marvel, but there are some encouraging signs. It’s up to Marvel to continue to build in a positive direction, and they’re not great at that; they’re very up and down. But while the numbers may not be the best, there are going to be some awesome books at least. Look at that killer list of creators, on such fantastic titles! Marvel hires remarkably talented women, however sparingly.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – January 2016 Solicits: 20 Women On 14 Books

November 5, 2015

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Marvel’s December solicits were abnormally good in terms of female creator representation, and I was curious to see if they would maintain their high total in January or fall back into their old, lower range. What actually happened was a little bit of both. Marvel’s down from their December total but up from their November total, splitting the difference exactly. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in January 2016:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 (co-writer, cover), The Totally Awesome Hulk #2 (variant cover)
  • Annie Wu: Spider-Woman #3 (variant cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Ms. Marvel #3 (variant cover)
  • Brittney Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #2 (art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: All-New Hawkeye #3 (variant cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #2 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #2 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #3 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #3 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #3 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: A-Force #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #1 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Lady of Shadows #5 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #3 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #4 (art, cover)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #1 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #3 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #2 (cover)

All together, Marvel has 20 different female creators scheduled to work on 14 different books in January, a drop from December’s 24 and 19 but a comparatively decent total for Marvel given their poor showings over the past year. Things seem to be looking up for female creators at Marvel, which is good news; this is two straight months of 20 or more women. At the same, though, in this day and age 20 women is about where a Big Two publisher needs to be at to be considered “not awful” with female creators. “Good” is still a ways off.

Despite the drop, though, Marvel is moving in a positive direction in terms of regular gigs for women. They’ll add two in January with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters writing the new Captain Marvel together. Marvel’s gradual unveiling of their new post-Secret Wars line up over the past few months has been slow to add female creators, but there are a bunch in the mix now. Hopefully there’ll be more to come in February.

January isn’t looking great for female characters, however. While there are a slew of new books, only one has a female lead: Captain Marvel. It looks great and all, but there are at least four other new books with a male lead as well a team book set to debut in January as well. A 4 to 1 ratio of new male-led to female-led books is disappointing.

Overall, January was an expected step back; there were too many one-time variant cover gigs in December for Marvel to be able to maintain their total without a MASSIVE spike in their hiring of women. But Marvel didn’t step back as far as they could have, and have put up a marginally decent number of female creators for the month. Things aren’t good by any means, but they’re better than they’ve been. There’s still loads of room to grow, of course, in a variety of ways: more female creators, female creators on more books instead of clustered, more female characters. Women are a small minority by every measure. The past two months are an okay start after a bad autumn, and now Marvel needs to move forward in a decidedly positive direction.

Women In Comics Statistics: Marvel’s 45 Leaked “All-New, All-Different” October Books Have 8 Different Female Creators

June 30, 2015

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News started leaking yesterday about Marvel’s upcoming “All-New, All-Different” line-up that’s set to debut this October in the wake of Secret Wars. Marvel’s officially released information on several new titles and creative teams, but their preview book got out early and then was posted in full online. So now we’ve got a peek at the 45 new #1 issues that Marvel’s releasing this October, and I’ve run the numbers to see how feel female creators are represented. Here’s what I found:

  • In terms of all of the credited creators, ie. each individual book’s credits added all together, there are 100 men and 9 women across these 45 books. That’s 8.3% female creators overall.
  • For credited writers, there are 42 men and 5 women, or 10.6% female writers.
  • Those writers are G. Willow Wilson (twice), Marguerite Bennett, Michele Fazekas, and Tara Butters.
  • For credited artists, there are 44 men and 3 women, or 6.4% female artists.
  • Those artists are Stephanie Hans, Stacey Lee, and Sara Pichelli.
  • Covers are a little trickier because the preview book didn’t specify cover artists on several of the books, so when they went uncredited I assumed the interior artist did the cover. There were 43 men and 2 women, or 4.4% female cover artists.
  • Those cover artists are Helen Chen and Sara Pichelli.
  • Looking instead at different creators, ie. not just adding everything together but counting each creator listed only once, there are 81 different men and 8 different women working on these books. That’s 9% female writers.
  • Only 6 of the 45 new titles feature a female creator in some capacity. That’s 13.3%.
  • For characters, my count shows that there are 10 female-led titles, 19 male-led titles, and 16 mixed. The mixed titles appear to skew towards more men than women, as most team books tend to do.

These aren’t huge numbers. Having 8.3% female creators overall means that the men outnumber the women 10 to 1. That’s a MASSIVE margin. Furthermore, the female writers and artists percentage are about right where they’ve been for the past while in Marvel’s regular full stats (the overall percentage in my “Gendercrunching” columns is higher than what we’re seeing here, but that’s because that count includes colorists and editorial, which this count does not). So basically, “All-New, All-Different” looks to be more of the same from Marvel.

At the same time, this is a lot better than Marvel NOW! was. The initial wave of new Marvel NOW! books a few years back didn’t have any female creators in the #1s. A couple of books already written by women got rebranded but not relaunched. Later waves brought a relaunch of Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick and a new Ms. Marvel with G. Willow Wilson, and the smaller Avengers NOW! line had three women in the mix, but that’s about it. While 8 different women across 45 new titles is rather paltry, it’s more than the handful of gals Marvel’s included in the past.

Also, I doubt this is the full list. Marvel’s been mentioning 60 new titles, and this is only 45. Plus we know that some other titles have been in the works, like a Gamora book by Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman. My guess is that there’ll be 45 new books in October, and then probably a bunch more in November or soon after.

Ultimately, these numbers are underwhelming. Given the plethora of amazing women making comics today, having only 8 different women in the mix is pretty weak, and 8.3% female creators overall is not a lot. Fingers crossed that we’ll get some more books with more women soon, because this first big wave isn’t great.


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