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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, December 2018 Solicits – 29 Creators on 35 Books

October 25, 2018

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Unlike DC Comics, who are holding back a quarter of their December titles until the first week of January, Marvel looks to be going full tilt in December with a big slate of new comic books. And the publisher is set to end the year on a high note. After beginning 2018 with some embarrassingly low numbers, things are looking up for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. They’re all over this round of solicits, setting a high bar for the new year to come. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this December:

  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #2 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Fantastic Four #5 (variant cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #27 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Champions Annual #1 (variant cover)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Fantastic Four #5 (variant cover), Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #4 (cover), Uncanny X-Men #5 (cover), Uncanny X-Men #6 (cover), Uncanny X-Men #7 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Superior Spider-Man #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #39 (cover)
  • Eve Ewing: Ironheart #2 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #37 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #9 (writer), Fantastic Four: Wedding Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #3 (interior art)
  • Irene Strychalski: Season’s Beatings #1 (interior art)
  • Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #11 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Spider-Girls #3 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic – Darth Maul #1 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1 (co-writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #6 (writer), Uncanny X-Men #4 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #5 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #6 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #7 (co-writer), West Coast Avengers #5 (writer), West Coast Avengers #6 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: Fantastic Four: Wedding Special #1 (interior art)
  • Leah Williams: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel – Frost Giants Among Us! #1 (co-writer), Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #7 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Asgardians of the Galaxy #4 (interior art), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #38 (interior art, cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #3 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1 (co-writer), Runaways #16 (writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #3 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #3 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #3 (cover)
  • Tini Howard: Marvel Knights 20th #3 (co-writer), Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Spider-Geddon #5 (variant cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Season’s Beatings #1 (interior art)
  • Vita Ayala: Marvel Knights 20th #4 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Shatterstar #3 (cover), Spider-Girls #3 (cover)

All together, there are 29 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 35 different comic books at Marvel this December, the same number of creators as in November but spread over 7 more books. This is a very solid showing. Doubly so considering that Marvel only had 11 female creators nine months ago in March. They’ve crawled out of that hole over the course of the year and while their record highs still remain a bit off, this is the highest combined total they’ve posted in some time.

It’s also good to see so much representation across so many different books. Typically with the Big Two, we get a lot of clumping. Female and non-binary creators are relegated to a handful of books that often feature more than one of them, while the bulk of the books in the line remain all-male affairs. Having female and non-binary creators on 35 different titles is a relatively impressive spread for Marvel that gives us representation across a good portion of the line. A lot of that is Kelly Thompson writing or co-writing eight different issues this month; the gal is all the rage right now! But the representation is strong even beyond that.

Despite these big numbers, December looks to be a quiet month for new names, both real and fictional. All of the creators listed above are folks we’ve seen before, and fairly recently, too. There aren’t any newcomers in the mix, though several of the remain relatively new to Marvel, I suppose. And in terms of fictional characters, it’s a pretty quiet month for new books with female leads. Hope Summers and Jean Grey are part of the X-Men: The Exterminated series and Domino is in the new X-Force, but that’s about it. Everything else is dudes, including new books for Killmonger, Miles Morales, the Superior Spider-Man, the Winter Soldier, and a Defenders event with an all-male cast.

Overall, Marvel is set to close out the year with some solid representation for female and non-binary creators. It’s a much needed turnaround after their disastrous start to the year, and hopefully the numbers will continue to grow into 2019 with even more new voices in the mix!

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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, November 2018 Solicits: 29 Creators on 28 Books

September 19, 2018

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When the November solicits were released last month, it looked like Marvel was taking a big step in terms of representation and were moving toward finishing the year on a high note. Then things changed. The numbers didn’t crater by any means, but a big jump got noticeably smaller. It’s an odd set of circumstances, and we’ll dig into it all after we look at who was originally scheduled to do what at Marvel in November:

  • Afua Richardson: Shuri #2 (variant cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #1 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #26 (cover), X-23 #6 (cover)
  • Aud Koch: The Vision #1 (interior art)
  • Chelsea Cain: The Vision #1 (co-writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Captain America #5 (variant cover), Spider-Geddon #3 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38 (cover)
  • Eve Ewing: Ironheart #1 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #36 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #8 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #6 (interior art), Ironheart #1 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #1 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #10 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Spider-Girls #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Mr. and Mrs. X #5 (writer), Uncanny X-Men #1 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #2 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #3 (co-writer), West Coast Avengers #4 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (interior art)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (co-writer), X-23 #6 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (interior art), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #37 (cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #2 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #15 (writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Fantastic Four #4 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel – Mealtime Mayhem #1 (co-writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Ironheart #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Shatterstar #2 (cover), Spider-Girls #2 (cover)

All together, 29 female creators were scheduled to work on 28 different books at Marvel this November, 4 more creators than in October and 5 more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. This is a very solid gain, and a good beginning to the end of a year that has seen some troubling lows at Marvel. But then Marvel decided to cancel The Vision, without releasing a single issue. Apparently the book didn’t fit with the publisher’s new plans for the character or some such. So while Chelsea Cain and Aud Koch are listed in the solicits, their book isn’t coming out and that 4 creator gain is now only 2. Now, 2 isn’t terrible; any gain is a plus in the superhero comic business. But wow, after an already very rough year for gender representation at Marvel, this cancellation is bizarre.

We do have a new name, though. Eve Ewing is writing the new Ironheart series, which should be rad. That’s about it, though. Everyone else we’ve seen before, last month or in the recent past. But shout out to my pal Kelly Thompson, who’s writing or co-writing FIVE books for Marvel this month. She’s blowing up and I’m loving it because she is super excellent at what she does.

In terms of female characters, we’ve got the aforementioned Ironheart series starring Riri Williams. And we’ve got some group books, too. It looks like every mutant ever is going to be in Uncanny X-Men, so look for your favourite ladies there, while Proxima Midnight is part of a new Black Order series. Everything else is dudes, though. The Vision would have featured Viv, but it is no more.

Overall, November’s looking to be kind of a weird month for Marvel. The Vision situation is just odd, and takes what looked to be some solid growth down to something a bit more humdrum. I suppose they’re not going backwards, at least. That’s good to see after the publisher’s disastrous performances earlier this year. Growth is growth, however slow. But dang, Marvel needs to learn to stop shooting themselves in the foot.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, June 2018 Solicits: 20 Creators on 14 Books

April 4, 2018

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We’ve got some good news and some bad news with Marvel’s June solicits. The good news is that for the first time in several months, Marvel’s number of female creators is out of the teens. Just barely so, but hey, the numbers have been so bad that we’ll take what we can get. The bad news is that the a sizeable amount of the gigs listed below are one-time outings, and thus won’t be back in a similar form next month. If Marvel wants to keep the numbers up, there’ll either need to be some big changes to the line or a lot more oneshots. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this June:

  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #21 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #196 (cover)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising: Alpha #1 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Dazzler: X Song #1 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #31 (co-writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #3 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Rising: Alpha #1 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #20 (writer), Star Wars: Thrawn #5 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: Dazzler: X Song #1 (interior art)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Dazzler: X Song #1 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #32 (interior art, cover)
  • Nik Virella: Infinity Countdown: Black Widow #1 (interior art)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Wakanda Forever: Amazing Spider-Man #1 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Ms. Marvel #31 (co-writer), Runaways #10 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Marvel Rising: Alpha #1 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Ms. Marvel #31 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Infinity Countdown: Black Widow #1 (cover)

All together, there are 20 different female creators set to work on 14 different books at Marvel this June, 5 more creators than in May, though on 2 fewer books. As far as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators scheduled in this round of solicits. The gain is good to see. So far, 2018 has been a rough year for representation at Marvel, and while 20 women is still quite paltry, it’s nonetheless a step up from where the publisher’s been lately.

However, it seems unlikely to last. Of the 20 women above, 10 are working on one-time jobs. As cool as it is to see new books starring Black Widow, Dazzler, and the Marvel Rising team, these are all one-shots. These single outings combined with a handful of variant covers means that half of Marvel’s female creators in June are not working on sustainable gigs. Hopefully they’ll be back elsewhere next month, but such a strong reliance on one-off work is hardly a recipe for good long term representation at the publisher.

Things aren’t look great for female characters, either. We’ve got the aforementioned oneshots, which are fun and all, but Marvel is set to unveil a slew of new series in June and only one has a female character in the mix. Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Hulk, Iron Man, Muliple Man, the Sentry, and Thor are all headlining new books. Only Ant-Man and the Wasp has a female lead, and she’s a co-lead. This prevalence of dudes, real and fictional, is the hallmark of Marvel’s new line, and chances are this trend will continue as it keeps rolling out.

Overall, Marvel’s not in a very good place with female and non-binary creators right now. The numbers jumped this month, but there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this will last long term. Men seem to be the publisher’s focus right now, both on the page and behind the scenes, and much of their new line appears to be an attempt at appeasing conservative fanboys. Things might change at some point, but the current trend doesn’t bode well for women and non-binary creators at Marvel.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, February 2018 Solicits: 20 Creators on 18 Books

November 30, 2017

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We’re two months into 2018 with Marvel’s comic book solicits, and it doesn’t look like the New Year is going to be great for female and non-binary creator representation at the publisher. While the numbers ticked up in February after a relatively terrible January, they didn’t tick up much; the new totals are definitely terrible adjacent, at least. Marvel’s female and non-binary creator numbers remain at roughly half of their recent highs, with few signs of any substantive improvement on the horizon. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this February:

  • Anna Rud: Black Panther #170 (variant cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Captain America #698 (variant cover)
  • Christina Strain: Generation X #87 (writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #29 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #27 (writer)
  • Gabby Rivera: America #12 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #25 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #25 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #16 (writer), Star Wars: Thrawn #1 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #25 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #15 (writer), Rogue & Gambit #2 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: Captain Marvel #129 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: She-Hulk #162 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #28 (interior art, cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #6 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: America #12 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: X-Men: Blue #21 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Tales of Suspense #102 (cover)

All together, there are 20 different female creators set to work on 18 different books at Marvel in February, 2 more creators than last month but the same number of books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators scheduled at Marvel this month. A gain of 2 creators is better than nothing, of course, but January marked one of Marvel’s lowest months in recent memory, so a small gain from there still leaves the publisher quite low. Moreover, in 4 of the past 5 months they’ve failed to post more than 20 female creators. Marvel is in a rut right now, one they don’t seem particularly keen to get out of.

In terms of new names, there aren’t many. I’m pretty sure that February marks Anna Rud’s first Marvel gig, which is very cool, and I can’t recall if we’ve seen Bilquis Evely at Marvel yet; she’s usually doing stuff at DC. Both are doing variant covers, which brings up a larger point about the sustainability of the numbers. A quarter of the creators listed above are doing variant covers, and while they’re an excellent way to get a foot in the door at a publisher and showcase their talents, they are also onetime gigs. That means a quarter of the women listed above are unlikely to be back next month unless they land a new cover or interior art gig. There are maybe 12 or 13 people up there that I am confident will be back next month for sure. Everyone else is a maybe. Marvel needs more female and non-binary creators, and they need to get them on some long term jobs.

It’s a pretty quiet month for new books at Marvel, but we do have the debut of X-Men: Red, a new team book that’s set to feature a newly returned Jean Grey (in a really ugly costume, I have to say) and Wolverine (the Laura Kinney version, i.e. the far superior Wolverine). As always, the X-Men team books are pretty solid at having a few women in the mix, at least fictional ones. Everyone writing, drawing, or doing covers on X-Men: Red is a dude.

Overall, February looks like it’s going to be another poor month for female and non-binary creator representation at Marvel. This is just the norm at Marvel now, I guess. Maybe having a new editor-in-chief will change things, though given all the news about C.B. Cebulski lately we might just get male creators using female pseudonyms! I kid, but also, the publisher is a dang mess right now. They need to right the ship, and bringing in more women and non-binary creators would be a smart first step.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – January 2017 Solicits, 33 Women on 23 Books

November 3, 2016

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Marvel’s female creator representation is set to take a small step back to begin the New Year, but after a record setting December a bit of a drop was to be expected. The fall is slight, and well within the ballpark of Marvel’s recent highs through the fall. While another record breaking month would have been a good time, this is nonetheless a solid start to the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in January 2017:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15 (cover, co-writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #9 (writer)
  • Brittney Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #14 (cover, interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Captain America: Steve Rogers #9 (cover), Hulk #2 (variant cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #1 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #1 (cover, interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: The Unworthy Thor #3 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16 (cover, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #14 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #10 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #16 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #16 (interior art)
  • Jenny Frison: The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #5 (writer)
  • June Brigman: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #14 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #2 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Star-Lord #2 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (variant cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15 (interior art)
  • Natasha Allegri: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16 (variant cover)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #2 (writer)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #16 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #4 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #12 (cover, interior art)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #10 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Ultimates 2 #3 (variant cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #15 (interior art)

All together, there are 33 different female creators set to work on 23 different books at Marvel in January, 4 fewer women than in December and 2 fewer books. December was a huge month, though, and January’s numbers are in the upper range of where Marvel’s been for the past six months. While going even higher and perhaps even reaching 40 women for the first time ever would have been rad, Marvel’s not there quite yet. Instead, the publisher is holding steady with some decent numbers.

January’s not a huge month for new women at Marvel, though. Everyone listed above is a regular or a returning favourite who’s done something for them recently. It’s nice to see that Marvel has such a solid group of women regularly in the mix, though it’s always good to see some new names.

It’s not a big month for new female-led titles either, though there are a couple. After an introductory #0 issue in December, The Mighty Captain Marvel officially starts with a #1 issue, and we’ve also got the debut of The Unstoppable Wasp. I’m particularly excited for the latter because Elsa Charretier is on art, and I’m a big fan of her work. There are some ladies involved in new team books, too, including U.S.Avengers and Avengers #1.MU, which ties into Marvel’s new “Monsters Unleashed” event.

Overall, it looks like 2017 will be off to a nice start for Marvel. The publisher only had 20 women on 14 books at the start of 2016, so they’ve grown well over the course of the year and so far they seem set to continue in the same vein moving forward. Women still remain a small minority of creators overall, but representation is growing. Hopefully 2017 will bring even more record breaking months for Marvel.

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 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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