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Women + NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, August 2018 Solicits: 25 Creators on 21 Books

June 5, 2018

womenatmarvelAUGUSTThe year thus far has not been great for female and non-binary creator representation at Marvel, with the numbers dropping down to the low teens for a stretch this spring. So when I say that this is the publisher’s best month of 2018, that’s not saying much. Still, things are improving, even if Marvel’s past highs remain a long way off and sustainability continues to be an ongoing concern. August doesn’t look like it’s going to be terrible, and that’s a welcome change of pace. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in August:

  • Amanda Conner: Extermination #1 (variant cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #23 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #198 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: X-Men Red #7 (interior art)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (co-writer)
  • Elsa Charretier: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Fantastic Four #1 (variant cover), X-Men Gold Annual #2 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #35 (cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #33 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #5 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (interior art)
  • Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #7 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #22 (writer), Star Wars: Poe Dameron Annual #2 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Infinity Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: West Coast Avengers #1 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #2 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #4 (writer), X-23 #3 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #34 (interior art, cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #12 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Fantastic Four #1 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Infinity Wars #2 (variant cover), Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 25 different female creators scheduled to work on 21 different comic books at Marvel in August, 3 more creators and 3 more books than in July. As far as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators with gigs at Marvel this month. The August totals are Marvel’s highest of the year, and their best showing since last September. It’s been a bit of a free fall since then, but maybe they’re climbing out of it?

I’m cautious, because so many of the jobs above are temporary. I know I bang this drum every month, but as much as one-time gigs can be a foot in the door, dependence on them can lead to a collapse of the numbers. We’ve seen it several times over the past few years. Only about half of the women listed here are guaranteed to be back next month. Others may be be back too, but it will be elsewhere, and that shuffling can sometimes collapse. It’s been holding well for the past few months, though, and perhaps an influx of new, stable jobs will shore things up and help the numbers continue to grow.

Speaking of new, stable jobs, we’ve got a couple this month in the form of two returning favourites! Kelly Thompson is back, writing West Coast Avengers, and it looks FANTASTIC. Hawkeye is in the mix (I mean the good one, not the dude one, though he’s there, too) along with Gwenpool, America, and a few fellows. I think it’s going to be a blast. Sara Pichelli is back as well, drawing Marvel’s long-awaited relaunch of Fantastic Four. I’m not so keen on the writer there, but Pichelli will make the book look amazing, I’m sure.

These new books mean it’s a good month for fictional women as well. Hawkeye, Gwenpool, and America are front and center in West Coast Avengers, Sue Storm is back in Fantastic Four, and the Extermination event focuses on the original X-Men, which means a big role for young Jean Grey. The Wakanda Forever oneshots are continuing, too, and that brings us another rad Dora Milaje adventure. And the Marvel Rising oneshots feature more Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, and more.

Overall, Marvel’s definitely on the up right now. While they dug themselves a very deep hole and they’re still far behind their past highs, they’re in the ballpark of some relatively okay numbers this month. The big issue is whether or not the numbers will hold, and so far they seem to be doing so. After the bottom fell out in the spring, the obvious worry is that it will happen again. But hopefully Marvel continues to regain ground and grow!


Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, June 2018 Solicits: 19 Creators on 17 Books

April 3, 2018


June is a huge month for DC, and the bulk of it is centered around their two superstar writers. Scott Snyder is relaunching Justice League, with Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez drawing the books, while Brian Michael Bendis is kickstarting his new Superman run with a Man of Steel mini-series featuring art from Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok. You may have noticed that these creators have something in common, namely that they’re all men. It’s a fitting dude-fest given that DC Comics’ June solicits contain their lowest number of female and non-binary creators in nearly two years. As always at DC, when big things are happening, women and non-binary creators are few and far between. Let’s take a look at who is doing what this June:

  • Adriana Melo: Plastic Man #1 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Plastic Man #1 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: Bombshells United #19 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (cover)
  • Brandee Stilwell: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6 (co-writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Plastic Man #1 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #48 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #49 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #4 (writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #4 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Green Arrow #41 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #16 (writer), Bombshells United #19 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Bombshells United #19 (interior art, cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Harley Quinn #43 (interior art), Harley Quinn #44 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Future Quest Presents #11 (variant cover), Mera, Queen of Atlantis #5 (cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Motherlands #6 (inteior art)
  • Sandra Hope: The Silencer #6 (cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: The Wild Storm #14 (variant cover)

All together, there are 19 different female creators scheduled to work on 17 different books in June, 4 fewer creators than in May and 3 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators set to work at DC in June. I’ve said before that in this day and age, with so many different, amazing women and non-binary creators working in comics, that a big publisher like DC or Marvel should be able to hire 20 of them a month with ease. If a publisher can’t get out of the teens, then they’re not even trying. And now DC is in the teens. Just barely so, but still. This is an embarrassingly low total, doubly so given that it’s such an important month for the publisher, and triply so because it marks DC’s lowest total since August 2016.

Moreover, fictional men are getting all of the focus in June as well. Superman’s the star of the show for the Man of Steel mini-series, of course, while only 2 of the 9 members of the new Justice League are women. There are also 5 special issues leading up to Batman and Catwoman’s nuptials called Batman: Prelude to the Wedding, in which only 2 of the 10 named characters are women and all of the creators are men. And 4 new Hanna-Barbera crossover issues with all male characters and about 17 dudes writing and drawing them. We’ve got a new Hawkman book in June, too, again with all male creators. At least the new Plastic Man has some women in the mix behind the scenes, even if the month as a whole is sorely lacking in fictional representation.

And as bad as these numbers are, they might be about to drop further. June marks the last issue of Bombshells United, ending one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve ever read and also removing a bastion of female creators from the monthly solicits. With its double shipping, you could count on 3-5 women each month in Bombshells United, and now that’s come to an end. July might be a rough outing, barring some new books or creative changes.

As I said at the top of the piece, female and non-binary creators tend to disappear when DC does big new initiatives. In every new round of relaunches or big creative shifts, men are always at the forefront. And frankly, this isn’t going to change until these men do something about it. Creators like Scott Snyder and Brian Michael Bendis are mega-stars. They could be working with any artists they wanted to, and yet here we see them with eight different dudes. The big names at DC need to step up and fight for improved representation at the publisher, otherwise it’s just going to be the same old thing again and again. Gail Simone does it. Greg Rucka does. And others need to join in.

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

December 6, 2016


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.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – August 2016 Solicits, 34 Women on 28 Books

May 27, 2016


Marvel’s on quite a run right now, hitting some of the highest numbers of female creators they’ve ever had over the past six months. This coming August will be no exception, with Marvel besting their own record set just a couple of months back. Lots of women are working on lots of fantastic books at Marvel right now, giving readers a wide variety of options to choose from other than dumb stuff like Nazi Captain America. Go buy Ms. Marvel or Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! instead! Anyway, let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in August:

  • Afua Richardson: Amazing Spider-Man #17 (variant cover)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #6 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annapaola Martello: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #4 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #9 (interior art, cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #6 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Hyperion #6 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Gwenpool #5 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11 (interior art, cover)
  • Faith Erin Hicks: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #10 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 (variant cover), Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 (variant cover)
  • Helen Chen: Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 (variant cover), Silk #11 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Gwenpool #5 (interior art)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #6 (cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (variant cover), Scarlet Witch #9 (interior art)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #9 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #6 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #8 (writer)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #3 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Power Man and Iron Fist #7 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (interior art), The Mighty Thor #10 (variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #6 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #5 (co-writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 (interior art)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #8 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Black Panther #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #7 (cover), Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #5 (cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #11 (interior art)
  • Tula Lotay: Captain America: Sam Wilson #12 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey: Daredevil Annual #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Veronica Fish: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (interior art)

All together, there are 34 different female creators set to work on 28 different comic books in August, big jumps from July’s 25 and 18, respectively, and the highest totals we’ve seen at Marvel since this project began. Heck, when we started this project a few years back, there were months with only FIVE women at Marvel. So this is an excellent change of pace. While female creators are still a significant minority at Marvel, things have definitely changed.

Now, there are a bunch of variant covers in the mix this month, with at least 11 of the women listed above working on one. Marvel seems to have brought in a lot of female artists for their special “Tsums Tsums” variant cover promotion. Variant covers are an enjoyable gig and all, but they are the least stable of positions so chances are that a lot of these women won’t be back next month. We’ve seen variant cover gigs eventually turn into steady, interior gigs later on though, so while in the immediate future we might lose some names, they could be back down the road.

There are some new creators in the mix for August, which is always fun. I think that August might mark the first gigs at Marvel for Irene Strychalski and Rosi Kampe, and they’ve both landed interior art jobs, which is impressive. It’s also nice to see some returning favourites, like Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay, as well as Faith Erin Hicks, who’s done the occasional variant cover for Marvel lately but here is doing a short story in the All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 which should be great.

There’s not a lot of new news for female characters, what with Marvel in the midst of Civil War II and pretty focused on that. Marvel did announce a new publishing initiative for the fall called Marvel Now (again) that seems set to bring another dang round of relaunches. That’s always worrisome, because neither DC or Marvel are particularly good at featuring female creators when they do a big relaunch initiative; the numbers ALWAYS go down. Hopefully Marvel’s learned to do better. We’ll see in a couple of months.

As for right now, Marvel’s doing very well with female creators and they’re putting out some fantastic books. It’s great to have women making comics, but it’s extra fun to see all of my favourite Marvel books listed up there. More ladies are making comics at Marvel than ever before, and they’re making some of the publisher’s very best books too. Keep it up, Marvel!

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

February 8, 2016


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.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – December 2015 Solicits: 24 Women On 19 Books

September 28, 2015


For the first time in so long that I can’t even remember when this happened last, Marvel has more female creators in their solicits for a given month than DC. DC has had the better numbers for ages, but since their mini-relaunch in June their totals have dropped considerably. Marvel’s been up and down over this span, so their strong December total isn’t so much the result of consistent growth as it is just an abnormally good month. Nonetheless, there are some positive signs for more consistently good numbers moving forward. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this December:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 (co-writer, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Silk #2 (variant cover)
  • Brittney Williams: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Gwenpool Special #1 (variant cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #1 (writer), Ms. Marvel #2 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool Special #1 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #2 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #2 (writer)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (variant cover)
  • Ming Doyle: Spider-Woman #2 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Lady of Shadows #4 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Secret Wars #9 (variant cover)
  • Sophie Campbell: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #2 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Tula Lotay: The Vision #2 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Scarlet Witch #1 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Howard the Duck #2 (art, variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Carnage #3 (variant cover), Invincible Iron Man #4 (variant cover), Karnak #3 (variant cover), Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #2 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #1 (cover)

All together, there are 24 different women set to work on 19 different books in December, a big jump from November’s 16 and 10. It’s also more than DC’s 20 and 18, respectively, this December. It’s not more by a lot, but it’s big considering how long Marvel’s been lagging behind DC.

In terms of the potential longevity of these number, there are some good signs. Kate Leth and Brittney Williams are launching Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat!, which looks absolutely delightful, while G. Willow Wilson is relaunching A-Force and Vanesa Del Rey is on Scarlet Witch. They join a variety of other relatively new titles with female creators in the mix, upping Marvel’s regular female creators ranks considerably.

At the same time, 7 of the women listed above are doing variant covers, which is only a one-time gig. Moreover, 9 of them are solely cover artists, main or variant, meaning only 15 women are actually doing work inside the comics. It’s great to have women drawing covers, but it would be nice to have more of them involved on a story level as well.

December is a great month for female characters, though. As I mentioned, Patsy Walker, Scarlet Witch, and the gals of A-Force all have new books. Also in the mix are a Gwenpool special, some ladies on the team books All-New Inhumans and Uncanny X-Men, and Mary Jane Watson appears set to become a big player in Invincible Iron Man. It’s been good to see more and more female characters in key roles over the past couple months of Marvel’s relaunch.

Overall, December looks very good for women at Marvel, real and fictional, and it will be interesting to see what January brings. If they can continue to add female creators to their regular ranks at the rate they’ve been going since the relaunch began in October, these numbers could stay steady and even improve. Inconsistent gigs like variant covers still make up a lot of Marvel’s female representation each month, but continuing these great variant covers with an ever-growing base of women working inside the books will bode well for Marvel’s numbers in the future, if they can keep it going.

Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2015 Solicits: 27 Different Female Creators On 22 Different Books

July 16, 2015


DC’s track record with female creators since their #DCYou mini-relaunch has been odd. On the one hand, they’ve topped Marvel every month thus far, but on the other hand they’ve been far below their pre-#DCYou numbers for female creators for four straight months, and by a considerable margin. It’s not been an impressive run; going backwards is never good, and hiring more women than Marvel really isn’t that hard to do. But now, finally, five months into their mini-relaunch, DC has a list of female creators that that is comparable to where they were for the first half of 2015. Let’s see who’s doing what in October:

  • Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #5 (cover), Harley Quinn #21 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #5 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #5 (cover)
  • Asher Powell: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #45 (interior art, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #11 (co-writer)
  • Carla Speed McNeil: Sensation Comics #15 (writer, interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #10 (cover)
  • Claire Wendling: Wonder Woman #45 (variant cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #5 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #5 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #1 (writer), Secret Six #7 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #45 (writer)
  • Jen Wang: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #1 (cover), Grayson #13 (variant cover), Sensation Comics #15 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors Club #1 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #12 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #45 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (co-writer, interior art), Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #5 (interior art)
  • Ricken: Teen Titans #13 (interior art)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (interior art)

All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 22 different comics in October, a big jump from September’s 19 and 16 and DC’s best month for female creator representation since April. It’s a huge improvement for DC, though still below their best. As always, there remains lots of room for growth.

Plus, there are a lot of one-time gigs here. I’d estimate that at least 7 of these women aren’t likely to be back next month. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s fantastic they’re getting work in October; it just means that DC’s going to have to step it up to keep their numbers from nosediving in November.

However, there are a lot of new names, and that’s always encouraging. I don’t think I’ve seen Asher Powell or Jen Wang at DC before; they’re both on a Vertigo special. This might be Claire Wendling’s first DC gig as well. My pal Kate Leth is doing a variant cover for DC Comics Bombshells, so that’s all kinds of rad! And Jenny Frison and Nicola Scott are back at DC to drop some fun cover art.

In terms of female characters, a few are starring in new books. Cassandra Cain is coming back in Batman and Robin Eternal, there look to be a few gals in the new Titans Hunt series, and an alternate universe Lois Lane headlines Superman: Lois & Clark, though DC is still hurting for a kick ass Lois Lane solo series. I mean, seriously. Get on that, DC. There are also scores of other new books that don’t feature women at all, real or fictional, including six “Darkseid War” one-shots all starring male characters written and drawn by male creators. So that’s not great.

Ultimately, October is looking decent for female creators in what is hopefully a return to form for a slumping DC. November will tell us whether this is an aberration or a new trend, but for now it’s nice to see DC well out of the teens again with a plethora of great female creators across their titles. Things could be a bit better for female characters, but there’s something at least. Here’s hoping for continued growth next month.

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