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Women At Marvel Comics Watch – May 2015 Solicits: 13 Different Female Creators On 17 Different Comics

February 25, 2015

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Two months after their “Women of Marvel” variant cover line catapulted them to 20 different female creators for the first time in ages, Marvel remains firmly in the low teens yet again. Several other comics publishers are making big strides for female representation, but Marvel is lagging behind. While their May solicits show some growth from April, it’s not a lot. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in May 2015:

  • Amanda Conner: Secret Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Ariela Kristantina: Wolverines #19 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #15 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation: S.I.N. #5 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #15 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: A-Force #1 (co-writer), Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6 (co-writer), James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight #3 (writer)
  • Nicole Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #4 (interior art)
  • Prudence Shen: Secret Wars Journal #1 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #3 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Amazing Spider-Man #18 (variant cover), Silk #4 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: A-Force #1 (variant cover), Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6 (art and cover), Storm #11 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #18.1 (variant cover), Secret Wars #2 (variant cover)

All together, there are 13 different female creators scheduled for 17 different books in May, slight increases from April’s 11 and 16. There are some new names in mix, however. Both Prudence Shen and Yasmine Putri are making their debut at Marvel.

May is also a big month because A-Force debuts. Not only is it written by G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett, the lineup in all women characters, and it sounds fantastic. The cover shows pretty much every female Avenger ever, so this book should be a blast. A few other new titles boast female characters as well; Medusa is in Inhumans: Attilan Rising (they’re really trying to make the Inhumans happen, aren’t they?), Kate Bishop is on the cover of Secret Wars Journal #1, and Inferno seems to be about Magik, though they don’t mention her by name.

While the numbers aren’t growing substantially, there does seem to be a slight shift in what women are doing at Marvel over the year thus far. There’s a lot more interior art and writing than we usually see. Not that covers aren’t great, but it’s a rather isolated and rarely long term gig. The slow growth of women with regular jobs inside the comics is a definite positive step for Marvel.

Nonetheless, they still lag far behind. DC has more than double the female representation in May, and several publishers, many of them far smaller than Marvel, easily have more than 13 female creators scheduled for their May books. A-Force is great, and it’s wonderful to see Marvel continuing to focus on female characters, but their progress with female creators is painfully slow. There are a lot of them out there and Marvel have hired a great many of them sporadically over the past few years. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to hire more of them now.

Women At DC Comics Watch – May 2015 Solicits: 26 Different Female Creators On 25 Different Books

February 23, 2015

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As the second and final month of “Convergence” wraps up, DC Comics’ female representation ticks down somewhat from the numbers in the April solicits to their second lowest total of the year thus far. Nonetheless, it’s still far better than where they were at any point in 2014, or several years previous. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC Comics in May 2015:

  • Alisa Kwitney: Convergence: Batgirl #2 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Convergence #6 (variant cover), Convergence #7 (variant cover), Convergence: Action Comics #2 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Convergence: Superboy #2 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Convergence: Aquaman #2 (cover), The Kitchen #7 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #18 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #9 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Amoung Us #5 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Convergence: Green Arrow #2 (writer)
  • Claire Wendling: Convergence: Catwoman #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Convergence: Titans #2 (cover)
  • Gail Simone: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (writer)
  • Jan Duursema: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (penciller)
  • Jill Thompson: Convergence #8 (variant cover), Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (cover)
  • June Brigman: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #2 (penciller)
  • Kai Wu: The Flash Season Zero #8 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #8 (writer)
  • Lauren Ceto: The Flash Season Zero #8 (co-writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #18 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #5 (interior art)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #7 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 (art and cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Convergence #5 (inker)
  • Sara Ryan: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #10 (writer)
  • Yishan Li: Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 (interior art)

All together, there are 26 different female creators scheduled to work on 25 different books, a drop from April’s 32 female creators but the same number of series. A big part of this drop was that the Vertigo quarterly special pumped up the April numbers, so without it the May numbers fell off a bit. Vertigo’s also got Strange Sports Stories #3 coming out, and while the second issue had two female creators listed last month, this month the only credits are “Various.” So things are about the same for the regular books.

Of course, all of these regular books will be gone next month, when “Convergence” ends and DC returns to its regular titles. June should be very interesting, seeing as DC is debuting 24 new series with some new creators in the mix. While several of the women who worked on “Convergence” probably won’t be back at DC in June, it looks like there are a lot of ladies set to take their place. I’m curious to see if DC can top their record total yet again; that would certainly be a good way to kick off a bold new direction for the publisher.

There’s not much new for female characters in May, seeing as it’s just more “Convergence”. The crossovers are starting to expand, though, so female characters from random universes will probably be showing up haphazardly across the line. I counted 5 or 6 different Wonder Womans in various titles, and she’s only headlining one book.

Overall, May isn’t a record breaking month for DC, but it’s a solid showing. I remain pleased to see so many women involved in an event like this; past events at DC, like their regular September stunts, usually result in a big drop for female creators, so it’s great that there are so many in the mix for “Convergence”. June’s going to be a whole new ball game, and I’m cautiously optimistic that DC will be up in the 30s again to launch their new direction.

A Closer Look At The Many Female Creators And Characters In DC Comics’ New Line Up

February 6, 2015

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DC Comics made a big announcement today, revealing the post-“Convergence” line up for their main superhero titles. Along with 29 continuing titles, DC unveiled 24 new series and minis, many of which featured new creators and a variety of new and underutilized characters. It was a good day for women at DC across the board as well. Here’s what coming for women, real and fictional, among DC’s new books:

  • Corin Howell is drawing Bat-Mite.
  • Black Canary is getting her own series…
  • … and Annie Wu is the artist on Black Canary
  • … along with Irene Koh.
  • Ming Doyle is co-writing Constantine: The Hellblazer
  • … and Ming Doyle is also drawing Dark Universe.
  • There’s a new Harley Quinn and Power Girl team-up book…
  • … and Harley Quinn/Power Girl is co-written by Amanda Conner.
  • Alisa Kwitney is writing Mystic U.
  • It looks like the new Prez has a young female lead character.
  • Starfire has a new book…
  • … and Amanda Conner is co-writing Starfire too…
  • … and Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing Starfire.
  • There are some female characters involved in some new team books, too, including at least a couple in We Are Robin.

So all of that should be a lot of fun. Several other female-led series are continuing as well, including Batgirl, Catwoman, Gotham Academy, Harley Quinn, and Wonder Woman. Returning female creators include Amanda Conner, Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Gail Simone, Genevieve Valentine, and Meredith Finch. Yes, in sad news for Wonder Woman fans, it looks like Meredith and David Finch will continue on the title in June. But apart from that, it’s a lot of good news.

All together, there are 13 different female creators set to work on DC’s superhero line up in June. By the numbers, that’s not a big change from March, the last pre-“Convergence” month, where there were 12 different female creators, but March was a very busy month for DC. By percentage, female creators account for 14.7% of all of the credits in the June titles, a decent increase from only 9% in March.

In terms of female-led titles, not counting mixed team books there are 9 different female-led titles scheduled for June while there were only 7 female led titles in March. Some beloved characters won’t be back in June, including Batwoman and Supergirl, but there are a lot of new ones taking their place.

Overall, these changes aren’t massive, but that’s largely because DC’s done a good job increasing their female representation over the past year or so. We should keep in mind that back when DC launched the New 52 in 2011, there were only 2 different female creators for their entire superhero line, and now there are 13. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but things are definitely trending upward. Similarly, with female characters, it’s great to see more of them in the spotlight, but there’s also a deep roster of female characters on the bench that DC could do something with in the future. Things are going well, but there’s lots of space for DC to grow further with both real and fictional women.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, November 2014 In Review

February 2, 2015

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and it was yet another subpar month for both publishers.

DC’s overall percentage of female creators rose to 9.8%, but that’s still well below their regular average despite a particularly strong month for female writers and artists. Marvel topped them with 10.8% overall, but that’s not a particularly good total either; Marvel’s been on a skid for some time after spending several months in the 14% range last year.

We also visited four other publishers. Boom! led everyone else by far with a whopping 36% female creators overall, with Dynamite coming in second with a decent 14.3%. Not only did Dynamite top DC and Marvel, they’ve more than quadrupled their female representation since the last time we ran their stats. Archie trailed far behind with a paltry 2.7%, while Avatar brought up the rear with an abysmal 0%.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for more details and stats fun!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – April 2015 Solicits: 11 Different Female Creators On 16 Different Comics

January 28, 2015

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Not at all surprisingly, after their “Women of Marvel” variant cover event boosted their number of female creators in the March solicits, things fall back down to Earth in April. Marvel’s women-centric events all tend to go this way: They make a big deal about having female creators for a month, and then the next month things go right back to normal. It’s all very frustrating because while it’s great to see female creators spotlighted, it’s so irksome to see this spotlight rarely result in any long term change at Marvel. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in April:

  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #14 (writer), X-Men #26 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #4 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #14 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: Superior Iron Man #7 (art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5 (co-writer), James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight #1 and #2 (writer)
  • Nicole Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #3 (art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #2 (co-writer)
  • Siya Oum: Uncanny Inhumans #0 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #3 (art), Spider-Man and the X-Men #5 and #6 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5 (art, cover), James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight #1 and #2 (cover), Storm #10 (cover)

And now Marvel’s exactly where they were in February, before their “Women of Marvel” event, with 11 different creators. All together, there are 11 different female creators on 16 different books, and there are only so many books because a couple of series double ship in April. Marvel is down substantially from the 20 and 26 they posted in the March solicits. Not only did they nearly half their number of female creators, DC Comics is set to have THREE TIMES as many female creators in their April books. This schtick is getting old.

After a lot of new faces in March, Marvel is back to its usual core of female creators. On the one hand, having 9 women consistently working on monthly series and minis is a big step for Marvel; a short time ago, they just had 2 or 3 women with regular gigs. However, it’s 2015. A comic publisher’s number of regularly working female creators should be well into double digits by now. If it’s not, they’re not looking hard enough. There is a new name, though! Laura Braga is doing her first full issue for Marvel, on interior art for Superior Iron Man #7.

As for female characters, there’s not much new in April. Uncanny Inhumans is debuting with a #0 issue, and while there will probably be some lady Inhumans in the mix, the cover and solicit focus solely on Black Bolt. There’s also another Star Wars book with another male lead, and a bunch of Avengers books in advance of the movie, most of which feature Black Widow alongside a lot of dudes. On the positive side, the new James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight has female creators and a female protagonist, so hooray for that. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s a self-contained book set outside of the Marvel universe.

Marvel could and should be doing much better than this. I’ve spent my last couple “Gendercrunching” columns at Bleeding Cool visiting other publishers, and a lot of them are WAY ahead of Marvel when it comes to female creators. Boom! could top Marvel’s total number with just two comics, easily. Marvel likes to make a big hullabaloo when they do anything with women; Lady Thor gets massive press, they announce a special “Women of Marvel” event with variant covers. Meanwhile, nothing really changes and other publishers are growing their ranks of female creators exponentially, quietly and consistently. Maybe try less talk and more action, Marvel.

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2015 Solicits: 32 Different Female Creators On 25 Different Comics

January 27, 2015

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DC’s 2015 solicits have been quite good for female creators thus far, but I’ve been worried about April. With the regular New 52 books replaced by “Convergence” event titles, a lot of regular creators would be gone and DC generally doesn’t have the best track record for bringing in female characters on event books. But it turns out that there was no need to worry. The April solicits have lots of female creators, including some new names and almost a stealth cover event with several ladies drawing “Convergence” covers. Here is who’s doing what at DC Comics in April 2015:

  • Alisa Kwitney: Convergence: Batgirl #1 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Convergence: Action Comics #1 (cover)
  • Amy Chu: Strange Sports Stories #2 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Convergence: Superboy #1 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Convergence: Aquaman #1 (cover), The Kitchen #6 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #17 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #8 (cover), Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #4 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Convergence: Green Arrow #1 (writer)
  • Claire Wendling: Convergence: Catwoman #1 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Convergence: Titans #1 (cover)
  • Erica Schultz: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer, art)
  • Jan Duursema: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (art)
  • Jill Thompson: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (cover)
  • June Brigman: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #1 (art)
  • Kai Wu: The Flash Season Zero #7 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #7 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Beukes: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #9 (writer)
  • Lauren Certo: The Flash Season Zero #7 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Petty: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Laurie Penny: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #17 (cover), Wolf Moon #5 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #4 (art)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #6 (art)
  • Nicola Scott: Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 (art, cover), Wonder Woman ’77 Special #1 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (cover)
  • Robin Furth: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Tana Ford: Strange Sports Stories #2 (art)
  • Yishan Li: Convergence: Blue Beetle #1 (art)

All together, there are 32 different women set to work on 25 different books in April. That’s 9 more female creators than in March, though one less book, but it looks like DC isn’t putting out as many books this month as last so having women on fewer books is to be expected. Plus, 32 different female creators breaks DC’s record yet again. DC’s broken their record three times already with their 2015 solicits, and we’ve only had four months of them! So that’s ridiculously good.

We’ve also got a lot of new names this month, especially throughout the “Convergence” titles. It’s great to see so many first time DC creators getting a shot during this event, as well as many of the usual crowd and some returning favourites. It’s a solid mix of new, current, and classic female creators.

In terms of new books, there’s a ton of them on account of “Convergence.” Like forty of them. There’s also a number of female characters in the mix, including much missed characters like Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and Renee Montoya as the Question. If you’ve got a favourite female character at DC, chances are she’s in at least one of the books. There’s definitely a lot to choose from.

Overall, April’s got female creators across the board, from “Convergence” to digital first titles to Vertigo, adding up to the highest number of different female creators that DC Comics has had since I started keeping track of them. They’re at 32 now, so hopefully they’ll hit 40 soon. Things are moving in the right direction and at a record setting pace, but there’s still lots of room to grow.

The Latest Image Expo Has More Female Creators By Number, But Not By Percentage

January 9, 2015

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I had some big issues with last summer’s Image Expo. The show began with a self-congratulatory speech about how Image was different from other publishers that also decried the comic book industry’s “boys club.” Then Image showed a promotional video featuring their many creators, only one of which was a woman, and followed that up by introducing a series of new books with just a handful of female creators. There were some mixed messages, to be sure.

Yesterday’s Image Expo made a slew of new announcements, but how did they do in terms of representation for women? Let’s take a look at all of the books they announced, as best I could tell; there were a lot of them:

  • Savior by Brian Holgun, Todd McFarlane, and Clayton Crain
  • Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire
  • No Mercy by Alex De Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee
  • Island: Comics Magazine for Comics by Brandon Graham, Emma Rios, Simon Roy, Michael DeForge, Farel Dalrymple, and E.K. Weaver
  • RUNLOVEKILL by Eric Canete, Jonathan Tsuei, and Leonardo Olea
  • Starve by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • A.D.: After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire
  • Sons of the Devil by Brian Buccellato, Toni Infante
  • Black Road by Brian Wood, Gary Brown, and Lauren Affe
  • 8House by Brandon Graham, Marian Churchland, and Emma Rios
  • Pretty Deadly Volume 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios
  • Tadaima by Emi Lenox
  • Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire
  • Ludocrats by Keiron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, David Lafuente, and Ricardo Venancio
  • The Wicked + The Divine Volume 3 by Keiron Gillen and Tula Lotay, Kate Brown, and Stephanie Hans
  • Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl by Keiron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
  • Kaptara by Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod
  • Revengeance by Darwyn Cooke
  • I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu
  • Heaven by James Robinson and Philip Tan
  • Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matt Wilson
  • Spawn Resurrection by Paul Jenkins and Jonboy Meyers
  • We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce

Last summer, Image’s announcements featured 7 different female creators who accounted for 25.9% of the creators involved. Yesterday’s Image Expo doubled the number of female creators with 14 different women, but because Image announced so many more books this time around, the percentage works out to only 26.4%, a fairly paltry increase. ┬áSo there are twice as many women, but also twice as many books. While women accounting for a quarter of the creators isn’t terrible, especially compared to most other direct market comic publishers, more growth would have been nice.

In terms of representation per book, 10 of the 24 titles feature at least one female creator. That’s also exactly on par with last summer’s Image Expo, where there was at least one female creator on 5 of the 12 featured titles.

So, things are about the same! And in the world of direct market comics, any time something doesn’t get worse is almost as good as growth, really. Given the industry’s male-centrism, women accounting for 26% of all creators is much better than where we were just a couple years ago, though there’s still room for improvement. However, in the definite plus column, there are a lot of fantastic books set for 2015! Marjorie Liu is launching her first Image book, with the awesome Sana Takeda on art, and it sounds great; it’s set in the 1920s, it’s got monsters, I’m in. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios are back for more Pretty Deadly, while two of my favourite creators ever, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, are making a new book starring young paper delivery ladies. Emi Lenox has two new titles as well, and lord knows what Chip Zdarsky is up to with Kaptara but I’m sure it will be hilarious. So while the numbers could be better, at least they’re not worse and we’ve got lots of fun comics to look forward to.


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