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Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2015 In Review

July 30, 2015


My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last week on Bleeding Cool, but I’ve been slow to post it because I’ve been on vacation. Aw yeah, cottage in the summer! Except it’s been grey and cloudy all week. I read The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, though, and it’s GREAT. Check out that series, for sure. Anyway, I’m back momentarily and posting some stats!

DC topped Marvel handily thanks to “Convergence” and two female editors appearing in well over half of all of DC’s books. DC had 25.3% female creators overall, a huge but only momentary total. Things go back to normal in June, and the numbers will drop. Marvel came in at 12.2% female creators overall, a drop from April but a decent total relative to Marvel’s poor showings as of late.

I also stopped by four other, smaller publishers to see how they’re doing in terms of representation. Boom! was down but still tops among all nine publishers we looked at over the past two months with 30% female creators overall. Dynamite came in at 20.6%, a big jump for them and a really great number overall; the “Swords of Sorrow” event spearheaded by Gail Simone helped a lot. Valiant was the pits with 2.2% female creators, but Archie came in at 9.7%, low compared to most other publishers but their best total yet.

I should also point out that I had incomplete numbers for Archie when the May “Gendercrunching” first went up. I didn’t know that the digests had new stories, and I missed the Dark Circle books and a Dark Horse crossover; all dumb mistakes on my part. Again, my apologies to Archie. Everything has been updated to reflect their entire line.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” stats fun!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – October 2015 Solicits: A Rough Month, With 9 Different Female Creators On 10 Different Books

July 21, 2015


It’s never a smart idea to brand something as “All New, All Different” and then deliver so much of the same old. Marvel’s relaunch (but don’t call it’s a relaunch; they don’t like that) starts rolling out in October with a bunch of new books, and October also happens to have Marvel’s lowest number of female creators in some time. Marvel hasn’t had the strongest 2015 thus far, and they’ve been regularly thumped by DC, but at least the number of women has been in the double digits for a while, if just barely some months. They couldn’t even hit that low bar this month. Let’s see who’s doing what at Marvel in October:

  • Annie Wu: Angela: Queen of Hel #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Doctor Strange #1 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Avengers #0 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #19 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #4 (writer), Angela: Queen of Hel #1 (writer)
  • Nik Virella: 1872 #4 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Lady of Shadows #2 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Invincible Iron Man #1 (variant cover), Secret Wars #8 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #4 (art and cover), Angela: Queen of Hel #1 (art, variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Invincible Iron Man #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 9 different women set to work on 10 different comics this October, a definite step down from September’s 13 and 11. That’s really not a lot of ladies, despite a slew of new titles, and while I realize that more titles are coming and there might be more female creators in the mix, it doesn’t change the fact that Marvel’s done an embarrassingly poor job at female representation in this, the first month of their “All New, All Different” line.

Furthermore, a lot of the gigs listed above are one-time jobs. There are six variant covers up there; that’s not steady work. Avengers #0 is a one-shot, and 1602 With Hunter Angela is done in October, with basically the same creative team launching Angela: Queen of Hel. So it’s great that Marguerite Bennett and Stephanie Hans are sticking around, but their multiple credits this month will go down to just one credit each in November unless they land more jobs. Marvel’s posted some very low numbers, and they’re not even sustainable. They’re going to need an influx of ladies doing more just to maintain their paltry total next month.

It is, however, a good month for female characters. Several of the new series star women, including books headlined by Angela (now the queen of Hel, it seems), a new female Blade, Spider-Gwen, and Squirrel Girl. More will be coming next month, I’m sure. Several other female-led books have been announced but aren’t yet on the schedule.

Ultimately, it’s 2015, gang. If a massive publisher like Marvel with 70 or so books and well over 150 different creators can’t hire at least 10 female creators, they’re just not trying hard enough. There are so many talented women doing amazing work in this industry right now. It’s not hard to find great female cretors. Marvel’s usual response to a lack of diversity is to point out that there’s more coming, and that’s all well and good, but tomorrow is not today. And today, these numbers are rough. It’s even worse because it’s their big relaunch month. At a time when all eyes will be on Marvel, female creators will be few and far between. Not cool, Marvel. Sort of shameful, Marvel. Get it together, Marvel.

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.

Women In Comics Statistics – Gendercrunching #DCYou

July 8, 2015


I’ve got a new, special edition “Gendercrunching” post up at Bleeding Cool that digs into DC’s June mini-relaunch to see how well the #DCYou initiative did with female creators. The result? About the same as before.

#DCYou posted an overall percentage of female creators of 8.7%, the exact same percentage they posted in March, their last regular month of comics before “Convergence” took over in April and May. Most categories were about the same as before, with only editorial making significant changes. It’s good to see that DC didn’t do any worse, but it’s disheartening to see that in their supposedly new and diverse line we didn’t see any real progress when it came to female creators.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stats fun!

Female Creator Representation Remains About The Same At The Latest Image Expo

July 2, 2015


Today was the latest Image Expo, a semi-annual event where Image Comics brings out their many creators to announce exciting new books and projects that will debut in the year to come. It’s always cool to see what new books are going to be coming out, and this year was no exception. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott are launching a new series, and that’s an absolutely amazing duo no matter what the book is about (it’s a magical police thriller). Gail Simone and Cat Staggs have a new comic that’s Freaky Friday except with a hitman, so that sounds interesting. And Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera are going back to the Bible for a dark, grisly take on the days before the great flood, and I’m very excited to check that out. Plus so many more!

The past couple of Image Expos have had decent female creator representation, so let’s go through the list to see how this Expo compares. Here are all of the new titles and teams, minus reissues of previously printed work, as per Image’s own page:

  • Invincible: Reboot by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
  • Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death by Antony Johnston, Shari Chankhamma, and Simon Bowland
  • Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein
  • Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us by Chynna Clugston Flores
  • Scooter Girl by Chynna Clugston Flores
  • Throwaways by Caitlin Kittredge and Steve Sanders
  • Sunset Park by Ron Wimberley
  • Slave Punk: White Coal by Ron Wimberley
  • Cry Havoc by Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly, Lee Loughridge, Matt Wilson, and Simon Bowland
  • Black Magick by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
  • Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
  • The Goddamned by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guerra, and Giulia Brusco
  • Heartless by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay
  • Huck by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Private Eye: The Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente
  • Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung, Mickey Quinn, and Mare Odomo
  • Virgil by Steve Orlando and JD Faith
  • Hadrian’s Wall by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis
  • Axcend by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Morry Horrowell
  • Faster Than Light by Brian Haberlin
  • Expired by Jimmie Robinson and Richard Pace
  • The One% by Kaare Kyle Andrews
  • Ringside by Joe Keatinge, Nick Barber, Simon Gough, and Ariana Maher

All together there are 12 different female creators named in this list of 51 different creators total, so women account for 23.5% of the creators announced at this year’s Image Expo. That’s down slightly from the last two Image Expos, which had 25.9% and 26.4% female creators. It’s not a huge drop, but it’s always more pleasant to see these numbers trending upward. This Expo was a small step back.

However, things are better in terms of representation per book. Of the 23 new titles announced, 12 feature at least one female creator. That’s more than the last Image Expo’s 10 of 24. So while there are fewer female creators overall, there are more women across the board.

Ultimately, female creator representation remains about the same. A little less in one area and a little more in another evens out to no real significant change. It’d be nice to have had Image wow us with a slew of female creators and blow us away with huge numbers, but at the same time it’s great to see a lot of new names in the mix here. Creators like Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Cat Staggs, Caitlin Kittredge, and a few others have all been Big Two mainstays for a while, and good on Image for bringing them in to do their own, creator owned books. I’m still holding out hope for a huge number of female creators at the next Image Expo, though. Image likes to talk the talk when it comes to diversity, and I’d like to see a bit more of a commitment to walking the walk. Doing well with female representation doesn’t change the fact that there’s lots of room to do better.

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

June 30, 2015


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.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, April 2015 In Review

June 26, 2015


My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and it’s a stats extravaganza with the usual DC and Marvel fun plus visits to Image, IDW, and Dark Horse.

Bolstered by the female editors behind their “Convergence” titles, DC’s overall percentage of female creators soared to 21.4%, a massive total that’s roughly double what we’re used to seeing from them. It will be fleeting, though; May will be similar, but it will most likely be back to the same old in June. Marvel rose as well, coming in at 13.9%, one of their better totals in some time, bolstered by growing female assistant editors ranks.

For our bi-annual check of non-Big Two publishers, Image was down slightly from six months ago but still posted a solid 14.7% female creators overall. IDW shot up to 16.6%, while Dark Horse did the same, also posting 16.6%. All together, it was a strong month for women making comics, though there remains lots of room to grow further.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the stats fun!


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