I thought it would be fun to start off a new year of posts with some good news, so here’s what I’ve got: DC is poised to have a pretty decent March in terms of female creators, and their 2016 solicits thus far have been relatively strong. The numbers aren’t as high as they were a year ago, when DC was busting up records left and right, but they’re considerably better than they were in the wake of last June’s #DCYou mini-relaunch. So yeah, things are looking up! I mean, women still constitute a tiny minority of DC’s overall creator total; things are better but not particularly good. Still, improvement! Let’s see who’s doing what at DC this March:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #26 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #10 (co-writer, cover)
- Amanda Deibert: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
- Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3 (writer)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #10 (art and cover)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #50 (art and cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Harley Quinn #26 (variant cover)
- Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #1 (interior art)
- Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (interior art)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #15 (cover)
- Elsa Charretier: Starfire #10 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #6 (writer), Secret Six #12 (writer)
- Genevieve Valentine: Batman & Robin Eternal #22 (writer), Batman & Robin Eternal #23 (writer)
- Holly Black: Lucifer #4 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #6 (cover)
- Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
- Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #6 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
- Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #5 (interior art)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #50 (writer)
- Michelle Delecki Davis: Green Arrow #50 (cover)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 (co-writer)
- Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #16 (cover)
- Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (cover)
- Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 (writer, art, and cover)
- Ruth Fletcher: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
- Trina Robbins: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
- Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #5 (cover)
All together, there are 28 different women set to work on 22 different comic books this March, solid gains from February’s 21 and 19. Furthermore, the schedule for 2016 thus far is 31 different women in January, 21 in February, and 28 in March; it’s a bit up and down, but the numbers are decent relative to DC’s second half of 2015. While inconsistent, the numbers appear to be trending in a positive direction, and hopefully DC will soon be in record setting territory (for them) again.
We’ve also got a couple new names in the mix, which is always good to see. Elsa Charretier is drawing Starfire, and Ruth Fletcher is writing a story in the Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3. We’ve got some returning favourites in new places as well, with Bilquis Evely drawing the “Sugar and Spike” story in the new Legends of Tomorrow, and a bunch of folks taking part in that Wonder Woman ’77 Special, including Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Nicola Scott, and Trina Robbins.
The Wonder Woman ’77 special is just a one-time deal, though, which may not bode well for the April numbers. Of the 28 different women working at DC in March, 5 of them are on this special and likely won’t be back next month. Ideally, they may show up somewhere else or there’ll be new people on other books, but we need to take overall numbers bolstered by one-shots with a grain of salt.
For new female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month for new books across the board apart from the Legends of Tomorrow anthology. The only female character in the mix there is half of “Sugar and Spike”; the rest are all men.
Overall, March looks to be a solid month for women making comics at DC as 2016 continues to improve on DC’s recent performances. There’s still massive amounts of room to grow, of course, and with so many names tied up in a one-shot, a decline in April seems likely. But we’ll see what April brings. Let’s start 2016 on an optimistic note and hope for continued growth.