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Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, July 2016 In Review

September 15, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and DC’s overall percentage of female creator ticked up yet again as they bested a stagnant Marvel for the second straight month.

DC had 18.4% female creators, a gain of 0.9% that marked their fourth straight month of growth and took them to their highest total of the year. Marvel’s overall percentage of female creators rose only slightly, gaining 0.1% to hit 15.7%, a mid-level performance for the publisher that was several points down from their recent highs.

We also took a look at female characters in Big Two comics; DC had 34.1% female characters across their covers, their highest total in three years, while Marvel slipped down slightly to 30.2%, another mid-level performance. In terms of series headliners, male-led books took a tumble as team books surged for DC while Marvel’s numbers stayed about the same, with male-led books comprising roughly half of their line.

Head over to Bleeding Cool for the full numbers and all of the stats fun!

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 DC Comics Watch – November 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 22 Books

September 7, 2016

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After a slow start to their “Rebirth” initiative, with weak numbers for female creators for the first three months of the new books over the summer, DC’s numbers have picked up considerably throughout their fall solicits. November continues this trend and takes things a step further: The November 2016 solicits have the highest number of female creators we’ve seen at DC since we started keeping track several years ago. So let’s take a look at who is doing what:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #7 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #8 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Raven #3 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #3 (co-writer), Shade, the Changing Girl #2 (cover)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #2 (writer)
  • Chynna Clugston Flores: Shade, the Changing Girl #2 (variant cover)
  • Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Vigilante: Southland #2 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #10 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #11 (variant cover), Superwoman #4 (interior art, cover)
  • Emma Beeby: New Talent Showcase #1 (co-writer)
  • Erica Schultz: New Talent Showcase #1 (co-writer)
  • Fiona Staples: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #3 (variant cover)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #14 (writer)
  • Hena Khan: New Talent Showcase #1 (co-writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #12 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #5 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #14 (cover), Wonder Woman #10 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #11 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic #1 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: New Talent Showcase #1 (co-writer)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4 (co-writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #19 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #19 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, the Changing Girl #2 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #13 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Catwoman: Election Night #1 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #19 (interior art)
  • Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #3 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman #10 (interior art, cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #3 (inker)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #3 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: New Talent Showcase #1 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: The Hellblazer #4 (variant cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 22 different books at DC in November 2016, 5 more women than in the October solicits though 2 fewer books. These are big numbers for DC, a high that the publisher had come close to but never hit before in all of their ups and downs over the past few years. “Rebirth” has been slow for female creators, and still isn’t doing particularly well; a lot of the credits here come from outside of the mainline series. Still, as a whole, representation across DC’s whole publishing line has gone up considerably over the past three rounds of solicits.

The high may be fleeting, though. As part of DC’s writer’s workshop, they’re putting out a New Talent Showcase issue with a variety of new writers, several of whom are women. It appears to be a oneshot, so I doubt they’ll be back next month, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see these women working on future projects at DC. While the December numbers might drop, things may go up in the long term. There are also some other oneshots and one-off variant cover gigs that don’t equal sustainable work either. DC will need to follow their strong November with a lot of new jobs in December to make up the deficit, and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if they’re able to do so.

In terms of female characters, Mother Panic is set to premiere in November as part of DC’s “Young Animal” line. It’s a got a female lead and a female writer, so double the fun there. The same is truth of the Catwoman: Election Night one-shot, which honestly sounds kind of terrible but hey, anything to get Catwoman back in the mix. And the New Talent Showcase features stories about Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Carol Ferris, and more.

Overall, November looks like it’s going to be a strong month for female creators at DC. It’s always a good time when a publisher breaks a record, though the real trick is doing it again the next month. Representation at the Big Two is typically a two steps forward, one step back situation, so we’ll have to see what the December solicits bring. But for now, it’s a very good month.

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, June 2016 in Review, Plus Ethnicity Numbers

August 17, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and it’s got DC and Marvel’s June 2016 gender numbers plus our annual tabulation of ethnicity stats for both publishers and Image.

In terms of the overall percentage of female creators, DC ticked up slightly to hit 17.5%, their highest total over the past year, while Marvel dropped down to 15.6% women, a middling number for them as of late and well below their recent record highs.

There were some interesting numbers in the ethnicity count as well. At DC, their percentage of people of colour dipped down to 22.5%, at Marvel it rose to 29.9%, the highest number since we started tracking ethnicity a few years back, and at Image things stayed about the same at an unimpressive 16.5%. Basically, white men are still making a lot of comics, though some publishers have done more to improve representation in their hiring than others.

Click on over to the “Gendercrunching” article to check out the full stats breakdown for June 2016!

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

August 3, 2016

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Marvel’s really on a roll with female creators right now. I mean, they still represent a small minority of Marvel’s overall number of creators, but the numbers are much higher than they used to be. Consider this: Marvel’s October 2015 solicits had only nine different female creators in the mix. NINE. A year later, Marvel is in the low thirties for the third straight month. This is progress, and hopefully a change that will continue to grow; both Big Two publishers are prone to significant drops after sustained growth, unfortunately. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in October 2016:

  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #8 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #6 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #11 (interior art, cover)
  • Carly Monardo: Gwenpool #7 (variant cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #8 (writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #12 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #7 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Gwenpool #7 (cover)
  • Janet Lee: Deadpool #21 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #2 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #8 (cover), Ms. Marvel #12 (variant cover), Han Solo #5 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Han Solo #5 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #11 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #8 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #10 (writer)
  • Leila Del Duca: Scarlet Witch #11 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Black Panther #7 (variant cover)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #5 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Uncanny Avengers #15 (cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #13 (interior art)
  • Nilah Magruder: A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1 (co-writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #1 (co-writer)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #10 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #9 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: A-Force #10 (cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #13 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #12 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Black Widow #7 (variant cover), Silk #13 (cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 24 different books at Marvel this October, the same number of women as in September and one more book. Marvel’s been impressively steady as of late; the last three months have had 34, 33, and 33 women in the mix. This is the highest sustained run we’ve seen from Marvel or DC since we started keeping track of these numbers a few years back. It will be interesting to see how these numbers change as the new round of post-Civil War II books unfolds over the next few months, but the initial wave set for October hasn’t affected things much here, for good or ill.

We’ve got a couple of new names in October, including Nilah Magruder writing a story in A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1. I’ve seen Leila Del Duca and Meghan Hetrick elsewhere, most recently at Image and DC respectively, but I think this month may mark some of their first Marvel work. And we’ve got some returning favourites too: Robin Furth is back for another round of The Dark Tower, Siya Oum is breaking out of her recent spate of variant covers with some interior art, and I think it’s been a long while since Janet Lee’s done something at Marvel.

For female characters, there’s not a lot going on in October’s new titles. Most of the Marvel NOW! titles debuting in October star dudes, though there are a couple of team books with ladies involved. Both Champions and Great Lake Avengers looks to have a lady or two in the mix, though each team has more male members than females. That’s just how team books seem to be going at the Big Two, which is ridiculous. It’s either a token lady or two or ALL women. Someone needs to make a team with like four women and two guys, just to mix things up.

Overall, October’s looking like another solid month for women at Marvel. As always, there remains lots of room for these numbers to grow, but these are very strong totals relative to Marvel’s past performances. Hopefully Marvel can keep this going in the months to come, and cement a new standard for women making comics at a major publisher.

Women at DC Comics Watch – October 2016 Solicits, 28 Women on 24 Books

July 29, 2016

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NOTE: This post has been substantially edited because I am a dope who missed Cecil Castellucci while doing my first count. It is now accurate and correct.

DC finally had some solid female representation in their September solicits, their first relatively decent month since “Rebirth” relaunched in June. For whatever reason, whenever DC knows they’ll be selling a lot of comics with a new initiative, they want to have as few women as possible in the mix; this has been the trend with every big move they’ve made since the New 52 relaunch. But now we’re several months in and things are beginning to improve. The number of women working on DC books in October hit the same level as September, and stayed well above their previous “Rebirth” levels. Let’s take a look at who is doing what this October at DC Comics:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #5 (cover, co-writer), Harley Quinn #6 (cover, co-writer), Harley’s Little Black Book #6 (cover, co-writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 (co-writer), Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Astro City #40 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #1 (writer)
  • Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: The Vigilante: Southland #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #8 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #9 (variant cover), Superwoman #3 (penciller)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #13 (writer), Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #11 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #4 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #13 (cover), Wonder Woman #8 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #9 (variant cover)
  • Joelle Jones: The Lost Boys #1 (variant cover)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (co-writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #18 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #18 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #12 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #18 (interior art)
  • Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 (color)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman #8 (art and cover), Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 (variant cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Superwoman #3 (variant cover)
  • Renae De Liz: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Sandra Hope: Cyborg #2 (inker), Cyborg #3 (inker), Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 (inker)
  • Sarah Vaughn: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 (writer)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (co-writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #2 (cover), Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 28 different female creators set to work on 24 different comic books in October, matching September’s 28 different women and gaining on September’s 21 different books. Basically, there’s some slight growth in representation here, which is good news considering how poor the “Rebirth” solicits had been in the months previous. More female creators would always be better, of course, but not falling back to past levels is a plus. Hopefully things have stabilized and now can continue to move forward.

We’ve got a few returning, and perhaps new, names in the mix this month. Elena Casagrande is drawing a new mini-series; I’m sure if she’s worked on DC before, but she’s done a lot of Marvel stuff. Sarah Vaughn may be new to DC as well, though she’s written elsewhere, and Cecil Castellucci has done some stuff for DC is back with a new gig now on Shade, the Changing Girl (she did a story for Sensation Comics a while back, and perhaps more?). Joelle Jones and Marley Zarcone are returning to DC after brief absences, and Jones especially should be around a lot more in the future because she’s just signed an exclusive deal with DC.

In terms of new female characters, Gerard Way’s “Young Animal” imprint is continuing to unfold, and has brought with it Shade, the Changing Girl. The books also features a handful of female creators, and there should be more coming as new books debut. We’ve also got a new Teen Titans title that appears to be predominantly male, as most teams are, but Starfire and Raven are also in the mix. We’re also getting a special over-sized issue celebrating Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary with a lot of great creators in the mix. And a bunch of books starring dudes, but meh.

Overall, it looks to be an okay month for women at DC. A bit higher in total than September and better than the months previous, but still below DC’s past highs and Marvel’s current levels. DC’s penchant for dropping their numbers considerably every year or so is making long term growth a frustrating process; it’s two steps forward and one step back, over and over. So DC’s now back up to where they were a while ago. Ideally, they’ll grow and get even further ahead before the next inevitable step back.

Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, May 2016 in Review

July 11, 2016

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My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and May 2016 was a pretty solid month for female creators across the board. Both DC and Marvel appear to have settled into a new status quo that’s noticeably above their previous typical range.

DC Comics ticked up slightly to 16.9% female creators overall, their highest percentage in a year. Marvel dropped a bit, but still came in at 17.4% overall; Marvel’s past three months have the highest continuous run we’ve seen from either Big Two publisher since this project began a few years back.

We also continued our tour around smaller publishers and saw impressive totals from Dark Horse, Dynamite, and Titan, as well as somewhat less than impressive numbers from Valiant. All together, over the past two months, the seven smaller publishers we visited posted some pretty solid numbers.

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


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