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Women At Marvel Comics Watch – November 2015 Solicits: 16 Female Creators On 10 Books

September 1, 2015


Marvel really had nowhere to go but up after their dismal showing for female creators in October, and I’m glad to report that their November numbers are better. Far from good, but definitely better. It’s an odd situation indeed when a publisher can nearly double the number of female creators they hire and still remain woefully behind most of their competition. Despite the fact that Marvel’s solicits regularly feature roughly 150-175 different creators, they seem incapable of getting out of the teens when it comes to women. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this November:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (co-writer, cover)
  • Brittney Williams: Secret Wars Too #1 (unspecified), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #1 (writer)
  • Kate Leth: Secret Wars Too #1 (unspecified)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (interior art), Spider-Woman #1 (variant cover)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Lady of Shadows #3 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Siya Oum: Spider-Woman #1 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #1 (cover), Star-Lord #1 (variant cover)

All together, Marvel is scheduled to have 16 different female creators working on 10 different books in November, a big jump from October’s 9 different female creators but, oddly enough, the exact same number of titles. That’s an weird bit of segregation there. So yes, Marvel is much improved from last month in terms of the number of women working for them, but last month was straight up abysmal. Plus, while this is a slightly higher than average month for Marvel, the numbers are still lower than the worst month DC’s had all year. It’s really not an impressive showing.

Moreover, at least a third of the gigs listed above are one-time jobs and the women involved are unlikely to be back in December unless they book another gig. Only 10 of these women have a regular position and are ensured to be back next month. It’s a crapshoot for the rest.

On the plus side, though, there are a lot of new names. Brittney Williams and Kate Leth are in for some comedy fun with Secret Wars Too, and I think that Jody Houser and Natacha Bustos might be new to Marvel as well, both with regular gigs too. It’s always good to see Marvel growing the ranks and expanding their rolodexes. Perhaps someday they’ll hire a bunch of the various women they’ve employed over the year at once instead of spreading them around so much.

November is also a very good month for female characters, as Marvel’s relaunch continues to roll out. Among the women getting new solo titles are Spider-Woman, the all new Wolverine, Moon Girl, Silk, Ms. Marvel, and Thor. Women also play a key part in several team books that are set to debut in November. I should point out that while 6 female characters are launching solo books, so are at least 10 different male characters. Nonetheless, that ratio is one of the better ones we’ve seen.

Overall, Marvel’s set to have one of their more decent months of the year in November, and it’s still not a terribly good showing. They continue to lag behind DC and employ a significant percentage of their female creators in temporary jobs. Things are definitely looking up from last month’s awful numbers, but it will take another leap of a similar size to get Marvel anywhere near a strong number of female creators. In this day and age, if you can’t hire at least 20 different women a month across a massive line of 75 different books, you’re not looking hard enough.

Women At DC Comics Watch – November 2015 Solicits: 24 Female Creators On 23 Books

August 31, 2015


After four months in which DC’s new, supposedly diverse mini-relaunch resulted in their lowest totals for solicited female creators in some time, October was a step up into the ballpark of DC’s past highs. It wasn’t their best month of the year, but it was considerably better. November looks to be a slight step down for women at DC, but will be a stronger showing for female representation than the first four months of the #DCYou initiative at least. Let’s see who’s doing what in November:

  • Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #6 (cover), Harley Quinn #22 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #6 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #6 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #46 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #12 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Sensation Comics #16 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #11 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #6 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #6 (interior art, variant cover), Superman/Wonder Woman #23 (cover)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #2 (writer), Secret Six #8 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Batman and Robin Eternal #7 (writer), Batman and Robin Eternal #8 (writer), Catwoman #45 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #2 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #2 (co-writer)
  • Lesley-Anne Green: Bat-Mite #6 (cover)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #1 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #46 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #6 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #6 (variant cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #46 (variant cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #1 (cover)

All together, there are 24 different female creators scheduled to work on 23 different comics at DC in November, a drop from October’s 27 different female creators but a slight gain from last month’s 22 different books. The mid-20s is a comparably good range for DC Comics; while they hit the low 30s earlier this year, they’d been stuck in the high teens for a while following the mini-relaunch. They’re capable of a higher number than this, and 24 different women still isn’t a substantial percentage of DC’s entire creative line up, but it’s a decent showing for the publisher.

One good thing about November’s solicits is that a lot of these women have regular gigs at DC. There aren’t a bunch of variant covers or one-shot deals upping the numbers. I’d estimate that close to 20 of these female creators should be back next month on the same books, and that’s good to see. One-time jobs are fun, and a great way to break into a publisher, but it’s nice to see a consistent core of female creators working regularly each month.

November’s not huge for female characters at DC, nor is it big for new books generally. The only new superhero titles are Superman: American Alien and Batman: Europa, both with male leads. Vertigo continues to unveil its new line up with another four titles, and Red Thorn and Slash & Burn both appear to have female leads, as well as some female creators in the mix, while Unfollow seems to be more of an ensemble cast with some female characters. These new books from Vertigo have been decent for women, real and fictional, thus far.

So November looks like it will be a solid month for women at DC. While there are fewer female creators than in October, they’re spread across more books. There are also a few books that are bastions of female representation, most notably DC Comics Bombshells. It double hips in November, and is written and drawn wholly by women apart from the covers. Plus it’s a lot of fun! It’d be nice to see DC’s December solicits tick up so that they can end the year by matching or perhaps topping their past highs, but that will take a sizeable jump. We’ll see what happens when those solicits are released in a few weeks’ time. But for now, November is relatively average for the publisher.

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

August 24, 2015


My latest “Gendercrunching” column is now up at Bleeding Cool, and there were a lot of interesting numbers in the mix this month. After posting huge totals with “Convergence” in April and May, DC fell back down to Earth as Marvel took the top spot.

DC had 12.2% female creators overall, a decline of more than half from last month, though some of their numbers were strong by category. Nonetheless, June was the beginning of DC’s mini-relaunch that promised more diverse creators, and the numbers were only marginally different from where DC was before their two month “Convergence” break. Marvel came in at 13.5% female creators overall, a relatively decent total for the publisher and another strong showing for Marvel, continuing their solid spring.

We also took a look at ethnicity numbers at DC, Marvel, and Image. Unsurprisingly, there are still a lot of white guys making comics. Based on each publisher’s solicits, DC was 74.9% white in June, Marvel was 78.2% white, and Image was 83.3% white. But on the positive side, high as those numbers may be, they are all lower than last year and show a turn toward more representation, albeit very slowly. Still, of all of the other ethnic groups tabulated in very broad categories (Asian, Black, and Hispanic) only one group at one publisher hit a percentage in double digits. While the numbers are improving in terms of representation, they’re still far from good.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for more details and charts!

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!


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