Posts Tagged ‘Women In Comics’

Go Vote For The Top 50 Female Comic Writers And Artists Of All Time At Comic Book Resources!

March 3, 2015


On Sunday, Kelly Thompson’s latest “She Has No Head!” article on Comic Book Resources launched a massive new project. She is compiling “the most complete and exhaustive list of women creators possible”, and currently has 1,100 female writers and artists on an ever-growing list. It is impressively thorough.

Thompson has created the list for two reasons. First, to serve as a comprehensive, constantly evolving document that will keep track of the many female creators who have, do, and will work in comics. Second, Thompson is teaming up with Brian Cronin to hold a massive poll to find the Top 50 female comic writer and artists of all time, and the list will serve as a handy resource for putting together a ballot.

A while back, Comic Book Resources did a poll to determine the Top 50 comic writers and artists of all time generally, and only two women made the list: Fiona Staples and Gail Simone. Thus women accounted for only 2% of the entire list. This new poll is way to highlight and celebrate the many female creators who work in comics currently, and who have worked in comics over the decades.

You should absolutely go vote for your Top 10 female writers and artists, and follow the instructions in the link. You get to pick 10 of each, and you need to rank them from one to ten; your top pick will get ten points, your bottom pick will get one, and then all the points will be tabulated and we’ll have a giant list of awesome female creators.

There are all kinds of great modern female creators to choose from, but if you’re looking to be historically representative, let me recommend voting for Joye Murchison in the writing category. Murchison wrote many Golden Age Wonder Woman stories when William Moulton Marston’s illnesses slowed down his writing output, though she went uncredited at the time. Her influence on the early years of Wonder Woman is substantial, and it would be great to see her recognized on a list like this. Another fun choice is Alice Marble, who wrote the “Wonder Women of History” feature for the first 16 issues of Wonder Woman, spotlighting a different famous woman in a four page story in each issue.

You have until March 16 to vote, so that gives you a bit of time to decide your ballot. I keep going back and forth on mine. There are so many great creators to choose from! Kelly Sue DeConnick is a lock. Marjane Satrapi for sure. Murchison and Marble, obviously. I might vote for Kate Beaton in both categories because she’s just that epic. Plus how do I weigh new creators against older, established creators with a bigger body of work? It’s not just who I love now, but I who I love ALL TIME. It’s a lot to think about! But so much fun.

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

March 2, 2015


My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and neither Big Two publisher had a great month. This poor December capped off a generally weak year where both publishers consistently posted overall percentages for female creators far below their past highs.

DC had the higher overall percentage of female creators in December, hitting double digits for the first time in a long time with 10%. Marvel tumbled down to 8.9% overall, a surprisingly weak showing for them.

We also take a look at the year in review. Both Big Two publishers are trending downward overall, but DC has a few bright spots on the creative side of things with writers and artists trending upward over the course of the year and especially over the past few months. Editorial is the real issue for both publishers, with decimated assistant editor ranks dragging down the overall average of female creators considerably.

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

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

February 25, 2015


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


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


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


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


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.


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