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Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 30 Female Creators On 35 Different Books

November 24, 2014

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Last month, after DC broke their record for female creators in their solicits yet again, I was wondering when they might hit the mark of 30 different women. Turns out, it was this month, with DC breaking their record once more in their February solicits. I’ve been expecting a drop off after so many months of steady growth into impressive new highs, but it hasn’t come yet. It will, of course, but let’s enjoy DC outdoing themselves each month for now. Here are all of the female creators listed in DC’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Alex de Campi: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Aquaman #39 (variant cover), Harley Quinn #15 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Superman #39 (variant cover), The Flash #39 (variant cover)
  • Amy Chu: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #5 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #39 (artist), Justice League #39 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #5 (co-writer), The Kitchen #4 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #15 (writer), Secret Origins #10 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #3 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #6 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables #149 (artist), Fables: The Wolf Among Us #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman and Robin #39 (variant cover), Supergirl #39 (cover and art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #39 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby Doo Where Are You? #54 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: Secret Origins #10 (artist)
  • Jill Thompson: Batman #39 (variant cover), Wolf Moon #3 (cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #39 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #31 (co-writer), Earth 2: World’s End #18-21 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #15 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #2 (artist)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #39 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #4 (artist)
  • Nicola Scott: Action Comics #39 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #19 (inker)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #39 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female creators working on 35 different books for DC Comics this February, up from January’s record breaking 28 and 25. Also encouraging to see is a number of women working on multiple titles. Amanda Conner leads the charge, drawing a variety of Harley Quinn variant covers as part of February’s variant theme, but several other women are set to work on multiple books as well.

As a quick sidenote, DC’s solicits list “Alison Borges” on art for Lobo #5, but I’m assuming that this is a misspelling of Alisson Borges, a male artist from Brazil who’s gotten some Big Two work recently. DC has a history of misspelling names in their solicits. However, if it turns out I’m wrong I will happily adjust the list accordingly and add her to the numbers.

In terms of new titles, February is very quiet. Harley Quinn has a Valentine’s special issue, co-written and with a cover by Amanda Conner, and Vertigo is launching Suiciders, a new book written and drawn by Lee Bermejo; the solicit for Suiciders lacks a character breakdown, so I don’t know how much female representation is inside the book.

Overall, DC broke their record yet again, and that is a fantastic thing. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, of course. For example, the only way female creators seem to get close to a major male character is through variant covers. The vast majority of women making comics at DC are writing and drawing female characters or lower tier male characters. Many of the big names remain elusive, and it would be nice to see that change. Nonetheless, it’s still a great month for DC, and I’m hoping to see another record shatter in March!

Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2015 Solicits

November 4, 2014

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It’s a brand new year, solicitswise, and DC is kicking it off right with a huge amount of female creators, the most we’ve seen from either DC or Marvel since this project began. The numbers are massive, so much so that I’m instituting a new system. When there were only 2 or 3 women writing or drawing books in a particular section, putting them in paragraphs was easy to read, but now there’s just tons and the paragraphs are getting bogged down. So we’re going to try it a different way. Here’s a look at the female creators listed in DC Comics’ January 2015 solicits:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #14 (cover and co-writing)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #4 (writing)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #38 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #4 (co-writing), The Kitchen #3 (cover)
  • Brooke Eikmeier: The Flash Season Zero #4 (co-writing)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #2 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #5 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Supergirl #38 (cover and interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #2 (writing)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #38 (writing)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You #53 (writing)
  • Jan Duursema: Earth 2: World’s End #14 (interior art)
  • Kate Perkins: Supergirl #38 (co-writing)
  • Katherine Walczak: Flash Season Zero #4 (co-writing)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 (co-writing)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #30 (co-writing), Earth 2: World’s End #14-17 (co-writing)
  • Marguerite Sauvage : Hinterkind #14 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #1 (interior art)
  • Mary H.K. Choi : Vertigo Quarterly: Black #1 (writing)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #7 (interior art), Fairest #33 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #38 (writing)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #3 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: The Multiversity Guide Book #1 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #38 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #18 (inking)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #7 (interior art)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #38 (variant cover)

All together, DC has 28 different female creators set to work on 25 different comic books in January 2015. This is a big jump up from their former high, hit just last month, of 21 and 22 respectively. The number of female creators at DC has jumped by a THIRD from their best total in one month. That’s very impressive.

The range of female creators is encouraging as well. They’re doing a variety of jobs across the line, from the New 52 to digital and licensed properties to Vertigo. We’ve seen a lot of the women listed above at DC before, but there are also some new names, including the television writers who are working on The Flash and Arrow comics.

There’s not a lot going on in January with new female characters, but that’s largely due to a lack of new books in general. There’s a new Mortal Kombat comic, and the print debut of a digital first Fables series, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, which appears to focus on Bigby Wolf though it looks as though Snow White may play a role as well. There’s also Effigy #1 from Vertigo, and it has a female lead character as well as a female artist, so that’s good to see

Ultimately, January is going to be the best month DC’s had for female creators since the New 52 launched more than three years ago. It’s been a slow build, but the numbers have rocketed up exponentially over the fall and now into the winter. Will DC break 30 next month? We’ll have to see. I anticipate a levelling off at some point, but this recent growth is very exciting news, however long overdue.

Women At DC Comics Watch – December 2014 Solicits

September 23, 2014

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These articles used to be so easy to write. DC would have 4 or 5 female creators in their solicits, I’d list them all, say something snarky, and be done with it. But now, DC has a lot more women making their comics. It’s still a small minority, but it’s growing all the time and as a result it takes me way longer to write up these posts. It’s a good problem to have.

So let’s see who and what is coming up from DC in December:

  • For New 52 writers, Meredith Finch is on Wonder Woman #37, Kate Perkins is co-writing Supergirl #37, Becky Cloonan is co-writing Gotham Academy, Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #13 and Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Marguerite Bennett is co-writing Earth 2 #29 and Earth 2: World’s End #9-13, Ann Nocenti is writing Klarion #3 and has a story in Secret Origins #8, Genevieve Valentine is writing Catwoman #37 and Catwoman Annual #2, and finally Gail Simone is back with Secret Six #1.
  • Wow, that’s a lot of women writing.
  • For New 52 art, Jan Duursema is drawing parts of Earth 2: World’s End #9-11 and #13, Emanuela Lupacchino is pencilling Supergirl #37, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #37, Sandra Hope inks Batman/Superman #17, and Amanda Conner is on covers for Harley Quinn #13 and Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Corinna Bechko is co-writing Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5, and Cat Staggs is providing the cover for Smallville: Season 11 – Continuity #1.
  • Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are drawings Bodies #6, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #14, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #4, Ming Doyle is drawing The Kitchen #2 and Becky Cloonan is doing the cover, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #13, and Yuko Shimizu, after years of excellent work, is doing her final cover on Unwritten: Apocalypse #12, which is putting out its final issue.
  • There aren’t a lot of new books scheduled for December, but Gail Simone is bringing back Secret Six with a few female members, though the new Vertigo series Wolf Moon seems to have a male lead and all male creators.

All together, 21 different women are set to work on 22 different books in December, the highest total we’ve seen from either publisher since we started keeping track a few years back. Both numbers are up from November’s 20 and 19, which used to be the best combined total but is no longer. DC besting themselves two months in a row is really good to see.

It’s also nice to see so many female writers and artists in the mix, especially artists inside the book. Most publishers do quite well with female colorists, and cover artists tend to do okay relative to other categories, but writers and interiors artists can be shockingly low; there have been multiple months where either DC or Marvel don’t have a single female interior artist. All of these writers and artists in these more high profile gigs is a big change, and one I hope we see more of.

It’s a quiet month for female characters, but the return of Secret Six brings with it several women along with diversity in other ways; the old Secret Six was a bastion for LGBTQ+ characters, and it sounds like this relaunch will be the same.

So December is looking good for women at DC Comics. As always, there’s a lot of room for improvement yet, but comparatively this is really solid representation. I mean, it’s literally the best we’ve ever seen. Well done, DC. Keep it up.

Women At DC Comics Watch – November 2014 Solicits

August 27, 2014

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After years of ludicrously subpar representation, DC Comics has started to increase their number of female creators. In November, should the solicits hold true, they’ll hit a new high for combined cover artists, writers, and interior artists. DC’s progress over the past several months has been a lovely change of pace, and with lots of room still left to improve hopefully we’ll see this growth continue. Let’s take a look at their November 2014 solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Meredith Finch starts her run on Wonder Woman #36, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #2, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #36, Kate Perkins co-writes Supergirl #36, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #2, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #12, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #28 and the weekly Earth 2: World’s End #5-8.
  • For New 52 art, Jan Duursema has pages in Earth 2: Worlds’ End #6-8, Sandra Hope is inking Batman/Superman #16, Babs Tarr is illustrating Batgirl #36, Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Harley Quinn #12, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #28 and the cover and interiors for Supergirl #36.
  • Outside of the New 52, Joelle Jones is drawing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #19, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #4, and Amy Mebberson is drawing a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #4.
  • Over at Vertigo, Ming Doyle is on interior art for The Kitchen #1 while Becky Cloonan draws the cover, Caitlin Kittredge is writing Coffin Hill #13, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are drawing Bodies #5, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #3, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #11.
  • There’s not a lot in the way of new series coming in November, but Gotham by Midnight #1 has two female characters out of six on the main cover. Vertigo’s The Kitchen focuses on mob wives who take over their husbands’ racket, so that should be a very cool, female led book, especially with the fantastic creators on board.

All together, the November 2014 solicits list 20 different women working on 19 different books, marking the first time we’ve ever been above the teens for either DC or Marvel since this column began three years ago. The October solicits had 17 women on 21 books, so we’re a bit up and down comparatively, but November also marks the highest combined total for the two categories we’ve seen thus far.

What’s particularly encouraging is that most of these jobs are long-term gigs. Occasionally we’ll get bigger numbers boosted by one-shots or variant covers, but I expect to see at least 16 of these 20 women back next month, if not more. While there’s not a lot in the way of new faces this month (though Kate Perkins on Supergirl is certainly new), it’s good to see creators who’ve popped up in the past come back again, like Sandra Hope, Joelle Jones, and Ming Doyle.

It’s a slow month for female characters, but October was pretty big for new books and creative shake-ups, and Wonder Woman gets dual new directions in November with new creative teams on both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman. And The Kitchen sounds fabulous, plus Jordie Bellaire is going to be colouring the book as well.

Overall, this is DC’s strongest month since we started keeping track of female representation there, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop and celebrate. Things are definitely improving, which is wonderful, and DC certainly deserves some credit. However, male creators still number in the triple digits and there’s tons of rooms left for female representation to improve further. Onward and upward, DC! You’re on the right track.

Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2014 Solicits

July 17, 2014

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This month’s DC Comics solicits report is aka. the Marguerite Bennett show. She’s got a big month lined up, along with a slew of other female creators and a few new books starring female characters as well. October should be a busy, exciting month for DC Comics, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #1, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #1, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #1, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #7 and Earth 2: World’s End #1-4 (it’s weekly).
  • For New 52 art, Meghan Hetrick is drawing Batman: Eternal #28, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #35, Jan Duursema is doing a variant cover for Grayson #3, Becky Cloonan is doing covers for Gotham Academy #1 and Detective Comics #35, and Amanda Conner is doing covers for Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Marguerite Bennett co-writes Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two Annual #1, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #3, Marguerite Sauvage is illustrating a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #3, and Georgia Ball is writing Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #50.
  • For Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay have art in Bodies #4 while Jenny Frison is doing the cover, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #12, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #2, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #12, Yuko Shimizu is the cover artist for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10, and the Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow #1 features writing from Marguerite Bennett and art from Toril Orlesky.
  • In terms of new books, Power Girl and Huntress look to have a big role in the new Earth 2: World’s End weekly series, Arkham Manor has a woman, perhaps Poison Ivy, front and centre on the cover, Gotham Academy has a female lead, and the new Trinity of Sin co-stars Pandora.
  • There are also some cool creative shake-ups, with new takes on Batgirl and Catwoman premiering in October.

So yeah, it’s quite a month for women at DC! All together, 17 different women are working on 21 different titles in October, an impressive jump from September’s 13 and 12 as well as the highest combined total we’ve seen since this project launched nearly three years ago. These are great numbers, but as always please remember that the number of male creators in DC’s solicits is still in triple digits. Things are getting better, but female creators remain a very small minority.

What’s especially nice about this month’s solicits are all the new names. It’s always great to see old favourites, but new female creators are what is really going to change the industry. While it’s a bummer that there’s no Gail Simone this month, for perhaps the first time since this project began (she’ll be back soon with a new project, though!), growing the ranks of female creators at DC is a very positive thing. DC finally seems to be thinking outside of their dusty old rolodex and actively seeking new talent, and that is an exciting shift.

Also exciting are the new and revamped female characters debuting in October. Gotham Academy looks like an absolute blast, and the new Batgirl has already inspired a mountain of fan art. I’m excited for the new Catwoman as well; the book got off to a bad start with the New 52 and hasn’t yet found its footing in the new universe, and hopefully this will sort it out.

Overall, October looks pretty awesome for DC. The new books are garnering lots of excitement, and this explosion of new female talent is an extremely welcome change of pace for DC. Here’s hoping we get more of the same next month!

Women At DC Comics Watch – September 2014 Solicits

June 24, 2014

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After a stellar August, a drop in female creators isn’t a big shock, particularly with another big DC event in September. DC’s September events rarely feature many female creators and “Futures End” is no exception, but luckily the rest of the publisher’s line, particularly Vertigo, picked up some of the slack and the end result was a decent, albeit down batch of solicits. Let’s take a look:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone is on Batgirl: Futures End #1, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey: Futures End #1, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn: Futures End #1.
  • For New 52 art, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl: Futures End #1, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman: Futures End #1, and Amanda Conner is drawing the cover for Harley Quinn: Futures End #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing a story in Adventures of Superman #17 and Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #2.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #11, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #3, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #1, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #11, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #9.
  • While all of the “Futures End” books are technically first issues, they’re all just continuations of current New 52 titles so there’s really not much in the way of new characters there, though Batgirl does appear to feature a team of Batgirls, which is very fun. The only bona fide new book is Vertigo’s The Names, a mini-series with a female lead who investigates the mysterious death of her Wall Street trader husband.

All together, there are 13 different women scheduled to appear in 12 different books in September, down 3 and 4 respectively from August. That’s a notable drop, but considering the lack of female creators in “Futures End” and it being an unusually quiet month from the non-New 52, licensed properties department, it’s not too bad. It’s well into double digits, which is always good to see, and certainly more than Marvel’s been able to muster as of late.

We’ve also got some new names at Vertigo with Celia Calle and Marguerite Sauvage doing some covers. It’s always good to see new female creators pop up in the solicits, and I look forward to more work from both of them in the future.

The only new book featuring a female lead is a nice change as well. Usually when there’s only one or two new titles in a month, they tend to be dominated by male characters; female-led books generally slip in alongside three or four male-led books. Vertigo has a solid track record launching new series with female leads lately, and is certainly topping their superhero counterparts proportionally in both female creators and characters as of late.

Overall, it’s a down month and, as always, the number of female creators is dwarfed by the hundreds of men making comics at DC, but at the same time it is a relatively solid month for women at DC. With the superhero line returning to normal in October, I’d expect some better numbers then, though there may be some shifting around as cancellations and new series come into play. I can think of one loss and one gain off the top of my head already, but hopefully the gains win out and the numbers improve.

Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

May 29, 2014

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August looks like a very busy month for female creators at DC, with several women set for multiple gigs across every division of the publisher. There’s also some good news for female characters in terms of new series, though it’s counteracted with some unfortunate cancellations. Let’s dig into the August 2014 solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #34, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #34, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #34, and Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • In terms of New 52 art, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #26, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #34, Meghan Hetrick is doing a variant cover for New Suicide Squad #2, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #34, and Amanda Conner is doing cover for Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • Outside of the New 52, Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert are writing stories for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, which also features art by Cat Staggs. Staggs is doing covers for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #1 and Smallville Season 11 Special #5, as well. Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay both have art in Adventures of Superman #16, and Teen Titans Go! #5 features writing by Amy Wolfram and art by Lea Hernandez.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #10, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #2, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8.
  • For new series, Wonder Woman’s got a new book, the aforementioned Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, which will have new, out of continuity stories by different creators in every issue. The Multiversity #1 launches in August too, and features Mary Marvel on the cover.
  • In sad news, the last issue of Birds of Prey comes out in August, and Worlds’ Finest is losing Power Girl and Huntress and replacing them with Superman and Batman after the August issue.

All together, there are 16 different women working on 16 different books in August, one less woman than in July but two more titles. Plus that count doesn’t paint the most accurate picture, seeing as so many women a) have multiple gigs, and b) are working on the same books. There are 22 female credits in the solicits overall; they just break down into 16 and 16. This is one of the strongest months we’ve seen from DC since we started keeping an eye on the solicits.

For female characters, a new book for Wonder Woman is long overdue, and luckily it sounds absolutely fantastic. Losing Birds of Prey is quite a blow, though. It’s been a mainstay of female representation for ages as the publisher’s only real female team book, and it’s also been good at rotating the cast a bit and showcasing different female characters alongside Black Canary, Barbara Gordon, and some of the other fixtures of the series. The changes to Worlds’ Finest are disheartening as well. Power Girl and the Huntress were two of the most popular female characters at DC before the relaunch, and while their new incarnations were different it’s unfortunate to see them replaced with men. I hear they’ll be in the Earth 2 weekly book that launches in October, though, so that’s something.

Overall, August is looking good for female creators at DC, while somewhat bittersweet for female characters. Sensation Comics looks great, and let’s cross our fingers for a Birds of Prey relaunch soon.


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