The number of women working for DC has been hovering around 10% for years -- similar to their adversary company, Marvel. But this September, DC will be rebooting its universe and giving its characters (and creative teams) an overhaul. Many of the characters that will be erased are female, which in and of itself is a tragedy, but in addition to that, what few female creators DC has employed will also be cut from the team. Only 2 out of 100-odd people DC employs as ongoing creators will be women: Gail Simone, who will be writing Batgirl, and Amy Reeder, who will be doing pencils on Batwoman.
That tally immediately made me wonder exactly how many women were currently writing or drawing for Marvel, and on which titles.
(I don't shun DC or anything --- I love, or am interested in, quite a few things they've done, especially under their "mature" label, Vertigo. And they've given us that classic of modern comics, Watchmen! But most of the comics I own are Marvel --- I'm an X-Men fan, and the X-Men have been around a lot longer, and racked up a lot more back issues, than most of what else I read.)
Anyway, Marvel isn't having any similar across-the-board relaunch, so it's going to be a bit harder to track down all of their series that are still going concerns.
Here's a list of recently- and soon-to-be-released titles featuring women writers and/or artists:
- Emma (a serialized adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name) - written by Nancy Butler and drawn by Janet K. Lee
- X-23 - written by Marjorie M. Liu; #'s 3, 7, 10, 11 and 12 drawn by Sana Takeda
- Ultimate Fallout - #'s 2, 4 and 5 drawn by a team of artists including Sara Pichelli
- The Iron Age - # 2 co-written by Jen Van Meter; #3 co-written by Louise Simonson, cover art by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
- Hulk - #'s 37 and 38 drawn by Elena Casagrande
- Fear Itself: The Worthy - cover art on #1 by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
- Amazing Spider-Man - variant cover for #667 drawn by Stephanie Hans
- Mystic - cover art on #1 by Amanda Conner
- X-Factor - #'s 209, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 221, 223 and 224 drawn by Emanuela Lupacchino
- Spider-Girl - cover art on #8 by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
- Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger - drawn by Emma Rios
- Anita Blake: Circus of the Damned (an adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's novel Circus of the Damned) - written by Laurell K. Hamilton and Jessica Ruffner
- Journey Into Mystery - #626 drawn by Stephanie Hans
(Just doing covers, or hopping from series to series doing single issues here and there, isn't a bad thing --- some artists might even prefer it. For instance, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic seems to specialize in covers. I just bemoan the fact that so few women are involved long-term because that means their creative visions are less likely to make a lasting impact on a series, or to shape the way characters and events develop.)