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DC Responds to Concerns over Lack of Female Comic Creators

Is the reported 12% to 1% drop in female creators incorrect?

You may have heard about the fan uprising first triggered after a San Diego Comic-Con 'DC New 52' panel in which a brave young lady asked the panelists (which comprised of only male creators) the question, 'where are all the women'? after noticing how few of DC's female characters will be receiving ongoing solo books this fall. You can read a great interview where she delves into her observations at the DC Women Kicking Ass blog. The conversation shifted from not only the drop in female solo books, the the drop in the number of female comic creators who would be working at DC come relaunch.

One of the most contentious topics (and something claimed by a male reader during the panel) is that DC Comics would go from having 12% of their creators being female to a mere 1% starting this fall. You can read more about exactly how this conversation started at The Beat. If these numbers are accurate, this drop in the number of women who would be working at DC is definitely staggering. It also means that the number of women working at DC would be a poor representation of the number of DC readers who are also women. The big question is, how accurate is this number and where did it come from?

== TEASER ==

According to a recent article at Bleeding Cool, the "52 titles feature 160 credited creators, 157 male and 3 female." These numbers are in fact exceptionally low, but it should be noted that they also fail to encompass all of the women who would be working at DC comics come September. The numbers tallied in the article only take into account the female cover artists, artists and writers working on the 52 new upcoming books based on the solicits released for September, which can be found here. These numbers don't take into account the number of women editors, assistant editors, colorists, inkers and more that work on a comic book to get it published.

Even if these numbers are not accurate, the uproar that followed took the internet comic bloggers by storm. The fan reaction so heavily impacted DC's higher ups that on Friday they published a press release on DC Source blog. stating that DC takes their fans' "concerns very seriously."

We’ve been very fortunate in recent years to have fan favorite creators like Gail Simone, Amy Reeder, Felicia Henderson, Fiona Staples, Amanda Connor, G. Willow Wilson and Nicola Scott write and draw the adventures of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

DC Comics is the home of a pantheon of remarkable, iconic women characters like Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman and Supergirl as well as fan favorite characters like Black Canary, Katana, Mera and Starfire. We’re committed to telling diverse stories with a diverse point of view. We want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership. Can we improve on that? We always can—and aim to.

We’ll have exciting news about new projects with women creators in the coming months and will be making those announcements closer to publication. Many of the above creators will be working on new projects, as we continue to tell the ongoing adventures of our characters. We know there are dozens of other women creators and we welcome the opportunity to work with them.

Our recent announcements have generated much attention and discussion and we welcome that dialogue.

Regardless of whether DC had been actively seeking out women to work for their company or not (which they claimed to have been doing), the fact that the publisher recognized and responded to the demands of both male and female fans alike regarding the demand for more women working on their comics is not something that should go unrecognized. Was this response generated by a young woman who was brave enough to ask the tough questions at Comic-Con? Or had DC been actively pursuing female creators (like they claimed) and simply could not find any? I'll go with the former. What do you think?

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Edited by MTHarman

There are women who are capable of doing great things in this world if given the oppurtunity, even within the fields of creating comics. Personally I call BS if DC claims that there is a lack of women to take certain roles within their organization or fear of placing their organization at risk, or whatever excuse they can come up with. 
 
As for what everybody else is saying, gender shoud never be an issue with creating comics.

Edited by The Mast

I wanna know where this stupid idea that girls are for girls came from. Ok, yes, there are males that other males look up to and girls that girls look up to, fictional or otherwise.
 
What bothers me, and what seems to be a more pressing issue, is the idea that girls need to be employed in every possible field, as much as men, in case girls don't have someone to look up to.
 
One of my greatest role models is my mother and her mother before her. I didn't grow up seeing "men" or "women". I grew up to, and was raised to, see character. I am a man, but does this mean if either of the Big Two were an all-girl company that I'd stop reading? No. If the stories are good, they're good. Why the assumption that females need to aspire to other girls? Why can't they see a successful man and be inspired to greatness? Look at Joss Whedon. He is a man with a reputation for writing strong women because his mother was an inspiration to him. He shyed away from directing Wonder Woman because he didn't feel he could do her justice. That's respect.
 
I won't be told that I can be any less inspired by Ms. Marvel's heroism and character than Matt Murdock.
 
Regarding the gender topic: I read comics because they're amazing to me. It's why I listen to music. What I don't do is pick up a fictional comic book or an album in the hopes that the content will someone resonate with my life or be relatable. If, by chance, I can relate to a story, then cool. I do not buy these things to RELATE, though. That is the problem. "I'm a girl and I can't relate to a lot of these male characters." So what? Who cares? I can't relate to many of them either. The whole point is that it's fantasy. I don't ever wanna know what it's like to be who Matt Murdock is, or Ms. Marvel, or Batman, or Haunt, or Spawn, or Catwoman.
 
I love the stories they're in, though.
 
This reminds me of a debate that's been raging regarding football for a LONG time. Actual football, not American football, by the way. Basically, the argument is that there aren't enough home-grown English players in the English league. I don't think there is a starting line-up with entirely English players anymore. Many will tell you this is a problem, but it's not. If English players are good enough (Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere) then they will get NOTICED. If they're not, as they don't tend to be, then obviously people will go for who is best.
 
Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal, once said, "I don't look at passport. I look at talent." Why does the word "Enough" keep getting used? Are there enough English players? Are there enough women in comics? There are as many as there are. Managers only want the best possible players to play for their teams. Why should the Big Two be any different? We need to stop saying "Enough" like there's a set quota.
 
The question is whether or not there are enough GOOD writers in comics, and enough good characters. The answer is yes, absolutely.
 
Look at Deadpool. Marvel didn't think there was ENOUGH Deadpool out there. What happened? They sacrificed ONE on-going series for a billion and one. None of which were any good. There hasn't been a great Deadpool story out since Cable & Deadpool was on-going. One was great, but it wasn't ENOUGH. Marvel started trying to fill a quota and now you've got one of Marvel's best, most underutilised characters being turned into the most obnoxious, over-used, Dane Cook-esque idiot in Marvel today. Why? Because there wasn't "enough" Deadpool.
 
Let what there is be what there is. Unless these companies start hiring the likes of Daniel Way over Gail Simone, purposefully, we have no reason to whine.
 
Feminism is about equality where possible. If I'm hiring a lawyer, I want the best. Man, woman, both, Martian; I don't give a crap. If they're all as good, they should all be paid the same. If I'm in a burning building, I either want a big ass male firefighter who can carry me out, or Chyna from pro-wrestling. A woman generally won't cut it. In comics? I want the best. I would LOVE Gail Simone to take Deadpool back from Daniel Way. I would LOVE that. He sucks, she's the shit.
 
It's one thing to discuss important issues, but to continue shining a glaring spotlight on gender or race where it DOESN'T MATTER? That's serving simply to highlight the differences even further. The same goes for sexuality. I don't care, I couldn't care less.
 
-The Mast

Posted by azza04

@keith71_98: I agree with you 100%

Posted by SuperXAsh

ya gotta feel sorry for Gail Simone, she's had to put up with all this stupid shit DC's thrown at her lately.  Either her work gets promptly retconned out of existance by the latest interstellar/multiversal reset DC's done (which is happening more and more with alarming frequency), or they just simply kill off her characters.

Posted by labarith
@MrMiracle77 said:
Found a link to a newsarama article on another site that shoots a couple of holes in the 1% claim.   http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dcnu-lack-of-female-creators-miscalculated-110803.html  No matter what you're computing, there is always a way to arrange the numbers in a way to favor your own arguments.

Nothing like someone who says "Numbers?  F&CK that.  They're just manipulating you!"
Posted by RedRobin04
@SC said:
@RedRobin04 said:
 It just so happens that the people who write the best stuff usually sell the most,
 As for this? No. Whoever sells the most? Sells the most. Who is the best, is subjective and varies based on what criteria a person defines as the best, which means your definition, DC's definition, Marvel's definition, Alan Moore's definition, and as many other people's definition, will differ, maybe a lot, maybe not so much. So maybe under one definition? Depends. 
Huh? I'm sorry for not being clear in my first post but all I was getting at is that the bottom line is that DC and Marvel are companies and are constantly looking at the bottom line. I am telling you DC and Marvels definition of a good writer is someone who sells, or can potentially sell a lot of books, whats so hard to understand.
Posted by HexThis

I'm a huge advocate and proponent of a more female presence in comics but I think demanding more female employees is putting the horse before the carriage a bit. 
 
In order for there to be more examples of female representation DC has to cultivate a female fanbase and create a level of interest in comics amongst women that is comparable to that of the male fans. This means that editors, artists, and writers both male and female need to simply use the women within their franchises to their best of their abilities. There are so many female characters who are over-simplified, over-sexed, under-used, or ignored altogether who have incredible untapped potential that could become a real asset to the DC Universe if harnessed properly. 
 
Being inclusive to women doesn't mean changing the format of comics and it certainly shouldn't involve slumber parties, Sex and the City pastiches, supermodel melodrama, or castration complex nightmares like some men would have you believe. It simply means being more aware of the female characters and telling their stories in a compelling, articulate, and dynamic way like one would with any male character. Women loved Buffy, they loved Kill Bill, and Alias because Buffy, the Bride, and Sydney Bristow were all compelling characters who were never exploited or handled cavalierly by their creators. It's no more complicated than that.  
 
That being said, the people over at DC actually seem really forward thinking and professional and I agree with the way the article commends them for not only answering promptly but for giving a respectful and thoughtful response as well. I've been brushing up a lot more on DC lately and I think that when it comes to female characters they're mostly on the right track and wherever they have mis-stepped they have at least put forth the effort to admit to their shortcomings and work on them. 
 
And really, if anyone deserves to be bitched out for this it has to be some of the slobs at Marvel. I mean, here's how Joe Quesada answered questions about sexism....
 

If you're [a] Marvel reader and truly feel we're sexist, then why are you reading our books? Now, perhaps you're not a Marvel reader, then if that's the case, I'm not quite sure what you're criticizing if you don't read our books?


  Mind you, this was over a "Heroes For Hire" cover  wherein Marvel tried to make tentacle rape look sexy...
 
 
 
I love many Marvel ladies but those jackasses behind the scenes really need to get their act together sometimes.
Posted by shackle
@labarith said:
@MrMiracle77 said:
Found a link to a newsarama article on another site that shoots a couple of holes in the 1% claim.   http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dcnu-lack-of-female-creators-miscalculated-110803.html  No matter what you're computing, there is always a way to arrange the numbers in a way to favor your own arguments.
Nothing like someone who says "Numbers?  F&CK that.  They're just manipulating you!"
That's Tea Party math.
Posted by RedRobin04
@abeyance said:
DC isn't the only company downplaying the value of female creativity and good role models. 
DC isn't downplaying the value of female creativity or good role models. There is no proof here or anywhere else that shows DC is purposely not hiring women because they think men are better in the creative  field than women.   
@abeyance said:
They're also sending a message they don't care about the imagination of women and young girls. The only solution I can think of is all the women creators banning together to form their own company and hiring 5-10 men just to avoid lawsuits like DC has obviously done.  
Did they say they flat out don't like female writers, imply they are inferior to their male counterparts, or somehow discount the work female writers have done in the comics industry. Comics has been more popular amongst males since the beginning, I understand this trend is changing but to expect immediate change is not reasonable. Also I posted this in an earlier post, Gail Simone said it best herself regarding why so few females are on this New 52: 
 
  "I know there are hardly any female creators working on the New 52. The truth is, we did approach more women, but the deadlines were extremely tight for this new project, and a lot of them turned us down. A lot of men turned us down, too. But you’ll definitely be seeing more women in the second wave."     
 
Please stop assuming DC or Marvel are sexist just to serve your point. The funny thing to me is that I agree with most of yours and SC  opinions on this, more diversity in a creative forum will always make for a more interesting and better outcome. 
Edited by The Mast

What a silly comment.
 
"They tried making tentacle rape look sexy."
 
If you actually think that was their intent, to make rape in any form look sexy, then be quiet because this is supposed to be a sensible discussion.
 

@SuperXAsh

said:

ya gotta feel sorry for Gail Simone, she's had to put up with all this stupid shit DC's thrown at her lately.  Either her work gets promptly retconned out of existance by the latest interstellar/multiversal reset DC's done (which is happening more and more with alarming frequency), or they just simply kill off her characters.

Yeah, she really got the short end of the stick, didn't she? I mean, they're giving her Batgirl and letting her make Barbara Gordon walk again, but besides that...
 
-The Mast
Posted by SC
@RedRobin04 said:
 Huh? I'm sorry for not being clear in my first post but all I was getting at is that the bottom line is that DC and Marvel are companies and are constantly looking at the bottom line. I am telling you DC and Marvels definition of a good writer is someone who sells, or can potentially sell a lot of books, whats so hard to understand.
 
No apology needed *smile*, what's hard to understand is no where in my post, do I say anything that contradicts what you say. In fact I already made similar points earlier in this thread as far as Marvel and DC looking at the bottom line. Marvel and DC, sure they look for good writers, but that doesn't mean they are looking for the writers they believe are the best as some posters might believe, because this isn't a bubble world or vacuum world and all sorts of other factors have to be taken into account. I mean the fact that Marvel, and then DC exist, is direct proof of this, since if you were to ask DC if they have the best comic writers in the world, are they going to say no? Ask Marvel and they going to say no? Neither can be telling the absolute truth. You ask Marvel if their current writers suck today, compare to in the past when they their writers sold more? They will say yes, our writers sold more in the past, therefore they are better writers? All in all your statements seem rather oversimplified which is fine if you wish to perceive them as so, nothing hard to understand at all, in fact the opposite. It also addresses something quite different than the point I made with sarcasm. (so my sincere apologies if my sarcasm was confusing lol *smile* that was sort of half its point, that gender equality and criticisms involving money, if you want to get really nitty, gritty aren't so easily addressed by just asking for the 'best' writers because that's how it 'should' be)
 
Ice cream taste nice, girls look pretty and throw stones at old people is wrong, etc, etc , I could try and tell you this is what's is, but possible no where have I gathered that you believe these things are not true and maybe no where in your post do you say anything contradictory? 
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Posted by SC
@keith71_98 said:
@azza04
Solid points. I just get annoyed when labels such as sexist are thrown around by people who don't consider the situation and don't take into account all of the facts. I wouldn't dare insinuate DC was sexist when I have no insider knowledge of discrimination or even their hiring practices. But to me it makes sense that there are so many more male creators than female. Except for a small but growing group (my wife included), women just don't love comics. that is also reflected in the number of female creators. You can't force the issue. You can discuss ways to encourage the female demographic to read comics. But DC MUST consider who their bigger audience is especially considering how bad their sale numbers have been.
 
I don't disagree with you (I just wish to make that clear), I don't consider this a false dichotomy situation, where there is a 'right' or a 'wrong' and if we drop all the moral and subjective values concerning sexism, and apply it objectively? well, its not really a bad thing, so if one is trying to take into consider facts, and many do, why would you feel it necessary to have special information to consider and make judgements based on as much info and knowledge that you do have access to, even if to only ask questions? Discrimination isn't just about the unjust attitudes or actions towards a party but can just be about recognition of differences between things, which in short is making this about preferences. In this sense, all things considered, everything is a little sexist, not that I would advocate calling everyone sexist, but comics themselves are, if comic writers write comics, aware that their customers would rather read about males than females, or at least that what seem to be what their wallet suggests.  
 
It does make sense that there are more male creators than female to me, past tense. For the reasons you mention, and your own points also actually demonstrate one other reflection, and its a relatively unknown factor, but its a reflection on why comics have been failing as well. It reflects males not writing female or male characters that relatively well either, it reflects a lot of things. All things considered. DC and Marvel must consider a lot of things, and they probably are, because considering their biggest audience when age/gender/race is getting blurrier and people are being subdivided into more and more minor groupings everyday and getting more options as far as entertainment and ways to spend money, trying to appeal to as many new people as possible as much as traditional fans as possible is a much bigger consideration to be taken into account. In fact we know that Marvel and DC are considering this, because in such times, when they almost have to rely on the idea that long term fans are in this for the long haul and might complain but not walk away, everything else is about trying to be new reader friendly, whether it be entire line up changes, constant renumbering, changing looks of characters potentially viewed as dated? Putting pants on lady characters, except falling or succeeding there will always be one rule, and that's never talk about Fight Club. I mean... uhm lol, as a business don't tell the truth if the truth might hurt or have financial repercussions.  
 
I mean, all us posters as individuals can be blunt for our discretion as far as preferences. No one will judge a guy if he prefers reading about Hulk instead of Superman, because he identifies with Hulk more. DC (and Marvel) can't however say that although they hire the best writers in the world, and then turn around and say that their writers are not good enough to appeal en masse to female readers without supposedly sacrificing male readers, I mean they can, but they have to be careful about their words. Some other mediums can claim to have writers like that, so in one sense if we are looking at numbers, sales and writers that can appeal to both genders without sacrificing from either, as factors to consider a writer the best, Marvel and DC would be blowing smoke, then again, when has, we have the most average and mediocre writers in the world ever proven to be a good company line? 
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Posted by Havik86

I hate whenever these discussions come up because life is already hard enough for everyone. I'm a young, white male trying to break into the comic book industry and I feel like everything is a level playing field. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, it's difficult as all hell regardless of race or gender or ethnicity. Creators' shouldn't be passed over for being of a certain gender as much as they should be selected for it. Decisions should be made based on talent, ability, work ethic and respect for the industry.

Posted by Grim
@damswedon said:

@inferiorego: The fact that it happened at every panel just shows how badly Dan Didio and whoever were at the first panel handled the situation. Instead of saying,

"We wanted to have the best writers on the books that we think they would do their best work on regardless. This does not mean Writers and artists like Amanda Conner or Bryan Q Miller won't get books in the future just at the moment we are focusing pushing the DCnU for its launch in September."

they tried to deflect the questions, bully their fans or played the victim. Since the announcement of the DCnU there have been these questions Comic Con should of been where all the fears were squashed, instead every night it seemed like Gail Simone had to run damage control for the crap that happened in their panels from the small things like Dan Didio's constant use of "Best Batgirl" when talking about Barbara Gordon to the huge like not just coming out and saying the deadlines for the first wave of the DCnU are tight and most writers and artist don't want that pressure.

When you think of it the fact that Gail Simone communicates better with the fans than the two "Faces" of DC is sad and a disgrace.

 It wouldnt have happened every day if not for that one girl. She asked a new loaded variation of the same question every day. Thats one squeaky wheel, not a defective tire factory.  And i think Dan said the best thing he could say WITHOUT bullying her (he was never anything but nice, and he even got her a Black chip on sunday for her consistency and passion), and he made a good point. Hireing women for the sake of it would be a bad idea. While she was trying her hardest to paint a picture of DC actively turning down the fairer sex Dan was perfectly respectful to her.
   And Gail said very little to her. The only reason people listen to Gail is because we trust her with our comics. She has done nothing but greatness, and she has no massive stake in the revamp (shes not Head of this or that, so shes easier to trust). She is really only repeating what Jim and Dan say... but shes Gail.
Posted by Nighthunter

I've always said it. Every time you strive for diversity just for the sake of diversity you get tokenism out of it.

Posted by Grim
@Nighthunter said:
I've always said it. Every time you strive for diversity just for the sake of diversity you get tokenism out of it.
Posted by The_Tree

I really don't care, as long as DC continues to put out great stories, I'm fine.

Posted by Druid

The majority of comic book readers are male so how can you expect the percentage of male/female creators to be much different?
That's like complaining that video games and football are slanted to appeal to males.
The comic book companies exist to make money and they want their comics to appeal to the majority of their fan base.
When you try to get a corporation to do something that makes no business sense, simply to be politically correct, all you end up with is token cooperation.

Posted by TheIncredibleNightcrawler1999

Women have created very popular characters, including Apocalypse. Now where would the X-Men, X-Force, and the original X-Factor be without Apocalypse. Still in one piece, that's for sure!

Posted by DrTTD

There are folks saying the number of female creators should be proportional to the number of female readers. But it's not as though women can only write stories for women, and men can only write stories for men. I think most people, female and male, would gladly read books written by both men and women anyhow. 
 
If we're talking about staff, then there's just one question that needs to be answered: If women and men can both write and draw good comics, and ability is all that should matter, then why is there such a discrepancy between the number of male and female creators? I'm not going to say what the cause is, because I honestly don't know, but if A) Most men are not inherently better writers and artists than women, B) DC hires all of their creators based on ability alone, and C) There are both men and women looking for work, then something does not compute. 
 
So it looks like either women are inherently inferior writers and artists, DC shows preference to male writers and artists, or there aren't any women who want the job. 

Posted by SC
@Druid said:
The majority of comic book readers are male so how can you expect the percentage of male/female creators to be much different?That's like complaining that video games and football are slanted to appeal to males. The comic book companies exist to make money and they want their comics to appeal to the majority of their fan base. When you try to get a corporation to do something that makes no business sense, simply to be politically correct, all you end up with is token cooperation.
 
Well the majority of comic book readers use to be kids. Then some genius realized that if they made them more appealing to adults, then you could get more sales since kids and adults = more people, more money lol. I am not so sure anyone is expecting anything, but wanting is something else, as in wanting more people no matter any gender, race, age, sexual preference, reading comics and thus making more money for comic companies allowing them to with that extra money hire the best writers, give us more comics, hopefully not cancel comics.  
 
Video games and football and sorta slanted to appeal to males like Barbie is to girls, but many, many video games, actually, shockingly try to appeal to males and females. Products they see that are successful with females catch on quick and then they try and exploit that even more! lol Comic book companies definitely do not want their comics to appeal (just) to the majority of their fans, they want them to appeal to literally as many people as they can, irrespective of all factors that don't have anything to do with money. Comics do know that they traditionally do well with white males aged a certain number to another certain number, but with their customers having more choices, options, as far as entertainment, tighter spending due to economic reasons, the rate and speed of technology, file sharing, their ability to appeal to more people to get more money isn't as successful as they want which is fair because if it was that easy, every single business ever would have infinite money. So it makes plenty of business sense if they can't find writers that write stories/characters that can be appealing to a lot of different and diverse and bottom line more people, find writers that can. Your definitely accurate as far risks involving attempts to being politically correct and please note I didn't say if males can't write females well get in female writers, but yes, in lieu of success as so far DC will tend to get defensive about how its choosing to justify how its currently doing things. I mean as far as politically correct? How about anyone saying they they only write hire the best writers? How cliche a PC line is that? Like every comic company claims to have the best writers lol if the writers are the best why are comics in such a horrible place right now? Were writers in better 4 years ago? So I don't disagree with your sentiment. Though I am a bit confused as to why you would view comic companies trying to make money from their fan base which comic companies knows for fact, tends to shrink, and so things like this whole big renumbering as an incentive to bring in a bunch of new fans? Comics want comics to appeal to as many people as they can and in a way that will hold and retain as many people as they can. This is why each comic isn't fan service and why fans tend to get pissed and comic companies know they will get pissed time to time. (just hopefully not pissed enough to stop spending money)  
 
(hope I don't sound too condescending by the way, I big ears and are very insecure about them.. I tend to talk like I do just generally 0_0)
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Posted by kimi74

It took a strong female character to get me into comics.. And it has always been female characters who I have loved the most. 
I hope the male/female creator ratio improves. And I also hope storylines improve. I really hope the focus is strong, enduring stories.

This industry seems to be in a significant state change. Whatever we see now will change again.

Posted by LP
@Samimista said:
As a female myself I find this very sad there needs to be more women in the industry as they write fictional women more realistically good role models for young girls than the men writers do.
As a MALE comic book lover I'm greately disturbed by this information! WOMEN, WE NEED YOU!
Posted by Samimista
@LP said:
@Samimista said:
As a female myself I find this very sad there needs to be more women in the industry as they write fictional women more realistically good role models for young girls than the men writers do.
As a MALE comic book lover I'm greately disturbed by this information! WOMEN, WE NEED YOU!
=) This just put a smile on my face. Thanks. ^_______^
Posted by Mercy_
@The Mast
What a silly comment.
 
"They tried making tentacle rape look sexy."
 
If you actually think that was their intent, to make rape in any form look sexy, then be quiet because this is supposed to be a sensible discussion.
 

@SuperXAsh

said:

ya gotta feel sorry for Gail Simone, she's had to put up with all this stupid shit DC's thrown at her lately.  Either her work gets promptly retconned out of existance by the latest interstellar/multiversal reset DC's done (which is happening more and more with alarming frequency), or they just simply kill off her characters.

Yeah, she really got the short end of the stick, didn't she? I mean, they're giving her Batgirl and letting her make Barbara Gordon walk again, but besides that...
 
-The Mast
They're not "letting" her make Barbara walk again. This is actually a move she's fought against (and won, might I add) on several occasions.
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Edited by rhstickler

DC is ignoring the female market. But that is completely fine, because thanks to that, the Japanese were able to come in and get a ton of money out of the female market. The Japanese were smart enough to spot a need in the market and then they supplied it. All because DC didn’t bother to give a decent effort at capturing female attention. This is why DC's sales are hurting, because their target audience is so limited. 


Also, guys argue that since comics readers are mainly guys, then therefore comic creators should mainly be guys. Idiotic logic. If there were more female comic creators, there could possibly be more female-friendly or female oriented titles. Then there would be more female readers to begin with!

Posted by Eyz

I find, on another note, that there's a serious lack of Darwyn Cooke on the September schedule..then again, it might be just me :P

Posted by moywar700

Let's see... Marvel only has 1 female titles right now.

They only have captain marvel.X-Men almost has all female in their cast but it's only bought simply because it's an x-title

DC has

Supergirl

Catwoman

WonderWoman

Batwoman

Batgirl

Worlds Finest

They also have not one but two female exclusive titles. Birds of Prey and Ame-Com series

DC has fared well with female titles.Sales seem to be strong with Ms.Marvel and it looks like it'll last.