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Gendercrunching June 2015 – Plus Ethnicity At DC, Marvel, And Image

By Tim Hanley DC’s overall percentage of female creators declined by more than half coming out of Convergence while Marvel ticked up and took the top spot with all of their Secret Wars tie-ins. We also take a look at ethnicity at DC, Marvel, and Image and see some small but moderately encouraging changes. DC […]

Gendercrunching Special Edition – #DCYou

By Tim Hanley With all of DC’s new titles and revamped returning books now released, it’s time for a special edition of “Gendercrunching” to examine how #DCYou fared with female creators. The result, relative to the past few years of the New 52: not too bad. And when you’re talking about women in comics statistics, […]

So Who Comes To Comic Cons, Where, Why And What For?

Rob Salkowitz is the author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, columnist at ICv2 and specialist in the evolution of media and entertainment. Rob will be participating in four panels at San Diego Comic Con, including the “Future of Geek”, where he will be presenting the Eventbrite survey data from this post. With fandom conventions setting attendance records all over […]

The Gender Marketing Of Comics – In A Comic

Ex-DC and Disney comics editor, Janelle Asselin, has written six strips entitled Don’t Be A Dick, each drawn by a different artist for Bitch Magazine, about the vagaries of the comic book industry around gender and racial politics. Here is but a small clip of the new strip, drawn by Sarah Benkin based on comics marketing, encompassing *that* […]

Gendercrunching And Ethnocrunching Comics – July 2013

Tim Hanley writes; DC maintained its overall percentage of female creators, while Marvel rose to new record highs in keeping their now habitual top spot. We also follow up on last year’s nationality and ethnicity statistics to see what, if anything, has changed over the past thirteen months. DC COMICS DC was up and down […]


Fearless Defenders Breaks New Gender Relationship Ground (Spoilers)

Nice big massive spoilers for today’s Fearless Defenders. Because they’ve created a rather interesting set up today. From next issue’s solicitations, “New costume! New arc! New status quo I still won’t tell you about!” Well I will. So if you fear spoilers, begone, read the comic, return and then we can talk. Now, as readers […]

The Gender In Comics Panel At San Diego Comic Con Has No Men In It (UPDATE)

Hey! The Gender in Comics panel has no men on it!! I shall wait for internet outrage ! — Stephen Wacker (@StephenWacker) July 13, 2013 It does, after all, say “gender” in the headline. And last time I checked, “male” was a gender. Thursday, July 18 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm  Gender in Comic Books Join […]

Gendercrunching November 2012 – Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image And IDW

Tim Hanley writes; Both publishers were up slightly in November, with Marvel retaining the top spot while DC had one of their best weeks in some time. We also pop by the next three top publishers, by sales, and see how things are going at Dark Horse, Image, and IDW. DC COMICS DC is back […]


Gendercrunching June 2012 – And A Little Ethnocrunching Too

Tim Hanley writes; Marvel was back on top in June as both companies had notable swings overall, Marvel for better and DC for worse. We also mix it up, and potentially court controversy, by looking at stats by nationality and ethnicity. DC COMICS I don’t know if Alan Moore has cursed DC because Before Watchmen […]


Archie Comics Goes Gender Swapping

We’ve had political candidates. Gay military interracial marriages. Occupy protests. What’s next for Archie Comics to hit the headlines? Why, gender swapping of course. Courtesy of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. In August’s edition of Archie Comics, Archie becomes Archina, and Betty and Veronica become Billy and Ronnie. It’s time for a heady examination of gender […]

Gendercrunching 2011 by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley gendercrunches for Bleeding Cool. He is our sexual statistical correspondent. December was a fairly average month at DC and Marvel, though DC hit some impressive new lows and Marvel fell to single digits overall for the first time since the summer. Also, there are a ridiculous number of charts as we look at […]

Si Spurrier Makes A Stand For Panel Parity Of Gender. By Standing Down.

Today, at the London Super Comic Convention, on the How To Write A Comic Script panel, Si Spurrier gave up his seat in favour of a female panellist. He did this in support of Paul Cornell’s stance that unless there is gender parity on a comic convention panel – fifty percent, or as near as, […]

Gendercrunching – November 2011 by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley writes for Bleeding Cool. November was a solid month for both publishers, and Marvel had the higher percentage of female creators for only the second time all year after a very close loss in October. Marvel’s definitely stepped it up this autumn, while DC’s remained fairly steady. DC COMICS While DC is up […]

Gendercrunching: DC And Marvel September 2011 – And Marvel 1996-2011

Tim Hanley writes for Bleeding Cool. September was a surprising month in several ways, with the DCnU books making a disappointing splash, ladywise, while an ignored Marvel quietly had its best month of the year. My apologies for the delay with this month’s stats. I know that September was a while ago now, but I […]