DC Comics Chiefs Address the Lack of Female Characters

by Melissa Silverstein
August 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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It looks like one of the outcomes of Comic Con this year is that the co-publishers of DC Comics are addressing fans concern about the lack of female creators and female characters. According to this petition on Change.org by a comic fan and signed by 3,100 people as of this morning, DC had 12 women on its creative teams this past spring. That's 12 out of about 100. Now it seems that as of this fall, DC will have only 2 women on its creative teams. That's a big drop from an already low number.

When Dan DiDio one of DC Entertainment's Co-Publishers was asked the question at Comic Con about this problem had a very aggressive tone (listen to his tone here) and asked "who should we be hiring?" Like the sexism in the comic book world is the fault of the women who want the jobs but can't get the jobs. He made it seem like there are no women out there worthy of a gig at DC. Well we know that is not true and the folks at DC Comics knows this is something they have to deal with and quick.

So last week they started modulating their tone when both co-publishers Jim Lee & Dan DiDio took to their blog last week to address the issue and promised to work on it.

Here's what they had to say:

Over the past week we’ve heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your 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.

Let's see if these words turn into action.

DC Comics: Not One Penny This Fan Until You Hire More Women Writers (Change.org)

DC Comics: Hire More Women-- Here's A Few To Get You Started (Change.org)

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2 Comments

  • Julie | August 2, 2011 4:40 AMReply

    I listened to the audio and Dan DiDio did sound really hostile. I think I've read stuff where he sounds kind of sexist sometimes in interviews.

    I was super happy and impressed that it was a guy in the audience who asked him about the lack of women writers. That part was cool.

  • d | August 2, 2011 3:43 AMReply

    If we are waiting for those words to be turned into action, we may be waiting a long time, indeed. While it is understandable damage-control, it completely sounds canned. It is vague, generalized, and doesn't point to any actual steps taken. Is it tough to find female artists? I would think not in this recession, but they have a pantheon of women characters (far exceeding what they wrote above), whom they can use almost immediately if they wanted to.

    Here's one, how many female ongoings do they have besides, I would venture, WW, Catwoman, and Batwoman? Why not create more?

    The only thing I'll say is that this does not appear to be a DC issue, but, unfortunately, an industry issue.

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