divalea pointed out that there are only 3 female guests out of 46 at Comic-Con International this year -- a year when CCI:SD's advertising is touting "the most diverse guests." (BTW, they have zero African-Americans as guests.)
leborcham (Heidi MacDonald) responded:
You might want to take a look at the programming There are zillions of women panelists. And yes, every year SD has more than one female guest. Often more than three.
I think there are a lot of issues regarding women in comics, but this isn't one that really needs a lot of beating into the ground.
So I took a look at these zillions of panelists. Here's what I found for day one, Thursday:
|Doing Comics||Doing Other Stuff||Academics||Total|
This is divided somewhat arbitrarily into "...Doing Comics" and "...Doing Other Stuff" and "...Academics." And there are some names I just can't place, due to either being names like "Chris" and "Mel", or names which are foreign and not recognizibly gendered, or initials.
Crunching some numbers out:
|People Doing Comics:||Male (85.6%), Female (6.8%), Uncertain (7.5%)|
|People Doing Other Stuff:||Male (76.8%), Female (16.9%), Uncertain (6.3%)|
|Academics:||Male (84.6%), Female (15.4%)|
|All Panelists:||Male (81.2%), Female (12.2%), Uncertain (6.6%)|
|Male Panelists:||Doing Comics (48.5%), Doing Other Stuff (46.8%), Academics (4.7%)|
|Female Panelists:||Doing Comics (25.7%), Doing Other Stuff (68.6%), Academics (5.7%)|
|Special Guests:||Male (93.5%), Female (6.5%)|
Sorry, Heidi. I'm just not seeing the "zillions" here.
Update: More stats.
Let's look at each panel on Thursday, then.
|Panels with at least one woman panelist:||23 (24.7%)|
|Panels with at least one man panelist:||78 (83.9%)|
|Panels with at least one man and one woman:||22 (23.7%)|
|Panels with only men panelists:||56 (60.2%)|
|Panels with only women panelists:||1 (1.1%)|
|Panels with uncertain gender composition:||14 (15.1%)|
"Uncertain" includes names which aren't easily identifiable (as above), and also panels in which the panels have not been announced (e.g. corporate panels). These panels will almost certainly fall into either the "mixed panel" or "exclusively male panel" category.