Every year, Bleeding Cool Magazine runs its Top 100 Power List of members of the comics industry. And every year we get told how wrong we are. Somehow, it's always for completely different reasons and from completely different directions. Why was X in when Y was not? Why is Z is high when W is so low? And neither U or T should be on this list after that incident involving V…
But that's part of the fun. This attempt to list the most powerful people working in the English-speaking comic book marketplace is, of course, flawed. It is judged by all manner of attributes, the ability to influence what comics exist and sell, but also the willingness to use that power in the industry to affect things, and the ability to retain said power if a job is taken away. Which is why you will see a number of people on a higher spot than their bosses.
The Power List rewards those who combine roles, creator, publisher, distributor, retailers, those who are double and triple threats, and also where power is concentrated in one person rather than being spread out among many. Some powerful organisations or groups, where power is diffused amongst many individuals, drop down or drop out altogether.
It does not measure talent or likeability, and it does not intend to represent diversity. All it does is note power, used for betterment — or detriment — in comics.
The list was created in consultation with a number of senior figures in the comics industry, and I thank them for their help. Although because they all disagree, they'll all think the final list is wrong, too.
Watch for a new batch twice a day. Maybe more as we get going…
86. Matt Gagnon. Editor-In-Chief of Boom! Studios, he's a major curator of a major line of titles in comics — as well as writer of The Day Men, one of the publisher's bigger hits.
87. Jordie Bellaire. The industry colourist of choice. Her name is on the biggest of comic books, she is fought over more than any colourist, and is a sounding board for much of the industry as well.
88. Mike Mignola. Creator of Hellboy and the Mignolaverse, the largest line of books under one creative showrunner in comics right now. The new Hellboy film has focused attention on him, as he returns to the comic book medium.
89. Karen Berger. Running the Berger Books line at Dark Horse Comics, she has one of the greatest virtual rolodexes in comic books on the back of her time as Vertigo Senior Editor – and creator – and her name is enough to make all sorts of things happen with some of the biggest names in comics.
90. Courtney Simmons. SVP of Publicity & Communications for DC Entertainment, and DC publisher Diane Nelson's right-hand woman, she is n exceptional press and PR relations operative, with the willingness to do whatever she thinks is needed to get a result.