Welcome to the Fourth Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List for the next Bleeding Cool Magazine, being serialized right now on the Bleeding Cool website.
It's an attempt to list the most powerful people working in the English speaking comic book marketplace. It's judged by all manner of attributes, the ability to influence what comics exist and sell, but also the willingness to use that power and the ability to retain said power if one aspect is taken away – a job, a gig or a prominent role. 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, those who are double and triple threats and also where power is concentrated in one person or perceived identity. But it also notes certain teams who work together, who've built up a joint identity, a gestalt more powerful than the sum of their parts. Some powerful organisations or groups, where power is diffused amongst many, drop down or drop out altogether.
It does not measure talent or likeability and also does not intend to represent diversity. All it does is note power, used for the betterment – or the detriment – of comics.
The list has been created in consultation with a number of senior figures in the comics industry. However, I'm aware the one thing that can be guaranteed is that everyone will think it's wrong and prefer their own take. Including all of those who were consulted.
There will be a new post every day on Bleeding Cool. This is the fourth. We'll run the previous ones below as well, so, in reverse order…
67. Hank Kanalz (NEW ENTRY)
This has been a very good year from Hank Kanalz. Co-creator of Youngblood, he worked as an exec at Wildstorm before going on a magical mystery tour or Warner Bros, working at their theme parks before returning to DC Comics, currently as Senior Vice President of Vertigo and Integrated Publishing. But this year he also took over talent management duties from Larry Ganem and has been more actively recruiting more talent for the publisher. He has considerable lot of experience, especially with digital, and a lot of responsibility to define what DC Comics will look like in the years ahead.
Position next year depends upon: Keeping Frank Miller happy.
66. Chuck Parker (DOWN)
Exec VP and COO of Diamond Comic Distributors, Chuck Parker was their first Controller, hired way back in 1983. If he actually cared about comic books, he'd be higher on the list.
But he's not about the characters, he's all about the numbers. Hired as a "no nonsense" fellow with a steady hand on the tiller, he's more likely to be conservative in decision making.
Position next year depends upon: Not even accepting that the apple cart could be upset.
65. John Rogers (UPWARDS)
So much of the comics year rotates around San Diego Comic Con, a behemoth of an event. John Rogers is president of the board of directors of Comic Con International, the body that runs the show, and CFO of the nonprofit corporation. The show has done more to make comic book culture mainstream comics
than anyone else since Stan Lee. And Comic Con has moved from a punchline, to something to be envied and copied. And, along with WonderCon, Rogers helps makes it the Mecca of comics books. Where San Diego goes, so does everyone else. And right now, it's staying put….
Position next year depends upon: Find new and engaging ways to attract more and more people and attention. And to keep comic books at its centre.
#100-#98 – Dennis Barger, Janelle Asselin, Matthew Rosenberg
#97-#95 – Rich Johnston, Marc Silvestri, James Killen
#94-#92 – Jim Demonakos, Tim Buckley, Gahl Buslov
#91-#89 – Rob Liefeld, Peter Dolan, Catlin DiMotta
#88-#86 – Ken Levin, David Alpert, Kate Leth
#85-#83 – Jason Aaron, Stephen Christy, Jon Goldwater
#82-#80 – Stan Lee, Lorelei Bunjes, Marc Toberoff
#79-#77 – Jason Kingsley, Fiona Staples, Neal Adams
#76-#74 – Jim Sokolowski, Robbie Robbins, Corey Murphy
#73-#71 – Greg Capullo, Neil Gaiman, Art Baltazar & Franco
#70-#68 – Nemesis 43, Chris Powell, Mike Armstrong
And catch up on previous years, here:
Bleeding Cool Magazine #19 is out now in all good comic book stores. Bleeding Cool Magazine #20 with the full Top 100 Power List will be out in January.