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. We'll run the previous ones below as well, so, in reverse order…
31. Hajime Isayama (NEW ENTRY)
Creator of Attack On Titan, the manga smash that seems to be warping the very nature of space-time with its sales. The books have spent more time on the New York Bestseller List than even the Walking Dead, as the films, the games, the TV shows, the novels, the toys, the cosplay – and shock horror, even the comics continue to sell in their millions. Seen as a satire upon our own helplessness against the action of corporations by some, or just an insane emotionally resonant action thriller by others, his comic is now attracting some of the biggest American creators to contribute to his nightmare.
Position on next year's list depends upon: Not deciding that enough is enough.
30. Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (NEW ENTRY)
A gestalt born of internet forums and London pubs, both creators are well regarded, respected and influential. Kieron Gillen is the writer of Darth Vader, Jamie McKelvie is a much-desired designer. But something very special happens when they are within the gravitational pull of each other, feeding off and egging the other on. Young Avengers really sparked the fire, but the new Phonogram and especially The Wicked + The Divine have intensified the sales, attention and fan devotion, culminating at the end of 2015 with a pole dancing act in their honour.
Position on next year's list depends upon: Actually joining together in a gestalt entity in order to fend off the hordes at NYCC.
29. Kevin Tsujihara
Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros, Kevin Tsujihara, he's he man who pushed Batman/Superman: Dawn Of Justice into reality, knocking aside other Superman sequel and Justice League movie plans at the studio and pushing forward the new "shared universe" plans for DC Comics movies. Heavily involved with Diane Nelson and Dan DiDio, he's a lot more hands on than some would expec. And the man who conspired with Paul Levitz or so long to keep DC hidden within the corporate structure of Warners, is now doing his best in his relatively new position to make sure, if DC is under the spotlight, that it performs as well as the comics – and by that very nature affect the sorts of comics that DC will choose to publish and promote.
Position on next year's list depends upon: Batman V Superman not being a Batmobile-wreck….
#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
#67-#65 – Hank Kanalz, Chuck Parker, John Rogers
#64-#62 – Alan Moore, Fred Pierce, John Wurzer
#61-#59 – Kate Beaton, CB Cebulski, Charles Soule
#58-#56 – Jeff Lemire, Matt Gagnon, Gail Simone
#55-#53 – Grant Morrison, Dinesh Shamdasani, Nicola Barrucci
#52-#50 – Skottie Young, William Christensen, Brian Azzarello
#49-#47 – Warren Ellis, Tim Lenaghan, Nicola Landau
#46-#44 – Eddie Berganza, Jonathan Hickman, Ross Richie
#43-#41 – Jonah Weiland, Peter Philips, Mark Waid
#40-#38 – Chris Ryall, Dan Slott, Mark Paniccia
#37-#35 – Nick Lowe, Raini Telgemeier, Sana Amanat
#34-#32 – Mark Doyle, Lance Fensterman, Mark Millar
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.