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…
37. Nick Lowe (UP)
Moving from X-Men to Spider-Man as senior editor, Nick Lowe is overseeing an expanding line at Marvel, from the regular Amazing Spider-Man to Silk, Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man 2099 and more as the line continues to grow of late on the backs of the successful Spider-Verse.
He is also one of Marvel's most prominent and outspoken editor, constantly appearing on Marvel AR, publisher panels and inserting himself into regular editorial comments. An editor impossible to ignore.
Position next year depends upon: Not killing off Spider-Gwen
36. Raina Telgemeier (NEW ENTRY)
Cartoonist and creator of webcomic and graphic novels Smile (A Dental Drama), Sisters and Drama, Rana Telgemeier as emerged as one of the best selling graphic novelists being published today, each of her books selling over a million copies and outselling more traditional comic book creators by a considerable margin, and selling to an audience often left behind by traditional comic book publishers – kids. The future buyers of comic books will be Generation Raina. Maybe it's time for Marvel to republish her X-Men: Misfits comic book from a few years go?
Position next year depends upon: Continuing to make everyone else look bad.
35. Sana Amanat (NEW ENTRY)
As Director of Content and Character Development, Sana Amanat is the new public face of Marvel, replacing Joe Quesada in that role. She has been quoted in the media more than any other comic book editor this past year, as well as appearing on TV shows like The Nightly Show, doing a TED Talk and , while still editing the likes of the book she co-created Ms Marvel, as well as Miles Morales: Spider-Man and more. But more than that she's head of developing projects geared towards what Marvel call their "emerging audiences" not only in comics but across the company.
Position next year depends upon: The emerging market continuing to grow and outstrip the raditional.
#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
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.