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…
50. Brian Azzarello (UP)
The year has seen comic book writer Brian Azzarello bring forth one of the harder projects to realise, Dark Knight III: The Master Race with Frank Miller.
He spent weeks holed up with Miller in Hell's Kitchen, to an extent that Miller credits him with the entire story.
The series has put DC Comics back in the game when it comes to going toe to toe with Marvel. With Before Watchmen, and Future's End in his history, he's seen as an ultimate professional "fixer" but the influence and upcoming adaptation of his 100 Bullets comic book series
Position next year depends upon: Cracking a smile and wooing those Hollywood folks over the planned Tom Hardy movie.
51. William Christensen (DOWN)
Writer Max Brooks takes every opportunity to call William Christensen, the publisher of Avatar Comics, the living embodiment of Peter Griffin on Earth. The ex-Wizard Magazine staffer has turned his family homestead into the longest running (consenting) publisher of Alan Moore's comics, currently Providence and Crossed +100, as well as attracting the likes of Si Spurrier, Kieron Gillen, Garth Ennis with deals that beat the big boys, digital innovations and moving into movies with Crossed.
And he is also the publisher of Bleeding Cool and Bleeding Cool Magazine. Which can probably come in handy.
Position next year depends upon: Choosing to pursue a more public profile.
52. Skottie Young (UP)
Cutesy cartoonist working on Marvel's Oz books, it was a parody cover for Avengers Vs. X-Men that saw just how popular, powerful and imitated his Baby Variant covers could be for the publisher and they have since become essential – his most recent even pushing sales higher for the final issue of Secret Wars.
But launches of Rocket Raccoon & Groot and his own Image title I Hate Fairyland have seen respect for his writing skills grow exponentially this year as well.
Position next year depends upon: Being able to grow a number of extra limbs for al the work he has to turn down.
#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
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.