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. We'll run the previous ones below as well, so, in reverse order…
70. Nemesis43 (NEW ENTRY)
The most prolific pirate uploader of comic books, Nemesis43 uploads digital comics files the minute they hit ComiXology and watches them spread across the bittorrents.
Some of his rivals like ScanBro specialise in very specific uploads, often well before publication, but tends to work occasionally and specialises on titles like Spider-Man. But Nemesis43 does this week in, week out. Based in Britain, he is responsible for more pirated comics in the English language across the world than anyone else.
Position next year depends upon: Not getting caught or, more importantly, not getting bored.
69. Chris Powell (DOWN)
Retailer turned VP Retailer Services at Diamond Comic Distributors, Chris Powell has spearheaded a number of initiatives in the comics distribution industry, encouraging and incentivising retailers to launch new stores or expand, by persuading publishers to offer them very attractive terms.
He has pushed increased technology into stores allowing them to monitor stock and increase it where needed. And every year we have seen comic stores increase in number against the print-to-digital trend. He holds the line.
Position next year depends upon: The Walking Dead.
68. Mike Armstrong
Event & Sales Director at Reed Pop, working on NYCC, C2E2, ECCC, NY Special Edition, and Star Wars Celebration, for about a month of the year, Mike Armstrong is one of the most important people in the industry, and the gatekeeper to some of the greatest comic conventions in the USA. You want in, you go through Mike.
And if you do something wrong, well then, Mike goes through you…
Position next year depends upon: A return to Comic Con Wars…
#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
#77-#79 – Jason Kingsley, Fiona Staples, Neal Adams
#74-#76 – Jim Sokolowski, Robbie Robbins, Corey Murphy
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.