Welcome to the first Top 100 Power List for comics. Its aim is to list the top 100 most powerful people in the English speaking comics industry.
But how do you define power in the comics industry? The ability to hire and fire? The ability to commission a comic – or stop it from happening? The ability to create a comic – and then make it sell? The ability to influence the work and work practices of others? What about the power of a position, but one that isn’t reflected in the person who is holding it?
This list attempts to reflect all these issues, not just the possession of power, but someone actually using it to make a difference and committed to comics. As every super hero team knows, having more than one power on hand can be very useful. Which is why, in The Power List, many people are listed at a higher positions than their bosses. For example, can Diane Nelson draw a best-selling comic book and push it into the top ten single-handedly? The evidence suggests not.
This is an attempt to be honest and reflective about what the comic book industry is, rather than what we might like it to be. There are relatively few women. It is rather white. There’s only one African American on the list. And there are plenty of people – myself included – who resemble The Simpsons Comic Book Guy more than we would like.
You won’t agree with all of the people listed on here, let alone the order they are listed in. That, at least, I think we can agree on. Feel free to tell us why not, who we missed, and whose power we over-exaggerated.
But this is not just your average everyday power list. Every listing has a signature box. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to get an authentic signature of the people on the power list in their respective boxes. Photographs of the autographs occurring will help prove authenticity for the more elusive executives.
The grand prize for the first lucky soul who gets them all will be over $2,000 worth of graphic novels from our kind sponsors at Boom, Avatar, and IDW, as well as the prestige of The Man Or Woman Who Collected The Comic Book Industry, and an article about your collecting adventures on the web site. Over the next year, keep us aware of your progress on the Bleeding Cool message board at http://bcool.bz/top100-contest, and we will close this competition September 1, 2013. If no one has gotten them all, we’ll award the prize to whomever has the most signatures at that time. Once you have 90 or more, do touch base.
A few of these will be really tough…
The basics are: Once you get above 90 signatures, you’ll be a contender and you should be in touch with us. If you have them all, or if we are getting close to the end of the contest (Sept 1, 2013), we’ll have you send in a photocopy of your magazine and any documenting photos for verification. We may ask for your original magazine in the event of questions about how authentic some signatures are, but we’d return it to you. If we end up with a tie, we will split up the goodies evenly amongst the tying parties (or see if we can get those publishers to pony up more books!) Be nice asking people for their autographs!
Any questions, please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And yes, I’m on the list. I wrote it, didn’t I? There are a few people ahead of me though.
Full contest rules for 2012:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING.
All winners must be 18 years of age or older. Prize package contains
subject matter for Mature Readers.
1. Entering Contests and Choosing and Contacting Winners
The winner will be the person who has gotten the most original signatures for people listed in the Bleeding Cool Top 100 Most Powerful People in Comics article by September 1, 2013.
Entrants must mail entries to Bleeding Cool 515 N. Century Blvd. Rantoul, IL 61866, USA. Mailed entries must include a valid email and postal address, and a copy of the signed Bleeding Cool Magazine, or facsimile, sent via mail, and any photos providing authentication via e-mail. The top entries may have to provide their original copies of the Magazine, to be returned at a later date, for authentication. You will be notified if that is the case.
Bleeding Cool is not responsible for and will not consider forged or incorrect entries, or entries mailed but not received by Bleeding Cool for any reason, as potential contest winners.
Winners of all contests will be contacted at the “sender” email used to enter the contest, and the person receiving and replying to the winner announcement email will be considered the winner unless they specify another person within the reply email as the winner. Bleeding Cool will mail the contest prize to the address supplied by the recipient of the winner announcement email.
Only one entry per postal address will be considered for contest entry. No person may enter the contest more than once using multiple email addresses or postal addresses.
Claiming of prizes requires an email to Bleeding Cool from the winning sender email address within 15 days of being notified of winning at the email used to enter. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize. Bleeding Cool is not required to award elsewhere any prizes forfeited by the chosen winner(s).
2. Submission of photo, text or other content for Contests
The validity of any signatures will be judged entirely at the discretion of Bleeding Cool . You may be asked to submit photographs of the autographs occurring to help prove authenticity.
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3. Awarding Prizes
Winners are solely responsible for all taxes and/or fees that may be incurred. Each prizewinner must supply Bleeding Cool with his/her legal name, mailing address, birth date, daytime and nighttime telephone numbers. Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings.
Neither Bleeding Cool, Bleeding Cool sponsors, nor employees of Bleeding Cool or sponsors may be held liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of usage of any winners of a prize once possession has been taken of the product by winner. Bleeding Cool is not liable for any loss or injury arising out of or in connection with or resulting from collecting signatures for this contest promoted by Bleeding Cool.
If the specified prize becomes unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, Bleeding Cool may substitute a prize of like or equal value.
Management, employees and families of Bleeding Cool are prohibited from winning any prizes awarded by Bleeding Cool.
Bleeding Cool reserves the right to alter any rules of any contest at anytime. If you have any questions or comments, please write to Rick Verbanas at email@example.com.
You can find the full article in Bleeding Cool Magazine #1 at a comics retailer near you. Here is the Bleeding Cool Directory of retailers who have shown special support to the magazine and this website. Are you a retailer who would like to be included? Contact us.