The Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2016 Countdown #66-70

Posted by November 29, 2016 Comment

December the 7th sees the release of Bleeding Cool Magazine #24, with the fourth annual Top 100 Power List

Every year Bleeding Cool Magazine runs its Top 100 Power List. And every year we get told how wrong we are. But always for completely different reasons and from completely different directions. Why was X in when Y was not? Why is Z is high when W is so low. And neither U or V should be on this list after that incident involving T…

But that’s part of the fun. This attempt to list the most powerful people working in the English speaking comic book marketplace is, of course, flawed. It is judged by all manner of attributes, the ability to influence what comics exist and sell, but also the willingness to use that power in the industry to affect things, and the ability to retain said power if a job is taken away. 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 rather than being spread out among many. Some powerful organisations or groups, where power is diffused, 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 betterment – or detriment – in comics.

The list, for the first time, was written with BC writer Christine Marie. It has also been created in consultation with a number of senior figures in the comics industry and I thank them for their help. Although because they all disagree, they’ll all think this is wrong too.

Watch for a new batch every day.

  1. David Alpert 2016

    2016 Rank: 70

    He’s a man with many hats including one at the production company, Circle of Confusion, and is the co-founder with Robert Kirkman of Skybound Entertainment, putting out The Walking Dead in comics, TV, and games, as well as Fear The Walking Dead, Outcast, and whatever is next. Sorry, Five Year is next for South Korea, as the comic division continues to grow.

    Next year’s position depends on: Come on! A Dear The Walking Dead comic book!

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Skybound Entertainment


  2. Courtney Simmons 2016

    2016 Rank: 69

    The right hand woman of Diane Nelson, SVP of Publicity & Communications for DC Entertainment Courtney Simmons is the gatekeeper of information that flows around the publisher. In a position where she can speak truth to power (mostly) she excels at getting DC Comics’ message out—both to the outside world and among the editors and creators. Who both seem to like her—and fear her utterly.

    Next year’s position depends on: How much she bribes me.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:

    SVP of Publicity & Communications

  3. Robbie Robbins 2016

    2016 Rank: 68

    Robbie Robbins is climbing the list this year. As Executive Vice President and co-founder of IDW Publishing, Robbins has seen IDW grow in size, scope, and strength through the year—and still remains a Senior Graphic Artist for IDW’s design department. He still actively manages the IDW Games company with Ted Adams and is living proof that letterers can end up running the company.

    Next year’s position depends on: Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:

    Executive Vice President and co-founder

  4. Tom Akel 2016

    2016 Rank: 67

    Head of Content at LINE WebToons, this Korean digital publisher has made a massive impact in US Comics this year, providing a new revenue stream for comic book creators, dropping over three and a half million onto comic book creators eking out a living and adding Patreon into the mix as well. Whether launching a new superhero universe or, somehow, negotiating the rights to publish a manga adaptation of Star Wars, in a messy and slapdash way, LINE WebToons has beaten out Stela at every level.

    Next year’s position depends on: People working out exactly where the money is coming from.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    LINE WebToons

    Head of Content

  5. David Walker 2016

    2016 Rank: 66

    Award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator, you might know David F. Walker from comics such as Shaft, Cyborg, Nighthawk, and Power Man and Iron Fist. He’s also responsible for the BadAzzMoFo zine which has earned an international reputation for its pop culture commentary and political insight. And for comic book publishers, he has become totemic in showing that you care about black characters, audiences, and creators by hiring Walker. He has become for black creators what Gail Simone was for female creators—and as she did, preparing the way for many more.

    Next year’s position depends on: Being made less totemic by publishers hiring more black writers.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:


(Last Updated December 2, 2016 9:46 am )

About Mark Seifert

Co-founder and Creative director of Bleeding Cool parent company Avatar Press. Bleeding Cool Managing Editor, tech and data wrangler. Machine Learning hobbyist. Vintage paper addict.

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