The Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2016 Countdown #55-51

Posted by December 2, 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. Fred Pierce 2016

    2016 Rank: 55

    Publisher of Valiant Entertainment, Fred Pierce sits on top of one of the bigger cash injections from the Chinese that he negotiated, as the Sony movies come closer into view. But it was the launch and success of the Faith comic that he can be most proud of this year as well as beating plenty of Valiant rivals on the sales-per-title average. Much of Fred’s power lies in the contacts he has made over his career and the security that kind of legacy that can provide to comic book creators.

    Next year’s position depends on: Not giving into his student activist origins. At least they let him back into the UN these days.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Valiant Entertainment


  2. Matt Gagnon 2016

    2016 Rank: 54

    As the Editor-In-Chief of Boom Studios, Matt Gagnon gets to pick and choose what makes it and what does not. He is responsible for bringing books into the spotlight like The Woods, Lumberjanes, Six Gun Gorilla, Hacktivist, Klaus, and Jonesy. And he also balances that with the incredible appeal of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Adventure Time, Over The Garden Wall, and Steven Universe. Arguably one of the most “real” maintream publishers, Boom is usually one of the most mobbed booths at shows, and Gagnon provides grist to the mill.

    Next year’s position depends on: Funko Pop The Comic Book. Who else would? Who else could?

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:


  3. Kana Koide 2016

    2016 Rank: 53

    Publisher of Kodansha Comics USA, Kana Koide has seen their company reach bigger heights thanks to the insane success of Attack on Titan. And this year Kana has invaded the rest of the comics industry by managing to rally together a huge list of creators to collaborate on an Attack on Titan anthology such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewart, and Faith Erin Hicks. They all contribute original stories thanks to Kana. Everyone wants a share in the success.

    Next year’s position depends on: Titan still being attacked.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Kodansha Comics USA


  4. Kate Leth 2016

    2016 Rank: 52

    A totemic hire for many publishers, Kate Leth works on wide ranging titles such as Adventure Time, Edward Scissorhands, Bravest Warriors, Vampirella, Power UP, and Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat. A huge supporter of the LGBTQ community with a forceful personality, she has told publishers that if they hire her, those are the characters who will be appearing in her work, which allows her to consistently break new ground across the industry, as well as working with the empowered comic retailer group that she founded, The Valkyries.

    Next year’s position depends on: DC hiring her to get Power Girl right this time.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:


  5. Grant Morrison 2016

    2016 Rank: 51

    The closest comics has to a rock god, this year saw his first work for Boom with Klaus, the return of Sinatro to Black Mask, and his past work on Doom Patrol influence the emergence of DC’s Young Animal imprint. But his reputation was sealed by being made editor-in-chief of Heavy Metal Magazine, commissioning new work from his favourite creators, which has done wonders for his stellar reputation—and ego. He can basically do whatever he wants right now. MorrisonCon 2 anyone?

    Next year’s position depends on: Getting over Mark Millar.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics, Boom, Heavy Metal Magazine


(Last Updated December 4, 2016 3:55 pm )

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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