Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2013 (21-40)

  1. Diane Nelson

    2013 Rank: 21

    Nelson’s appointment as President of the newly rebranded DC Entertainment has pulled the brand kicking and screaming into the media spotlight, to inspire films, TV shows, and the full commercial exploitation once resisted. This new reality formed the basis of the New 52, the new control over creators, and the kind of books and stories that DC can publish. And she’s the one who pushed for the Watchmen prequels more than anyone. Her power base in Warners has, however, been diluted and she hasn’t even been able to hold DiDio to his commitments.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Entertainment

    Title/Profession/Role:
    President

  2. Tom Brevoort

    2013 Rank: 22

    Considered the oldest of the old guard of Marvel Comics, Brevoort’s elevation to Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing sticks in the craw of those who hope he’ll revert to the “old way of doing things.” It’s not going to happen. Second to Axel Alonso, editing the Avengers line and more, has a slightly lower public profile at conventions but makes up for it with a vast comic book knowledge, a sense of self deprecation, and a dedication to delivering Formspring answers in an engaging fashion to the fans.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Executive Editor, Senior VP of Publishing

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  3. Brian K Vaughan

    2013 Rank: 23

    Comics and TV writer, Vaughan has worked on DC and Marvel properties, but it is his own works for which he is most lauded, Y The Last Man, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad, and Saga, Image’s biggest debut for many years. Incredibly picky on what he works on, he can add sales and gravitas to a new comic book work like few around him. He commands respect in comics, and in television as well.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Image Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

  4. Kevin Tsujihara

    2013 Rank: 24

    Once upon a time, he was the man who conspired with then-publisher Paul Levitz to hide DC Comics within Warner Bros’ byzantine levels of accountability, he has now risen to CEO of the company. And unlike previous occupants of the position, he actually has an interest in the comics publishing side of DC Comics as well as its potential film and licensing deals. Many of us are very interested in exactly what he’s going to do with it now.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Warner Bros Entertainment

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Chairman and CEO

    Art by Rich Johnston

  5. Brian Michael Bendis

    2013 Rank: 25

    The man who revamped Spider-Man as Ultimate Spider-Man was a very strong voice at Marvel comics through the noughties, even though his creator owned comics waned. Last year’s Avengers Vs X-Men event seemed to act as a swansong of sorts, but refocused him onto the X-Men books, some of the best selling in the industry, and the current Battle Of The Atom event. His prominence in comics has reduced, however as his life focus seems to have changed. But that strong voice in Marvel films, games, and TV shows remains.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  6. Jonah Weiland

    2013 Rank: 26

    Heading the successful Comic Book Resources, Jonah also runs the servers that host other comics sites. Running a mix of genial commentary, interviews, and reviews, CBR has become the site the comics publishers love to deal with, knowing they will not be bitten on the bottom. He owns the whole thing lock stock and barrel and he’s got a boat at San Diego Comic Con. He no longer goes to the show, but the show comes to him.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Comic Book Resources

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Publisher

    Photo Courtesy CBR

  7. Ted Adams

    2013 Rank: 27

    The powerhouse behind IDW, publishing a heady mix of franchise licenses, book adaptations, and comics with a potential for mass-media exploitation, such as 30 Days Of Night and Locke & Key, taking a lead on digital apps. IDW has now grown with hits such as My Little Pony, X-Files, and more, and with Transformers and GI Joe having become Hasbro’s publisher of choice, as well as innovating with high end Artists Edition projects.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    IDW

    Title/Profession/Role:
    President

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  8. The Unknown Amazon Algorithm Writer

    2013 Rank: 28

    With so many sales going through Amazon right now, the power of this individual or team in highlighting one comic over another, or working out which titles to show a potential reader that they “Might Also Like.” With Kindle sales growing as well, the whims of this decision process can make or break a title. Amazon also has a habit of letting the public know a publisher’s plans further in advance than a publisher may prefer.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Amazon.com

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Team of Developers

  9. Eddie Berganza

    2013 Rank: 29

    Now that his ban from attending conventions for DC Comics (after certain personal issues came to light) has been lifted, Eddie Berganza is becoming more and more of a face for the publisher. Group Editor on the Superman books, his relationship with Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras has been described as very friendly and tight by co-workers, creating a Brainiac/Luther team between them, and partly responsible for his return to prominence at the publisher.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Superman Group Editor

    Art by Rich Johnston

  10. Peter Philips

    2013 Rank: 30

    Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital Media Group at Marvel Comics, Philips is the man behind Marvel’s current digital comics success and innovation, pushing the likes of Marvel AR and the digital download program, which gives added value to the print titles, expanding the Marvel Unlimited program for collectors with MU Plus, the Infinity comics and such promotions as the SXSW 700 First Issue downloads. He is one of the people making noise in digital.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital Media Group

    Photo supplied by Peter Phillips

  11. Joss Whedon

    2013 Rank: 31

    Writer and director of The Avengers, the most comics-affecting Marvel movie to date. Just one glimpse of Thanos, and you can’t move for comics starring the purple tyrant. Now working exclusively for Marvel Studies on future films and television for the company, it’s a boom for anyone who wanted people to take superhero comics and films seriously. And now Agent Of SHIELD His Buffy licensed comics for Dark Horse have slipped in sales and prominence however.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Studios

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer, Director

    Photo by Gage Skidmore

  12. Grant Morrison

    2013 Rank: 32

    Reinventor of X-Men, Justice League, and Batman, he was given editorial freedom in the New 52, writing Action Comics, afforded to few other creators. Now reinventing Wonder Woman and about to launch Multiversity for DC, his fanbase approaches cult status and even a comment on a Batman comic from thirty years ago makes the headlines. The first rock god of comic books. And they’re even letting him finish the poor selling Seaguy. Now that’s power.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  13. Neil Gaiman

    2013 Rank: 33

    Co-creator of Sandman and the man most responsible for the literary and monetary success of DC’s Vertigo comics, his return to comics after time spent away as a novelist, TV writer, commentator, and wife of Amanda Palmer, is much celebrated. He has created a fanbase built from all sorts of fan groups who claim him as their own. His new Sandman series is likely to dominate the industry on its publication in the way that Before Watchmen simply didn’t. And his work for the CBDLF has pushed those calls for free speech in comics into new, and ideologically strident paths.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  14. Bob Wayne

    2013 Rank: 34

    A man who managed to get two of his bosses fired before taking their jobs, Bob Wayne is the true survivor and prosperor in comics. Senior VP Sales at DC, he remains a retailer at heart and knows more about the direct comics market than most anyone, maintaining its trust and setting its print runs – including those 3D covers. Oops. One of the more Machiavellian operators in the industry, he will one day retire to Texas and write his tell-all book. Everyone will read it.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Senior VP Sales

  15. Ross Richie

    2013 Rank: 35

    Boom! Continues to publish a mixture of originated work, licensed work, and celebrity name titles, all with an eye to future media exploitation. Losing the Disney licence reduced its reach, but gaining Adventure Time and Regular Show more than made up for the mouse. Richie continues to keep things together however, and has become a stalwart on the comics scene.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Boom! Studios

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Publisher

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  16. Mike Marts

    2013 Rank: 36

    Editor of the Batman line at DC Comics, Mike Marts is responsible for DC’s jewels and has managed to attract all sorts of unlikely people to join the team. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, David Finch, Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Chris Burnham, John Layman, not the people most likely to work on the monthly Batbooks… until they were hired. And now this eclectic bunch seem very natural indeed. And dominating DC’s monthly charts.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Batman Group Editor

    Photo provided by DC Comics

  17. Christopher Nolan

    2013 Rank: 37

    [Tie with Zack Snyder]

    This now-two-headed beast has given DC Comics Batman and Superman films they can be proud of and more besides. Classically, as influental on the comics as much as Marvel’s titles, this has been changing slightly. With Batman/Superman and Justice League to follow, their influence on the Arrow show as well, and the way that all feeds back into the comics now.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Director, Screenwriter, Producer

    Photo by Richard Goldschmidt

  18. Zack Snyder

    2013 Rank: 37

    [Tie with Christopher Nolan]

    This now-two-headed beast has given DC Comics Batman and Superman films they can be proud of and more besides. Classically, as influental on the comics as much as Marvel’s titles, this has been changing slightly. With Batman/Superman and Justice League to follow, their influence on the Arrow show as well, and the way that all feeds back into the comics now.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Director, Producer, Screenwriter

  19. Greg Capullo

    2013 Rank: 38

    Artist on the Batman book, there was quite a bidding war between Marvel and DC over his departure from Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Haunt books. He could have chosen Wolverine, but DC’s ability to attract him and pair him with Scott Snyder has led to a book that, month after month, dominates the comic store and book store, and gives Greg Capullo the room to experiment. His double act with Snyder at conventions has to be seen to be believed.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Artist

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  20. Matt Fraction

    2013 Rank: 39

    Heading up Fantastic Four and the new Inhumanity event, Fraction remains a major wunderkind for Marvel. Recruited from the independent press where he made a big name for himself and his comics, he continues to give indie cred to the corporate work he produces, while his breakout book for Marvel, Hawkeye, dominates their bookstore sales in a most surprising way. Married to fellow Marvel and Image Comics writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, he has become another mentor at Marvel for new and upcoming talent.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics, Image Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  21. John Rood

    2013 Rank: 40

    The Executive VP of Sales at DC Comics is a Warners plant. But with a tattoo of the state of Texas on his ankle, and a penchant for ending up on viral sports videos, John has pretty much the ear of the industry, is considered a fun guy to hang out with but also a very serious man when it comes to business. His whim can twist and turn DC Comics and the industry. You know Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock? He’s basically that, just slightly thinner.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    VP of Sales

    Photo ABC FAMILY/CRAIG SJODIN