Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2014 (61-80)

  1. Chris Powell

    2014 Rank: 61

    Retailer turned VP of Retailer Services at Diamond Comic Distributors, Powell has spearheaded a number of initiatives in the comics industry, encouraging and incentivising retailers to launch new stores or expand, by persuading publishers to offer very attractive terms. He has pushed increased technology into stores, allowing them to monitor stock and increase it where needed. And continues to innovate in the print industry.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Diamond Comics Distributors

    Title/Profession/Role:
    VP of Retailer Services

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  2. CB Cebulski

    2014 Rank: 62

    Quitting his Talent Manager role for Business Development at Marvel, this Senior VP travels the world, eating as he goes, and is very much the international face of Marvel Comics. He still finds talent the globe over to be grabbed by Marvel for their American comics but he is also all about expanding the Marvel brand and finding international opportunities to do so. A Machiavellian operator, he remains well-liked (part of the trick) and his star continues to rise at the publisher.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Senior VP Business Development

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  3. Larry Ganem

    2014 Rank: 63

    DC Comics’ VP Talent Relations, it’s Larry’s job to keep up the troops morale. He’s even written a couple of comics in his time. Which might help. Whether it’s running around summits, issuing surveys or rearranging payment schedules, he does so with an infectious grin. What’s not to love about this man?

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    VP Talent Relations

    Art by Rich Johnston

  4. Gail Simone

    2014 Rank: 64

    DC Comics weren’t powerful enough to fire her from Batgirl anymore. But they could make it so miserable that she walked. A comic creator with a massive fanbase, her work also performs better digitally that her peers and her Kickstarters raise more too. She may scoff at her mention on this list, but as a writer with a strong following, right now the publishers need her more than she needs them.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  5. Brian Azzarello

    2014 Rank: 65

    One of those creators given considerable leeway at DC Comics. He may not have been able to affect a Superman/Wonder Woman hookup, but his Wonder Woman was one of the most iconic and iconoclastic in the history of the character. Combined with his reputation and creator-owned work, he remains a much sought after writer. But more than that, he is believed to have a larger influence over the DC Comics than is admitted.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo By Luigi Novi

  6. Harris Miller II

    2014 Rank: 66

    From sorting out trademarks, to negotiating contracts, to getting the best deals for his clients, Harris Miller is a comics industry lawyer without compare. He stays out of the limelight, but his name is on every signed paper, every applied for registration and his counsel is considered by many an A-lister.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Law Offices of Harris M. Miller

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Attorney

    photo by Pond5

  7. Lance Festerman

    2014 Rank: 67

    The man at show organiser Reed Expo who started the New York Comic Con, Lance Festerman now oversees an entire sector, including both NYCC and C2E2, the two comic conventions that most challenge San Diego Comic Con for media and public dominance. And it seems expansion is on his mind, not only in the USA but overseas. If you notice that Bleeding Cool has a stronger presence at NYCC this year, that’s down to Lance.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Reed Exhibitions USA

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Senior Global VP

    Photo supplied by Lance Fensterman

  8. Jonathan Goldwater

    2014 Rank: 68

    The man who took the fuddy duddy, old fashioned Archie Comics of his father’s company and turned it into a high media profile publisher who constantly hits the headlines with topical, socially relevant issues that transcend its origins, with some decent licenses to match. Extending into Afterlife With Archie and Death Of Archie has seen them break even their own records on this.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Archie Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    CEO

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  9. Scott Allie

    2014 Rank: 69

    Senior Managing Editor at Dark Horse Comics, he edits the blockbusters at Dark Horse – Buffy, Hellboy, Conan and more, but also writes some of them too. Seen as second to Mike Richardson at the Portland publisher, with a direct line to Joss Whedon, Guillermo Del Toro and more, he’s also a strong friendly face for the company at shows.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Dark Horse Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Editor-in-Chief

    Photo by Jessie Christiansen

  10. Chris Ryall

    2014 Rank: 70

    Editor-in-Chief of IDW, Chris Ryall makes the very important day-to-day commissioning decisions, shaping the way the company looks on a daily basis. Quite a jump from managing Kevin Smith’s Movie Poop Shoot website, he deals with precious egos from all sorts of studios, from BBC America to Paramount without breaking a sweat. In public, anyway. He also finds time to write and develop his own franchises in the process.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    IDW

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Editor-in-Chief

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  11. David Alpert and David Engel

    2014 Rank: 71

    Impossible to divide, these principals at production company Circle Of Confusion have their fingers in many pies, most visibly executively producing The Walking Dead TV show. But it is believed they own a slice of Image Studio Skybound, just as Kirkman has a slice of Circle. But they have many comics-affecting projects on their slate.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Circle Of Confusion

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Executive Producers

    Photo by Gage Skidmore

  12. Aaron Diaz

    2014 Rank: 72

    Author of one of the most spectacular Kickstarter wins in recent months, he raised over half a million dollars to publish his webstrip Dresdan Codak, with the first volume Tomorrow Girl, in print form. Not only that, but he delivered on books and rewards in a timely, efficient fashion.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Kickstarter Project

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer, Artist

    Photo by Aaron Diaz

  13. Scott Dunbier

    2014 Rank: 73

    Originator of the Absolute format, he was fired by DC/Wildstorm after controversy over the publication of The Black Dossier. At IDW, he took to using his intimate knowledge of comic book original art dealing to create the Artist’s Edition format, reprinting original art at the same size and material, preserving the look of the art boards as much as possible. Copied by other publishers, Dunbier has continued to innovate within the project and found new ways to make millions from comics that have been reprinted many times before.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    IDW

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Special Projects Editor

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  14. Nick Lowe

    2014 Rank: 74

    Senior Editor of the Spider-Man line, he began as an intern at Marvel but took over from Steve Wacker on the most famous of characters, bursting from Superior Spider-Man to Spider-Verse without a blip. He is also Marvel’s most prominent and outspoken editor, constantly appearing on Marvel AR and inserting himself into editorial comments.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Senior Editor, X-Men

    Photo by Luigi Novi

  15. Mark Waid

    2014 Rank: 75

    Comic book editor-turned-writer-turned-digital comics innovator, long standing comics industry editor and writer, Mark Waid’s Thrillbent comics line is like watching a dinosaur taking its first few flaps. But it seems to be succeeding, and influencing the likes of Marvel and DC in what they produce. And he keeps working on his Marvel projects as well. Just never DC.

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

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  16. John Rogers

    2014 Rank: 76

    President of Comic-Con International, the body that runs San Diego Comic-Con, so much of the comics year rotates around this behemoth of an event, which has done more to mainstream comics than anyone or anything since Stan Lee. Comic-Con has moved from a joke, to something envied. And, along with WonderCon and SPX, Rogers makes it the Mecca of comic books.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Comic-Con International

    Title/Profession/Role:
    President

    Art by Rich Johnston

  17. Rick Remender

    2014 Rank: 77

    Animator-turned-illustrator-turned writer, Rick Remender came to prominence in the comics industry with the likes of Fear Agent, before being recruited to co-write Punisher with Matt Fraction, taking it over and signing an exclusive deal. His writing prominence has increased on Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny Avengers to the current Axis event, while launching a number of high selling creator-owned works at Image.

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

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer, Artist

    photo by Frazer Brown Promotopia Pictures

  18. Matt Gagnon

    2014 Rank: 78

    Slowly, quietly, surely, this editor-in-chief of Boom! Studios has been building a considerable original line, from Lumberjanes, The Woods, Six Gun Gorilla, Dead Letters, Hacktivist, The Empty Man, Black Market and more, as well as creating the gonna-be-a-big-media-hit, Day Men. The industry is looking more and more like Matt is designing it…

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

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Editor-in-Chief

    Photo supplied by Boom! Studios

  19. Amanda Conner

    2014 Rank: 79

    Now an A-List artist, one of the few variant cover artists who shifts extra copies. Her long relationship and marriage to Jimmy Palmiotti, ex-creative partner of Joe Quesada and Dan DiDio, also helps her maintain strong connections across the industry, ensuring that no one can ignore her work. And her Harley Quinn title has rocked all of DC’s expectations, beating in sales titles with more “prestigious” creators or higher promotion.

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

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Artist

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  20. Jason Kingsley

    2014 Rank: 80

    Owner of software company Rebellion, who also publish the 2000AD and Judge Dredd comics and looks to be expanding further into TV and movies. 2000AD may be an R&D Department for IP, but it’s also a place that American publishers go to recruit talent. Jason’s decisions will shape how Marvel and DC will look…in five years’ time.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Rebellion

    Title/Profession/Role:
    CEO, Creative Director

    Photo supplied by Rebellion