Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2015 (21-40)

  1. David Steinberger

    2015 Rank: 21

    CEO of ComiXology, the leading digital comics distribution service, David Steinberger’s role is partly a facilitator of his clients’ wishes, but where ComiXology goes, the industry follows. A relatively benign dictator so far, nevertheless his power to affect the spread of comics content is massive and verging on the monopolistic. However a plateauing of digital sales of late, as individual titles fail to grow in audience has seen ComXology look further afield for both new content and new audiences, growing internationally, while at home, encouraging local growth with the ComiXology Submit programme – making anyone an international comic book publisher.

    Next year’s position depends on: Whether LINE WEbToons can break some of those big exclusive contracts when they come up for renewal.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Comixology

    Title/Profession/Role:
    CEO

    Comixology Photo

  2. Ted Adams

    2015 Rank: 22

    The powerhouse behind IDW, publishing a heady mix of franchise licenses, book adaptations and comics with a potential for mass-media exploitation. CEO/Publisher Ted Adams has seen IDW become Hasbro’s publisher of choice, as well as developing its own properties as comics, games, TV shows, whatever and wherever it can grow, as well as innovating with high end Artists Edition projects. But more importantly, he has pushed the comics into digest sized foil pack sales items for Ponies, Turtles, Transformers, and Skylanders, even palling around with Marvel’s Avengers and Star Wars, selling hundreds of thousands and expanding the market to new kids as well. The only question is what will they come up with next?

    Next year’s position depends on: Not spending all his time at the delightful gastropub at the new IDW San Diego offices…

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    IDW

    Title/Profession/Role:
    CEO/Publisher

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  3. Frank Miller

    2015 Rank: 23

    In the political wilderness for years, Frank Miller arrived with a seismic shock. How much of Dark Knight III he wrote is up for debate, with Miler saying none of it and DC Comics saying much of it. But he put his name on it and some of his pencils and saw the comic sell over half a million with its first issue and helping DC Comics at its worst of times, as the publisher put their all behind the comic – and Miller. Right now anything he suggests will be seized on by a willing publisher – even if someone else then has to write it all. He has become one of the biggest brands in comics.

    Next year’s position depends on: Staying dry and actually doing Dark Knight IV himself, as he promised.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer/Artist

    Photo ©Kendall Whitehouse

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    Loot Crate Merchandising Team

    2015 Rank: 24

    This is the year Loot Crate really came to town. Putting a comic in a monthly mystery subscription Loot Crate now adds 500,000 to its print run, and selling it to Loot Crate through Diamond severely distorts the direct market charts. It’s why Bravest Warriors and Orphan Black both got top spots in 2015 and really, really annoyed a number of other publishers who lost their own PR opportunities. While there are plenty of rivals to Loot Crate, nothing comes close to their impact, especially when exposing half a million people to a comic book they never knew existed before…

    Next year’s position depends on: Putting a comic in more boxes.

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  5. David Goyer

    2015 Rank: 25

    Screenplay writer for everything from the upcoming Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice to, um, well, the David Hasselhoff Nick Fury film, David Goyer is in prime position within Warners to influence their upcoming projects as producer and writer. Indeed some believe that if you want to make a DC licensed production, you’ve “gotta get a Goyer” in some form or other. And the films and TV shows he attached himself to have a tendency to turn into comics or affect the portrayal of the characters. Krypton will be his next baby.

    Next year’s position depends on: Continuing his Dawn Of Justice into a League if his own.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Warner Bros

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Screenwriter

    Photo by Michael J. Scofield

  6. Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

    2015 Rank: 26

    Amanda is an A-list artist in her own right. Jimmy Palmiotti was an inker-turned-executive-turned DC mainstay and Kickstarter extraordinaire. But together they did something extraordinary, writing Harley Quinn in such a wacky, silly way that was so against the cut and thrust of the DC Universe, it was doomed to fail. And instead became one of DC’s best-selling titles, outdoing the likes of the Justice League, Detective Comics, and the Superman books. They have also controlled the destiny of the character; no one else at DC is allowed to write her, aside from in Suicide Squad. And they have managed the pressure of creating multiple ongoing series, relenting for a Harley Quinn-Team Up title every two months. Add their movie production company Paper Films and involvement with new start up Aftershock Comics and you have a true power couple in comics.

    Next year’s position depends on: Just how well Harley Quinn goes down in the Suicide Squad movie.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    DC Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Creators

    Photo ©Kendall Whitehouse

  7. Dave Marshall

    2015 Rank: 27

    The editor-in-chief of one of the biggest comic book publishers, Dark Horse Comics, Dave Marshall, is a career man at Dark Horse having spent his working life at the company, until his promotion to the top spot this year. Although the company has lost the Star Wars license, its other licenses from Halo to Call Of Duty to Zelda, a growing manga line, and more prominent creator owned books has seen Dark Horse have its best year to date. His plan to team experienced creators with younger, fresher editors will be changing the type of books Dark Horse publish in 2016, with a Tarzan film about to hit that they made themselves, a new focus at the publisher look. And Dave has only one man to report to – the publisher and owner, which gives him a lot of leeway in shaping the publisher to his vision.

    Next year’s position depends on: Being more of a presence on the list when creators are shopping their products round.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Dark Horse

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Editor-in-Chief

    Photo supplied by Dark Horse

  8. John Cunningham

    2015 Rank: 28

    VP Content Strategy at DC Comics in their Burbank Marketing department, John Cunningham is a bruiser of a man in a marketing position, so you probably don’t want to meet him in a back alley. He knows where some of the bodies are buried and isn’t afraid to enact a voodoo spell to reanimate them and kick your arse. He creates an atmosphere of fear against those news reporters that depend upon his PR altruism. But after years hiding in the dark corners, he has started to build a bigger public presence in panels, in interviews, at shows.

    Next year’s position depends on: Defeating the boy Harry Potter and retrieving all his Horcruxes.

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    Caricature by Rich Johnston

  9. Kevin Tsujihara

    2015 Rank: 29

    Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros, Kevin Tsujihara, is the man who pushed Batman/Superman: Dawn Of Justice into reality, knocking aside other Superman sequel and Justice League movie plans at the studio and pushing forward the new “shared universe” plans for DC Comics movies. Heavily involved with Diane Nelson and Dan DiDio, he’s a lot more hands on than some would expect. And the man who conspired with Paul Levitz for so long to keep DC hidden within the corporate structure of Warners, is now doing his best in his relatively new position to make sure, if DC is under the spotlight, that it performs as well as the comics – and by that very nature effect the sorts of comics that DC will choose to publish and promote.

    Next year’s position depends on: Batman V Superman not being a Batmobile-wreck…

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    Art by Rich Johnston

  10. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    2015 Rank: 30

    A gestalt born of internet forums and London pubs, both creators are well regarded, respected and influential. Kieron Gillen is the writer of Darth Vader, Jamie McKelvie is a much-desired designer. But something very special happens when they are within the gravitational pull of each other, feeding off and egging the other on. Young Avengers really sparked the fire, but the new Phonogram and especially The Wicked + The Divine have intensified the sales, attention, and fan devotion, culminating at the end of 2015 with a pole dancing act in their honour.

    Next year’s position depends on: Actually joining together in a gestalt entity in order to fend off the hordes at NYCC.

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    Photo ©Kendall Whitehouse

  11. Hajime Isayama

    2015 Rank: 31

    Creator of Attack On Titan, the manga smash that seems to be warping the very nature of space-time with its sales. The books have spent more time on the New York Bestseller List than even the Walking Dead, as the films, the games, the TV shows, the novels, the toys, the cosplay – and shock horror, even the comics continue to sell in their millions. Seen as a satire upon our own helplessness against the action of corporations by some, or just an insane emotionally resonant action thriller by others, his comic is now attracting some of the biggest American creators to contribute to his nightmare.

    Next year’s position depends on: Not deciding that enough is enough.

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  12. Mark Millar

    2015 Rank: 32

    Not only writing one of the biggest creator owned lines in comics, Mark Millar shares equity equally with co-creators and is the most likely reason an A-List artist will leave their Marvel or DC comic book – for a bit at least. While the shine has come of the automatic success of every Millarworld comic, the success of the Kingsman movie has ensured that they will keep coming. From his influence at 20th Century Fox on their Marvel films, his ties to Scottish government, and fascination by the media ensures he will never be short of a headline. And with his past Marvel hit Civil War inspiring the new Captain America movie, you know he’s going to find easy ways to capitalise on that as well…

    Next year’s position depends on: Avoiding the taint of a dud, whatever the cost.

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    photo by Luigi Novi

  13. Lance Fensterman

    2015 Rank: 33

    Last year was the year that NYCC came into its own, outstripping San Diego in terms of official attendance and making a major pop cultural impact on the industry. Lance Fensterman oversees the entire sector for Reed Expo, including NY Special Edition, C2E2, ECCC, and foreign fields of Beijing, Vienna, and Shanghai that Reed is expanding into. And Lance keeps a strong grip on proceedings, his word being law on the show floor. If he wasn’t so amiable and amenable, he’d be Judge Dredd.

    Next year’s position depends on: Keeping all the bottles spinning…

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    Photo supplied by Reed Pop

  14. Mark Doyle

    2015 Rank: 34

    Batman Group Editor at DC Comics, Mark Doyle has turned a promotion from Vertigo to keep Scott Snyder happy into a real position of change. Revamping Batgirl, Grayson, and Catwoman while introducing Gotham Academy and Gotham At Midnight, he is the king of “Batgirling” at DC Comics, radically changing a comic to reflect a younger audience’s tastes with an eye on Tumblr as much as Diamond’s sales charts, while running as much interference on DC’s corporate concerns over the Bat. With his wife Jeanine Schaefer, ex of Marvel Comics, discovering the likes of Scott Snyder, Ming Doyle, Babs Tarr, and many more, he has helped open up new audiences to the medium that in other days would have gone elsewhere.

    Next year’s position depends on: Finding the right replacements for Snyder and Capullo.

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    Art by Rich Johnston

  15. Sana Amanat

    2015 Rank: 35

    As Director of Content and Character Development, Sana Amanat is the new public face of Marvel, replacing Joe Quesada in that role. She has been quoted in the media more than any other comic book editor this past year, as well as appearing on TV shows like The Nightly Show, doing a TED Talk, and while still editing the likes of the book she co-created Ms Marvel, as well as Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and more. But even more importantly than that, she’s head of developing projects geared towards what Marvel call their “emerging audiences” not only in comics but across the company.

    Next year’s position depends on: Continuing to make everyone else look bad.

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    Photo provided by Marvel

  16. Peter Philips

    2015 Rank: 36

    Cartoonist and creator of webcomic and graphic novels Smile (A Dental Drama), Sisters, and Drama, Rana Telgemeier has emerged as one of the best-selling graphic novelists being published today, each of her books selling over a million copies and outselling more traditional comic book creators by a considerable margin, and selling to an audience often left behind by traditional comic book publishers – kids. The future buyers of comic books will be Generation Raina. Maybe it’s time for Marvel to republish her X-Men: Misfits comic book from a few years go?

    Next year’s position depends on: Continuing to make everyone else look bad.

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    Photo supplied by Peter Phillips

  17. Nick Lowe

    2015 Rank: 37

    Moving from X-Men to Spider-Man as senior editor, Nick Lowe is overseeing an expanding line at Marvel, from the regular Amazing Spider-Man to Silk, Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man 2099, and more as the line continues to grow of late on the backs of the successful Spider-Verse. He is also one of Marvel’s most prominent and outspoken editors, constantly appearing on Marvel AR, publisher panels, and inserting himself into regular editorial comments. Nick is an editor impossible to ignore.

    Next year’s position depends on: Not killing off Spider-Gwen

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    Photo by Luigi Novi

  18. Mark Paniccia

    2015 Rank: 38

    The decision for Mark Marts to leave Marvel for the startup Aftershock Comics saw Marts dropped off the list, but his replacement as X-Men Group Editor Mark Paniccia to rise up it, significantly. Editing X-Men is a double edged sword, it is a property that, despite having one of the biggest fan bases in comics, is often ignored or downplayed by Marvel PR as it isn’t a Marvel Studios controlled property when it comes to the films, licensing, cartoons, and toys have been severely restrained as a result. But, it sells too well to be cancelled and is free from the kind of notes and suggestions that the likes of Iron Man and The Avengers titles suffer. All of which gives Paniccia far more authority over these books than he might otherwise have.

    Next year’s position depends on: Whether or not Marvel can be reconciled over X-Men in the light of the Marvel Studos coup.

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    Photo ©Luigi Novi

  19. Dan Slott

    2015 Rank: 39

    Dan is the writer of Amazing Spider-Man who isn’t going anywhere. He has repeatedly reinvented the character in new and headline grabbing ways in his time on the comic, currently reimagining Peter Parker as a scientific industrialist after coming off the very successful Spider-Verse, which spun off Spider-Gwen, Web Warriors, and more. Arguably Marvel’s most important character, Slott has done much to keep him fresh, relevant, and popular than anyone in decades. He says he’ll never resign from the book, only be fired, and with the current success there is little very sign of that possibility from Marvel.

    Next year’s position depends on: Getting one of his many planned creator-owned comics off and running.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    Marvel Comics

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Writer

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

  20. Chris Ryall

    2015 Rank: 40

    Chris is the man who would be Rom and who seems to have transformed his career from web-content writer to editor-in-chief of IDW Entertainment. His express aim seems to be to get to license and then write the ex-Marvel character Rom. And this year Chris Ryall truly succeeded in that endeavour. He makes very important day-to-day commissioning decisions, shaping the way IDW looks on a daily basis as the publisher increases in prominence and he keeps a personal eye on the most important licenses while developing his own franchises in the process.

    Next year’s position depends on: Whether or not he continues to do justice to Dirk Gently.

    Associated with Company, Publisher, or Studio:
    IDW

    Title/Profession/Role:
    Chief Creative Officer and EIC

    Photo by Kendall Whitehouse