UPDATE: Okay, I think I’ve discovered where all this is coming from. But PLEASE NO ROBOT VOTING.
For the last few years, we’ve been running a Person of the Year voting as part of our annual Year-End survey of creators. In the past there was a very clear cut winner from the voters, but this time, there is no clear consensus.
To be honest, I kind of expected this; 2015 was a year of some upheaval in the comics industry as millennial readers become the primary audience for the medium, and boomer/Bronze Age icons faded. If there was a one word thing of the year it would be “diversity” and that would win hands down. I’ve resisted having a “Concept/Thing of the Year” however because the comics internet, in particular, doesn’t really prioritize the nitty gritty behind the scenes of the industry. There are so many people who do important work to make the good comics come out, and this honor was set up specifically to spotlight them.
That said, this year I’m opening the voting up to everyone, with the nominees chosen by the survey respondents. These six people had the most support, although not enough to make them clear cut winners. In the past PotY was a creator chosen honor, but this time the creators picked the nominees, and the wider audience will pick the winners. TBH, all six of the people mentioned below are already the People of the Year. The comics industry is too big and sprawling to boil down to one person any more.
As for the definition of Person of the Year here it is:
This can be the most important person, someone who had the biggest impact, an innovator, someone who set the pace, or had a banner year creatively.
Oh and one more thing: Happy New Year everyone!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.