Bleeding Cool is an Internet news site, focusing on comics, television, film, board games, and video games. Owned by Avatar Press, it was launched by Rich Johnston on March 27, 2009. Avatar Press also publishes an associated magazine, also called Bleeding Cool.
Type of site
|Comic books, television, film, video games|
|Created by||Rich Johnston|
|Launched||April 27, 2009|
Among Bleeding Cool's features are a power list detailing the most influential people in the comics industry.
In 2012, Bleeding Cool covered sexual harassment accusations leveled against DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza, beginning with an incident at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. Though that initial article was a blind item that did not name the victim or accused, four years later, Bleeding Cool named Berganza when it accused him of sexual harassment, and detailed how he had risen in the ranks at DC even after the accusations became known to his employers. This was followed by a November 2017 BuzzFeed report on accusations leveled against Berganza by several women that led to his termination from DC.
In November 2017, Bleeding Cool broke the story that writer/editor C.B. Cebulski, who had recently been promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, had written a number of Japanese-themed stories for Marvel in 2003 and 2004 under the pseudonym Akira Yoshida, which led to accusations of cultural appropriation, yellowfacing, and "Orientalist profiteering".
The site has published regular work by writers including:
- Warren Ellis
- Si Spurrier
- Alex de Campi
- Dennis O'Neil
- Michael Davis
- Jude Terror
- Patrick Dane
- Dan Wickline
- Adi Tantimedh
- Brendon Connelly
- Kaitlyn Booth
- Jeremy Konrad
- Mary Anne Butler
- Bill Watters
- Ray Flook
- Madeline Ricchiuto
- Gavin Sheehan
- Lauren Michele
- Val Hochberg – creator of Mystery Babylon
- Hannah Means-Shannon – now editor at Heavy Metal Magazine
- Chris D'Lando – now C2E2 Administrator
- Donny Cates – now writer of Venom, Redneck, God Country, Thanos, Doctor Strange, and Thor.
- Andrew Wheeler – now Editor-in-Chief of Comics Alliance
- Joel Ronson – the son of Jon Ronson
- Derek Des Anges – movie reviewer
- Rod Lamberti – comic store owner
Awards and accolades Edit
Bleeding Cool was nominated for the "Favourite Comics Related Website" Eagle Award in 2010 and 2011 and won in 2012. It was named as one of PC Magazine's top blogs of 2010 and Technorati gave it a perfect 1000 score for influence in the comics category in 2011. Johnston was awarded the Shel Dorf Award for Best Comics Blogger for his work on Bleeding Cool in 2012. He was also nominated in 2011 and 2013.
- King, Channing (March 21, 2014). "Free Comic Book Day Sends Out Special Reminder". The Indianapolis Star.
- Truitt, Brian (November 27, 2013). "Marvel heads up 'Bleeding Cool' comic-book power list". USA Today.
- Gaudette, Emily (November 13, 2017). "DC Comics Fires Editor Eddie Berganza Over Assault Allegations". Newsweek.
- Walters, Joanna; Flood, Alison (November 13, 2017). "DC Comics fires editor accused of sexual harassment by three women". The Guardian.
- Couch, Aaron (November 13, 2017). "DC Comics Editor Fired Following Sexual Assault Claims". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Liptak, Andrew (November 12, 2017). "DC Comics suspended a top editor after sexual harassment allegations". The Verge.
- Elbein, Asher (December 17, 2017). "The Secret Identity of Marvel Comics' Editor". The Atlantic.
- Andrews, Travis M. (December 19, 2017). "The curious tale of the Marvel comics editor who pretended to be a Japanese writer". The Washington Post.
- Alison Flood (November 29, 2017). "New Marvel editor-in-chief under fire for using Japanese pseudonym". The Guardian.
- Matt Fernandez (November 28, 2017). "Marvel Comics EIC Admits He Once Wrote Under Japanese Pseudonym". Variety.
- "2010 Eagle Awards nominations". The Beat. May 24, 2010. Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
- Griffith, Eric (November 11, 2010). "Our Favorite Blogs: 2010". PC Magazine.
- Johnston, Rich (September 21, 2011). "Wednesday Runaround: Going to Bat Law School". Bleeding Cool.
- Johnston, Rich (October 27, 2012). "Bleeding Cool Wins Shel Dorf Award For Best Comic Blogger (Other People Win Things Too)". Bleeding Cool.
- MacDonald, Heidi (August 10, 2011). "Shel Dorf Award nominees announced". The Beat.
- Herndon, Dave (November 2, 2013). "DEARBORN: 2013 Shel Dorf awards handed out at FanFare". The News-Herald (Southgate, Michigan).