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Comic-Con International may have survived their Open Online Badge Registration on Saturday – but, as the wise man once said, there’s no rest for the wicked and a Fourth Wave of Special Guests have been announced on their Toucan Blog, as part of their regular Special Guest Mondays, which are planned to reveal the line-up for this years San Diego Comic-Con, all the way through March and April (with a week off for WonderCon in a couple of months).
Joining the likes of Kelly Sue DeConnick, Carlos Ezquerra, Lev Grossman, Steve Lieber, Scott McCloud, Luis Royo, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, CCI have added five more incredible names to the roster: writer/artist Michael Cho, artist Tom Grummett, designer/author Chip Kidd, cartoonist Jen Sorenson and artist Bernie Wrightson.
Obviously, there’s no longer any options for buying badges for SDCC at this point but, if you were lucky in either November with the Pre-Registration Badge Sale or on Saturday’s Open Online Badge Registration, you can get to meet these amazing artists face-to-face in the Exhibtion Floor Artist Alley – and, as CCI have promised, there’s many more to come. Check back with us next Monday for Wave Five…
Comic-Con International’s Fourth Wave Of Special Guests for San Diego Comic-Con 2015 are:
MICHAEL CHO (Writer/Artist: Shoplifter): Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. He has drawn stories for books such as Batman Black and White for DC Comics and X-Men First Class and for Marvel. His comic story “Trinity” was selected by editor Neil Gaiman for the Best American Comics Anthology in 2010, and he’s won a few other awards and nominations for his comic work. Michael has also put out an art book of his drawings, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes with Drawn & Quarterly. His first graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.
TOM GRUMMETT (Artist: Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans): Grummett has enjoyed a career of over 25 years in the comic book industry, penciling various titles for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Beginning with the New Teen Titans, he moved to regular penciling duties on Adventures of Superman, where he contributed to the Death and Return of Superman storylines. Since then he has worked on Robin, Fantastic Four, Superboy, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans, Incredible Hulk, and Avengers Academy, among others. He has illustrated comics published as a joint program between Marvel and the United State Armed Forces, and custom comics for advertising.
Photo by John Madere
CHIP KIDD (Designer/Author: Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design): Kidd is a designer and writer in New York City. His books Batman Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross all earned Eisner awards. As an editor and art director for Pantheon Books, he has worked with some of the most talented people in comics, including Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Alex Ross, Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, David Mazzucchelli, and Michael Cho. Kidd is the author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Batman: Death by Design, published by DC Comics, as well as the co-author (with Lisa Birnbach) of True Prep, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Kidd’s new book on the work of Charles Schulz, Only What’s Necessary, will be released in fall of 2015, from Abrams.
JEN SORENSON (Editorial cartoonist): Jen’s political cartoons appear in numerous alt-weeklies, as well as in such outlets as Daily Kos, The Nation, AlterNet, The Progressive, The Nib (Medium.com), Ms. magazine, and Funny Times. She has also done work for NPR.org, Nickelodeon magazine, and MAD. In addition to drawing cartoons, Sorensen edits a comics section for the Fusion Network (Univision/ABC).
In 2014, Sorensen was named the first woman to win the prestigious Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. She is also the recipient of a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a 2012 National Cartoonists Society Award. She lives in Austin, Texas and online at jensorensen.com.
Photo by Tim Bradstreet
BERNIE WRIGHTSON (Artist: Swamp Thing, Frankenstein): While he has been creating horror art for over 45 years, back in 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC Comics. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing, for whose black-and-white horror comics magazines – he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Wrightson spent 7 years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre (IDW), all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles.
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