Home Con News SDCC 2015: CCI launch Special Guest Monday with First Wave inc. DeConnick,...

logo - comic-con thumbnail (distressed)It might not be the news we’re after – with any San Diego Comic-Con Early Bird Hotel Sale (if it happens at all), a Online Badge Registration or a General Hotel Sale date still yet to be announced – but the latest update from Comic-Con International shows that plans are progressing and all the pieces are starting to come together for SDCC 2015: the first five names have been revealed to be pinned to the Special Guest roster.

Released on the Toucan Blog pages of the CCI Official Website, these impressive first names – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Carlos Ezquerra, Lev Grossman, Reginald Hudlin and William Stout – will be joined by other notaries from the worlds of comics and pop culture every week on what CCI are calling Comic-Con Special Guest Monday (not as catchy as WonderCon Wednesday but we’ll forgive them the small details).

Everybody is now hoping that this will be the opening of the floodgates for this years SDCC updates – admittedly, there’s still some time between now and the 9th June but as experienced attendees will attest that window will shrink rapidly so, as the updates roll out, we’ll keep you appraised as soon as we hear anything.

From the Comic-Con International website:

Comic-Con Special Guest Monday! First Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced

We zoom into February with the first wave of our special guests for Comic-Con International 2015! We’ll be announcing 5 more guests every Monday throughout February, March, and April (with a week off for WonderCon Anaheim, the first week of April). Prepare to be amazed at this year’s incredible roster of special guests from the worlds of comics, and science fiction and fantasy.

Our first five special guests for Comic-Con 2015 are:

Kelly Sue DeConnick

KELLY SUE DECONNICK (Writer: Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet): DeConnick began her comics career writing the English adaptations of Japanese comics for Tokyopop and VIZ. After 7 years and more than 10,000 pages on books like Slam Dunk, Blue Spring, and Sexy Voice and Robo, she transitioned to American comics with 30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella (IDW). In 2012, DeConnick became the spiritual mother of the Carol Corps with her reinvention of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel (Marvel). DeConnick debuted on the creator-owned scene in a big way with the Eisner Award–nominated western Pretty Deadly (Image) and follows that up this year with a women-in-prison exploitation riff, provocatively titled Bitch Planet (Image).

Carlos Ezquerra
CARLOS EZQUERRA (Artist/co-creator: Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog): Born and living in Spain, Ezquerra is the co-creator of many popular British comic strips, among them Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. He has also worked extensively for American publishers on characters such as Lobo, Batman, Bob the Galactic Bum, and Star WarsMara Jade, as well as numerous collaborations with writer Garth Ennis on Bloody Mary, Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, Just a Pilgrim, and War Stories. He is currently drawing Judge Dredd, with a new Strontium Dogseries waiting in the wings.

Lev Grossman
LEV GROSSMAN (Author: The Magicians, Magician King, The Magician’s Land): Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land. The New Yorker named The Magicians as one of the best books of 2009. In 2011 Grossman was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the World Science Fiction Society. Grossman is also the book critic at Time magazine, and he has written about books and technology for the New York Times, Salon, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Lingua Franca, the Village Voice, and the Believer, as well as NPR. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. He’s 43, is slightly built, and probably wouldn’t last long in a post-apocalyptic, eye-for-an-eye world.
Reginald Hudlin
REGINALD HUDLIN (Writer/director/producer: Django Unchained, Black Panther animated series): Hudlin is an innovator of the modern black film movement, having created, written, and/or directed such films as House Party, Boomerang, and BeBe’s Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Hudlin received a Best Picture nomination for producing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The film won multiple awards, including two Oscars and two Golden Globes. Hudlin is the executive producer and writer of the Black Panther animated series, based on his comic book series. He also wrote an award-winning run of Spider-Man and the Django Unchained graphic novel. In addition, he was executive producer of The Boondocks animated series and served as entertainment president of the BET Network from 2005 to 2008.
William Stout
WILLIAM STOUT (Artist/illustrator: The Dinosaurs): Stout [serves as] the Comic Art Professional Society’s co-founder and 10th president [and] has attended every San Diego Comic-Con. He assisted Russ Manning on Tarzan and Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder on Little Annie Fanny. This prominent underground comix artist‘s Wizards poster was his first of 120 film ad campaigns. He’s worked on over 40 features (the Conan films, Return of the Living Dead, Masters of the Universe) and helped Pan’s Labyrinth win two Oscars. Stout’s book The Dinosaurs (1981) inspired Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. The San Diego Natural History Museum and Zoo display 14 Stout murals. 50 Convention Sketches Volume 21 and William Stout Comic Art will debut at Comic-Con 2015.
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