Monday: officially the crappiest day of the week, when you really can’t motivate yourself to get anything down after the joys and pleasures of the weekend. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the regular announcements of Comic-Con International‘s Special Guests, invited to join us in San Diego this July, I’d be tempted to just stay in bed for the whole thing!
But thankfully, CCI do have these confirmations rolling out throughout the rest of April so that’s something to look forward to. Especially when you have a VIP list as experienced and varied as this lot.
Joining Jason Aaron, Sergio Aragonés, Mike Baron, Mike Barrier, Kate Beaton, Cece Bell, Allen Bellman, Berkeley Breathed, Emily Carroll, Jonathan Case, Howard Chaykin, Daniel Clowes, Peter David, Mark Evanier, Matt Fraction, Ramona Fradon, Kieron Gillen, Hank Green, Paul Gulacy, Lisa Hanawalt, Deborah Harkness, Ben Hatke, Jennifer Hayden, Keith Knight, Hidenori Kusaka, Jim Lee, Paul Levitz, Ed Luce, Sarah J. Maas, Seanan McGuire, Jamie McKelvie, Marissa Meyer, Trina Robbins, Patrick Rothfuss, Brian Selznick, Alex Sinclair, Jeff Smith, Noelle Stevenson, J. Michael Straczynski, Babs Tarr, Maggie Thompson, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble and Satoshi Yamamoto will be these three established and venerated writer/artists, all recognised for their own creator-owned titles:
- Derf Backderf (Writer/Artist: TRASHED / MY FRIEND DAHMER)
- Chester Brown (Writer/Artist: PAYING FOR IT / MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS)
- Ben Dunn (Writer/Artist: NINJA HIGH SCHOOL / THE STEAM LEAGUE / SCIENCE IS MAGIC)
What an amazing collective of talent – and more to come over the next couple of weeks. Watch this space… And make sure you bookmark our SDCC Special Guest pages to have a comprehensive guide to who you can bump into this summer.
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2016: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (A-G)
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2016: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (H-Z)
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(Writer/Artist: TRASHED, MY FRIEND DAHMER)
Derf Backderf is the writer/artist of three graphic novels: TRASHED, MY FRIEND DAHMER and PUNK ROCK AND TRAILER PARKS. His comic strip THE CITY appeared in over 140 weekly newspapers during its 24-year run. He won an Angoulême Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Award and has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Rueben Awards.
He lives in Cleveland, for reasons he can no longer remember.
(Writer/Artist: PAYING FOR IT / MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS)
Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award–winning LOUIS RIEL and the controversial, critically acclaimed PAYING FOR IT. Brown began self-publishing his comic book series YUMMY FUR at age 23 and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of THE PLAYBOY, I NEVER LIKED YOU, THE LITTLE MAN and ED THE HAPPY CLOWN. His latest publication is MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS.
He lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.
Co-Sponsored by Drawn & Quarterly
(Writer/Artist: NINJA HIGH SCHOOL. THE STEAM LEAGUE, SCIENCE IS MAGIC)
Ben Dunn was born in Pingtung, Taiwan in 1964 and immigrated to the United States in 1965. He settled in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up. In 1976 he went back to Taiwan where he discovered manga. In 1985 he founded the comic book publishing company Antarctic Press to promote the manga artform. The first comic published was the title MANGAZINE, followed by his best-known creation, NINJA HIGH SCHOOL, created in 1986. WARRIOR NUN AREALA followed in 1994.
Dunn has worked with various publishers over the years, including Malibu, Eternity, Eclipse, First, Now, Marvel, DC, and others. In the late 1990s, he handed over Antarctic Press to his brother, Joeming Dunn. He continues to work in comics, including a revival of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL in celebration of its 30th anniversary, a Steampunk series THE STEAM LEAGUE, and his new comic series, SCIENCE IS MAGIC.