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logo - comic-con thumbnail (distressed)Monday means San Diego Comic-Con Special Guests! (Well, okay, it also means Thought Bubble Special Guest announcements… but let’s not have that widdle on Comic-Con International‘s parade!)

Joining the already mind-blowing guestlist for this July’s event – Jason Aaron, Mike Baron, Mike Barrier, Kate Beaton, Cece Bell, Emily Carroll, Howard Chaykin, Daniel Clowes, Peter David, Matt Fraction, Ramona Fradon, Kieron Gillen, Paul Gulacy, Lisa Hanawalt, Deborah Harkness, Ben Hatke, Keith Knight, Paul Levitz, Jamie McKelvie, Marissa Meyer, Trina Robbins, Patrick Rothfuss, Brian Selznick, Alex Sinclair, Jeff Smith, Noelle Stevenson, Babs Tarr and Maggie Thompson – come four more names, including somebody who has crawled out of the woodwork to throw barbed stones at the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

The reclusive Berkeley Breathed, creator of BLOOM COUNTY, will be attending SDCC, hopefully as the featured headline of a panel, talking about his satirical observations throughout the decades.

image - SDCC 2016 (Special Guests Wave 8 - Allen Bellman, Berkeley Breathed, Ed Luce, Sarah J. Maas)

Here’s how he fits in to the lineup of today’s announcement:

  • Allen Bellman (Artist: CAPTAIN AMERICA)
  • Berkeley Breathed (Writer/Artist: BLOOM COUNTY, OUTLAND, OPUS)
  • Ed Luce (Writer/Artist: WUVABLE OAF)
  • Sarah J. Maas (Author: THRONE OF GLASS series)

More names to be revealed next week – we’ll keep an eye on the CCI Toucan Blog for those additions. And, of course, bookmark the links below for our resource of the full Special Guest lists for SDCC 2016!


Allen Bellman at Comic-Con International 2016ALLEN BELLMAN


Allen Bellman became a staff artist at Timely during the Golden Age of comics. As a teenager, he first did backgrounds for Syd Shores’s Captain America starting in 1942. He also worked on titles featuring characters such as Captain America, the Patriot, the Human Torch, and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron and on series such as All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner Comics, Young Allies, and much more.

Allen’s self-created back-up crime feature “Let’s Play Detective” appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS. He also contributed to pre-code horror, crime, war, and western tales for Atlas. Allen worked in the comics field until the early 1950s. For more info, visit www.allenbellman.com.


Berkeley Breathed at Comic-Con International 2016BERKELEY BREATHED


Berkeley Breathed began his art career in high school when he drew a headless spaceman outside a spaceship and then spat red paint where the head should have been, causing the illusion of an explosion, naming it “Gesundheit.”

In the early 1980s Breathed began drawing BLOOM COUNTY, a political satire, for college newspapers. Nationwide recognition came with his creation of Opus, an insecure penguin who reflected the political conscience of America. He furthered his fame with his creation of Bill the Cat, who was the exact opposite of Opus in that he represented the scum of America. The combination of Opus and Bill was a huge success and saved Breathed from the near demise of his strip.

When BLOOM COUNTY ended, Breathed next created OUTLAND, a strip in which Opus, Bill, and several other characters resurfaced in a utopia-like world. After Outland ended he then started OPUS, a new comic strip featuring Opus, Bill, and other characters.

In 2015, Breathed pioneered a new paradigm for newspaper comic strips by bringing back BLOOM COUNTY without the paper. BLOOM COUNTY now appears exclusively on Facebook, with a new collection due to be published by IDW in 2016.


Ed Luce at Comic-Con International 2016ED LUCE

(Writer/Artist: WUVABLE OAF)

Ed Luce is the San Francisco-based creator of WUVABLE OAF, a two-time Ignatz Award-nominated series of comics and ever-expanding line of clothes, records, prints, and figures (in collaboration with sculptor Erik Erspamer). The first five years of Oaf comics were collected by Fantagraphics in 2015. A new color volume, WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL, will be released this fall.

Ed has created covers, comics, and illustrations for VICE, Slate, Image Comics, Dark Horse, Oni Press, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Decibel Magazine, Maximum RocknRoll, the infamous Henry & Glenn ‘Forever & Ever’ series, and the Eisner Award-nominated NO STRAIGHT LINES. Check out more of his work at wuvableoaf.com.


Sarah J. Maas at Comic-Con International 2016SARAH J. MAAS

(Author: THRONE OF GLASS series)

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series, as well as THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE, a collection of five THRONE OF GLASS novellas. She is also the author of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, the first book in a new series.

A New York native, she now lives in the Philadelphia area. Visit her online at sarahjmaas.com and worldofsarahjmaas.com.

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