Y’see? You thought that Comic-Con International was done with all this ‘Special Guest Announcement’ stuff but, in actual fact, they were just taking a week off to do, I dunno, WonderCon-type things. We appreciate that organising such an event can be quite the distraction.
But, no, they’re back at it – all the way through ‘mid-April’, by all accounts – and CCI have revealed on their Toucan Blog, the Eleventh Wave of San Diego Comic-Con Special Guests that will be joining the likes of 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, 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 and Maggie Thompson in San Diego, over the week of the 21st to 24th of July.
Admittedly, the four that that been included here can be separated into two camps as long-time partners, one pair as the creative force behind possibly the most beloved manga creation of all-time and the other as the husband-and-wife team that, without which, we possibly would not be celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of STAR TREK in the spectacular fashion that we are in 2016:
- Hidenori Kusaka (Writer: POKEMON ADVENTURES)
- Satoshi Yamamoto (Artist: POKEMON ADVENTURES)
- Bjo Trimble (Author: STAR TREK CONCORDANCE; Convention Organizer)
- John Trimble (Convention Organizer)
The bios of this illustrious list can be found on our resource pages, with more to be included every Monday from Comic-Con International – bookmark the links for our comprehensive Special Guest lists for SDCC 2016!
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2016: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (A-G)
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2016: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (H-Z)
The announcements were made on CCI’s Toucan Blog – expect to see more stellar names released all the way through to March…
featured image credits: piranhaplantpipeway.tumblr.com (Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto), YouTube (Bjo and John Trimble)
SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON – SPECIAL GUESTS: ELEVENTH WAVE
(Writer: POKEMON ADVENTURES)
Hidenori Kusaka is the writer for VIZ Media’s POKEMON ADVENTURES. Running continuously for over twenty years now, POKEMON ADVENTURES is the only manga series to completely cover all the POKEMON games and has become one of the most popular series of all time.
Kusaka is currently working on the twelfth and thirteenth story arcs, POKEMON X・Y and POKEMON ΩRUBY αSAPPHIRE. In addition to writing manga, he also edits children’s books and plans mixed-media projects for Shogakukan’s children’s magazines. He uses the Pokémon Electrode as his author portrait.
(Author: STAR TREK CONCORDANCE; Convention Organizer)
Bjo Trimble, along with her husband, John, has been an active fan since 1950. They organized the first WorldCon Art Show and ran it for 17 years. Bjo created the Futuristic Fashion Show in 1958. At a later Fashion Show, she met Gene Roddenberry, setting off on a voyage where no one had gone before.
The Trimbles attended San Diego’s Golden State Comic Minicon in 1970 and later set up the Art Show. Bjo — with Walter Koenig and Jack Kirby — reorganized the Masquerade. Bjo received an Inkpot Award in 1974 for both the Trimbles’ service.
The couple organized the “Save Star Trek” write-in campaign that kept the franchise alive for 50 years and got the first space shuttle to be named the “Enterprise.” John was seldom mentioned because media focus was on woman’s lib back then. But without a third season, Star Trek wouldn’t have been syndicated, and . . . The rest is history. Bjo is currently writing an introduction to IDW Publishing’s fifth collection of Gold Key classic STAR TREK comic books.
John Trimble and his wife, Bjo, met under Forry Ackerman’s baby grand piano and have been married for fifty-six years. They have been fans since the early 1950s and were active in many conventions, including their own Filmcons and Equicons.
Their film careers include John’s role in a fan movie, THE MUSQUITE KID RIDES AGAIN, and Bjo’s makeup for FLESH GORDON plus as an extra in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. Both John and Bjo are credited as being among the most influential figures in science fiction fandom.
(Artist: FLASH: EARTH ONE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)
Satoshi Yamamoto is the artist for VIZ Media’s POKEMON ADVENTURES, which he began working on in 2001, starting with volume 10. Running continuously for over twenty years now, POKEMON ADVENTURES is the only manga series to completely cover all the POKEMON games and has become one of the most popular series of all time.. He is currently working on the twelfth and thirteenth story arcs, POKEMON X・Y and POKEMON ΩRUBY αSAPPHIRE.
Yamamoto’s favorite manga creators/artists include Fujiko Fujio (DORAEMON), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 NIGHTS), and Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA). He loves films, monsters, mysteries, punk rock music, and livin’ the good life. He uses the Pokémon Swalot as his artist portrait.