Home Con News SDCC 2016: Seventh Wave of Special Guests revealed – Bell, Harkness, Levitz,...

logo - comic-con thumbnail (distressed)It’s Monday – and, if you’re a San Diego Comic-Con fan, you know what that means: Comic-Con International have revealed four more names to the Special Guest list for this July.

On the weekend of the 21st-24th July 2016, these esteemed writers of comics, novels and non-fiction treatise will be added to the already illustrious collection of talent descending on the city (including a member of CCI’s Toucan Blog and administrator of the Eisner Awards, Maggie Thompson):

  • Cece Bell (Writer/Artist: El Deafo)
  • Deborah Harkness (Author: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow Of Night, The Book Of Life)
  • Paul Levitz (Writer / Editor / Publisher / Comics Historian: 75 Years of DC Comics, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
  • Maggie Thompson (Writer, Editor, Comics Historian: Comics Buyer’s Guide, Toucan Blog)

image - SDCC 2016 (Special Guests Wave 7 - Cece Bell, Deborah Harkness, Paul Levitz, Maggie Thompson)


The list is promised to grow and grown through March, with new additions being announced every Monday – watch this space for further updates and, in the meantime, make sure you bookmark the links below for the full Special Guest lists for SDCC 2016!

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: ourvalley.org (CeCe Bell), Star Tribune (Deborah Harkness), csusa.org (Paul Levitz) and know.freelibrary.org (Maggie Thompson)

Cece Bell at Comic-Con International 2016


(Writer/Artist: El Deafo)

Cece Bell is an author and illustrator of books for children. She lives in an old church and she works right next door in a newish barn. Her graphic novel memoir, EL DEAFO, which chronicles her childhood experiences with hearing loss, received a Newbery Honor and an Eisner Award in 2015. Cece’s other books include the Geisel Honor book RABBIT & ROBOT,: THE SLEEPOVER, BEE-WIGGED, and the SOCK MONKEY series.

She has also illustrated books written by her husband, Tom Angleberger, including the picture book CRANKEE DOODLE, as well as the INSPECTOR FLYTRAP chapter book series (August 2016). Check out www.cecebell.com for more info.


Deborah Harkness at Comic-Con International 2016DEBORAH HARKNESS

Author: A Discovery Of Witches, Shadow Of Night, The Book Of Life

Deborah Harkness is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships.

Her publications include works on the history of science, magic, and alchemy. Her most recent scholarly book is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She lives in Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Scarlett Freund


Paul Levitz at Comic-Con International 2016PAUL LEVITZ

(Writer / Editor / Publisher /Historian: 75 Years of DC Comics, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel)

Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), executive (30 years at DC, ending as president & publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making (Taschen, 2010)) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He received two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro, and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative.

His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award, and Munich’s Peng Pris and has been excerpted as three smaller volumes. His latest book is Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (Abrams ComicArts, 2015). Levitz also serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and BOOM! Studios.


Maggie Thompson at Comic-Con International 2016MAGGIE THOMPSON

(Writer / Editor / Historian: Comics Buyer’s Guide, Toucan Blog)

When Maggie Thompson was 4 years old (in the Golden Age), her mom encouraged her to read—and collect—comic books. As a bonus, Maggie’s mom and dad were science fiction fans and introduced her to the world of conventions. In the decades since, she has pioneered in the world of comics fan publishing with her husband, Don, has co-edited Comics Buyer’s Guide for 30 years, and now writes online columns for Comic-Con International and Diamond Comic Distributors.

She is delighted that kids today get to meet comics creators, attend comics conventions, and even see comics in their libraries.



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