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We’re just getting started with announcements of San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Special Guests – we’ve another nine more weeks of lucky luminaries  who don’t have to go through the stress of landing a SDCC badge (nope, still no word yet on when the Badge Sales are going to take place – your guess is as good as ours.)

Comic-Con International have put these four names on Wave Five joining the already announced creatives: Box Brown, Paul Dini, Brigitte Findakly, Simon Hanselmann, Robin Hobb, Victoria Jamieson, Marjorie Liu, John Morrow, Dustin Nguyen, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Brian Selznick, Jeff Smith, William Stout, Bruce Timm, and Lewis Trondheim

…the new additions to the list are:

  • ALEX SIMMONS (Writer, artist: BLACKJACK)
  • JOE STATON (Cartoonist: DICK TRACY / E-MAN)

Join us next Monday for Wave Six – what do we think of the guest list so far? Anyone that you’d like to see on the list? Comment below, of course!

We’ll be updating the Special Guests listings as the names are released in the coming weeks – you’ll be able to find full bio for the artists, writers and creatives at our dedicated Utility Belt pages, here:

SPECIAL GUESTS – SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017 – Fifth Wave (Monday 20th February)


Gemma Correll at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterGEMMA CORRELL


Gemma Correll is a writer, artist, and cartoonist. Originally from England, she currently resides in Oakland, CA with her trusty pug sidekicks, Mr Pickles and Bella. Gemma’s published works include THE WORRIER’S GUIDE TO LIFE, THE FEMINIST ACTIVITY BOOK, and A PUG’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE, as well as her award-winning eponymous series of quirky, humorous greetings cards and gift products, which are sold all over the world.

Gemma is particularly well known for her comics about mental health in collaboration with charities including Mental Health America. Her comics appear regularly on TheNib.com and GoComics.com and weekly in the UK’s Observer Magazine. More info at www.gemmacorrell.com.

Art (c) Gemma Correll


Jonathan Maberry at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterJONATHAN MABERRY


Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres, including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action, for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the JOE LEDGER THRILLERS, X-FILES ORIGINS: DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, MARS ONE, and many others.

Several of his works are in development for film and TV. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including THE X-FILES, V-WARS, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, BAKER STREET IRREGULARS, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD, and others. He lives in Del Mar, CA. Find him online at www.jonathanmaberry.com.


Alex Simmons at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterALEX SIMMONS

(Writer, artist: BLACKJACK)

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant. He’s written for Disney Books, Simon & Schuster, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. Simmons is the creator of the acclaimed adventure series BLACKJACK. He’s developed animation projects and taught creative arts workshops for students and educators. He’s lectured on children’s entertainment, as well as empowering young people through the arts.

Simmons founded the annual family event Kids Comic Con and three comic arts exhibits, which have traveled abroad. He is currently developing creative arts programs that connect children around the world. For more info about Alex, visit www.BlackjackAdventures.com.


Joe Staton at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterJOE STATON

(Cartoonist: DICK TRACY / E-MAN)

Joe Staton started working for Charlton Comics in 1971, where he co-created E-MAN and MICHAEL MAUSER. Among his many comics credits are ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN, THE LEGION, CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, various incarnations of BATMAN, and over 100 issues of SCOOBY DOO. He co-created several GREEN LANTERNS, including Kilowog, Arisia, and Salakk, and designed Guy Gardner’s “bad boy” look.

In 1998, he received the Eisner Award for WORLD’S FINEST: THE SUPERMAN-BATMAN ADVENTURES. Since 2011, Joe has been the regular artist for the DICK TRACY newspaper strip (online at www.gocomics.com/dicktracy), which received Harvey Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for Best Syndicated Strip.

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