And so it begins: we may not have a date for any San Diego Comic-Con Returning Registration Badge Sale, we may not have any updates on Press Registration or Panel applications, we certainly don’t have any information on Open Online Badge Sales for the general public or Hotel Sale information (okay, that’s a little more understandable, those two elements are usually a bit further down the path at this point)… But what we do have are the first four esteemed names on this years SDCC 2017 Special Guest list!
Comic-Con International have announced, via their Toucan Blog, that they will be rolling out the names of this years Special Guests every Monday over the forthcoming weeks, through February, March and April (quick math in my head, that’s fourteen weeks worth of names: fifty-six guests, ballpark). The first four luminaries are:
- BRIGITTE FINDAKLY: Writer, POPPIES OF IRAQ
- EDUARDO RISSO: Artist, 100 BULLETS / MOONSHINE / TORPEDO 1972
- BRUCE TIMM: Artist, animator, director, producer: BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES / BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN
- LEWIS TRONDHEIM: Writer, artist: DUNGEON / A.L.I.E.E.E.N. / POPPIES OF IRAQ
We will, of course, 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:
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (A-G)
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (H-Z)
(Writer, POPPIES OF IRAQ)
Brigitte Findakly was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1959 and lived there until 1973. POPPIES OF IRAQ is the story of her childhood, co-written with and drawn by her husband, cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. The graphic novel will be published by DRAWN & QUARTERLY in Fall 2017. Findakly has worked as a colorist since 1982, with work for Disney and Spirou. She also colored a number of graphic novels including LAPINOT, LE CHAT DU RABBIN, LE RETOUR A LA TERRE, and RALPH AZHAM. Findakly and Trondheim have two children and live in the south of France.
Art by Lewis Trondheim
(Artist, 100 BULLETS / MOONSHINE / TORPEDO 1972)
Eduardo Risso was born in Leones, Argentina in 1959. His comics work includes EL ANGEL, JULIO CESAR, and PARQUE CHAS in his native country, and (with writer Carlos Trillo), SIMON: AN AMERICAN TALE, VIDEO NOIRE, BORDERLINE and CHICANOS, which were published in Italy and France. In 1997, he did ALIEN: RESURRECTION for Dark Horse and other American works followed. He teamed up with Brain Azzarello on the miniseries JONNY DOUBLE, which led to the creation of the multiple Eisner Award-winning series 100 BULLETS. He has won the Eisner, Harvey, and Yellow Kid awards for 100 BULLETS as Best Artist.
His latest work for DC Comics was DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY with acclaimed writer Paul Dini. He’s currently working on MOONSHINE with Azzarello and TORPEDO 1972 with Enrique Sanchez Abulí. Since 2010, Eduardo has been president of Crack Bang Boom—International Comics Convention in Rosario, Argentina.
(Artist, animator, director, producer: BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES / BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN)
Bruce Timm is a 35-year veteran of the animation industry, having worked on such films and TV series as THE SECRET OF NIMH, HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, G.I. JOE, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY MOUSE and TINY TOON ADVENTURES. He is best known for his work as designer, director, and producer on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SUPERMAN, BATMAN BEYOND, JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED.
Taking the occasional break from his “day job”, Timm has drawn comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and others, including short stories in VAMPIRELLA, CONAN, BIRDS OF PREY, FLINCH and the legendary but little-known GIANT-SIZE KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES. Rare ‘full-length’ works co-plotted and illustrated by Timm include THE AVENGERS 1 1/2 and the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE.
His latest animated project is the upcoming direct-to-video feature BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN.
(Writer, artist: DUNGEON / A.L.I.E.E.E.N. / POPPIES OF IRAQ)
Lewis Trondheim was born in Fontainebleau, France in 1964. A cartoonist by profession, his acclaimed works translated into English are APPROXIMATE CONTINUUM COMICS, RALPH AZHAM, DUNGEON (with Joann Sfar), and A.L.I.E.E.E.N. Trondheim is the artist and co-writer, with his wife Brigitte Findakly, of the Fall 2017 DRAWN & QUARTERLY graphic novel POPPIES OF IRAQ, which is the story of Findakly’s childhood. Trondheim is also the co-founder of the legendary comic house L’Association, co-founder of L’OuBaPo, and director of the Shampooing graphic novel imprint. Findakly and Trondheim have two children and live in the south of France.
Art by Lewis Trondheim.