[does maths in my head…] Four weeks of San Diego Comic-Con Special Guest announcements, four names per announcement… that means we’re up to a tasty sixteen creative powerhouses that will be meeting-and-greeting fans at SDCC 2017 already. Y’see? I can be quite clever when I want to be. DOH!
Okay, enough of the flippancy – because there’s plenty more to come yet, Comic-Con are just getting warmed up. But this latest salvo continues the high standard of talent that has been announced already (Box Brown, Paul Dini, Brigitte Findakly, Victoria Jamieson, Marjorie Liu, John Morrow, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Brian Selznick, Jeff Smith, Bruce Timm, and Lewis Trondheim, in case you’d forgotten).
So, here we go – the latest additions that will be found, pressing the flesh of fans at the San Diego Convention Centre this summer (Thursday 20th -Sunday 23rd July 2017, Preview Night Wednesday 19th):
- SIMON HANSELMANN: Cartoonist, MEGAHEX
- ROBIN HOBB: Author, THE FARSEER TRILOGY / THE FITZ AND THE FOOL TRILOGY
- DUSTIN NGUYEN: Writer / Artist: DESCENDER / SECRET HERO SOCIETY / LI’L GOTHAM
- WILLIAM STOUT: Artist: THE DINOSAURS
And still they keep coming – next Monday for another four, then. We’ll be right here…
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)
New York Times bestselling cartoonist Simon Hanselmann (MEGAHEX) was born in Tasmania and currently resides in Seattle, WA. He spends his days meticulously watercoloring each page of comics he hand draws.
Simon has found international success with his stoner witch comics, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. When not making comics, Simon can be found smoking cigarettes and walking a one-eyed dog.
(Author, THE FARSEER TRILOGY / THE FITZ AND THE FOOL TRILOGY)
Robin Hobb has been writing fantasy for over 35 years. Best known for The Farseer Trilogy, Robin has recently completed The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. ASSASSIN’S FATE (May 2017) concludes the adventures of Fitz and his close companion, the Fool.
Robin’s works are published in over 20 languages and have been adapted as graphic novels in French and Dutch by Soleil. Writing as “Megan Lindholm,” her works have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Robin resides in Washington state, where she spends a great deal of time on a small farm near Roy.
(Writer / Artist: DESCENDER / SECRET HERO SOCIETY / LI’L GOTHAM)
Dustin Nguyen is a New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning American comics creator. Currently, Dustin illustrates DESCENDER, a monthly comic published through Image Comics that he is co-creator of with artist/writer Jeff Lemire.
He is also working on the next installment of Scholastic’s Secret Hero Society series, as well as LI’L GOTHAM for DC Comics with Derek Fridolfs. WHAT IS IT? is his first children’s book, illustrated by Dustin and written by his wife Nicole Hoang as a child in 5th grade. It is produced by BOOM! Studios and distributed by Simon & Shuster.
(Artist: THE DINOSAURS)
William Stout (the Comic Art Professional Society’s co-founder and 10th president) has attended every San Diego Comic-Con. He assisted Russ Manning on TARZAN and Kurtzman and Elder on LITTLE ANNIE FANNY. This prominent underground comix artist‘s WIZARDS poster was his first of 120 film ad campaigns.
He’s made over 45 features (the CONAN films, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE) and helped PAN’S LABYRINTH win two Oscars. Stout’s book THE DINOSAURS (1981) inspired Michael Crichton’s JURASSIC PARK. The San Diego Natural History Museum and Zoo display fourteen Stout murals. 50 Convention Sketches Volume 22 and Dinosaurs: A Coloring Book will have their Comic-Con debut in 2017.