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Continuing the countdown to San Diego Comic-Con 2017 – Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd July, lest you forget – Comic-Con International are holding to their Monday Special Guests schedule with four more names, added to the already stunning line-up – seriously, this is looking to be one of the most impressive SDCC Special Guest lists in living memory. And we’ve still got another five more weeks of this, yet!

We have two living legends in the comics industry, along with two other cracking comic academics and creatives, joining the grab-bag of previously announced international talent which includes: Marguerite Bennett, Box Brown, Gail Carriger, Gemma Correll, Paul Dini, Brigitte Findakly, Melanie Gillman, Mike Grell, Nathan Hale, Simon Hanselmann, Robin Hobb, John Holmstrom, Victoria Jamieson, Paul Levitz, Sonny Liew, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Maberry, John Morrow, Dustin Nguyen, Keith Pollard, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Brian Selznick, R. Sikoryak, Alex Simmons, Jeff Smith, Joe Staton, William Stout, J. Michael Straczynski, Bruce Timm, and Lewis Trondheim.

They are:

  • SERGIO ARAGONES: Cartoonist: MAD /Groo
  • MARK EVANIER: Writer, producer, comics historian, Kirby: King Of Comics / Garfield
  • SARAH GLIDDEN: Writer, artist, How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less / Rolling Blackouts
  • DENIS KITCHEN: Writer, cartoonist, publisher, comics historian

And, like I say, there’s more to come – if I do the math in my head, we’ve another twenty names to come yet. Join us next Monday for Wave Ten.

And, of course, we will be updating our 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:

From the Comic-Con International website:

SPECIAL GUESTS – SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017 – Fourth Wave (Monday 13th February)

Sergio Aragonés at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterSERGIO ARAGONES

(Cartoonist: MAD / Groo)

One of MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonists (only Al Jaffee has been around longer) and the creator of dim-witted barbarian Groo the Wanderer, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators.

In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio — the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist — had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies. His recent work includes a new series from Dark Horse Comics, Groo: Fray of the Gods.


Mark Evanier at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterMARK EVANIER

(Writer, producer, comics historian, KIRBY: KING OF COMICS / GARFIELD)

Mark Evanier has been writing comic books since he was 17, having started reading them when he was about that many minutes old. He apprenticed with the great Jack Kirby and has written much about Jack and comic book history. He’s written countless comics including many with the superstars of Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbera, as well as BLACKHAWK and others for DC, and his own co-creations including The DNAGENTS, CROSSFIRE, and MAGNOR.

Plus, he does something (God knows what) on GROO THE WANDERER with Sergio Aragonés. He’s also written hundreds of hours for TV including sitcoms, variety shows and cartoons, including writing/producing twenty years of GARFIELD THE CAT.


Sarah Glidden at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterSARAH GLIDDEN


Sarah Glidden was born in 1980 in Massachusetts and studied painting at Boston University. Her first book, HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS, earned her the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent and was translated into five languages. Glidden’s work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, as well as in the Best American Comics anthology. Her second book, ROLLING BLACKOUTS, was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016, receiving widespread acclaim and spending a month on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Glidden lives in Seattle, WA.


Denis Kitchen at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterDENIS KITCHEN

(Writer, cartoonist, publisher, comics historian)

Denis Kitchen started in “underground” comix. His Kitchen Sink Press (1969-1999) published countless top cartoonists. In 1986, he founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. He partners in two agencies and the new Kitchen Sink Books imprint. He draws, edits, and writes books about comics: an AL CAPP biography, a Harvey Kurtzman monograph, and the never-before-collected Trump magazine.

He guest-curates exhibits, currently Will Eisner Centennial shows in France and America. A monograph, THE ODDLY COMPELLING ART OF DENIS KITCHEN, was published in 2009. Columbia University acquired Kitchen’s papers in 2014. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2015.

Portrait by Pete Poplaski

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