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Every Monday between now and the end of April will see Comic-Con International taking to their infamous Toucan Blog to announce the dignitaries that won’t be struggling for a bed in San Diego this July! And, seeing as it’s Monday, we have today’s four names to share.

These four names for Wave Six are a fair wodge of talent, that are more than worthy to sit alongside the already announced creatives – which are, so far, Box Brown, Gemma Correll, Paul Dini, Brigitte Findakly, Simon Hanselmann, Robin Hobb, Victoria Jamieson, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Maberry, John Morrow, Dustin Nguyen, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Brian Selznick, Alex Simmons, Jeff Smith, Joe Staton, William Stout, Bruce Timm, and Lewis Trondheim

…the new additions to the list are:


Join us next Monday for Wave Eight – 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 – Sixth Wave (Monday 27th February)


Marguerite Bennett at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterMARGUERITE BENNETT


Marguerite Bennett is a New York Times bestselling comic book writer based in Los Angeles. Her superheroic credits include DC ComicsBATWOMAN and DC BOMBSHELLS, as well as stints on BATGIRL and LOIS LANE, and Marvel’s A-FORCE, YEARS OF FUTURE PAST, and ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL. At Archie, she writes JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS and BETTY & VERONICA, and her creator-owned titles, ANIMOSITY and INSEXTS, can be found through Aftershock Comics.

Her prose has appeared in THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS. Her work is full of queer characters, heroines, villainesses, talking animals, bloody revenge sagas, female monsters, murder, and kissing.


Gail Carriger at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterGAIL CARRIGER


Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her books include the PARASOL PROTECTORATE, CUSTARD PROTOCOL, SUPERNATURAL SOCIETY, and DELIGHTFULLY DEADLY series for adults, and the FINISHING SCHOOL series for young adults.

She is published in many languages and has over a dozen New York Times bestsellers via 7 different lists (#1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.


Mike Grell at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterMIKE GRELL


Mike Grell is a storyteller. Since his debut as comics creator in 1973, his creations include THE WARLORD, STARSLAYER, JON SABLE, FREELANCE, SHAMAN’S TEARS, BAR SINISTER, and MAGGIE THE CAT. In addition to his own creations, Mike has had successful runs on SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES, GREEN LANTERN, GREEN ARROW, BATMAN, IRON MAN, X-MEN FOREVER, JAMES BOND: PERMISSION TO DIE, the TARZAN Sunday comic strip, and the Eisner Award-nominated GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS.

Mike has won the coveted Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art and was voted to Wizard Magazine’s Top Ten List of Comics Writers. His series JON SABLE, FREELANCE was adapted for TV by ABC in 1987.

Photo: Dr Dan Photo Creative


John Holmstrom at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterJOHN HOLMSTROM

(Cartoonist: PUNK MAGAZINE)

John Holmstrom founded PUNK magazine in 1975, which launched the Punk Movement and was instrumental in the success of many bands such as Blondie, the Ramones, and the Dead Boys.

At the same time he created the JOE comic strip that ran in R. L. Stine’s BANANAS magazine for 10 years. He also co-founded COMICAL FUNNIES with Peter Bagge and STOP! with J. D. King in the 1980s.

His work is on permanent display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art, and in Yale University’s Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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