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EDIT: Deborah Harkness has unfortunately had to cancel her appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, due to work commitments.

Four more names to add to the pile of comic and creative luminaries, given the holler by the Comic-Con International high-ups to attend this years San Diego Comic-Con 2017

The four names ringing the tally to twenty-eight – including the already announced guests – Marguerite Bennett, Box Brown, Gail Carriger, Gemma Correll, Paul Dini, Brigitte Findakly, Mike Grell, Simon Hanselmann, Robin Hobb, John Holmstrom, 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

…are:

  • DEBORAH HARKNESS (Author: ALL SOULS TRILOGY / A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES)
  • KEITH POLLARD (Artist: FANTASTIC FOUR / THOR / THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)
  • R. SIKORYAK (Writer, artist: TERMS AND CONDITIONS / MASTERPIECE COMICS)
  • J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI (Writer: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN / SUPERMAN EARTH ONE; Creator, producer: BABYLON 5)

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 – Seventh Wave (Monday 6th March)

 

DEBORAH HARKNESS 

**CANCELLED, DUE TO COMMITMENTS**

(Cartoonist: AS THE CROW FLIES / STAGE DREAMS)

Deborah Harkness (born 1965) is an American scholar, novelist and wine enthusiast, best known as a historian and as the author of the ALL SOULS TRILOGY.

In 2011, Harkness published her first work of fiction, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The first novel in the All Souls trilogy, the book is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a modern-day witch who inadvertently calls up an ancient enchanted manuscript at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, thereby attracting the unwelcome notice of a host of magical creatures who live among humans, including other witches, daemons, and a 1,500-year-old French vampire. The novel debuted at number two on The New York Times Best Seller hardcover fiction list, and has been sold in at least 34 countries: the book was called “a sophisticated fairy tale for adults” by the San Antonio Express-News. The second novel in the series, SHADOW OF NIGHT, was published a year later, becoming a number one success on The New York Times Best Seller list. The third novel in the series is called THE BOOK OF LIFE

Harkness currently lives in Southern California where she teaches.

Image: Scarlett Freund

Keith Pollard at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterKEITH POLLARD

(Artist: FANTASTIC FOUR / THOR / THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)

Keith Pollard is an American comic book artist. Originally from the Detroit area, Pollard is best known for his simultaneous work on the Marvel Comics titles FANTASTIC FOUR, THOR and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in the late 1970s–early 1980s.

Pollard made his professional comics debut in 1974 with stints on such titles as MASTER OF KUNG-FU, DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU, ASTONISHING TALES, and BLACK GOLIATH. He was the regular penciller of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN from issue #186 (November 1978) through issue #205 (June 1980), and pencilled the backup feature in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #15 (1981). With writer Marv Wolfman, Pollard co-created the Black Cat in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 (July 1979).

 

R. Sikoryak at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterR. SIKORYAK

(Writer, artist: TERMS AND CONDITIONS / MASTERPIECE COMICS)

R. Sikoryak is originally from New Jersey, earning his BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1987, and is currently on staff at the school. His comics and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. He is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities and teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design.

Sikoryak’s most recent book is TERMS AND CONDITIONS, published by Drawn and Quarterly in March 2017, which satirizes Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. Like The Unquotable Trump, each page of the graphic novel is patterned after an page from an seminal comics storyline, and drawn in the style of the original artist, with a caricature of Jobs taking the place of a man character in the sequence, and the dialogue and narration taken entirely from the eponymous contractual terms of Apple’s iTunes media player. His other comics work includes MASTERPIECE COMICS.

 

J. Michael Straczynski at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention CenterJ. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

(Writer: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN / SUPERMAN EARTH ONE; Creator, producer: BABYLON 5)

As a comics writer for Image, Marvel and DC Comics on such titles as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THOR, MIDNIGHT NATION, DREAM POLICE, and SUPERMAN EARTH ONE, J. Michael Straczynski has sold nearly 13 million individual issues; as a TV writer he’s written over 300 produced episodes, creating BABYLON 5 and co-creating SENSE8 for Netflix; and in film he’s worked on CHANGLING, THOR, and WORLD WAR Z among others.

He has a RISING STARS movie in development with MGM, is writing a MIDNIGHT NATION pilot for Universal with Gale Ann Hurd attached, and is developing TEN GRAND for A&E.

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