It’s the last Monday of March, which means we have this and just four more weeks of Comic-Con International announced Special Guests for San Diego Comic-Con 2017 (Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd July) – that’s another sixteen names, give or take, to add to the bill, as well as this grab-bag of stellar talent… Including a good friend of AEISD!*
These four join the ranks of those creatives, already preparing their summer excursions to the West Coast, which consist of: Sergio Aragonés, Marguerite Bennett, Box Brown, Gail Carriger, Gemma Correll, Paul Dini, Mark Evanier, Brigitte Findakly, Melanie Gillman, Sarah Glidden, Mike Grell, Nathan Hale, Simon Hanselmann, Robin Hobb, John Holmstrom, Victoria Jamieson, Denis Kitchen, 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.
So, with no more to do, here’s the latest additions:
- CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG: Author: FOLLOWED BY FROST / THE PAPER MAGICIAN Trilogy
- JAMES HUDNALL: Writer: ESPERS / THE AGE OF HEROES / THE PSYCHO
- JIM LEE: Artist: SUICIDE SQUAD; DC Entertainment Co-Publisher
- MAGGIE THOMPSON: Writer, editor, comics historian: COMIC BUYER’S GUIDE, TOUCAN BLOG
Couple of non-surprises here as it just wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Mr. Lee – also, what with it being the 25th Anniversary of the launch of Image Comics, it’s not too much of a stretch to say he could make an appearance on a celebratory panel or two – and Maggie Thompson is an always welcome fixture -and-fitting of the show.
So, more names next week. We will be updating our Special Guests listings as the names are released – 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-K)
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (L-Z)
(* We say ‘good friend of AEISD’ as we have it from the man’s lips himself that Leonard gave him the ‘best introduction [he’s] ever had at Comic-Con’ – and we have this pic as a memento. Look, we never said that he’s got us on his Christmas Card list, okay?)
CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG
(Author: FOLLOWED BY FROST / THE PAPER MAGICIAN Trilogy)
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of FOLLOWED BY FROST; MAGIC BITTER, MAGIC SWEET; and THE PAPER MAGICIAN trilogy, which includes THE PAPER MAGICIAN, THE GLASS MAGICIAN, and THE MASTER MAGICIAN. A RITA Award finalist, she majored in English and minored in editing at Brigham Young University.
Raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names, Charlie plays the piano and ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day adopt a dog.
For more on the author and her work, visit www.charlienholmberg.com.
Photo by: Erin Summerill
(Writer: ESPERS / THE AGE OF HEROES / THE PSYCHO)
James Hudnall is a veteran comics writer with over 30 years in the comics business. He has worked for Marvel, DC, Image, Malibu’s Ultraverse, Eclipse, and many others. His main focus has been on his own creations such as Espers, The Age of Heroes, The Psycho, and Harsh Realm. He was also an early adapter of Japanese Manga and later Chinese comics to the English market.
Hudnall has also written novels such as Hell’s Reward and the nonfiction The Secrets of Writing. His latest comic, Blue Cat with artist Val Mayerik, is being collected in 2017, and his latest novel, Diogenes, is due out in 2017 as well.
Hudnall went to high school in San Diego, at Point Loma High and started attending SDCC in 1975. He has only missed 5 since. Aside from comics, James works as an Internet engineer and is developing social media videos.
(Artist: SUICIDE SQUAD; DC Entertainment Co-Publisher)
Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties as co-publisher, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGINS, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN UNCHAINED.
He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3 and on Windows PC.
For his latest project, Lee is handling the art chores on the SUICIDE SQUAD comic book.
Photo by: Mike Jara Photography
(Writer, editor, comics historian: COMIC BUYER’S GUIDE, TOUCAN BLOG)
Growing up in the post-World War II world, Maggie Thompson learned to read with the comic books she enjoyed. Such creators as Walt Kelly, Carl Barks, and John Stanley told the stories she kept, and she kept them because there were no comics in libraries.
In the 1960s, she and fellow science fiction fan Don Thompson pioneered in the world of comics fan publishing. She went on to co-edit COMIC BUYER’S GUIDE for three decades; these days, she writes online columns for Comic-Con International and Gemstone Publishing.
And she relishes the fact that today’s libraries do include comics.