The Special Guest for this years San Diego Comic-Con is racking up quite nicely, with some incredible talent already announced on the official CCI website – Paul Dini, Brigitte Findakly, Victoria Jamieson, John Morrow, Eduardo Risso, Jeff Smith, Bruce Timm, and Lewis Trondheim are already in place. But another Monday rolls around, and four more names are pinned to the mast to appear at the San Diego Convention Centre this Summer (Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd, Preview Night Wednesday 19th July).
They are impressive names, too: with an award-winning writer of a New York Times bestselling graphic novel, an acclaimed writer of one of the true great comics of the last twelve months, a legendary artist who has much to celebrate in the 100th Birthday Year of Jack ‘King’ Kirby, and a illustrator of some of the most loved revered children’s books to ever hit shelves.
- BOX BROWN: Writer/Artist, ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND / TETRIS: THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
- MARJORIE LIU: Writer, MONSTRESS / BLACK WIDOW / ASTONISHING X-MEN
- MIKE ROYER: Artist / Inker / Letterer: JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD SERIES
- BRIAN SELZNICK: Author/Illustrator: WONDERSTRUCK / THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
An ‘even dozen’, indeed – still plenty to go, with more Special Guests to be announced every Monday through till the end of April. See you back here next week!
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)
(Writer/Artist, ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND / TETRIS: THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY)
Box Brown (born 1980) is a comics artist from Philadelphia. In 2011 he founded the publishing house Retrofit Comics, which has now published over 60 comics.
His graphic biography about the professional wrestler André the Giant (ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND, First Second Books) was published in May 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His book TETRIS: THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY was released in 2016.
(Writer, MONSTRESS / BLACK WIDOW / ASTONISHING X-MEN)
Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. Her work with Marvel includes HAN SOLO, X-23, BLACK WIDOW, and ASTONISHING X-MEN, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
Her newest work is MONSTRESS, a New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-nominated indie comic book series with artist Sana Takeda.
She teaches comic book writing at MIT and lives in Cambridge, MA.
(Artist / Inker / Letterer: JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD SERIES)
Mike Royer‘s career began assisting Russ Manning as well as working on various titles for Gold Key Comics. He worked with Jack Kirby on NEW GODS, DEMON, KAMANDI, and other titles at both DC and Marvel.
For twenty-one years, Mike worked full time as a product designer/character artist for Disney Licensing and the Disney Store. Since 2001, he’s done product design for a variety of clients and even found time for comics work with Steve Rude, among others. His career has included animation layout, storyboarding, penciling, lettering, inking, product design and record album covers.
(Author/Illustrator: WONDERSTRUCK / THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET)
Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers WONDERSTRUCK and THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie HUGO.
THE MARVELS, Selznick’s most recent and acclaimed bestselling novel, is a mesmerizing and multi-layered reading experience which takes readers on an awe-inspiring voyage about the complexities of family and growing up, while also creating a loving tribute to the power of story. Selznick’s books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He has previously worked as a set designer, independent bookseller, and a puppeteer.
Coming to theatres in 2017, Todd Haynes directs the film adaptation WONDERSTRUCK, based on the novel by Brian Selznick, who also wrote the screenplay.