Home Con News SDCC 2017: Thirteenth Wave of San Diego Special Guests – Aydin, McCoy,...

The countdown rolls on – eleven weeks and counting until this July’s San Diego Comic-Con (Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd July 2017; Preview Night, Wednesday 19th July). And the Comic-Con International announcements for SDCC Special Guests continue with four more names – comics creatives with some serious chops.

Two of the names are masterminds behind the powerful MARCH Trilogy, a timely piece on race relations – indeed Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell are nominated in this years Eisner Awards line-up for the book, in the Best Reality-Based Work.

The four join the already announced talent roster, bringing the headcount to fifty-one: Arthur Adams, Sergio Aragonés, Marguerite Bennett, Box Brown, Gail Carriger, Joyce Chin, Gemma Correll, Paul Dini, Mark Evanier, Brigitte Findakly, Roxane Gay, Melanie Gillman, Sarah Glidden, Mike Grell, Dean Hale, Nathan Hale, Shannon Hale, Simon Hanselmann, Robin Hobb, Charlie N. Holmberg, John Holmstrom, James Hudnall, Victoria Jamieson, Denis Kitchen, Jim Lee, Paul Levitz, Sonny Liew, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Maberry, John Morrow, Dustin Nguyen, Keith Pollard, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Brian Selznick, Eric Shanower, R. Sikoryak, Alex Simmons, Jeff Smith, Joe Staton, R.L. Stine, William Stout, J. Michael Straczynski, Maggie Thompson, Bruce Timm, Lewis Trondheim, and Ron Wilson.

The latest additions are:

  • ANDREW AYDIN: Co-Author: MARCH Trilogy
  • NATE POWELL: Artist: MARCH Trilogy; Writer/Artist: SWALLOW ME WHOLE / ANY EMPIRE

As always, we’ve added these four to the listings on our dedicated Utility Belt pages –  do bookmark them to keep track of who you can see at this years convention, fingers crossed:

From the Comic-Con International website:

SPECIAL GUESTS: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017 – Thirteenth Wave (Monday 1st May)

Andrew Aydin at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center


(Co-Author: MARCH Trilogy)

Andrew Aydin is creator and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the Printz Award, the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Walter Dean Myers Award, among others.

Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, DC. His other published work includes the 2016 X-FILES ANNUAL (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF ANNUAL LIBERTY (Image Comics), and BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE #1 (Image Comics), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly CREATIVE LOAFING and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s TEACHING TOLERANCE magazine.

Glenn McCoy at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center



No other cartoonist has been honored by the National Cartoonist Society more than Glenn McCoy. His fourteen awards include Magazine Cartoonist of the Year, Editorial Cartoonist of the Year, Comic Strip Artist of the Year, Newspaper Panel Cartoonist of the Year, and Greeting Card Artist of the Year. His nationally syndicated editorial cartoons have been reprinted in the New York TimesUSA Today and Newsweek, and appear frequently on CNN. His comic strip, THE DUPLEX, has been syndicated since 1993 and runs in hip newspapers from Seattle to Sweden. Glenn also works with his brother Gary on THE FLYING MCCOYS, a single panel comic (featured in the Chicago Sun Times, New York Daily News, Washington Post, and 150 other clients). Several collections of his editorial, DUPLEX, and FLYING MCCOYS cartoons have been published by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

In addition to his syndicated features, Glenn’s work on films include THE LORAX, ICE AGE 3, DESPICABLE ME, Pixar’s PLANES, and THE MINIONS MOVIE. In 2016, he wrote and directed the animated short MOWER MINIONS, which preceded THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS in theatres around the world.

Nate Powell at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center


(Artist: MARCH Trilogy; Writer/Artist: SWALLOW ME WHOLE / ANY EMPIRE)

Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes the MARCH Trilogy, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; YOU DON’T SAYANY EMPIRESWALLOW ME WHOLETHE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDSTHE YEAR OF THE BEASTS, and Rick Riordan’s THE LOST HERO. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, two Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Photo by Rett Peek

Liz Suburbia at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center



Liz Suburbia is the creator of SACRED HEART, the ALA/YALSA Alex Award-winning graphic novel from Fantagraphics, as well as the self-published CYANIDE MILKSHAKE zine series.

Most of her comics are about punks and dogs. She currently lives in Virginia.


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