We’re approaching the final names to be announced for this years San Diego Comic-Con (held at the San Diego Convention Center over the weekend of 20th – 23rd July 2017; Preview Night Weds 19th): being the last Monday of April, this technically would have been the last date for Special Guest revelations but Comic-Con International have been held up a couple of weeks, what with Badge Sales, WonderCon, etc. Hey, they’ve been busy little bees! (And they’ve got the Hotel Sale to get out of the way this week, too, cut them some slack!)
Still, this does mean a few more names are to be revealed to join the already burgeoning roster of creative talent (Sergio Aragonés, Marguerite Bennett, Box Brown, Gail Carriger, 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, William Stout, J. Michael Straczynski, Maggie Thompson, Bruce Timm, and Lewis Trondheim, lest you need reminding.) So, here we go with four more names.
The latest additions are:
- ARTHUR ADAMS: Artist: LONGSHOT; Writer/Artist: MONKEYMAN AND O’BRIEN
- JOYCE CHIN: Artist: MARVEL COMICS Covers, inc. AMERICA / DEADPOOL THE DUCK
- RL. STINE: Author: GOOSEBUMPS Series / FEAR STREET
- RON WILSON: Artist: THE THING / SUPER BOXERS
This brings our tally of Special Guests to forty-seven – who knows, CCI may be aiming for a nice round number of fifty so next Monday maybe the last batch… But who are we to predict what on Earth Comic-Con International have in store for us? They’ve always kept us guessing in the past!
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:
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (A-K)
- SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017: SPECIAL GUEST INDEX (L-Z)
(Artist: LONGSHOT; Writer/Artist: MONKEYMAN AND O’BRIEN)
Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan-favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 LONGSHOT mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as BATMAN, SUPERMAN, THE AVENGERS, SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN, NEW MUTANTS, GEN-13, GODZILLA, THE AUTHORITY, DANGER GIRL, EXCALIBUR, ULTIMATE X, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and THE HULK. He’s the creator, writer and artist on MONKEYMAN AND O’BRIEN.
Outside of comics, Arthur has done movie, toy, and game designs, book illustrations, and provided the artwork for an X-MEN themed Spaghetti-O’s can.
More recently, in addition to the covers to many of Marvel Comics‘ top books, he supplied a run of covers for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and is working on covers for X-MEN BLUE.
(Artist: MARVEL COMICS Covers, inc. AMERICA / DEADPOOL THE DUCK)
Joyce Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she pencilled several issues of GUY GARDNER: WARRIOR for DC Comics. Since then, she’s has gone on to work on many titles, interiors, and some covers on stories for THE HULK, RED SONJA, VAMPIRELLA, GREEN LANTERN, XENA, SPIDER-MAN, SUPERMAN and WITCHBLADE, with a variety of publishers. She’s also worked on book, game, and magazine and toy packaging illustrations.
Currently, she’s been keeping busy penciling and inking Marvel Comics covers, for books as diverse as ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, AMERICA, DEADPOOL THE DUCK, THOR, SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN ’92 and HELLCAT.
(Author: GOOSEBUMPS Series / FEAR STREET)
R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children’s authors in history. In July 1992, Scholastic introduced his GOOSEBUMPS book series with ‘Welcome To Dead House’. Nearly twenty-five years later, GOOSEBUMPS is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time—with more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional 50+ million international copies in print in 32 languages. The GOOSEBUMPS series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer).
His other popular children’s book series include FEAR STREET (recently revived with all new books), MOSTLY GHOSTLY, THE NIGHTMARE ROOM, and ROTTEN SCHOOL. Other titles include: IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOREVER, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCREAM, YOUNG SCROOGE, and his first picture book with Marc Brown, THE LITTLE SHOP OF MONSTERS. Stine and Brown’s second picture book, MARY MCSCARY, will be published in September 2017.
Photo credit: Dan Nelkin
(Artist: THE THING / SUPER BOXERS)
Ron Wilson, esteemed ‘Bronze Age’ Marvel Comic book artist, is known for his prolific work in the ‘70s and ‘80s on some of the most popular titles in comics. He has also drawn a host of other titles including the HULK magazine, which coincided with the Lou Ferrigno TV series. Ron is the creator of WOLFPACK, the AMERICAN EAGLE, and the renowned graphic novel SUPER BOXERS, released in 1984.
His other credits include WHAT IF?, LUKE CAGE: HERO FOR HIRE, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE, THE THING, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (for Star Comics), CAPTAIN BRITAIN, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING and ARION THE IMMORTAL among many others, as well as covers.
Photo Credit: Luigi Novi