It’s felt like an eternity since Comic-Con International last brought us Special Guests names for this July’s San Diego Comic-Con (Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July 2017; Preview Night, Wednesday 18th July); however, to be fair, they have been a little tied up with a little thing called WonderCon, which went down a storm. However, now that event is in the rear-view mirror, time to once again look forward to the Big Enchilada, with San Diego promising to host some of the biggest names in creative talent, bringing them out to California to bask in the glow of the West Coast climes, as well as the adulation of fans from across the globe.
To make up for the wait, CCI are really treating us with not four, not five but SIX superstar names, joining the already announced Cory Doctorow, Emil Ferris, Brian Fies, Alex Grecian, R.C. Harvey, Nalo Hopkinson, Larry F. Houston, Lynn Johnston, Paul Levitz, Jason Lutes, Scott McCloud, Jeff Smith, Marc Bernardin, E.K. Johnston, Mike Mignola and Terry Moore, bringing the tally to twenty-two – with plenty more to come.
Todays announced Special Guests are:
- RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE: Artist: AMERICAN VAMPIRE / ALL-STAR BATMAN / HIT-GIRL
- THI BUI: Writer/Artist: THE BEST WE COULD DO
- ANDY FISH: Writer / Artist: DRACULA’S ARMY / WEREWOLVES OF WISCONSIN
- VERONICA FISH Artist: ARCHIE / SILK / HOWARD THE DUCK
- DEBORAH HARKNESS: Author: ALL-SOULS TRILOGY / THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS
- DAVID MACK: Writer/Artist: KABUKI
Boom! Mic drop… And this is just the start, really. Back again next week for even more names to tie to the mast, courtesy of Comic-Con International – we’ve added this lot to our Special Guest indexes of the SDCC Utility Belt pages which you can find below. Bookmark them today to have easy access to who you can find at SDCC this year.
We’ll be back next Monday – will you?
(Artist: AMERICAN VAMPIRE / ALL-STAR BATMAN / HIT-GIRL)
Rafael Albuquerque was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has been working in the American comic book industry since 2005. Best known from his work on ALL-STAR BATMAN, ANIMAL MAN, and BATGIRL, he has also published the creator-owned books MONDO URBANO (2010), EIGHT (2015), and HUCK (2015). Rafael is an Eisner and Harvey Award winner for the New York Times Bestseller AMERICAN VAMPIRE (DC Comics/Vertigo, 2010), written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King. His upcoming projects include the adaptation of the popular Neil Gaiman tale A STUDY IN EMERALD, and Mark Millar’s HIT-GIRL.
(Writer/Artist: THE BEST WE COULD DO)
Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the “boat people” wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her debut graphic memoir, THE BEST WE COULD DO (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) has been selected as both an Indies Introduce and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title. She is the illustrator of A DIFFERENT POND, a children’s book by Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017).
Thi taught high school in New York City and was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. She currently teaches in the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband and her mother.
(Writer / Artist: DRACULA’S ARMY / WEREWOLVES OF WISCONSIN)
Andy Fish is a noted comic book artist, illustrator and painter. His work has been published all over the world and exhibited in galleries as far away as Sydney Australia. One of his paintings is in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington DC. He has a long history of published works, including a series of “How To” art books from Chartwell Publishing and several acclaimed graphic novels, including THE TRAGIC TALE OF TURKEY BOY and FLY: A TRUE STORY, COMPLETELY MADE UP.
For McFarland Press, Andy has done the popular graphic novels, WEREWOLVES OF WISCONSIN, which explores American Urban Legends and DRACULA’S ARMY which is a retelling of sorts of the Bram Stoker classic. He is currently working on an online version of the Adam West version of BATMAN and a new graphic novel mystery set during the age of the Dust Bowl in America’s Midwest. He resides in New England with his wife and fellow artist Veronica.
(Artist: ARCHIE / SILK / HOWARD THE DUCK)
Veronica Fish is an illustrator and comic book artist. Her work includes ARCHIE for Archie Comics, SPIDER-WOMAN, SILK and HOWARD THE DUCK for Marvel, SLAM! for BOOM! Studios, PIRATES OF MARS (self-published), and the graphic novel THE WENDY PROJECT for Papercutz. She is a frequent cover artist for IDW, Valiant, Dynamite and BOOM! Studios.
Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the US, and she’s done some fun stuff like storyboarding for commercials, illustrating for clothing companies and magazines, and character design.
She is currently working on a new project for Dark Horse Comics with Evan Dorkin. She lives in New England with her husband and fellow artist Andy Fish.
Photo Credit: Scarlett Freund
(Author: ALL-SOULS TRILOGY / THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS)
Deborah Harkness is a global phenomenon with readers of historical fiction and fantasy. Her first book, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, debuted at #2, and then went to #1, on the New York Times Bestseller List. SHADOW OF NIGHT (2012) and THE BOOK OF LIFE (2014) debuted at #1 on this prestigious list and became best-sellers throughout the world. Known as the “All Souls Trilogy,” more than 3.5 million copies have been sold through 37 different publishers.
Harkness is working on the television adaptation of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES that will be produced by Bad Wolf. THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS will debut in the spring of 2018. TIMES CONVERT, Harkness’ next novel set in the same universe as “The All Souls Trilogy,” will debut in the fall 2018.
Visit DeborahHarkness.com for more information.
David Mack is the Emmy Award-nominated, New York Times best-selling author of KABUKI, as well as the cover artist on Marvel‘s DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES television series tie-ins, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER film adaptation. He has also been the cover artist of Neil Gaiman‘s AMERICAN GODS and FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk, both for IDW Publishing. In addition to all of this, he has also served as Cultural Ambassador of Arts and Story for the U.S. State Dept.
Mack taught at schools & refugee camps in former Soviet areas, North Africa, and Singapore, recently directed popular music videos, is working on a new creator-owned project with Brian Michael Bendis, and developing his creator-owned comic book KABUKI as a TV series with Sony.
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