Comic-Con International, the organisation behind both this July’s San Diego Comic-Con (Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July 2017; Preview Night, Wednesday 18th July) and this March’s WonderCon convention, being held at the Anaheim Convention Center, have enough on their plate getting their everything organised for these two massive events (to say nothing about Hotelpocalpyse, which could drop at any time, of course). ‘The idle hands are the devil’s workshop’, they say, and CCI aren’t sitting on theirs, extending them to four more illustrious names for the Horde.
Last week saw heavy-hitters Cory Doctorow, Emil Ferris, Larry F. Houston and Scott McCloud being announced officially as the first Special Guests for San Diego Comic-Con – now, we’ve got four more to add to the list…
Today’s four Special Guest’s are:
- ALEX GRECIAN: Author: THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS / PROOF / RASPUTIN / THE MURDER SQUAD series
- R.C. HARVEY: Writer/Historian: THE ART OF THE COMIC BOOK / NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE
- LYNN JOHNSTON: Cartoonist: FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
- JEFF SMITH: Cartoonist: BONE / RASL
Continuing SDCC’s track record of bringing the cream of the literary and cartooning crop, these are four more cracking names to tempt fans to California in July – and I can attest, from first hand experience, Jeff Smith in particular is a brilliant guest to find yourself in a room with. Adding these to the Special Guest indexes of our Utility Belt pages (bookmark at your leisure), and we’ll see you back here next week for another batch of ace talent, courtesy of CCI.
(Author: THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS / PROOF / RASPUTIN / THE MURDER SQUAD series)
Alex Grecian is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS and the Murder Squad novels (THE YARD, THE BLACK COUNTRY, THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP, THE HARVEST MAN, and LOST AND GONE FOREVER), as well as the ebook THE BLUE GIRL. He is also the co-creator of two critically acclaimed comic book series: PROOF and RASPUTIN, both published by Image Comics.
He has written short stories, both comics and prose, for publishers including Vertigo and ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. His books have been translated into many languages worldwide.
(Author, historian, THE ART OF THE COMIC BOOK / NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE)
A one-time freelance magazine cartoonist who has also published in comic strip, editorial cartoon, and comic book genres, R.C. Harvey is an award-winning comics chronicler who explores the artistry as well as the history of the medium. Among his thirteen books are THE ART OF THE COMIC BOOK (an aesthetic history), biographies of Milton Caniff,Gus Arriola, and Murphy Anderson, and the forthcoming enhanced second edition of his autobiographical NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE: THE CONFESSIONS AND CONFECTIONS OF A GIRLIE CARTOONIST.
Harvey publishes regularly in The Comics Journal and produces a biweekly online magazine Rants & Raves at www.RCHarvey.com, where he has been reviewing current comics and reporting news and lore about cartooning for 19 years.
(Cartoonist: FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE)
Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of FFOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE: this family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in twenty-three countries and was translated into eight languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million.
Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario and grew up in British Columbia. After living in Manitoba and Ontario for many years, she now calls North Vancouver, BC home once again. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Rueben Award for Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society (1985). She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2008 Johnston retired from FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE at which time the comic strip was republished from the beginning and is now in its eighth year of reruns. In 2015 she was honoured by the Art Gallery of Sudbury in Sudbury, Ontario with a touring exhibit of her work.
Photo Credit: Copyright Ed Eng
(Cartoonist, BONE / RASL)
Jeff Smith is the New York Times bestselling author/cartoonist of the BONE and RASL graphic novels. Bone has won numerous awards around the world, including multiple Eisners, Harveys and the French Alph Art. In 2005 Smith’s work was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. Smith was guest editor of Best American Comics in 2013.
His webcomic about the first human to leave Africa 2 million years ago, TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS at Boneville.com, won the 2014 Reuben Award for Best Online Comic and is currently being prepared for release as a graphic novel.