It’s feeling like Comic-Con International are playing catch-up: they may have taken a few weeks off of announcing San Diego Comic-Con Special Guests – what with a tiny little distraction called WonderCon to keep them busy – but now they’re back with a vengeance with this being the second week in a row where they’ve brought us six superstar names instead of the traditional four. If they keep this up, we’ll be passing last years record number of invited dignitaries in no time.
SDCC 2018 is being held over the weekend of Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July 2017; Preview Night, Wednesday 18th July, so this bunch (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, Terry Moore, Rafael Albuquerque, Thi Bui, Andy Fish, Veronica Fish, Deborah Harkness and David Mack) better start planing their trip to the West Coast pretty soon – that is, after all, only fourteen weeks away. Blimey!
Today’s announced Special Guests are:
- ELIZABETH HAND: Author: CASS NEARY Series
- RICARDO LINIERS SIRI: Writer/Artist: MACANUDO / THE BIG WET BALLOON
- LARRY MARDER: Cartoonist: BEANWORLD
- ANN NOCENTI: Writer: THE SEEDS / DAREDEVIL / CATWOMAN
- PETER J. TOMASI: Writer: SUPERMAN / BATMAN AND ROBIN / THE BRIDGE
- TILLIE WALDEN: Cartoonist/Illustrator: SPINNING / THE END OF SUMMER
A cracking selection – true, not all of them are what your would call household names for yer average Comic-Con attendee (Nocenti and Tomasi are the closest you’d get to that definition, arguably) but the rest are still prestige guests and noted luminaries in their fields. ‘No slouches’, you could say.
We’ve added them all to our SDCC Utility Belt pages, links to which you can find below. Bookmark them today to have easy access to who you can find at SDCC this year.
Six more next Monday? There’s only one way to find out
Image Credit: Norman Walters
(Author: CASS NEARY Series)
Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of 13 genre-spanning novels and 4 collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (4 times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (3 times), International Horror Guild Award (3 times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among others, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” [Katherine Dunn] — GENERATION LOSS, AVAILABLE DARK and HARD LIGHT — have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith.
With Paul Witcover, in the early 1990s she created and wrote DC Comics’ groundbreaking ANIMA, the first comics series to feature gay and bisexual characters, including the eponymous super-heroine. She is a longtime reviewer and critic for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Salon, among many others, and writes a regular book review column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.
She divides her time between the Maine coast and North London.
Photo Credit: Nora Lezano
RICARDO LINIERS SIRI
(Writer/Artist: MACANUDO / THE BIG WET BALLOON)
Ricardo Liniers Siri is best known as “Liniers,” the creator of the popular Latin American comic strip MACANUDO. American audiences have been introduced to Liniers through his New Yorker covers, 4 volumes of the MACANUDO strip, and children’s books that include THE BIG WET BALLOON, WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY HENRIETTA and GOOD NIGHT,PLANET. These books have been published in more than 10 languages all over the world, from China to Colombia, Sweden to Japan.
In his spare time, Liniers likes to illustrate live shows with his friend, the musician Kevin Johansen, and do stand-up comedy while sketching with artist Alberto Montt.
More info: http://www.porliniers.com/
Larry Marder‘s BEANWORLD has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for more than a generation, earning him a spot on the New York Times‘ Graphic Books Bestsellers List. BEANWORLD is a weird fantasy dimension operating under its own rules and laws. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately they depend on each other for survival. Marder says “BEANWORLD is like KRAZY KAT meets ADVENTURE TIME as interpreted by Dr. Seuss and Joseph Campbell… but different.”
Marder is a life-long believer in Marcel Duchamp‘s observation that it is the viewer that makes the picture.
Photo Credit: Blair Breard
(Writer: THE SEEDS / DAREDEVIL / CATWOMAN)
Ann Nocenti’s new comic is THE SEEDS, with artist David Aja (editor, Karen Berger, Berger Books/Dark Horse, 2018). Previously, she wrote DAREDEVIL, CATWOMAN, and co-created Longshot (with Arthur Adams) and Typhoid Mary (with John Romita Jr.).
Her journalism has appeared in Details, PRINT, Filmmaker, and more. Her films include DISARMING FALCONS (DOC NYC 2014) and TAKING CHANCES (2009). She taught film-making in Haiti for which she was given the Humanitarian Award at the Tulsa International Film Festival. Current projects include MAGIC CITY, a street art exhibit in Germany (2016) and MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER-HEROES (MoPOP, Seattle, April 2018).
For more info, visit annienocenti.com.
PETER J. TOMASI
(Writer: SUPERMAN / BATMAN AND ROBIN / THE BRIDGE)
Peter J. Tomasi is a New York Times bestselling author known for his work on SUPERMAN, BATMAN AND ROBIN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, DETECTIVE COMICS, BRIGHTEST DAY SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT, EMERALD WARRIORS, NIGHTWING, and many others.
Over the course of his career with DC Comics, Peter also served as a group editor ushering in new eras for BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, and JSA, along with special projects like KINGDOM COME. Peter is the author of the creator-owned books THE BRIDGE (Abrams), and HOUSE OF PENANCE, LIGHT BRIGADE, and THE MIGHTY (Dark Horse).
(Cartoonist/Illustrator: SPINNING / THE END OF SUMMER)
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, TX. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics MFA program in Vermont. Her first three books, THE END OF SUMMER, I LOVE THIS PART and A CITY INSIDE were published by the UK based Avery Hill Publishing, two of which have won her Ignatz awards. She is also the creator of the graphic memoir SPINNING, which was published by First Second Books. Her Eisner Award-nominated webcomic ON A SUNBEAM, is also coming out in print form from First Second in Fall 2018.
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