This year’s San Diego Comic-Con (Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July 2017; Preview Night, Wednesday 18th July) promises, as always, to be the prime destination for the world’s premier talent in the fields of literature, comics, cartooning, art and pop culture appreciation – and some of them even get invited along especially by Comic-Con International and get their bed and board sorted out for free, too!
Every Monday, CCI rolls out their officially announced Special guests, of which we’ve already seen Cory Doctorow, Emil Ferris, Larry F. Houston, Scott McCloud, Alex Grecian, R.C. Harvey, Lynn Johnston and Jeff Smith announced as Special Guests – joining them are for more illustrious names – including one good friend of AEISD in particular…
This Monday’s announced Special Guests are:
- BRIAN FIES: Cartoonist: MOM’S CANCER / A FIRE STORY
- NALO HOPKINSON: Author: BROWN GIRL IN THE RING / SISTER MINE
- PAUL LEVITZ: Writer / Editor / Publisher / Comics Historian / Educator
- JASON LUTES: Writer/Artist: BERLIN / JAR OF FOOLS
Levitz is the most household name of the four having the kind of career and impact on comics that has him in the frontrunning for a (long overdue, in our opinion) Will Eisner Hall Of Fame accolade. And, of course, he was a particular highlight to Leonard’s BRITISH INVASION Comic-Con panel a few years ago – a top bloke and a font of knowledge and experience.
We’ve added these four to our Special Guest indexes of the SDCC Utility Belt pages – lists which I say are now long enough to warrant individual listing on these posts, I think you’ll agree:
Bookmark these pages for easy reference for SDCC 2018, and we’ll be back next Monday to add more fuel to the fire…
(Cartoonist: MOM’S CANCER / A FIRE STORY)
Brian Fies’s comics include the Eisner Award-winning webcomic and graphic novel MOM’S CANCER, the graphic novel WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE WORLD OF TOMORROW?, and the webcomic THE LAST MECHANICAL MONSTER.
Within a day of his house burning down in last year’s northern California wildfires, Brian began documenting the experience in A FIRE STORY. That webcomic, and an animated version of it produced by PBS and shared on NPR, brought his story to more than 3 million readers worldwide. He is currently expanding A FIRE STORY into a full-length graphic novel while he and his wife Karen rebuild their home.
(Author: BROWN GIRL IN THE RING / SISTER MINE)
Nalo Hopkinson is Jamaican Canadian. Her 1998 novel, BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest. Her 2013 novel, SISTER MINE, won the Andre Norton Award. She’s also received the Campbell, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside. In 2017, she was a Guest of Honor at the 75th Worldcon, in Helsinki. She has a graphic novel and a story for a video game in progress, but she’s not allowed to say anything about them.
(Writer / Editor / Publisher / Comics Historian / Educator)
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (BATMAN), writer (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, executive (30 years at DC, ending as president & publisher), historian (75 Years of DC COMICS: THE ART OF MODERN MYTH-MAKING [Taschen, 2010]), and educator (including teaching the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award and Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro, and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award, and Munich’s Peng Pris, and it has been being released in revised form as three separate expanded volumes.
He wrote the recent book, WILL EISNER: CHAMPION OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (Abrams ComicArts, 2014), and he curated the celebratory book, ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN (DC, 2018). Levitz also serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and BOOM! Studios.
Photo Credit: AEISD (‘The British Invasion’ panel, SDCC 2016)
(Writer/Artist: BERLIN / JAR OF FOOLS)
Jason Lutes is the author of JAR OF FOOLS and the BERLIN trilogy, the final book of which is making its debut at Comic-Con 2018. He also drew THE FALL, written by Ed Brubaker, and currently teaches an MFA program for comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.