Fair play, Comic-Con International earned their Christmas and festive season break, what with all of their badge sales and successful legal exploits, but now it’s the New Year, everyone is back in the office, geared up and ready to go, steaming full barrel towards this March’s WonderCon Anaheim – which means they’re back on with a Sixth Wave of Special Guests of WCA 2018!
Last year saw the announcements of superstar talents Jim Lee, Ed Piskor, V.E. Schwab, Liam Sharp, Ryan Benjamin, Kevin Hearne, Cat Staggs, Mark Waid, Sergio Aragonés, Ryan Benjamin, Jody Houser, John Jennings, Mark Evanier, Dan Jurgens, David Petersen, Laini Taylor, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Fabok, Kevin Grevioux and Mariko Tamaki – now, we’ve got four new names to add to the pile, including a couple of legends, a maverick and a writer who is looking like she’s going to having a very tasty 2018 indeed…
Todays announced Special Guests are:
- LARRY HAMA (Writer, artist: G.I. JOE, DEATHSTROKE)
- KELLEY JONES (Artist: BATMAN, SWAMP THING)
- PATRICK ROTHFUSS (Author: THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN’S FEAR)
- GAIL SIMONE (Writer: CROSSWINDS, WONDER WOMAN, CLEAN ROOM)
Damn – talk about coming back strong after the break. Simone, in particular, is always a cracking guest to have on the bill (and the recent news that she’s returning to Marvel to tackle a new DOMINO series will help in the that regard, too).
More guests, more announcements due in the coming weeks. Bring it on – we’ll be right here waiting.
(Writer, artist: G.I. JOE, DEATHSTROKE)
Larry Hama is a writer/artist/editor/actor who is best known as the writer of Marvel’s G.I. JOE and WOLVERINE comics in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He has also written, edited or drawn AVENGERS, CONAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, X-MEN, SPIDER-MAN, and dozens more. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. His also appeared in MASH, SNL, and The Warriors.
His most recent novel is THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA. Larry recently scripted BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT, and WONDER WOMAN for DC Comics’ CONVERGENCE event, and CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS for Dark Horse. He is currently writing G.I. JOE ARAH for IDW, and doing breakdowns for DEATHSTROKE at DC.
(Artist: BATMAN, SWAMP THING)
Kelley Jones began his career at Marvel as the inker then penciller on Micronauts. He was hired by DC comics in 1987 and has been there ever since. Jones took on Deadman, Sandman, Swamp Thing, and Batman. His vision of these characters remains iconic, particularly Batman, where his designs were used for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises.
He recently finished a successful run on Swamp Thing with Len Wein and a tale of Lobo for the JLA Annual. Jones also helped finish Frankenstein Alive, Alive! at the request of his idol, Bernie Wrightson for IDW comics. Jones is illustrating a series of novels based on the Haunted Mansion for Disney Publishing, and currently pencilling and inking a Batman miniseries, The Master of Fear.
(Author: THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN’S FEAR)
Patrick Rothfuss is the New York Times bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND, THE WISE MAN’S FEAR, and THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS.
When not writing, Pat plays with his children, makes mead, and runs Worldbuilders, a non-profit that mobilizes the geek community to raise money for charity.
Image credit: Kyle Cassidy
(Writer: CROSSWINDS, WONDER WOMAN, CLEAN ROOM)
A multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of comics and animation, Gail Simone began writing as a columnist for comicbookresources.com before making the leap to writing comics with DEADPOOL and THE SIMPSONS. She has since had fan favourite runs on such books as BATGIRL, WONDER WOMAN, TOMB RAIDER, SECRET SIX, BIRDS OF PREY, and the creator-owned CLEAN ROOM, LEAVING MEGALAPOLIS, and WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY.
She is currently writing her first book for Image, CROSSWIND, and is returning to superheroes with several projects, including WONDER WOMAN/CONAN from DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics. She remains a fierce advocate for diversity in comics.
Image credit: Mike Jara Photography