Special Guest announcement, Special Guest announcement, Badge Sale, Special Guest announcement… it’s not exactly a tango but Comic-Con International are giving fans quite the dance for next years WonderCon Anaheim (to be held at the Anaheim Convention Centre, over the weekend of Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March 2018), with four more comics creatives announced today.
Joining Jim Lee, Ed Piskor, V.E. Schwab, Liam Sharp, Ryan Benjamin, Kevin Hearne, Cat Staggs and Mark Waid will be this bunch of brilliant minds, including one very special living legend – ‘cartoonist’ doesn’t seem to quite cover it…
The newly announced names are:
- SERGIO ARAGONES (Cartoonist: MAD MAGAZINE, GROO)
- JODY HOUSER (Writer: MOTHER PANIC, FAITH, SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS)
- JOHN JENNINGS (Author: THE BLACKER THE INK, OCTAVIA BUTLER’S KINDRED graphic novel)
- MATTHEW ROSENBERG (Writer: PHOENIX RESURRECTION, KINGPIN, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME)
Boom! That’s one hell of a line-up already! Head to your CCI Member ID page and register for your WonderCon badges today before this show starts to get too big for its boots. And join us next week for four more names to tie to the mast – as ever, watch this space!
(Cartoonist: MAD MAGAZINE, GROO)
One of MAD MAGAZINE‘s longest-running cartoonists (only Al Jaffee has been around longer) and the creator of dim-witted barbarian Groo the Wanderer, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators. In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio — the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist — had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES. His most recent work includes a 4-issue mini series from Dark Horse Comics, GROO: PLAY OF THE GODS.
(Writer: MOTHER PANIC, FAITH, SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS)
An Eisner and Ringo Award-nominated comic book writer, Jody Houser is currently working on such books as MOTHER PANIC from Young Animal/DC Comics, FAITH from Valiant, and SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS from Marvel. She has worked on numerous properties in comics, including ORPHAN BLACK, MAX RIDE, STAR WARS, JAMES BOND, ATTACK ON TITAN, and HALO. She has also made appearances on several Geek & Sundry shows including VAST and ERIC’S TBD RPG.
(Author: THE BLACKER THE INK, OCTAVIA BUTLER’S KINDRED graphic novel)
John Jennings is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award winning collection THE BLACKER THE INK: CONSTRUCTIONS OF BLACK IDENTITY IN COMICS AND SEQUENTIAL ART.
Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings’ current projects include the horror anthology BOX OF BONES, the coffee table book BLACK COMIX RETURNS (with Damian Duffy), and the New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler‘s classic dark fantasy novel KINDRED.
(Writer: PHOENIX RESURRECTION, KINGPIN, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME)
Matthew Rosenberg is a comic book writer from New York City. He is best known for his series 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, and WE CAN NEVER GO HOME for Black Mask, THE ARCHIES for Archie, and THE PUNISHER, PHOENIX RESURRECTION, ROCKET RACCOON, TALES OF SUSPENSE, KINGPIN, and SECRET WARRIORS for Marvel.
He’s pretty nice. You should go say hi if you see him.