These are the CONFIRMED Special Guests – by alphabetical listing by surname, L-Z – for San Diego Comic-Con, scheduled to be held at the San Diego Convention Center on the 19th to 22nd July 2018. (Preview Night takes place on Wednesday 18th July, but no programming sessions are scheduled for that day.)
These names were announced officially on the Toucan Blog by Comic-Con International and are correct as time of press – any changes or cancellations are listed when made available. While every effort will be made to keep this information as current as possible, some alterations may be made which are out of our control. If any errors are spotted, please do CONTACT US so we can make the relevant changes. CANCELLATIONS OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED GUESTS WILL EDITED INTO THE LISTINGS BELOW.
This is the index of names, in ALPHABETICAL ORDER from L to Z, as listed on the SDCC portal of the Comic-Con International website:
Please head HERE for the Special Guests A-K listing of our SDCC 2018 Utility Pages – bookmark for your convenience!
(Publisher, DC Comics, Artist: BATMAN: HUSH, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED)
Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties as co-publisher, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGINS, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN UNCHAINED. He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3, and on Windows PC. For his latest project, Lee is handling the launch of the IMMORTAL MEN comic book.
Jeff Lemire is the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of such graphic novels as ESSEX COUNTY, SWEET TOOTH, UNDERWATER WELDER, and ROUGHNECK, as well as co-creator of DESCENDER with Dustin Nguyen, BLACK HAMMER with Dean Ormston, PLUTONA with Emi Lenox, and AD: AFTER DEATH with Scott Snyder.
He also collaborated with celebrated musician Gord Downie on the graphic novel and album THE SECRET PATH, which was made into an animated film in 2016. Jeff has won numerous awards including an Eisner Award and Juno Award in 2017. He has also written extensively for both Marvel and DC Comics.
Many of his books are currently in development for film and television, including both DESCENDER and A.D. AFTER DEATH at Sony Pictures, ESSEX COUNTY at the CBC, and PLUTONA at Waypoint Entertainment, for which Lemire is writing the screenplay.
He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and son and their troublesome pug, Lola.
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.
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/
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.
David Mack is the Emmy Award-nominated, New York Times best-selling author of KABUKI, as well as the cover artist on Marvel‘s DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES television series tie-ins, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER film adaptation. He has also been the cover artist of Neil Gaiman‘s AMERICAN GODS and FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk, both for IDW Publishing. In addition to all of this, he has also served as Cultural Ambassador of Arts and Story for the U.S. State Dept.
Mack taught at schools & refugee camps in former Soviet areas, North Africa, and Singapore, recently directed popular music videos, is working on a new creator-owned project with Brian Michael Bendis, and developing his creator-owned comic book KABUKI as a TV series with Sony.
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.
Image: (c) AEISD
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of UNDERSTANDING COMICS, MAKING COMICS, ZOT!, and many other fiction and nonfiction comics spanning 30 years. He’s lectured and consulted on comics and digital media for Google, Pixar, TED, Blizzard, MIT, Stanford, the Sydney Opera House, and hundreds of other events and organisations. He started the international 24-Hour Comic phenomenon, and his comics are available in 20+ languages in print and online at scottmccloud.com. His most recent graphic novel is THE SCULPTOR from First Second Books, and Scott is hard at work on a new book about visual communication and education.
Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of HELLBOY. He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both HELLBOY and HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY films. A HELLBOY reboot with director Neil Marshall is currently in production.
Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife and cat.
Lonnie Millsap is a cartoonist known for producing books of single panel cartoons since 2010. His work has been praised by noteworthy cartoonists such as Sergio Aragonés, Keith Knight, Robb Armstrong and Gary Panter, and he has exhibited or been a guest at comic conventions since 2011. In 2016 he won the LA National Cartoonists Society Dingy Award and the Comic Art Professional Society Don Rico Award. Millsap also competed in the 2017 and 2018 WonderCon Anaheim Quick Draw event with Sergio Aragonés. His comic, titled bacön, currently runs three times weekly on gocomics.com/bacon. In 2018 Millsap became the VP of the LA chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. He is nominated for his first webcomic category Reuben Award and recently had cartoons purchased by The New Yorker for publication.
Indy powerhouse Terry Moore began his career with the acclaimed epic, STRANGERS IN PARADISE, a compelling story of three unlikely friends. The series garnered numerous awards including the coveted Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story. Terry celebrates 25 years of SIP with a new ten-issue series, STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV. His other hit series include MOTOR GIRL, the story of a veteran and her imaginary friend, RACHEL RISING, a horror comic, and ECHO, a science fiction thriller.
In addition to publishing his own work, Moore has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and other major publishers throughout his career.
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.
Daniel José Older is the author of the New York Times bestselling SHADOWSHAPER, as well as several books for adults, including the popular BONE STREET RUMBA urban fantasy series.
Randy Reynaldo is the writer, artist, and creator of the long-running ROB HANES ADVENTURES, an independent comic book series published under Randy’s WCG Comics imprint that debuted as a small press zine in the 1990s. The series is a contemporary comic book action-adventure series in the tradition of Will Eisner‘s SPIRIT and Milton Caniff‘s TERRY AND THE PIRATES that’s earned extensive coverage and numerous accolades from critics and industry trade publications. Issue 19 of the series will debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con where Randy has exhibited since 1993, as well as a fourth trade paperback volume compiling the series.
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.
(Illustrator: Mondo posters, book covers)
Matt Taylor is a British born illustrator and comic book artist. He has worked as a freelancer illustrator for the last fifteen years and his work can be seen on book covers – most notably his ongoing work with John le Carre – albums – including Scream from Michael Jackson – and his extensive movie poster work with Mondo. He has also worked with the likes of the New York Times, Lucasfilm, and Burton Snowboardsamongst others.
His work in comics includes WOLF with Ales Kot from Image Comics, and covers for Vertigo, Dark Horse, BOOM!, and Archie Comics. He lives on the edge of the Sussex countryside on the south coast of the United Kingdom with his wife, daughter and cat.
Award-winner Maggie Thompson recently came across a comic book that she’d bought when she was 3½, which means that that’s when she began collecting comic books. She and Don Thompson launched their COMIC ART fanzine when she was 17.
These days, she continues to collect, write, and edit in the course of a career that includes 30 years of COMICS BUYER’S GUIDE and her current monthly contribution to Comic-Con’s Toucan blog, weekly post for Gemstone Publishing’s SCOOP newsletter, and maintenance of her own www.maggiethompson.com website.
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).
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.
Photo Credit: Ye Rin Mok
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the ADVENTURE TIME comics and Los Angeles magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger‘s FAKE MOUSTACHE.
Her graphic novels KOKO BE GOOD, IN REAL LIFE (with author Cory Doctorow), and the most recent, THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER, were published by First Second. For more info, visit jenwang.net.
Please head HERE for the Special Guests A-K listing of our SDCC 2018 Utility Pages – bookmark for your convenience!