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Comic-Con 2007 Special Guests
Newest additions include:
Allen Bellman, Cecil
Castellucci, Paul Dini, Ann
Eisner, Christos N. Gage, Karen
Palinko, Dave Stevens, and Brian Wood
Comic-Con already has an impressive list of special guests confirmed
for 2007. Once again, it's a cross-section taken from the world of
comics, science fiction, and fantasy from around the world.
Once again, Comic-Con is looking ahead to the coming year and special
anniversaries to celebrate both in programming and our annual Souvenir
Book. 2007 marks the 100th birthday of Hergé, the creator of Tintin,
one of the most beloved comics characters in the world. It's also
the 25th anniversary of 2 indy comics stalwarts, Groo (created
by Sergio Aragonés and aided and abetted by Mark Evanier) and Love
and Rockets, created by Los Bros Hernandez. More anniversaries
and themes and special guests will be added as we work towards the
The world's fastest cartoonist returns to Comic-Con once again, but
this time it's even more special. It's the 25th anniversary of his
fan-favorite character Groo! Sergio Aragonés brings his own special
brand of cartoon MADness to the show each year, including the wildly
popular Quick Draw, along with host Mark Evanier and fellow artist
We regret to announce that Kyle Baker has had to cancel his
appearance at Comic-Con.
Part soap opera and part op-ed column, Alison Bechdel's comic strip
Dykes to Watch Out For visually chronicles modern life, queer
and otherwise, with an unnerving amalgam of kindness, dead-on accuracy,
and nitpicking detail. It’s become a cultural institution for lesbians
and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. In 2006, Bechdel’s
haunting memoir of her childhood, Fun Home, was published to
Allen Bellman worked at Timely Comics as a penciler and inker during
the Golden Age of Comics. He started doing backgrounds for Syd Shores
on Captain America in 1942 and worked on other Timely characters
and titles, such as The Patriot, The Destroyer, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner,
Blonde Phantom, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Young Allies
and many more. He also contributed to pre-Code horror, crime, war
and western tales for Atlas and created the back-up feature, "Let’s
Play Detective." After leaving comics in the early 50s, Bellman joined
the art department of a major daily newspaper, the South Florida
Sun-Sentinel. His photography work has won many national contests.
This is his first time at Comic-Con.
The dean of American science fiction writers returns to Comic-Con
as one of the show's most beloved guests. Bradbury is the author of
such classics as The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated
Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit
451, many of which are continually adapted into comic book and
cinematic form. He was given The National Book Award in 2001 for his
contribution to American Literature, and President Bush awarded him
The National Medal of Arts in 2004. His latest books include Farewell
Summer, an "extension" to Dandelion Wine, and The Homecoming,
illustrated by Dave McKean.
The Nocturnals, Dan Brereton's masterpiece of pulp fiction-styled
horror, celebrates its spooky 13th anniversary in 2007. One of the
first comic titles to employ fully painted interiors, the phantasmagorical
adventures of the Nocturnals earned universal critical acclaim.
After diverting his attentions toward such high profile projects as
Legends of the Worlds Finest and Batman: Thrillkiller,
Brereton's Nocturnals are resurrected in 2007 with a new series
of remastered large format hardcover reprints from Olympian Publishing
and a planned relaunch of the series, just in time for Halloween.
Courtesy Century Guild
The daily editorial cartoonist for MSNBC.com, Daryl Cagle is the world's
most widely syndicated and reprinted newspaper cartoonist with close
to 900 subscribing newspapers. Daryl's site with MSNBC
has millions of loyal fans and is the most widely used site in Social
Studies classrooms around the world. For the past thirty years, Daryl
has been one of America's most prolific cartoonists and his syndicate,
Cagle Cartoons, Inc., is the largest distributor of editorial cartoons
in America. Cagle also edits and designs an annual compendium of editorial
cartoons, The Best Political Cartoons of the Year (Que Publishing).
Cecil Castellucci, the author of The Plain Janes, the inaugural
title from DC Comics' new Minx imprint, grew up in New York City,
is French Canadian and makes her home in Los Angeles. She's the author
of three young adult novels, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool,
and Beige, coming in June 2007. Cecil is also an indie rock
musician, an independent filmmaker and a playwright.
Starting his career with Warner Bros. Animation, Darwyn Cooke first
came to comic fans' attention with his one-shot Batman: Ego.
He went on to reinvent Catwoman along with writer Ed Brubaker.
His magnum opus, DC: The New Frontier has recently been republished
as an Absolute edition and is being adapted into an animated movie
by WB. Currently, Cooke is writing and drawing a brand-new series
based on Will Eisner's classic The Spirit, for DC Comics.
Born in Québec City in 1966, Guy Delisle now lives in the South of
France with his wife and son. Delisle has spent ten years, mostly
in Europe, working in animation, which allowed him to learn about
movement and drawing. As the majority of animation is now done in
Asia, Delisle is currently focusing on his cartooning. In addition
to Drawn & Quarterly, Delisle is published by Editions de L'Association
and Editions Dargaud in France, and Editions de La Pastèque in Montreal.
With a singular career that spans animation (Batman: The Animated
Series), live television Lost), and comics (Detective,
The World’s Greatest Superheroes), writer/producer Paul Dini is
currently masterminding DC Comics’ 2007 weekly event Countdown,
as well as writing his own series for Top Cow, Madame Mirage.
His other creations, Jingle Belle and Mutant, Texas,
continue to appear frequently from Dark Horse, Oni Press and other
Courtesy DC Comics
The creator of the popular Lenore, The Cute Little Dead Girl
comics series, published by SLG, Roman Dirge has been nominated for
four Eisner Awards. Lenore was animated in 26 short episodes
by Sony, written, directed and overseen by Roman Dirge (Dave Hartman
co directed as well). The episodes were released by Sony Screenblast,
receiving "Best Animated Work on the Web" at the World Animation Celebration
awards. Roman has released several other books including Something
At The Window Is Scratching, The Monsters In My Tummy,
and The Cat With A Really Big Head. He's currently working
a new Lenore, and other books, in addition to on a short film,
a novel, and a short animated project.
Courtesy SLG Publishing
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com)
is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He
is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing
and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make,
the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and
Web sites. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated
for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His latest
novel is Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town and his
latest short story collection is Overclocked: Stories of the Future
Present. In 2007, Entertainment Weekly called him, "The
William Gibson of his generation."
The wife of the late writer/artist, Will Eisner, Ann Eisner was a
constant presence and source of inspiration in her husband’s work.
Eisner’s work continues to be published and treasured by new fans.
His signature creation, The Spirit, is currently appearing
in a new series written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke and published by
DC Comics, also the home of the ongoing Spirit Archives, reprinting
all of Will’s Spirit stories in chronological order. His graphic novels
are currently available in brand new editions by W. W. Norton, and
a Spirit movie, written and directed by Frank Miller, is in the works.
Ann joins Comic-Con to celebrate Will’s work and his commitment to
the Eisner Awards.
Warren Ellis writes comics and graphic novels. He's got something
like fifty graphic novels in print now, including award-winning works
like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Ministry of Space,
and about forty-seven others that didn't win anything. This year,
he's launching several new projects for Avatar Press, including Doktor
Sleepless, Black Summer and Crecy. Also this summer
his first prose novel, Crooked Little Vein, will be released
in hardback. He continues to produce Internet-related journalism for
Reuters, and writes videogames, TV and films. Ellis is 39 years old,
lives in southeast England, and has been so broken by comics that
he walks with a cane.
Co-sponsored by Avatar Press
Recognized as an expert in the fields of comics, animation, and pop
culture, Mark Evanier is most recognizable to Comic-Con attendees
as the moderator of numerous panels, including Quick Draw, Cartoon
Voices, and the annual tribute to Jack Kirby. His popular blog,
attracts thousands of readers each day. Evanier has written comics,
TV shows, and cartoons throughout his career and is partially responsible
for the 25th anniversary of Groo, along with creator Sergio
Renée French's ethereal, detailed, and sometimes disturbing approach
can be seen her latest graphic novel, The Ticking, published
by Top Shelf. It's the dark, coming-of-age story of a young, deformed
man who captures the world around him in his sketchbook. Her other
works includes The Soap Lady and Grit Bath, and she
does a weekly comic strip for the New York Press, an alternative
The first writer recruited by Roy Thomas to join the Marvel Age of
Comics in the mid-60s, Gary Friedrich produced a memorable body of
work for the publisher. Collaborating with artists Dick Ayers and
John Severin, Friedrich wrote a fan-favorite run of Sgt. Fury and
His Howling Commandoes, featuring World War II stories that leaned
towards an anti-war stance during the turbulent Vietnam War years.
Friedrich also launched the motorcycle-riding version of Ghost
Rider at Marvel, which was made into a hit movie this year starring
Nicolas Cage, and wrote numerous other titles, including The Incredible
Hulk, Captain America, and The Monster of Frankenstein.
This is his first appearance at Comic-Con.
Christos N. Gage
Christos N. Gage has written television TV shows Law & Order: SVU
and Numbers, and comics including Stormwatch: PHD and
Deadshot for DC Comics and, for Marvel, Union Jack, Iron
Man/Captain America: Casualties of War, World War Hulk: X-Men,
and Quasar. He's been featured in Newsweek and the Philadelphia
Daily News and was named Wizard Magazine's "Writer To Watch"
One of Comic-Con's most popular guests returns to talk about the three
films coming out in 2007 that he's involved in: Stardust, Beowulf,
and Coraline. Neil Gaiman is one of the most popular writers
working in both the comics and fantasy fields.
» Read our exclusive interview
His graphic novels mine the serious weirdness of Victorian times.
Rick Geary's books include The Beast of Chicago, The Murder
of Abraham Lincoln and his latest, The Case of Madeleine Smith.
He's also the artist on the new Gumby comics series written
by Bob Burden and contributes a weekly cartoon illustration to the
San Diego-based alternative newspaper, The Weekly Reader.
George Gladir has been working as a freelance writer for Archie Comics
since 1959. He created Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Archie's Madhouse
in 1961, and continued to do Sabrina stories (drawn by Dan DeCarlo)
for that comic until 1969. Meanwhile, he was also writing stories
for Cracked magazine-some 2000 pages worth, many of them illustrated
by John Severin. His latest project is Cindy and Her Obasan,
a fantasy adventure that takes place for the most part in Japan, co-created
by artist Stan Goldberg. The book is coming out from Rorschach Entertainment
Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author
of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance.
Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began
with Guilty Pleasures (now a hugely successful graphic novel
from Marvel/Dabel Brothers - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!),
and continues with the recently released The Harlequin, number
fifteen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional
relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue
to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print
worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features
Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are
now five novels exceeding one million copies in print. Mistral's
Kiss, the fifth in the series debuted this past December. Ms.
Hamilton is thrilled to be attending her first Comic-Con. She lives
in St. Louis County, Missouri with her husband, daughter, two pug
and two part pug dogs.
Also known as Beto, the co-creator of Love and Rockets joins
Comic-Con to celebrate the seminal alternative comics title's 25th
anniversary. Gilbert Hernandez's "Palomar" saga (also known as the
"Heartbreak Soup" stories), serialized in L&R;, is currently
being reprinted in new trade paperback editions by Fantagraphics Books.
Gilbert's other work includes the graphic novel Sloth, published
by Vertigo, and the upcoming Dark Horse comic series Speak of the
The writer/artist of the memorable Locas stories in Love and Rockets,
featuring Maggie and Hopey, Jaime Hernandez comes back to Comic-Con
to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the comic book that many claim
started the alternative comics scene. The Locas stories were collected
in a massive 700-page book; Jaime's other work includes his L&R;
cast in books such as Penny Century and Whoa Nellie.
One of comics’ leading cover artists, with memorable runs on Wonder
Woman, Catwoman, and Tomb Raider, Adam Hughes remains
one of the most popular artists to appear in Comic-Con’s Artists’
Alley. He’s about to embark on writing and drawing the new All
Star Wonder Woman series for DC, set to debut sometime in 2007.
One of the best known fantasy, pin-up and comic artists working today,
Joe Jusko's career has spanned almost 30 years, starting with the
sale of his very first cover to Heavy Metal in 1977 at the
age of 17. Jusko has worked for almost every major comic book publisher,
producing hundreds of images for both covers and interiors. His work
has appeared on paperback book covers, calendars, posters, t-shirts,
toy packaging and innumerable trading cards, including the multi-award
winning 1992 "Marvel Masterpieces" and the 1995 "Art of Edgar Rice
Burroughs" sets. His current work includes a fully painted graphic
novel based on the Tomb Raider video game series and a hardcover
Art of Joe Jusko book, to be released by Desperado Publishing.
After a career working as a background artist for animation studios
such as MTV and Disney, Miriam Katin became a graphic novelist at
the age of 63 with her book, We Are On Our Own, published by
Drawn and Quarterly. The biographical story is based on Katin and
her mother's escape from the Nazi invasion of Hungary and their subsequent
lifelong struggles with their faith.
Best known for his work in comic strips (Perry Mason, Mac
Divot and Rick O'Shay), Mel Keefer also drew for comic
books. His work included war comics such as Monty Hall of the US
Marines and stories based on Disney properties '"Zorro" and "The
Swamp Fox." Mel also holds the distinction of being the artist behind
Jack Lemmon's comics in the movie How to Murder Your Wife.
He also worked in layout and character design for TV animation on
shows such as Jonny Quest and The Superman-Batman Hour.
One of the most popular webcomics of all time, PvP (Player
vs. Player) regularly scores over 100,000 visitors per day. Its
creator, Scott Kurtz, comes to Comic-Con as a first-time special guest
and the winner of the 2006 Eisner
Award for Best Digital Comic.
Joseph Michael Linsner
With a distinctive and stunning art style that focuses on the female
form, Joseph Michael Linsner has created a fan favorite character
with Dawn. Linsner's lush, painterly style has illustrated
the adventures of his signature creation for almost 20 years, since
the character's inception in 1989. Dawn represents Linsner's interpretation
of the Mother Goddess, prevalent in modern and ancient religions and
his mix of heartfelt writing and beautiful art has struck a chord
with fans around the world.
Everyone and everything is fodder for Joe Matt's autobiographical
comics, even having lost the love of his life for documenting his
crush on her best friend in the pages of his legendary comic book
series, Peepshow. With a list of flaws a mile long, Matt's
biggest target for ridicule is himself. This humiliating honesty has
made Matt a comedic genius who has been hilariously and shamelessly
chronicling his often pathetic existence for close to twenty years.
Matt was born in Philadelphia, and now lives in Los Angeles, where
he has spent the last four years seeking "Hollywood Money" and neglecting
his comics. After a four-year hiatus from drawing, he returns with
a much-anticipated new chapter of Peepshow, which will be collected
as his new graphic novel Spent.
Courtesy of Drawn and Quarterly.
His first novel, First Blood, created a pop culture powerhouse:
Rambo. David Morrell's 28 novels since then have thrilled and chilled
audiences all over the world. His The Brotherhood of the Rose
was made into a popular TV mini-series starring Robert Mitchum. He's
a co-founder and co-president of the International Thrillers Writers
organization. Morrell's most recent book is Creepers. His next
novel, Scavenger, will be published in 2007. Also in 2007,
Morrell brings his own take on Captain America to Marvel Comics in
a brand new mini-series.
Karen Palinko is an award-winning sculptor who works exclusively for
DC Direct. Recent projects have included collectible statues and action
figures based on the work of Alex Ross, and Superman figures based
on the art of Adam Kubert. Her relationship with DC dates back several
years, and has included sculpting merchandise for the Warner Bros.
Studio Stores. Her Justice League Animated Batman Maquette was named
"Collectible Statue of the Year" in 2002 by Diamond Comic Distributors,
Courtesy DC Direct
Lily Renee Phillips
Lily Renee (Wilhelms) Phillips is known to Golden Age comics collectors
as one of Fiction House's primo "Good Girl" artists. From 1943 to
1948 she drew covers and such features as "The Lost World," "Senorita
Rio," and "Werewolf Hunters" for Planet Comics, Rangers
Comics, and Fight Comics. With her then-husband Eric Peters,
she also drew covers and interior stories for a number of Abbott
& Costello Comics. Comic-Con 2007 will be her first appearance
at a comic convention of any kind!
Starting his career in animation at Hanna-Barbera and in comics illustration
with Will Eisner on P*S Magazine for the military, Mike Ploog
first broke into mainstream comics with work for Warren Publications.
He became one of Marvel Comics’ most popular horror artists of the
70s, penciling titles such as Werewolf By Night, Monster
of Frankenstein, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing and the
fantasy-oriented Weirdworld. After working in the movie industry,
he returned to comics with Abadazad, written by J. M. DeMatteis,
and currently being published by Hyperion Books.
Paul Pope’s groundbreaking self-published work THB debuted
in 1995. Since then, he’s produced work DC and Vertigo (Batman:
Year 100, Heavy Liquid, 100%), Dark Horse (One-Trick
Ripoff) and manga publisher, Kodansha (Supertrouble). This
year, Pope won the Eisner Award
for Best Short Story for "Teenage Sidekick," published in his issue
of Solo (#3) by DC Comics. His upcoming work includes a major
collection of his work, Pulphouse: The Art of Paul Pope, to
be published by Adhouse Books and a new graphic novel from First Second,
George A. Romero
He was the cool indie filmmaker who made us realize how cool indie
films are! George A. Romero spawned a cottage industry of memorable
zombie films with his 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead.
Its sequels, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Land
of the Dead, firmly established the zombie film as a genre. Romero’s
other films include Creepshow and The Dark Half, both
based on stories by Stephen King. His upcoming projects include an
additional movie in the Dead series, Diary of the Dead. Romero
also oversees an officially licensed comic series based on the Dead
movies, written by co-writer John Russo and published by Avatar Press.
Co-sponsored by Avatar Press
Rowena's two-decade career as one of the top and best-known science
fiction and fantasy artists includes hundreds of book covers, magazine
illustrations, calendars, and more. Her work has been collected into
several books, including The Fantastic Art of Rowena, Rowena,
and other editions.
Working in the comics and entertainment field since 1973, Dave Stevens’ first professional comics
work was assisting artist Russ Manning on the Tarzan Sunday strip, began appearing in 1975. In
1981 Dave created his first comic book series, The Rocketeer. It was an instant hit with readers
when published in 1982 by Pacific Comics, and it eventually went on to become a major motion picture
from Walt Disney Studios, in 1991. Often credited with the “rediscovery” and revival of pinup icon
Bettie Page (through The Rocketeer), Stevens has also had the rare opportunity meeting and
befriending the reclusive figure. Dave was the first recipient of Comic-Con’s Russ Manning newcomer award
in 1982. A little-known fact is that Dave worked as a volunteer on the Comic-Con committee back in the mid-1970s,
including serving as the art show coordinator.
J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael Straczynski is the Hugo, Eisner and Inkpot Award winning
writer of such books as The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic
Four, Supreme Power, The Book of Lost Souls and,
starting this summer, Thor. He has just finished work as writer/producer/director
of Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, and has written three films for
major studios in the last year: World War Z for Paramount/Brad
Pitt, Goliath: The Story of David for Universal/Akiva Goldsman,
and Changeling for Imagine Entertainment, which is being produced
by Ron Howard, starring Angelina Jolie, and directed by Clint Eastwood.
One of comics' fastest rising stars, Ben Templesmith is best known
for his work with Steve Niles on 30 Days of Night, the horror/vampire
series published by IDW and soon to be a major motion picture produced
by Sam Raimi. Templesmith's stylish art has set a new standard in
comics horror in works like Warren Ellis's Fell (for which
he received an Eisner Award nomination),
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, and Singularity 7.
A guiding light of the Silver Age of Comics, especially at Marvel
Comics (he was Stan Lee's hand-picked replacement on many titles and
as editor-in-chief), Roy Thomas is most famous for his work on Conan,
Avengers, X-Men, and just about every other Marvel title. Moving
over to DC, he brought new attention to the company's Golden Age heroes
in books such as All Star Squadron and Infinity, Inc.
Having started out as a fan, editing the popular 1960s fanzine Alter
Ego, Thomas has gone full circle and currently edits the TwoMorrows
magazine Alter Ego, dedicated to the Golden and Silver Ages
of comics. He is also writing Anthem for Heroic Publishing
and several classic titles for Marvel. He is the author of 2006 hardcovers
Stan Lee’s Amazing Marvel Universe and Conan: The Ultimate
Guide to the World’s Most Savage Barbarian, both currently in
Best known for creating the long-running comic strip Wee Pals,
Morrie Turner had the first nationally syndicated strip to not only
be written and drawn by an African-American artist, but also to feature
an integrated cast of characters from diverse backgrounds. At 83 years
young, Turner still draws Wee Pals from his home and continues
to work with children in small cartooning programs in the inner city.
He was awarded the National Cartoonist Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2003.
Mark Verheiden's early comics career included The American,
Aliens, and Predator for Dark Horse Comics, which launched
him into a film writing career, with scripts for The Mask and
Time Cop. Most recently Verheiden has been working in television,
most notably as a writer/producer on Smallville and now as
a writer and co-executive producer of the SCI FI Battlestar Galactica
series. And if that isn't enough he's currently writing the Superman/Batman
title for DC.
The writer/artist behind Mage, Trinity, Batman and
the Mad Monk, among others, comes to Comic-Con to celebrate the
25th anniversary of his signature creation, Grendel. Matt Wagner's
anti-hero has been thrilling comics fans for two and a half decades
and both Matt and Dark Horse have big plans for him in 2007!
J. H. Williams III
Best known for his work with Alan Moore on the 32-issue run of Promethea,
artist J. H. Williams III has an ornate and detailed style heavily
influenced by Art Deco. Recently he penciled the Warren Ellis-scripted
miniseries, Desolation Jones for WildStorm and the two bookend
issues of Seven Soldiers of Victory, written by Grant Morrison,
A painter and illustrator whose work includes comics, Kent Williams'
latest is a graphic novel adaptation of Darren Aronofsky's The
Fountain. Williams other comics work includes Blood: A Tale,
with J. M. DeMatteis and Havok/Wolverine: Meltdown for Marvel.
Williams' paintings and illustration work have been featured in gallery
showings around the country.
F. Paul Wilson
This popular writer of science fiction (Healer, Wheels Within
Wheels) and horror (The Keep, The Tomb) is best
known for his "Repairman Jack" series of books. F. Paul Wilson is
a child of pop culture, brought up on comics, science fiction and
fantasy books and New York based radio and television. His work has
garnered several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for short
fiction, the first-ever Prometheus Award and the Porgie Award.
Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, in 1997
and has gone on to become one of the most important indie creators
of the last decade. Standout works include his Couriers and
Channel Zero series, Fight For Tomorrow, Demo,
Local, Supermarket, DMZ, and covers for Warren
Ellis' Global Frequency. Wood continues to write his unique
brand of eclectic creator-owned work, including the upcoming Northlanders,
due from Vertigo in late 2007.
We regret to announce that Gipi, Allan Heinberg and Joann Sfar,
previously announced for Comic-Con 2007, will not be able to
attend this year’s event.