Comic-Con 2013 Special Guests

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 featured an amazing roster of special guests. Here's the list.

Mark Evanier

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Mark Evanier
Mark
Evanier

Writer, producer, comics historian

Mark Evanier has worked with Jack Kirby; written hundreds of comic books, including Blackhawk, New Gods, Bugs Bunny, The DNAgents, Crossfire, Scooby Doo, and Tarzan; and written dozens of TV shows, both live-action and animated, the latter including most of the animated Garfield shows for the last 20 years. He is the author of several books on comics, including Kirby: King of Comics, which won two Harvey Awards and one Eisner. He has several other Eisners for his work with Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer and other silly comics. And he's hosted countless panels at both Comic-Con and WonderCon.

Christine Feehan

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Christine Feehan

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Christine
Feehan

Author, Dark Prince, Dark Hunger

Number-one New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Her debut novel, Dark Prince, received three of the nine Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books and Pocket Books and is currently writing for Berkley/Jove. Her first manga, Dark Hunger, was released in 2007. She also has earned seven more PEARL awards and numerous honors throughout her career, including being a nominee for the RWA’s RITA.Feehan has received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney
Ellen
Forney

Writer/artist, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me

Ellen Forney’s New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me, was named a Best Graphic Memoir of 2012 by The Washington PostTimeEntertainment Weekly, and Publishers Weekly and it has been nominated for a 2013 Eisner Award. She created the Eisner-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food and collaborated with Sherman Alexie on National Book Award–winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. She is the 2012 Stranger Genius Award winner in Literature, teaches comics at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts, swims and does yoga, and fixes things with rubber bands and paper clips.

Gary Frank

Gary Frank
Gary
Frank

Artist, Superman: Secret Origin, Batman Earth One

Gary Frank was born in Bristol, UK, and began working for Marvel UK in the 1990s on Motormouth and Killpower. From there he moved to The Incredible Hulk for Marvel. Then came Supergirl and Gen13 at DC, before trying his hand at creator-owned work with Kin for Top Cow, where he also worked on Midnight Nation with J. Michael Straczynski. Returning to Marvel with JMS, he worked on Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme, as well as some more Hulk stuff and a couple of issues of Avengers with Geoff Johns. Gary then followed Geoff to DC, where they worked together on Action Comics, Superman: Secret Origin, Batman Earth One, and Shazam!

Charlotte Fullerton

Charlotte Fullerton

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Charlotte
Fullerton

Writer, Ben 10: Omniverse, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Two-time Emmy nominee (Outstanding Original Song—Children’s and Animation, 2012: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Outstanding Writing in Animation, 2010: Fairly Oddparents) Charlotte Fullerton is currently co-story editing Ben 10: Omniverse. She's written a wide variety of animation scripts for such shows as Kim Possible, Super Hero Squad, Care Bears, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, as well as videogames, comics, and children's books. Charlotte and her friends' comedy short Troops was named the #1 Star Wars fan film ever by Time magazine. On a personal note, Charlotte is the widow of renowned writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie, one of the co-founders of Milestone Comics.

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

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Neil
Gaiman

Writer, Sandman, American Gods, Coraline

Neil Gaiman is a bestselling author of award-winning novels for adults (American Gods, Neverwhere) and novels for younger readers (including the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, on which the Academy Award-nominated film Coraline was based). He has written award-winning short stories. He wrote comics before it was cool to write comics, including Sandman (which the LA Times called "the greatest epic in the history of comic books"). He writes songs and poems, does radio broadcasts, and even writes for TV, most recently winning the Hugo award for an episode of Doctor Who. He is not actually sure how many books he will have coming out in 2013, but he is intensely proud of his forthcoming novel The Ocean At the End of the Lane. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, the blogger and rock star Amanda Palmer. He has somehow managed to reach middle age without necessarily ever being able to find his keys.

Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld
Tom
Gauld

Illustrator/cartoonist, Goliath, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack

Tom Gauld was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1976. He works as an illustrator and cartoonist and has contributed work to the Guardian, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Tom has created a number of short comic books, including Hunter and Painter and The Gigantic Robot. His graphic novel Goliath retells the story of David and Goliath from the giant's point of view. Tom makes a weekly cartoon for the Guardian newspaper; many of these are collected in his new book, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Russ Heath

Russ Heath
Russ
Heath

Artist, The Haunted Tank, Sea Devils

Legendary artist Russ Heath is best known for his work in war and Western comics. His career started in the late 1940s in some of Timely’s westerns. He also worked in the suspense, crime, horror, and superhero genres while at Timely/Atlas. His work in DC’s “Big 5” war titles (All-American Men of War, GI Combat, Our Army at War, Our Fighting Forces, and Star Spangled War Stories) was known for its authenticity and attention to detail. His 1960s series Sea Devils was a fan favorite. Heath was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2009 and is an Inkpot Award winner.

Faith Erin Hicks

Faith Erin Hicks
Faith Erin
Hicks

Writer/artist, Friends With Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl

Faith Erin Hicks writes and draws too many comics. Previous works include Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Bigfoot Boy (with J. Torres), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), and The Adventures of Superhero Girl. She is also the artist and co-writer (with Neil Druckmann) of The Last of Us: American Dreams, the comic book prequel to Naughty Dog's Playstation 3 game The Last of Us. She lives in the mysterious Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes
Adam
Hughes

Artist, Wonder Woman, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan

Celebrating over 25 years in comics, Adam Hughes has won the Eisner, Harvey, and Inkpot awards for his illustrative work. Best known for his run of breathtaking covers on Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Fairest for DC Comics, Adam has worked for many comics publishers as well as Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, Playboy, Sony, Sega, and Sideshow Collectibles. In 2012 he returned to interior storytelling with Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan.

Tony Isabella

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Tony Isabella

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Tony
Isabella

Creator/writer, Black Lightning; writer, Champions, Daredevil, Hawkman

Just like Superman, Tony Isabella was born in Cleveland, Ohio. A 40-year veteran of the comics industry, he was an editor and writer at Marvel and a writer for many other publishers. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty's Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse and is the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read, one of the most successful books of comics history and nostalgia. The lead reviewer and contributing editor of Comics Buyer's Guide, he also writes the nigh-daily Tony Isabella's Bloggy Thing, at tonyisabella.blogspot.com

Georges Jeanty

Georges Jeanty
Georges
Jeanty

Artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Talented and swinging artist extraordinaire, Georges Jeanty is concluding his run on the Eisner Award–winning, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Season 9 wrapping up this year, Georges isn't about to rest on his laurels, having numerous other projects coming out. He has also had successful runs at Marvel on titles such as Deadpool, Weapon X, and Gambit, and at DC on Green Lantern, Superboy, Superman, Batman, and Teen Titans. Other noteworthy titles include Majestic and the critically successful, co-creator-owned The American Way, both for Wildstorm.

Dan Jurgens

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Dan Jurgens
Dan
Jurgens

Writer/artist, Firestorm

Dan Jurgens was first drawn to comics as a result of seeing the 1960s Batman TV show. Finding those four-color pamphlets to be magic, he decided to pursue comics as a career. Dan’s first professional work was drawing DC Comics’ Warlord. Not long after, the keyboard called and Dan began writing. Since then, Dan has written and/or drawn Superman, Justice League of America, Justice League International, Teen Titans, Booster Gold, Zero Hour, Green Arrow, Sensational Spider-Man, Captain America, The Mighty Thor, and numerous other titles. Dan was awarded the National Cartoonist Society’s Best in Comic Book division in 1994. His work can currently be found in DC’s Firestorm, which he both writes and draws.

Richard Kadrey

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Richard
Kadrey

Writer, Sandman Slim series

Richard Kadrey is the author of eight novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha From Hell, Devil Said Bang, Butcher Bird, and the graphic novel Accelerate. He’s also written one young adult novel, White Vinyl. The fifth book in the Sandman Slim series, Kill City Blues, will be published in August 2013. The Dino De Laurentiis Company is developing Sandman Slim into a feature film. He is also a photographer working under the name Kaos Beauty Klinik.

Sam Kieth

Sam Kieth
Sam
Kieth

Artist/creator, The MAXX, Zero Girl; artist, Sandman

Sam Kieth’s quirky art and vivid storytelling have made him a fan-favorite creator over his almost 30-year career in comics. Kieth’s early work included inking Matt Wagner’s Mage series, but he came to fame with his art on the first five issues of Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman. In 1993 Kieth joined the then-new Image Comics with his own creation The Maxx, which was also adapted as an animated series on MTV. Other notable work includes Zero Girl, My Inner Bimbo, and work on Batman at DC. IDW has a new art book, The Worlds of Sam Kieth, debuting this summer.

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