Comic-Con 2014 Special Guests

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Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. Forty guests have been announced for the 2014 event, including creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. The following individuals appeared at Comic-Con International 2014 as special guests.

Francesco Francavilla

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Writer/artist, The Black Beetle, artist, Afterlife with Archie

Francesco Francavilla, an Eisner and Eagle award winner and New York Times bestselling creator, is best known for bringing his signature style (Neo-Pulp) to the comics industry, from superheroes to horror and sci-fi. Francesco has worked on such acclaimed series as Batman, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Guardians of the Galaxy, among others. He is currently illustrating his own creator-owned The Black Beetle for Dark Horse and Afterlife with Archie for Archie. The Black Beetle vol.1 was listed in Amazon's top ten Best Graphic Novels list of 2013. Francesco is also an acclaimed cover artist, having won the Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist in 2012.

Drew Friedman

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Illustrator, RAW, Old Jewish Comedians, Heroes of the Comic Books

Drew Friedman's comics and drawings have appeared in RAW, Weirdo, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, MAD, The New Yorker, and many other publications. His artwork has been collected in five anthologies. His Sideshow Freaks collection appeared in 2011. The New York Times wrote of his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians: "A festival of drawing virtuosity, Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt." The Society of Illustrators will be presenting a show of his Old Jewish Comedians art in 2014. His latest book of portraits is Heroes of the Comic Books from Fantagraphics, with a foreword by Al Jaffee.

Michael T. Gilbert

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Writer/artist, Mr. Monster

Michael T. Gilbert’s first comics work appeared in 1973 in New Paltz Comix. Three years later his first series, The Wraith, debuted in Star*Reach’s Quack! in 1982, Gilbert began co-adapting a series of Elric of Melnibone novels for Pacific and First Comics. While at Pacific, Gilbert created his signature character, Doc Stearn . . . Mr. Monster, who made his debut 30 years ago at the 1984 San Diego Comic-Con. Mr. Monster is currently appearing in Dark Horse Presents, as well as “Mr. Monster's Comic Crypt” in Alter Ego magazine. Additionally, Gilbert has written or drawn stories featuring Superman, Batman, Dr. Strange, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse.

Brian Haberlin

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Artist, Witchblade, Anomaly

Brian Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer. He is best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade comic and for his digital art techniques and teaching. Brian is the co-founder of Anomaly Productions, a company creating graphic novels and interactive apps. Its first graphic novel, Anomaly, is the longest original full-color graphic novel ever produced and contains 50 pages that are interactive with smart devices. New graphic novels Shifter and Between Worlds and a line of children’s books come out next from the company. Brian also teaches via his Digitalarttutorials.com site, his studio, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Gregg Hurwitz

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Author, Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 13 thrillers, most recently, Tell No Lies (8/20/13). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 22 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin), as well as produced and written screenplays for film and television (ABC’s V, Expulsion spec script to Warner Bros, and many more). He is currently developing his Tim Rackley books for Sony. Gregg resides in Los Angeles

Willie Ito

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Animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera

Willie Ito’s career as an animator/cartoonist spans nearly 60 years. In 1954, he started at Walt Disney Productions on Lady and the Tramp, working on the iconic spaghetti kissing scene. He also worked with Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng at Warner Bros. on classic cartoons such as One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc? and on the Beany and Cecil TV show with Bob Clampett. He next worked at Hanna-Barbera on shows such as The Flintstones and Yogi Bear. Willie later returned to Disney’s comic strip department and then Disney Consumer Products, mentoring artists as international director of Disney Art. He is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s picture books via his Yabitoon Books company, including Hello Maggie and A Boy of Heart Mountain.

Kelley Jones

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Artist, Batman, Deadman

Kelley Jones began his career at Marvel with Micronauts, then moved to DC, bringing a grim gothic style to Deadman. Critical success led him to a memorable turn on Sandman: Seasons of Mist. Kelley next made an impression with Batman, drawing the Elseworld classic Red Rain. He was further linked to Batman by becoming the cover artist for Batman and Detective during the Knightfall event. Kelley became the regular artist on Batman and, with inker John Beatty, is credited with creating one of the most defining versions of Batman ever. He’s currently the artist on Disney’s three-part graphic novel science fiction epic, Space Mountain.

Lucy Knisley

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Writer/artist, Relish, French Milk

Lucy Knisley is the author and artist of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Relish; My Life in the Kitchen, as well as French Milk, Radiator Days, Make Yourself Happy, and Pretty Little Book. She has worked on Marvel titles and does cover and story work for BOOM Studio’s Adventure Time series. She lately specializes in drawn travelogues for Saveur magazine and is plowing through her next book with First Second Publishing. She also teaches workshops on comics and travelogueing. Her work can be seen at LucyKnisley.com.

Batton Lash

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Writer/cartoonis, Supernatural Law, The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse

Batton Lash is the creator of the humor/horror series Supernatural Law (aka Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre), which he originated as a weekly comic strip in 1979 and began publishing as a comic book in 1994. Lash has also written for Archie Comics (Archie Meets the Punisher, Archie: Freshman Year) and Bongo Comics (Radioactive Man). His most recent projects are The Werewolf of New York (a full-color Supernatural Law graphic novel), Gory Lori, a comic he penciled for creator/writer Nick Blodgett, and The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse, a series Lash created for David Lloyd’s online comics anthology Aces Weekly. More on Batton Lash can be found at www.exhibitapress.com.

David Lasky

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Artist, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

Seattle artist David Lasky has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. His earliest success was a 9-page mini-adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses (self-published). In the ’90s he was known for the solo comic Boom Boom, and then collaborated with Greg Stump on the Harvey-nominated Urban Hipster. His stories have appeared in countless anthologies over the years, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. With writer Frank Young, he co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (for which they won an Eisner Award in 2013). David has also been a graphic novel instructor at Richard Hugo House and various other venues in the Seattle area.

Jim Lee

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Co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as editorial director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comics and graphic novels, including All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush, Justice League, and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also serves as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Currently, Lee is handling the art chores on the Superman Unchained comic book series.

Jae Lee

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Jae Lee

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Artist, Batman/Superman, The Inhumans

Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark and elegant style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. He is an Eisner Award winner for his work on Marvel's The Inhumans. The art from his collaboration with writer Grant Morrison on Fantastic Four: 1234, was featured in an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 2007, Lee was handpicked by Stephen King for a six-year journey that began with Marvel's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born and culminated with illustrating the Grant edition of Stephen King's The Wind Through the Keyhole novel. Lee has recently completed Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, the prequel to the bestselling graphic novel of all time. He is currently the ongoing artist for one of DC's bestselling titles, Batman/Superman.

Paul Levitz

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Editor, former publisher, DC Comics; writer, World's Finest

Paul Levitz has been a comics fan (The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), and executive (38 years at DC, ending as president & publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian, and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards, and he serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His Eisner Award-winning book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, was published by Taschen. Paul is currently updating and revising this book into new separate editions devoted to the Golden Age, Silver Age, and Bronze Age of DC. His recent comics writing appears in World’s Finest, as well as collected editions.

Sara Mayhew

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Sara Mayhew
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Writer/artist, Legend of the Ztarr

Sara E. Mayhew is an international award-winning manga artist, author, and TED Fellow. Her latest series, Legend of the Ztarr, is a sword-and-sandals sci-fi epic starring a young heroine. The Ontario Arts Council twice awarded Sara the Northern Arts grant for her work as a Northern Ontario artist. Sara’s series aim to promote science and critical thinking through storytelling by presenting characters who use science-based thinking. Nokia featured her in their Responsiveness campaign video on communicating the values of science literacy through art. Canada’s Applied Arts magazine featured her in their Young Blood article on “new talent commanding our attention.”

Mike Mignola

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Mike Mignola
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Creator/writer/artist, Hellboy

Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy, now celebrating it’s 20th anniversary! He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army films. He also co-authored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Mignola lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

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