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.

Scott Shaw!

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Scott Shaw!
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Shaw!

Artist, Captain Carrot; comics historian, Oddball Comics

Scott Shaw! is an experienced professional cartoonist/writer in the fields of comic books, animation, advertising, and toy design. His first published comics story appeared in the underground comic book Gory Stories Quarterly. He co-created—with Roy Thomas—the funny animal superhero series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! (DC). Scott was one of a handful of local comic fans who helped organize the first San Diego Comic-Con. He regularly performs his popular Oddball Comics slide show at Comic-Con, and he wows the audience along with Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier at the annual Quick Draw! event. 

Dan Slott

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Writer, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man

For the past seven years Dan Slott has been writing Amazing Spider-Man as part of a team during the “Brand New Day” era, and then as the solo writer for the “Big Time” run. With issue #700, the 50-year-old series wrapped with the traumatic death of Peter Parker. Dan segued right into writing Superior Spider-Man, where Spidey’s worst enemy, Doctor Octopus, has taken his place. In April, Dan relaunches the Amazing Spider-Man. He’s also scripting a new Silver Surfer series, illustrated by Mike Allred.

Dan’s other work includes She-Hulk, Thing, GLA: Misassembled, Avengers: The Initiative, Mighty Avengers, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Batman Adventures, Justice League Adventures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and Ren & Stimpy.

Jeff Smith

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Creator, writer/artist, Bone, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready

Jeff Smith is the author/cartoonist of the BONE graphic novels, which won numerous awards around the world, including 2 NCS Division Awards for Best Comic Book, 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards, an Alph Art for Best Foreign Book in Angouleme, France, as well as awards in Spain, Germany, and Italy before being chosen to launch the first graphic novel imprint for children by Scholastic in 2005. In September of 2013, Smith released his most recent graphic novel, a hardboiled, science fiction epic titled RASL. Also that fall, a new web comic was launched about the first human to leave Africa 2,000,000 years ago called Tuki Save the Humans at Boneville.com. Smith was guest editor of The Best American Comic 2013. BONE, RASL and Best American Comics 2013 were New York Times bestsellers.

Scott Snyder

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Snyder

Writer, Batman, Superman Unchained, American Vampire

Scott Snyder has written Swamp Thing and Detective Comics among other titles and is the current writer on Batman and Superman Unchained for DC Comics. He is the co-creator of American Vampire with Rafael Albuquerque and The Wake with Sean Murphy for Vertigo, and Severed with Scott Tuft for Image Comics.

Fiona Staples

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Artist, Saga

Fiona Staples is a Canadian artist known both for her covers—which earned her a Joe Shuster award in 2011—and interior artwork. She’s worked in every genre from horror to superheroes, illustrating series such as Mystery Society and North 40 and covers for Archie, Superman/Batman, DV8, and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. She’s currently working on the award-winning fantasy epic Saga with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Brian Stelfreeze

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Stelfreeze

Artist, Shadow of the Bat, Daymen

Brian Stelfreeze is best known for his fifty consecutive cover illustrations on Batman: Shadow of the Bat. His cover work also include Detective, Batman Beyond, Legends of the Dark Knight, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, X-Men, Daredevil, and Amazing Spider-Man.  He also contributed interior pages to the Eisner Award-winning projects Batman: Black & White, and Wednesday Comics for DC. He was co-writer and artist on the Matador mini series for WildStorm Comics. More recently he produced interior art for Hardcore from Top Cow, and Jonah Hex For DC Comics. Currently Brian is hard at work on the Daymen ongoing series from BOOM! Comics.

Jim Steranko

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Writer/artist, S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America; publisher, Prevue

Jim Steranko is one of the most controversial figures in pop culture, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: illustrator, magician, designer, musician, escape artist, historian. As the writer/artist of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and X-Men, he generated 150 narrative innovations never seen previously in comics, then painted a multitude of posters and covers. As the editor-publisher of Prevue magazine, he penned more than 3,000,000 words. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola on some of their most popular movies. His work has been shown at more than 300 exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre.

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski

Photo by Jessamyn Moon

J. Michael
Straczynski

Writer, Ten Grand, Sidekick, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al

J. Michael Straczynski is . . . is . . . no, we're sorry, we just can't do this any more. Yes, he's won all kinds of awards—Eisner, Inkpot, Hugo, Icon, Saturn, others—and yes, he's the guy behind Joe's Comics (Ten Grand, Sidekick, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, and the relaunch of Dream Police that's going to happen at Comic-Con 2014), and he's written a boatload of movies, from Changeling to World War Z . . . but seriously, have you seen this guy eat? The aftermath looks like a freaking bomb went off. Add to that a personality like a mouthful of sawdust and you've got . . . you've got . . . hell, we don't even know. But he's here. Again. God help us all.

Maggie Thompson

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Writer/editor/comics historian, Comics Buyer’s Guide

Maggie Thompson learned to read in 1947 with the help of comic books. When she met fellow science fiction fan Don Thompson a decade later, their conversation covered the vast variety of the world of pop culture (although that term was not yet in use), and they found comics to be among their shared interests. Those interests led to shared activities, marriage, and kids. The “shared activities” included editing pioneering magazines about comics. These included Comic Art, Newfangles and, eventually, Comics Buyer’s Guide. When Don died in 1994, Maggie remained active in the field, where she is known as a collector, historian, and essayist.

Paul Tobin

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Tobin

Writer, Bandette, Colder

Paul Tobin is the Eisner Award-winning author of Bandette and has written hundreds of comics for both Marvel and DC. Paul does extensive work with media properties such as Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies, as well as creator-owned works including his horror series Colder and his serialized "I Was the Cat" graphic novel, soon to be released by Oni Press, with artist Ben Dewey. Bandette is drawn by his wife, Colleen Coover; their previous collaborations include the graphic novels Gingerbread Girl and Banana Sunday. Paul's first novel, Prepare To Die!, is available in both hardcover and trade editions, and further novels will be announced soon.

Brian K. Vaughan

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Vaughan

Writer, Y, The Last Man, Saga; executive producer, Under the Dome

Brian K. Vaughan is the award-winning writer of Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex Machina, The Pride of Baghdad, and the bestselling Image Comics series Saga, co-created with artist Fiona Staples. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, where he sometimes dabbles in television, currently executive producing the CBS adaptation of Stephen King's Under the Dome. BKV also releases his original pay-what-you-want digital series The Private Eye with artist Marcos Martin at www.PanelSyndicate.com.

 

Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Luen Yang
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Writer/artist, Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. American Born Chinese's critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times. His New York Times bestselling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints was also a finalist for the National Book Award, making Yang the first ever graphic novel author to be twice a finalist for this award. His upcoming book, The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), debuts at Comic-Con 2014.

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