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.
Comic-Con 2014 Special Guests
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.