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Special Guests

The following special guests have been confirmed for Comic-Con International 2017.

More guests are being added weekly. Please check back for updates!

Sergio Aragonés

Sergio Aragonés at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Cartoonist, MAD, Groo

One of MAD magazine's longest-running cartoonists (only Al Jaffee has been around longer) and the creator of dim-witted barbarian Groo the Wanderer, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators. In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio—the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist—had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies. His recent work includes a new series from Dark Horse Comics, Groo: Fray of the Gods.

Marguerite Bennett

Marguerite Bennett at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, Batwoman, DC Bombshells

Marguerite Bennett is a New York Times bestselling comic book writer based in Los Angeles. Her superheroic credits include DC Comics’ Batwoman and DC Bombshells, as well as stints on Batgirl and Lois Lane, and Marvel’s A-Force, Years of Future Past, and Angela: Queen of Hel. At Archie, she writes Josie and the Pussycats and Betty & Veronica, and her creator-owned titles, Animosity and Insexts, can be found through Aftershock Comics. Her prose has appeared in The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Her work is full of queer characters, heroines, villainesses, talking animals, bloody revenge sagas, female monsters, murder, and kissing.

Box Brown

Box Brown at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer/artist, André the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play

Box Brown (born 1980) is a comics artist from Philadelphia. In 2011 he founded the publishing house Retrofit Comics, which has now published over 60 comics. His graphic biography about the professional wrestler André the Giant (André the Giant: Life and Legend, First Second Books) was published in May 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His book Tetris: The Games People Play was released in 2016.

Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Author, Parasol Protectorate, Finishing School series

Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen New York Times bestsellers via 7 different lists (#1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Art © Gemma Correll


Cartoonist, The Worrier’s Guide to Life, A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette

Gemma Correll is a writer, artist, and cartoonist. Originally from England, she currently resides in Oakland, CA with her trusty pug sidekicks, Mr Pickles and Bella. Gemma’s published works include The Worrier’s Guide to Life, The Feminist Activity Book, and A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette, as well as her award-winning eponymous series of quirky, humorous greetings cards and gift products, which are sold all over the world. Gemma is particularly well known for her comics about mental health in collaboration with charities including Mental Health America. Her comics appear regularly on and and weekly in The Observer Magazine (UK). More info at

Paul Dini

Paul Dini at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, Dark Night: A True Batman Story, Batman: The Animated Series

Paul Dini most recently authored the New York Times bestselling Vertigo graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story. Paul is known for his work on Warner Bros Animation projects including Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and the current Justice League Action. He has scripted numerous comic book series (Gotham City Sirens, Zatanna, Detective), video games (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City), and live television (Lost, Tower Prep), and last Christmas he released a collection of his creator-owned Jingle Belle comics through IDW. The co-creator of Harley Quinn, Paul continues to write frequent stories about America’s screwball sweetheart.

Mark Evanier

Mark Evanier at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, producer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics, Garfield

Mark Evanier has been writing comic books since he was 17, having started reading them when he was about that many minutes old. He apprenticed with the great Jack Kirby and has written much about Jack and comic book history. He's written countless comics including many with the superstars of Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Blackhawk and others for DC, and his own co-creations including The DNAgents, Crossfire, and Magnor. Plus, he does something (God knows what) on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés. He's also written hundreds of hours for TV including sitcoms, variety shows and cartoons, including writing/producing 20 years of Garfield the Cat.

Brigitte Findakly

Brigitte Findakly at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Art by Lewis Trondheim


Writer, Poppies of Iraq

Brigitte Findakly was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1959 and lived there until 1973. Poppies of Iraq is the story of her childhood, co-written with and drawn by her husband, cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. The graphic novel will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in Fall 2017. Findakly has worked as a colorist since 1982, with work for Disney and Spirou. She also colored a number of graphic novels including Lapinot, Le Chat du Rabbin, Le Retour à la Terre, and Ralph Azham. Findakly and Trondheim have two children and live in the south of France.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Author, World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and Hunger: A Memoir of My Body. She is also the author of the Black Panther comic book series World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Melanie Gillman

Melanie Gillman at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Cartoonist, As the Crow Flies, Stage Dreams

Melanie Gillman is a queer, nonbinary cartoonist who specializes in LGBTQ YA comics. They're the creator of As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus Comics, 2017) and Stage Dreams (Lerner/Graphic Universe, 2019), and are writing the new Steven Universe comics series for BOOM! Studios. They are also the co-editor and publisher of The Other Side, an anthology of queer paranormal romance comics. Their work has won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, and been nominated for an Eisner and an Ignatz. They are currently living in Tulsa, OK, where they are a 2017 fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program.

Sarah Glidden

Sarah Glidden at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo by Sarah Shannon


Writer, artist, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Rolling Blackouts

Sarah Glidden was born in 1980 in Massachusetts and studied painting at Boston University. Her first book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, earned her the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent and was translated into five languages. Glidden's work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, as well as in the Best American Comics anthology. Her second book, Rolling Blackouts, was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016, receiving widespread acclaim and spending a month on the New York Times Bestseller list. Glidden lives in Seattle, WA.

Mike Grell

Mike Grell at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Dr Dan Photo Creative


Writer/artist: Starslayer, The Warlord, Jon Sable, Freelance

Mike Grell is a storyteller. Since his debut as comics creator in 1973, his creations include The Warlord, Starslayer, Jon Sable, Freelance, Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, and Maggie the Cat. In addition to his own creations, Mike has had successful runs on Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Batman, Iron Man, X-Men Forever, James Bond: Permission To Die, the Tarzan Sunday comic strip, and the Eisner Award-nominated Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters. He’s won the coveted Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art and was voted to Wizard magazine’s Top Ten List of Comics Writers. His series Jon Sable, Freelance was adapted for TV by ABC in 1987.