WonderCon Anaheim 2014 Special Guests

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WonderCon Anaheim was held April 18-20, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The show’s special guest list included some of the top talents working in comics today.
 
 

Francis Manapul

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Francis
Manapul

Writer/artist, The Flash, Detective Comics

Francis Manapul is a New York Times bestselling comics creator and an award-winning writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. Best known for his work on DC Comic's New 52 The Flash, he takes over the creative duties on Detective Comics in the spring of 2014. His past work for DC includes Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, Legion Of Super-Heroes, and The Flash. He's also worked on Iron Saint, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, G.I. Joe, and Witchblade. He was also a TV presenter on History Channel's Beast Legends.

Mike Mayhew

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Mike Mayhew
Mike
Mayhew

Artist, The Star Wars, Zorro

Mike Mayhew is a world-renowned illustrator who creates some of the most exciting images in comics today. Mike specializes in photorealism and intense rendering of dynamic subjects. His approach ranges from state-of-the-art digital techniques to traditional watercolor and acrylic painting. His comics work includes Zorro, Vampirella, Spawn, X-Men Origins: Jean Grey, his own creator-owned title from Image, Savage, and cover art on Mystique, Elektra, The Pulse, and She-Hulk. In 2013 Mike began adapting George Lucas’s original 1974 draft The Star Wars for an 8-issue comic series from Dark Horse Comics. Mike’s studio is located in Glendale, CA.

Yanick Paquette

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Yanick Paquette
Yanick
Paquette

Artist, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman: Earth One

Yanick Paquette is a Shuster Award-nominated Canadian penciler. Since 1994 he has worked for Topps, Marvel, DC, WildStorm, and Vertigo Comics. Among the titles Paquette contributed to are Wonder Woman, Superman, Avengers, Codename: Knockout, Gambit, Gen¹³, JLA, Negation, Superman: The Man of Steel, Civil War: X-Men, Wolverine Weapon X,  Terra Obscura with Alan Moore, and Seven Soldiers: The Bulleteer with Grant Morrison. Paquette was the regular artist on Ultimate X-Men and helped launch Young X-Men in 2008. He later supplied the art for Morrison's Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3 and Batman Incorporated. He was the artist on the New 52 Swamp Thing with writer Scott Snyder. Teaming-up again with Grant Morrison, he is currently illustrating the original graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One.

Jim Pascoe

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Jim Pascoe

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Jim
Pascoe

Writer, Undertown, Hellboy Animated

Jim Pascoe is a writer, designer, and an Emmy Award-winning creative director. His comics credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy Animated, and the original series Undertown. He is also co-author of the crime fiction novel By the Balls (written with Tom Fassbender and illustrated by Paul Pope), which launched the cult publishing house UglyTown and was rereleased last year in a deluxe 15th anniversary edition. He just signed a 3-book deal with First Second, the details of which he will announce at WonderCon Anaheim. 

James Robinson

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James
Robinson

Writer, Starman, Invaders, Fantastic Four

James Robinson was born in the United Kingdom, but has lived in the U.S. since 1989 where he began working in comics initially for DC and Dark Horse Comics. Among his more known and regarded works are Grendel Tales: Four Devils, One Hell, sundry Legends of the Dark Knight arcs, Superman, Justice League of America, and Earth 2. He is perhaps most well known for his award winning runs on both Starman and Leave It To Chance.

After a long working relationship with DC Comics, James made the switch to Marvel Comics where he is having a blast writing both the Invaders and the Fantastic Four. He also has multiple creator-owned series out or forthcoming, including The Saviors and Airboy for Image Comics and Grand Passion at Dynamite comics. 

James resides in San Francisco with his dog Rex.

Sara Ryan

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Ryan

Writer, Bad Houses

Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, published by Dark Horse Comics. She is a two-time Oregon Book Award winner for her young adult novels Empress of the World and The Rules for Hearts, both published by Viking. Her comics work ranges from Hellboy to the Eisner Award-winning anthology Comic Book Tattoo and the Eisner Award-nominated “Me and Edith Head.” She also works as a librarian in Portland, Oregon. Find her online at sararyan.com

 

Gail Simone

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Gail Simone

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Gail
Simone

Writer, Batgirl, Red Sonja, Tomb Raider

Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the Internet, where her popular humor column "You'll All Be Sorry!" was featured on Comic Book Resources. Soon after she was writing The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to work at Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.

Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is best known for her run on Birds of Prey. Her long list of work at DC includes Action Comics, Teen Titans, Villains United, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, The All-New Atom, Gen13, and Welcome To Tranquility. Her most recent projects include Batgirl and The Movement for DC, Red Sonja for Dynamite, and Tomb Raider for Dark Horse.

Peter Straub

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Peter Straub

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Peter
Straub

Author, Mrs. God, Shadowland, The Talisman

Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the forthcoming Library of America’s 2-volume anthology American Fantastic Tales. He has won many awards. In 2006 he was given the HWA’s Life Achievement Award. In 2008 he was given the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers. At the World Fantasy Convention in 2010, he was given the WFC’s Life Achievement Award.

Robert Venditti

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Venditti

Writer, Green Lantern, The Surrogates, X-O Manowar

Robert Venditti is the New York Times bestselling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. He also writes the graphic novel adaptations of Rick Riordan's bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels. His current projects are the ongoing monthly comic book series X-O Manowar and Green Lantern. In April, Venditti joins Van Jensen and Brett Booth as the new creative team on The Flash.

Mark Waid

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Mark Waid
Mark
Waid

Writer, Daredevil, The Indestructible Hulk

Mark Waid is a New York Times bestselling author whose many works include Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, and years-long runs on such popular titles as Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Flash, and Justice League. As a publisher, he runs Thrillbent.com, a cutting-edge website showcasing a wide variety of comics (many of them his own) produced specifically for tablets and digital devices. Waid also co-owns two comics shops in Indiana and Illinois and is a tireless advocate for creator rights. If you catch him trying to catch a quick nap, forgive him.

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