Special Guests

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

Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, Longshot, Marvel covers; Writer, artist, Monkeyman and O’Brien

Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan-favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men, New Mutants, Gen 13,  Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Ultimate X, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hulk. He's the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O'Brien.

Outside of comics, Arthur has done movie, toy, and game designs, book illustrations, and provided the artwork for an X-Men themed Spaghetti-O's can.

More recently, in addition to the covers to many of Marvels top books, he supplied a run of covers for Guardians of the Galaxy, and is working on covers for X-Men Blue.

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.

Andrew Aydin

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

Co-author, MARCH trilogy

Andrew Aydin is creator and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the Printz Award, the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Walter Dean Myers Award, among others.

Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, DC. His other published work includes the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 (Image), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine.

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.

Joyce Chin

Joyce Chin at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, Marvel covers, including America, Deadpool the Duck

Joyce Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she pencilled several issues of Guy Gardner: Warrior for DC. Since then, she's has gone on to work on many titles, interiors, and some covers on stories for the Hulk, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Green Lantern, Xena, Spider-Man, Superman, and Witchblade, with a variety of publishers. She's also worked on book, game, and magazine and toy packaging illustrations. Currently, she's been keeping busy penciling and inking Marvel covers, for books as diverse as All New Wolverine, America, Deadpool the Duck, Thor, Spider-Man, X-Men '92, and Hellcat.

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 TheNib.com and GoComics.com and weekly in The Observer Magazine (UK). More info at www.gemmacorrell.com.

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.