The following special guests have been confirmed for Comic-Con International 2018.
Writer/artist, Essex County, Sweet Tooth; writer, Black Hammer, The Terrifics
UPDATED 7/03/18: Jeff WILL be appearing at Comic-Con 2018!
Jeff Lemire is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of such graphic novels as Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Underwater Welder, and Roughneck, as well as co-creator of Descender with Dustin Nguyen, Black Hammer with Dean Ormston, Plutona with Emi Lenox, and AD: After Death with Scott Snyder.
He also collaborated with celebrated musician Gord Downie on the graphic novel and album The Secret Path, which was made into an animated film in 2016. Jeff has won numerous awards including an Eisner Award and Juno Award in 2017. He has also written extensively for both Marvel and DC Comics.
Many of his books are currently in development for film and television, including both Descender and A.D. After Death at Sony Pictures, Essex County at the CBC, and Plutona at Waypoint Entertainment, for which Lemire is writing the screenplay.
He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and son and their troublesome pug, Lola.
Writer, editor, publisher, comics historian, educator
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, executive (30 years at DC, ending as president & publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making [Taschen, 2010]), and educator (including teaching the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award and Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro, and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award, and Munich’s Peng Pris, and it has been being released in revised form as three separate expanded volumes. He wrote the recent book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (Abrams ComicArts, 2014), and he curated the celebratory book, Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman (DC, 2018). Levitz also serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and BOOM! Studios.
Writer, artist, Macanudo, The Big Wet Balloon
Ricardo Liniers Siri is best known as “Liniers,” the creator of the popular Latin American comic strip Macanudo. American audiences have been introduced to Liniers through his New Yorker covers, 4 volumes of the Macanudo strip, and children’s books that include The Big Wet Balloon, Written and Drawn by Henrietta, and Good Night, Planet. These books have been published in more than 10 languages all over the world, from China to Colombia, Sweden to Japan. In his spare time, Liniers likes to illustrate live shows with his friend, the musician Kevin Johansen, and do stand-up comedy while sketching with artist Alberto Montt. More info: http://www.porliniers.com/
Writer, artist, Berlin, Jar of Fools
Jason Lutes is the author of Jar of Fools and the Berlin trilogy, the final book of which is making its debut at Comic-Con 2018. He also drew The Fall, written by Ed Brubaker, and currently teaches an MFA program for comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
David Mack is the Emmy Award-nominated, New York Times Best-selling author of Kabuki, Marvel's Daredevil writer, cover artist of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Jessica Jones, and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Jessica Jones TV titles, Captain America: The Winter Soldier film titles artist, and Cultural Ambassador of Arts and Story for the U.S. State Dept.
Mack taught at schools & refugee camps in former Soviet areas, North Africa, and Singapore, recently directed popular music videos, is working on a new creator-owned project with Brian Michael Bendis, and developing his creator-owned comic book Kabuki as a TV series with Sony.
Larry Marder's Beanworld has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for more than a generation, earning him a spot on the New York Times' Graphic Books Bestsellers List. Beanworld is a weird fantasy dimension operating under its own rules and laws. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately they depend on each other for survival. Marder says “Beanworld is like Krazy Kat meets Adventure Time as interpreted by Dr. Seuss and Joseph Campbell—but different.” Marder is a life-long believer in Marcel Duchamp's observation that it is the viewer that makes the picture.
Writer, artist, Understanding Comics, Zot!, The Sculptor
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and nonfiction comics spanning 30 years. He’s lectured and consulted on comics and digital media for Google, Pixar, TED, Blizzard, MIT, Stanford, the Sydney Opera House, and hundreds of other events and organizations. He started the international 24-Hour Comic phenomenon, and his comics are available in 20+ languages in print and online at scottmccloud.com. His most recent graphic novel is The Sculptor from First Second Books, and Scott is hard at work on a new book about visual communication and education.
Writer, artist, Hellboy
Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy. He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army films. A Hellboy reboot with director Neil Marshall is currently in production. Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife and cat.
Lonnie Millsap is a cartoonist known for producing books of single panel cartoons since 2010. His work has been praised by noteworthy cartoonists such as Sergio Aragonés, Keith Knight, Robb Armstrong and Gary Panter, and he has exhibited or been a guest at comic conventions since 2011. In 2016 he won the LA National Cartoonists Society Dingy Award and the Comic Art Professional Society Don Rico Award. Millsap also competed in the 2017 and 2018 WonderCon Anaheim Quick Draw event with Sergio Aragonés. His comic, titled bacön, currently runs three times weekly on gocomics.com/bacon. In 2018 Millsap became the VP of the LA chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. He is nominated for his first webcomic category Reuben Award and recently had cartoons purchased by The New Yorker for publication.
Writer, artist, Strangers in Paradise XXV, ECHO, Rachel Rising
Indy powerhouse Terry Moore began his career with the acclaimed epic, Strangers in Paradise, a compelling story of three unlikely friends. The series garnered numerous awards including the coveted Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story. Terry celebrates 25 years of SIP with a new ten-issue series, Strangers in Paradise XXV. His other hit series include Motor Girl, the story of a veteran and her imaginary friend, Rachel Rising, a horror comic, and ECHO, a science fiction thriller. In addition to publishing his own work, Moore has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and other major publishers throughout his career.
Writer, The Seeds, Daredevil, Catwoman
Ann Nocenti’s new comic is The Seeds, with artist David Aja (editor, Karen Berger, Berger Books/Dark Horse, 2018). She wrote Daredevil, Catwoman, and co-created Longshot (with Arthur Adams) and Typhoid Mary (with John Romita Jr). Her journalism has appeared in Details, PRINT, Filmmaker, and more. Her films include Disarming Falcons (DOC NYC 2014) and Taking Chances (2009). She taught filmmaking in Haiti for which she was given the Humanitarian Award at the Tulsa International Film Festival. Current projects include MAGIC CITY, a street art exhibit in Germany (2016) and Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes (MoPOP, Seattle, April 2018). For more info, visit annienocenti.com.