Last of WonderCon Guests Announced
Rounding out the 2023 WonderCon guest list are Alane Adams, Tom Cook, Steve Leialoha, Trina Robbins, and Gene Yang.
Alane Adams is a Webby-award winning creator of media content designed to get kids excited about reading and is the author of the Legends of Orkney and the Legends of Olympus series for middle-grade readers, as well as four historical picture books set in the 1920s. Alane founded the Rise Up Foundation in 2009, which has supported thousands of teachers with classroom needs and books.
Tom Cook began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked as an assistant animator on such series as Super Friends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, and The Flintstones. Moving to Filmation Studios in 1980, he worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, and The Kids Super Power Hour, among others. He then directed many episodes of these favorite TV cartoons: Road Rovers, Disney's Mighty Ducks, Duckman, King of the Hill, Savage Dragon, Extreme Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, and many more. He also animated or was the key clean-up artist on such animated films as Walt Disney's Prince and the Pauper, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, The Jetson's Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg's We’re Back: A Dinosaur Story, and Don Bluth's Thumbelina.
Steve Leialoha has been working in comics since the 1970s drawing and/or inking primarily for Marvel and DC Comics. Among his favorites he’s worked on are Fables (the original run and the new current edition), Petrefax, Warlock, Howard the Duck, Spider-Woman, The New Mutants, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the original Star Wars comics in 1977. Other credits include issues of Dr Strange, Justice League, Iron Man, X-Men, Hulk, She-Hulk, Spider-Man with or without Shang Chi (in Marvel Team-up), Star Trek, Steeltown Rockers, ROM, Vampirella, Mike Danger, and Trypto the Acid Dog.
Retired underground cartoonist and current comics herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for about half a century. Her subjects have ranged from Wonder Woman and the Powerpuff Girls and her own teenage superheroine, GoGirl!, to women cartoonists and women who kill. She’s won several Eisner Awards and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in a house that survived the 1906 quake in San Francisco, with her cats, shoes, and dust bunnies.
GENE LUEN YANG
Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress’s fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. Its television adaptation will debut on Disney+ this spring. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. He recently completed a run on Marvel's Shang-Chi.