The following special guests appeared at WonderCon Anaheim 2015.
Author, Zombie Apocalypse!: Washington Deceased
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of nonfiction books, award-winning novelist, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” Her most recent releases are the novel Zombie Apocalypse!: Washington Deceased and the novellas The Devil’s Birthday and By Insanity of Reason (co-authored with John R. Little). Her next nonfiction book, Ghosts: A Cultural History, will be published by Reaktion Books. She currently serves as president of the Horror Writers Association, and she can be found online at www.lisamorton.com.
Writer/artist, Batman: Li’l Gotham, artist, Descender
Dustin Nguyen is an American comic artist whose body of work over the past 14 years includes Wildcats v3.0, The Authority Revolution, Batman, Superman/Batman, Detective Comics, Manifest Eternity, Batgirl, and Batman: Streets of Gotham, American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares, and BATMAN: Li’l Gotham written by himself and Derek Fridolfs. He is currently working with Jeff Lemire on their creator-owned series Descender, launching through Image Comics in spring of 2015.
Artist, Black Widow, Birds of Prey, X-23
Born in 1971, Phil Noto grew up in Florida and attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. After college he began a career in animation at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked on such films as The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Lilo and Stitch. In 2001 Phil started his comics career as the cover artist for DC Comics' Birds of Prey. Since then he has worked on numerous projects such as Danger Girl, Jonah Hex, Avengers, X-23, Uncanny X-Force, The Infinite Horizon, and, most currently, Marvel’s Black Widow.
Writer, Suicide Squad, Star Wars titles
John Ostrander is an American writer of comic books. He is best known for his work on Suicide Squad, Grimjack, and Star Wars: Legacy and Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, series he helped create. He’s also noted for his work on The Spectre, Wasteland, The Kents, and Secret Six (often with Gail Simone) for DC Comics. His work at Marvel includes X-Men, Bishop, Heroes for Hire, Blaze of Glory, and Apache Skies. He created the character of Amanda Waller for Suicide Squad and, with his late wife, Kimberly Yale, re-invented Barbara Gordon (the former Batgirl) as Oracle. Aayla Secure, whom he created for Star Wars: Republic at Dark Horse Comics with frequent collaborator Jan Duursema, actually made the jump from comics to movies, appearing in Episodes II and III of the Star Wars saga.
Writer, Batman/Superman, Action Comics
Greg Pak is a comic book writer and filmmaker best known for his work on Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, and Storm. He wrote Code Monkey Save World, the graphic novel based on the songs of Internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton that holds the record as the highest grossing original comics Kickstarter of all time. Pak also co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed how-to book Make Comics Like the Pros. For more about Pak's work, visit gregpak.com.
Artist, Adventure Time
Shelli Paroline escaped early on into the world of comics, cartoons, and science fiction. She has now returned to the Boston area, where she works as an unassuming illustrator and designer. Her credits include the Eisner award–winning Adventure Time comics, The Midas Flesh, Ice Age, and Muppet Snow White.
Writer, LOW, Deadly Class, Captain America, Uncanny Avengers
Rick Remender is the writer/co-creator of such comics as LOW, Fear Agent, Deadly Class, Strange Girl, and Last Days of American Crime. For Marvel he has written titles such as Uncanny Avengers, Captain America, Uncanny X-Force, Secret Avengers, Punisher, and Venom.
Outside of comics he has written video games such as EPIC’s Bulletstorm game and Electronic Arts’ Dead Space. Prior to this, Remender served as an animator on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.
During his time wrist-grinding as an artist Rick penciled such books as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain, and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator.
He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in Los Angeles raising two beautiful babies.
Writer, Fantastic Four, Heaven, Airboy
James Robinson was born in the United Kingdom but has lived in the U.S. since 1989, when he began working in comics, initially for DC and Dark Horse. Among his better-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 best known for his award-winning runs on both Starman and Leave It to Chance. After a long working relationship with DC Comics, James has made the switch to Marvel Comics, where he is having a blast writing the Fantastic Four as well as several other soon-be-announced projects. He also has multiple creator-owned series forthcoming, including Heaven and Airboy for Image Comics and Grand Passion at Dynamite Comics. James resides in San Francisco with his dog Rex.
Barbara (aka Babs) Tarr is currently the pencil and ink artist for DC Comics’ Batgirl. Babs grew up in sunny and beautiful Charleston, SC. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she received her BFA in illustration. She currently is settled west in San Francisco, where she is living the dream working as a full-time freelance illustrator! Her work includes art for Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Disney, DC Comics, BOOM!, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, ImagineFX magazine, Juxtapozed.com,io9, Kotaku.com, ComicAlliance.com, Gallery Nucleus various shows, and SupersonicElectronic.com.
Writer, Archer & Armstrong, Action Philosophers!
Fred Van Lente is the New York Times bestselling writer of comics such as Archer & Armstrong (2014 Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film. His many other titles include Resurrectionists, Timewalker, Conan the Avenger, Magnus Robot Fighter, Marvel Zombies, and The Amazing Spider-Man. He's thrilled to be attending WonderCon with his wife, the playwright Crystal Skillman, with whom he wrote last year's critically acclaimed King Kirby, a theatrical piece about the great artist.
Writer/editor, co-creator, Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men
Len Wein is the creator of Swamp Thing, the Human Target, Brother Voodoo, and Wolverine and the New X-Men, along with Batman’s Lucius Fox and many other characters.
In television, Len developed the animated series Skeleton Warriors and the award-winning CGI-animated series War Planets: Shadow Raiders, and served as story editor for all 26 episodes of the latter. Len has also received Emmy honors for his work on Batman: The Animated Series.
In comic books, Len has been editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics, as well as senior editor at DC Comics. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character in the business, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash, and the above-mentioned Swamp Thing and Human Target at DC, to Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, the Fantastic Four, and Wolverine and the X-Men at Marvel. He has also written extensively in the Star Trek and Star Wars Universes. Len has been nominated for and won numerous industry Awards for his work. In 2008, Len was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.
Writer/producer, Gargoyles, Star Wars Rebels
Greg Weisman has been a storyteller all his life. His first professional work was on Captain Atom. Greg created, developed, and produced the animated TV series Gargoyles, later writing Gargoyles comics, while producing, writing, story editing, and acting for The Spectacular Spider-Man. He performed the same duties on Young Justice and its companion comic. Greg was a writer and executive producer on the first season of Star Wars Rebels and is writing the Star Wars Kanan comic. His first two novels, Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam, are in bookstores now.