Comic-Con 2013 Special Guests

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 featured an amazing roster of special guests. Here's the list.

Sergio Aragonés

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Sergio Aragones
Sergio
Aragonés

Cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragonés Funnies

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. The man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist has his own bi-monthly comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies, and is finishing up a Groo vs. Conan 4-issue mini series with writer Mark Evanier and artist Thomas Yeates.

Tom Batiuk

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Batiuk

Cartoonist, Funky Winkerbean, Crankshaft

Tom Batiuk is the creator of the syndicated comic strips Funky Winkerbean (which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012) and Crankshaft. Tom started Funky in 1972, and since his first groundbreaking story in 1986 about the teenage pregnancy of his character Lisa, he has been hailed as an originator of a new genre in comic strip art. His unique style of “narrative humor” allows him to explore major social issues. Tom employs a gentle humor found in mining the common experiences of everyday life to push the envelope in his exploration of all that the comic art medium can express.

Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis
Brian Michael
Bendis

Writer, Ultimate Spider-Man, All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men

Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics, currently writing Ultimate Spider-Man, All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil: End of Days, Age of Ultron, and the hit creator-owned series Powers, Scarlet, and Brilliant. Brian is head writer of the massive multiplayer online game Marvel Universe and is working on a book called Words for Pictures, based on the graphic novel class he teaches at Portland State University. He is a member of Marvel Studios’ creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects, including Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers 2.

Jon Bogdanove

Jon Bogdanove
Jon
Bogdanove

Artist, Superman: Man of Steel

Jon Bogdanove is best known for his dynamic, humorous work on Superman: The Man of Steel (#1–#85), for which he drew and helped write many landmark Superman stories, including the award-winning Death of Superman. He also co-created Steel with Louise Simonson. At Marvel, he penciled (and later, wrote) Simonson’s Power Pack and drew Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men, written by Chris Claremont. Other comics projects include 2011’s Superman: RetroActive 1990s, X-Factor, X-Terminators, Superman vs. Savage Dragon 2, Superman vs. Aliens 2, and issues of Batman, The Hulk, Alpha Flight, and Solomon Kane. In 2012, Bogdanove animated a video game, Mongolian Beef.

Vera Brosgol

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Brosgol

Writer/artist, Anya’s Ghost, Flight

Vera Brosgol is a Russian-American artist working in comics and animation. By day she is a storyboard artist at Laika Entertainment in Portland, OR, where she has worked on the stop-motion films Coraline and ParaNorman. Her comics work includes several self-published minicomics and webcomics, as well as short stories in the Flight anthologies and Nursery Rhyme Comics. Her first graphic novel, Anya's Ghost, was published by First Second in 2011 and won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens.

Jeffrey Brown

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Brown

Cartoonist, Darth Vader and Son

Jeffrey Brown is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Darth Vader and Son, along with its sequel, Vader’s Little Princess. Brown teaches comics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned his MFA in 2002 with his debut graphic novel memoir Clumsy. In 2012, Save The Date—the film Brown co-wrote and created artwork for—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently released by IFC Films. Brown’s newest graphic memoir, A Matter of Life, will debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2013.

Frank Brunner

Frank Brunner

Photo by Luigi Novi

Frank
Brunner

Artist, Dr. Strange, Howard the Duck

Frank Brunner was hatched in Brooklyn, NY in 1949. He turned pro in 1969, writing and drawing for Web of Horror magazine. For over 40 years, Frank’s work has been continuously printed and reprinted worldwide in comics, magazines, and books; on trading cards, T-shirts, games, and album covers; in animation, TV, and movies; and in two art books, Eyes of Light and MYTHOS. He has popularized such characters as Dr. Strange, Man-Thing, Red Sonja, Conan, Elric, and Howard the Duck, and he designed all the character models for the first X-Men animated series. Recently Frank Illustrated new stories for Marvel’s Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange, and a satire of Doc and Howard in Simpson’s Super Spectacular #15 for Bongo Comics.

Gerry Conway

Gerry Conway
Gerry
Conway

Writer, Amazing Spider-Man, Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man

Known forever to fandom as "the man who killed Gwen Stacy," Gerry Conway is also the co-creator of The Punisher, Firestorm, Power Girl, Man-Thing, Werewolf-by-Night, The Jackal, Killer Croc, Tombstone, Tarantula, Count Vertigo, Vibe, Vixen, Commander/Citizen Steel, and many other popular (and not so popular) characters for Marvel and DC Comics. Gerry sold his first story to DC editor Murray Boltinoff a few weeks before he turned 16. At 18 he was writing for Marvel full time; by 20, he was scripting Marvel's flagship title, Amazing Spider-Man. Gerry's most recent work in comics is The Last Days of Animal Man. His most recent writing project is the young adult novel Arkham Academy.

Denys B. Cowan

Denys B. Cowan
Denys B.
Cowan

Co-founder, Milestone Media, artist, The Question

Denys B. Cowan is a comic book artist and television producer. He first gained prominence as the artist on DC Comics’s The Question. His long list of comics credits include groundbreaking work on Batman, Deathlok, Captain America, Black Panther, and most recently Django Unchained. Denys’s television producer credits include The Boondocks, Black Panther, and Static Shock. He has served as senior vice president of animation for both Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Motown Animation & Filmworks

Denys is one of the founders of Milestone Media, the 20th anniversary of which is being celebrated at this year’s Comic-Con.

Jeromy Cox

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Jeromy
Cox

Writer/artist/colorist

Jeromy Cox started in animation for television and video games but quickly emigrated to the world of comics. After self-publishing his creator-owned comic Zombie Love, Jeromy moved on to Jim Lee's WildStorm division of Image Comics. His artistic and computer skills helped establish the digital coloring department that company was well known for. Highlights of his coloring career range from Leave It to Chance and Promethea to more irreverent books like Fluorescent Black, Rex Mundi, and DMZ. Jeromy is currently working on Detective Comics for DC while still finding time to revisit Zombie Love and his other comic creation, Vampyrates. www.mostfunnest.com

Michael Davis

Michael Davis
Michael
Davis

Co-founder, Milestone Media

Michael Davis is an artist, writer, mentor, and entertainment executive. He’s created original content for comics, education, television, radio, and publishing as an independent producer. He’s also held positions as president/CEO of Motown Animation & Filmworks; president of animation for Magic Johnson Entertainment; and co-founder of Milestone Media. Alumni from his mentor program are some of the most respected talents working in comics today. Michael’s current projects include graphic novels The Underground, Jackie Robinson Day 1, and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black People but Were Afraid to Ask. Simon & Schuster will publish Michael’s apocalyptic novel, White Winter, Black Night.

Gene Deitch

Gene Deitch
Gene
Deitch

Artist/animator/director, Tom Terrific!, Nudnik

Chicago born, Hollywood raised, New York made, Prague matured, once considered revolutionary, but now certainly retro, Gene Deitch has lucked out, being continuously employed in animation, without pause, for 65 years. He’s had plenty of recognition, lots of failures, working always with down-market dollars while stubbornly trying to wrestle the envelope, attested to by at least one Oscar win and a long shelf full of other golden tsotskes. Gene is known for such classic animated series as Tom Terrific! and Nudnik and for his work with the famed animation studio UPA and TV pioneers Terrytoons. For more info, visit genedeitchcredits.com

Jose Delbo

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Jose
Delbo

Artist, Superman, Wonder Woman

The Argentinean-born artist Jose Delbo has illustrated comic books for the past 50 years for fans across the world. He published his first works at the age of only 16. He moved to the United States in the 1960s and began working on classics such as Billy the Kid, Judge Colt, and the Lone Ranger, as well as illustrating The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. His numerous works include The Twilight Zone, The Brady Bunch, Hogan’s Heroes, The Monkees, The Mod Squad, Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Transformers, ThunderCats, 101 Dalmatians, The Little Mermaid, The Mighty Ducks, Raggedy Ann, Little Lulu, Barbie, Wonder Woman, and many more.

Derek T. Dingle

Derek T. Dingle
Derek T.
Dingle

Co-founder, Milestone Media, co-creator, Static Shock

Derek T. Dingle is senior VP/editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine. He is responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the magazine and has executive oversight of both Black Enterprise television shows: Black Enterprise Business Report and Our World with Black Enterprise. Dingle founded and served as president and CEO of Milestone Media Inc., the nation’s largest black-owned comic book company. Distributed by DC Comics, Milestone produced an average of eight monthly titles and sold more than 10 million copies from 1993 to 1998. One of the characters he co-created, Static Shock, was developed into an animated series that ran on the WB Network and Cartoon Network.

Paul Dini

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Dini

Writer/producer, Batman: The Animated Series

Paul Dini realized his future lay in the worlds of cartoons, comics, and television when he attended his first Comic-Con in 1975. Since that time he has co-produced Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond, and scripted episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Justice League Unlimited. Dini story-edited the first season of Lost and created Tower Prep. A winner of Emmy, Eisner, and Harvey awards, Dini has written a number of series for DC Comics (Detective, Zatanna, Gotham City Sirens) and wrote the stories for the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City video games. Dini also writes his own characters Jingle Belle and Madame Mirage and somehow finds a free weekend each year to travel back to San Diego where it all began.

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