The following special guests have been confirmed for Comic-Con International 2017.
Writer/artist, Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape
Victoria Jamieson is the author and illustrator of several graphic novels for young readers. Her first graphic novel, Roller Girl, won a 2016 Newbery Honor award and was an Eisner Award nominee in the category of Best Publications for Kids. She is also the creator of The Great Pet Escape and The Great Art Caper, a series for young readers published by Henry Holt. Her next graphic novel for middle grade readers, All’s Faire in Middle School, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2017. Victoria lives in Portland, OR with her family.
Writer, Batman, Grayson, The Vision
Tom King is a comic book writer and novelist, best known for his work at DC Comics including Batman, Grayson, and Omega Men. He often relies on his experience as an ex-CIA agent and experiences during the recent conflicts in the Middle East in his writing, especially apparent in Grayson (alongside co-writer Tim Seeley), Omega Men, and in Sheriff of Babylon, published under the Vertigo imprint.
Writer, cartoonist, publisher, comics historian
Denis Kitchen started in “underground” comix. His Kitchen Sink Press (1969-1999) published countless top cartoonists. In 1986 he founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. He partners in two agencies and the new Kitchen Sink Books imprint. He draws, edits, and writes books about comics: an Al Capp biography, a Harvey Kurtzman monograph, and the never-before-collected Trump magazine. He guest-curates exhibits, currently Will Eisner Centennial shows in France and America. A monograph, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, was published in 2009. Columbia University acquired Kitchen’s papers in 2014. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2015.
Artist, Suicide Squad; DC Entertainment publisher
Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties as publisher, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including Justice League: Origins, Batman: Hush, and Superman Unchained. He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3 and on Windows PC. For his latest project, Lee is handling the art chores on the Suicide Squad comic book.
Writer, editor, publisher, Marvel Comics; co-creator, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men
Stan “the Man” Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. His co-creations Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), X-Men, and The Avengers (with Jack Kirby) have been monster movie hits, helping make Marvel Comics the leader of the comic book industry. Some of Stan’s other great co-creations, such as Thor and the Black Panther (both with Kirby) have movies on the way in the next few years.
In 2008, President Bush presented Stan a Medal of the Arts, lauding his amazing career. Stan is currently developing movie and TV projects with his company POW! Entertainment, while still proudly cherishing the title of Chairman Emeritus of Marvel.
Writer, editor, publisher, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making
Paul Levitz is a comics 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 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, the prestigious 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 iwas releaded in revised form as three volumes in 2013-15. His latest book is Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (Abrams ComicArts, 2014). Levitz also serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and BOOM! Studios.
Co-author, March Trilogy
John Lewis is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th district and an American icon known for his role in the civil rights movement.
He participated in the 1960 Nashville sit-ins and was one of the original Freedom Riders, challenging illegal segregation at bus stations across the South. As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he became one of the so-called “Big Six” leaders of the national movement, and was the youngest featured speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He then played major roles in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project and the voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama, culminating in the landmark “Bloody Sunday” March, where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. His subsequent career has included voter registration activism, service on the Atlanta City Council, and over 25 years in Congress. Lewis was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011, and was the first recipient of the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2008, John Lewis mentioned to his aide Andrew Aydin the 1957 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story and the role it played in the early days of the civil rights movement. Recognizing the potential for a comic on Lewis' life to inspire young people, Aydin convinced Lewis to write a graphic memoir about his time in the movement, but Lewis had one condition: that Aydin write it with him. Drawn by artist Nate Powell, the March trilogy became a smash hit, occupying #1, 2, and 3 on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has rapidly entered the curriculum in America's largest school systems and universities. In 2016, March broke several records, becoming the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award and receiving four of the American Library Association’s major awards for youth literature, more than any book in history. The words and images of March bring to life the story of John Lewis, the courage of young people, and the power of nonviolence — making them accessible and urgently relevant to new generations.
Appearing Saturday only, with March co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell
Writer, artist: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye; artist, Doctor Fate
Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was a New York Times bestseller, and the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. Other works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Luen Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), and Malinky Robot, as well as titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Vertigo, First Second Books, Boom Studios, IDW, Image Comics, and Disney Press. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his art, and for spearheading Liquid City, a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia.
Writer, Monstress, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men
Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. Her work with Marvel includes Han Solo, X-23, Black Widow, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Her newest work is Monstress, a New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-nominated indy comic book series with artist Sana Takeda. She teaches comic book writing at MIT and lives in Cambridge, MA.
Author, Joe Ledger Thrillers, Mars One
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres, including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action, for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger Thrillers, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, V-Wars, Scary Out There, Out of Tune, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. He lives in Del Mar, CA. Find him online at www.jonathanmaberry.com.
Cartoonist, The Duplex, The Flying McCoys
No other cartoonist has been honored by the National Cartoonist Society more than Glenn McCoy. His fourteen awards include Magazine Cartoonist of the Year, Editorial Cartoonist of the Year, Comic Strip Artist of the Year, Newspaper Panel Cartoonist of the Year, and Greeting Card Artist of the Year. His nationally syndicated editorial cartoons have been reprinted in the New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek, and appear frequently on CNN. His comic strip, The Duplex, has been syndicated since 1993 and runs in hip newspapers from Seattle to Sweden. Glenn also works with his brother Gary on The Flying McCoys, a single panel comic (featured in Chicago Sun Times, New York Daily News, Washington Post, and 150 other clients). Several collections of his editorial, Duplex, and Flying McCoy cartoons have been published by Andrews McMeel Publishing.
In addition to his syndicated features, Glenn’s work on films include The Lorax, Ice Age 3, Despicable Me, Pixar’s Planes, and The Minions Movie. In 2016 he wrote and directed the animated short Mower Minions, which preceded The Secret Life of Pets in theatres around the world.
Writer, publisher, comics historian, The Jack Kirby Collector
John Morrow is one Morrow (and publisher) at TwoMorrows Publishing, the industry’s leading purveyor of comics history and appreciation publications. Starting in 1994 as creator and editor of The Jack Kirby Collector magazine (now in its 23rd year of documenting the life and career of its comics legend namesake), John has lived out his childhood dream of working in the comics field, albeit not as an artist like he’d envisioned. Instead, TwoMorrows has allowed him to rub elbows with most of his comics idols and produce a slew of award-winning magazine titles since 1994, including Comic Book Artist, Alter Ego, Back Issue, Write Now, Draw, Rough Stuff, and Comic Book Creator, working alongside some of the finest editors (and people) in fandom. Having now produced books on nearly every major comics creator—and bringing LEGO fandom into the TwoMorrows mix—he’s currently wrapping work on KIRBY100, going back to his roots to showcase the 100 pages that prove Kirby was “King,” just in time to celebrate Jack’s 100th birthday at Comic-Con 2017.