The following special guests are confirmed for WonderCon Anaheim 2018, March 23–25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Cartoonist, MAD, Groo
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. In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio—the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist—had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies. His most recent work includes a 4-issue mini series from Dark Horse Comics, Groo: Play of the Gods.
Artist, WildC.A.T.S, Batman Beyond, Brothers Bond
Ryan Benjamin studied commercial art at International Fine Arts College (IFAC) in Miami, FL. His early career began with Image Comics in 1994 and branched off into WildStorm Comics and a series of companies including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Acclaim, and Valiant. Eventually he became a 3D artist, with 16+ years in the video games industry, 11 of those years as a senior artist at Sony Entertainment. His career as a professional comics artist includes such top-selling titles as WildC.A.T.S, Grifter, X-Men, Star Wars, Spawn, Captain America, Iron Man, Grifter/Midnighter, Batman, Batman Beyond (#1 New York Times bestseller), Wonder Woman, Pancratia, Brothers Bond, and many more. A variety of his work as a designer can be seen in video games such as DC Universe (DCUO), Marvel MOBA games, and TV shows and movies like ThunderCats, Ultimate Spider-Man, Little Man, Pacific Rim, Mech X4, and more. His new book, Brothers Bond, will be available on WEBTOONS.com in November. More info at www.ryanbenjamin.com
Writer, artist, Pashmina
Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she's worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Pashmina is her debut graphic novel, and it is currently available from First Second.
Writer, producer, comics historian, Kirby King of Comics, Garfield
Mark Evanier has been writing comic books since he was 17, having started reading them when he was about that many minutes old. He apprenticed with the great Jack Kirby and has written much about Jack and comic book history. He's written countless comics including many with the superstars of Disney, Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Blackhawk and others for DC, his own co-creations including The DNAgents, Crossfire, and Magnor, plus he does something (God knows what) on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés. He's also written hundreds of hours for TV including sitcoms, variety shows and cartoons, including writing/producing 20 years of Garfield the Cat.
Artist, Batman, Justice League, Suicide Squad
Jason Fabok is a Canadian-born comic book artist and illustrator. After apprenticing with comic artist David Finch, Jason was able to impress editors at DC Comics and earn his first published job. Since 2010, Jason has worked on some of comic's biggest characters on DC's biggest books, such as Detective Comics, Suicide Squad, Justice League, and Batman, with some of the biggest writers in the industry. Jason's hyper-detailed work and flair for big, bold characters has earned him favor among comic book fans and readers.
Outside of comic books, Jason has designed coins for the Canadian Mint, designed action figures, high end statues and collectibles, and illustrated billboards and designs for theme parks.
Writer, I, Frankenstein, Spider-Man, Cyborg
Kevin Grevioux co-created the successful Underworld franchise, based on his original screenplay. He was also a co-producer on the film series, as well as playing the character RAZE. Grevioux also wrote the original screenplay to the film I, Frankenstein produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, based on his original graphic novel. He has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics writing such characters and books as Spider-Man, The New Warriors, Odyssey of the Amazons, Cyborg, and Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, which he created. In addition, he owns Darkstorm/Astounding Comics.
Author, Iron Druid Chronicles, Seven Kennings trilogy
Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles as well the Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy that begins with A Plague of Giants. He lives with his family and doggies next to the proverbial farmer in the dell, where the cheese stands alone. Kevin’s last Iron Druid book, Scourged, comes out April 3; Kill the Farm Boy, co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson, is the first of a new comedic fantasy series in the tradition of Terry Pratchett and The Princess Bride; it will be out in July 2018.
Writer, Mother Panic, Faith, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
An Eisner and Ringo Award-nominated comic book writer, Jody Houser is currently working on such books as Mother Panic from Young Animal/DC Comics, Faith from Valiant, and Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows from Marvel. She has worked on numerous properties in comics, including Orphan Black, Max Ride, Star Wars, James Bond, Attack on Titan, and Halo. She has also made appearances on several Geek & Sundry shows including VAST and Eric's TBD RPG.
Author, The Blacker the Ink, Octavia Butler’s Kindred graphic novel
John Jennings is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings' current projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones, the coffee table book Black Comix Returns (with Damian Duffy), and the New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred.
Writer, artist, Superman, Action Comics, Batman Beyond
Dan Jurgens began his comics career over 35 years ago as an artist on DC Comics’ The Warlord. He then created, wrote and drew Booster Gold and added Legion of Super-Heroes, Flash Gordon, Green Arrow, and Justice League America to his resumé. Most notably, he logged a ten-year-plus run as writer/artist on Superman including the best-selling “Death of Superman” story arc for which he won the National Cartoonists Society Award. Jurgens followed up with the mega-hit crossover Zero Hour, which redefined the DC Universe.
More recently, he wrote the acclaimed Superman: Lois and Clark mini-series, which repositioned Superman in the DC universe and helped to set up the company’s Rebirth effort. He is currently writing Batman Beyond and Action Comics Starring Superman as it builds toward its iconic issue #1,000.
Publisher, DC Comics, artist, Batman: Hush, Immortal Men
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’s 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 Immortal Men comic book.
Appearing Friday and Saturday only.
Writer, artist, creator, Mouse Guard graphic novel series
David Petersen was born in 1977 in Flint, Michigan and received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University in 2000. He is the creator of the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel series Mouse Guard, which has been published in 17 languages.
David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Promising Newcomer. He has since gone on to win three Eisner Awards and two Harveys for his continued work on the Mouse Guard series. In 2016 the Mouse Guard series was optioned by 20th Century Fox for feature film adaptation.