Comic-Con 2013 Special Guests

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

Jim Lee

Jim Lee

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Jim
Lee

Artist, Justice League, Batman: Hush; DC Entertainment co-publisher

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as editorial director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including All Star Batman And Robin, The Boy Wonder; Batman: Hush; Justice League; and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also serves as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). For his next project, Lee will be working with writer Scott Snyder on a new Superman book in 2013.

Paul Levitz

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Paul Levitz
Paul
Levitz

Writer/editor/publisher, Legion of Super-Heroes, 75 Years of DC Comics

Paul Levitz has been a comics fan (The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), and executive (38 years at DC, ending as president & publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian, and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards and serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. He is currently working on a series of books for Taschen, enlarging and elaborating on his Eisner Award–winning book 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, in addition to scripting the comics series Legion of Super-Heroes and Worlds’ Finest.

Congressman John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis

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Congressman John
Lewis

Congressman (D, Georgia), co-writer, MARCH

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African American president. Now, with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Heroes of Olympus), he brings his incredible story to comics in the graphic novel trilogy MARCH.

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Top Shelf Productions

Todd Lockwood

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Todd Lockwood
Todd
Lockwood

Illustrator

Todd Lockwood's illustration work has appeared on New York Times bestselling novels as well as in magazines, video games, collectible card games, and fantasy role-playing games. It has been honored with multiple appearances in Spectrum and the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and with numerous industry awards. Always known for the narrative power of his paintings, Todd now turns his hand to writing and is working on a novel to be published by DAW Books at a date still to be determined. You can see his art at www.toddlockwood.com

Elliot S! Maggin

Elliot S! Maggin
Elliot S!
Maggin

Writer, Superman

Elliot S! Maggin has written or edited at least 500 comic book stories as well as journalism, novels, scripts and stories of various kinds since he was old enough to read street signs. He has written for most comic book companies in the latter decades of the last century, including a fifteen-year run as principal writer of Superman. He has published several novels including one he recently completed. Among his other comic book credits are Green Arrow, Batman, Justice League, Elseworlds, Hulk, Peter Parker, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, Harlan Ellisons Dark Corridors, Star Raiders, Joker, Marvel Classics, and a bunch of others.

Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
Leonard
Maltin

Author, TV host, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide

Leonard Maltin launched a fanzine at the age of 13 and published his first book at 18. He is best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. His many books include The Disney Films, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, and The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang (written with Richard W. Bann). He explored pop culture on Entertainment Tonight for 30 years, and co-produced and hosted the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs. He currently hosts Maltin on Movies for Reelz Channel and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Jeff Mariotte

Jeff Mariotte
Jeff
Mariotte

Author, Season of the Wolf, Star Trek: The Folded World

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Jeff Mariotte attending Comic-Con. He’s been at the show as co-owner of Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego bookstore), VP of marketing for WildStorm Productions, senior editor for DC Comics/WildStorm, editor-in-chief for IDW Publishing, and author of novels and comics. Among the comic books he’s written are Desperadoes, Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography, and Zombie Cop. His novels as Jeffrey J. Mariotte include River Runs Red, Missing White Girl, Cold Black Hearts, and The Slab, and as Jeff Mariotte, the Dark Vengeance quartet and books set in numerous fictional universes. His most recent novels are Season of the Wolf and Star Trek: The Folded World.

Val Mayerik

Val Mayerik
Val
Mayerik

Artist, Man-Thing, Howard the Duck

Val Mayerik was born in Youngstown, Ohio in the 1950s. As a young adult he worked in steel mills to pay his way through college. Under the auspices of Dan Adkins, Val got his first assignment for Marvel Comics, a short story featuring the barbarian character Thongor. From there he went on to illustrate the classic monster series The Frankenstein Monster, and he was the artist on Steve Gerber’s Man-Thing, which introduced the character of Howard the Duck. Since then he has worked for almost every major comic book publisher. Over the past decade he has done a lot of storyboard work and is currently working on an online comic, Blue Cat, for Aces Weekly and Angel Punk, to be seen in Dark Horse Presents. Val also paints western art.

Dave McKean

Dave McKean
Dave
McKean

Illustrator/designer/filmmaker, Sandman, Arkham Asylum

Dave McKean has illustrated and designed many groundbreaking books and graphic novels, including The Magic of Reality (Richard Dawkins), The Homecoming (Ray Bradbury), The Savage (David Almond), What's Welsh for Zen (John Cale), Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison), and Mr. Punch, Wolves in the Walls, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman). He wrote and illustrated Pictures That Tick, Celluloid, and the multi-award-winning Cages. He has created hundreds of CD and comic covers, including the entire run of Gaiman's Sandman. He has directed five shorts and three feature films: MirrorMask, Luna, and The Gospel of Us with Michael Sheen.

Terry Moore

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Terry Moore
Terry
Moore

Writer/artist, Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising

Terry Moore began creating critically acclaimed comic books in 1993, with his classic series Strangers in Paradise. Garnering numerous industry awards and published in 14 languages, Strangers in Paradise remains a perennial favorite worldwide. Moore completed the sci-fi series Echo in 2011 and recently published How to Draw as a quarterly periodical. His personal take on drawing will be collected in a trade paperback in late 2012. His current project is a horror series, Rachel Rising, noted for its cutting-edge writing and drawing. Moore is recognized as one of the most successful independent publishers in the comic book industry.

Dean Mullaney

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Dean Mullaney
Dean
Mullaney

Creative director, The Library of American Comics

Dean Mullaney created The Library of American Comics for IDW in 2007 and ushered in a new Golden Age of newspaper strip collections. The Library has won three Eisner Awards and received more than 20 award nominations. Mullaney has been a pioneering force in comics since 1978, when he published Sabre, the first graphic novel for the direct market, despite distributors telling him that “no one will pay five dollars for a comic book!" His seminal efforts as founder and publisher of Eclipse Comics brought many milestones to the field, including creator copyright ownership and the first line of translated Japanese manga, not to mention Scott McCloud’s Zot! and Miracleman by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman.

Ted Naifeh

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Ted Naifeh
Ted
Naifeh

Writer/artist, Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates

Ted Naifeh is the creator of two-time Eisner Award nominee Courtney Crumrin and of Polly and the Pirates, both published by Oni Press. He co-created goth romance favorite Gloomcookie (published SLG) and drew six volumes of Death Jr. for Image Comics. Between 2009 and 2011, he illustrated a trilogy of graphic novels, The Good Neighbors, with bestselling fantasy author Holly Black. Although best known as a creator of all-ages stories, he also co-created How Loathsome, an edgy exploration of San Francisco’s club scene. Ted lives in San Francisco and owns pocket squares in almost every color.

Mike Norton

Mike Norton
Mike
Norton

Writer/artist, Battlepug, Artist, It Girl

Mike Norton has been working in comics for over 10 years now, gaining recognition for projects such as The Waiting Place and Jason and the Argobots. He’s made a name for himself working on books like Queen and Country, Gravity, Runaways, All-New Atom, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam, and Young Justice. He is currently drawing two Image Comics series (It Girl and Revival), and his own weekly webcomic, Battlepug, which won the Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Digital Comic. He is also very, very tall.

Jerry Ordway

Jerry Ordway
Jerry
Ordway

Artist, Adventures of Superman, All Star Squadron

Jerry Ordway got his first professional comics work in the summer of 1980. In the years since, he has written and drawn the adventures of countless iconic characters, including Superman, Captain Marvel, the Justice Society, All Star Squadron, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four. As an inker, he worked on Crisis on Infinite Earths as well as Zero Hour for DC Comics. In the 1990s, Jerry co-created and drew WildStar for Image Comics and wrote and drew his own creation The Messenger. Still busy in the field, he recently re-imagined the 1940s character the Human Bomb in a miniseries for DC.

Dan Parent

Dan Parent
Dan
Parent

Writer/artist, Archie Comics

Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of The Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the “Love Showdown” series in 1994 received widespread attention. Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles. Dan is known for creating Archie Comics’ first gay character, Kevin Keller. His current project is Kevin Keller and George Takei, and he’s working on the upcoming Archie Meets Glee.

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