Special Guests

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Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. Forty guests have been announced for the 2014 event, including creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these special guests. Recently added guests are highlighted with NEW! on their bios.

Sara Mayhew

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Sara Mayhew
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Writer/artist, Legend of the Ztarr

Sara E. Mayhew is an international award-winning manga artist, author, and TED Fellow. Her latest series, Legend of the Ztarr, is a sword-and-sandals sci-fi epic starring a young heroine. The Ontario Arts Council twice awarded Sara the Northern Arts grant for her work as a Northern Ontario artist. Sara’s series aim to promote science and critical thinking through storytelling by presenting characters who use science-based thinking. Nokia featured her in their Responsiveness campaign video on communicating the values of science literacy through art. Canada’s Applied Arts magazine featured her in their Young Blood article on “new talent commanding our attention.”

Mike Mignola

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Mike Mignola
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Creator/writer/artist, Hellboy

Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy, now celebrating it’s 20th anniversary! He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army films. He also co-authored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Mignola lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

Graham Nolan

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Graham Nolan
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Artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein

Graham Nolan is best known for his long run on Detective Comics and as the designer and co-creator of the classic Batman villain Bane. Since 1983, Nolan has worn many hats in the comic book industry for all the major publishers, as a penciler, inker, writer, and publisher (Monster Island), as well as illustrator for the syndicated newspaper strips The Phantom and Rex Morgan, M.D. Nolan is currently working on projects for Graphic India and is co-writing and illustrating Joe Frankenstein, a creator-owned project with Chuck Dixon to be published by IDW.

Michelle Nolan

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Michelle Nolan
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Comics/pop culture historian, Love on the Racks, Ball Tales

Michelle Nolan has been a journalist and comics/pop cultural historian for nearly 50 years. She has written more than 1,000 articles and columns on comics, pulps, movies, series books, and sports and has published more than 10,000 articles in more than 100 publications. She is the author of Love on the Racks, the definitive history of American romance comics, and Ball Tales, a history of team sports fiction in all media from the 1930s to the 1960s, both published by McFarland. Michelle was a featured columnist in Comic Book Marketplace and Comics Buyer’s Guide, and she occasionally contributes to Alter Ego, the Eisner Award-winning publication edited by Roy Thomas.

Bryan Lee O'Malley

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O'Malley

Writer/artist, Scott Pilgrim series, Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim series, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in 2010. His new graphic novel, Seconds, is set for a July 2014 release. He lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.

Denny O'Neil

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Denny O'Neil
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Writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow

One of comics' most acclaimed writers, Denny O'Neil worked briefly in journalism, then moved to New York and comics. Denny brought social consciousness to the medium with the groundbreaking Green Lantern/Green Arrow series. His work on Batman—as writer and editor—returned that character to its dark, gothic roots.

Jimmy Palmiotti

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Jimmy Palmiotti

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Jimmy
Palmiotti

Writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane

Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created numerous comics, TV series, and characters, including The New West, Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker, Trailblazer, Ballerina, and the TV series Painkiller Jane. Jimmy’s recent work includes All Star Western, Batwing, and Harley Quinn for DC; Creator Owned Heroes, Queen Crab, and Retrovirus for Image; the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game for WB; and Legend of the Valkyrie, and Rolling Thunder for Shiftylook.

Benoît Peeters

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Benoît Peeters

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Writer, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Benoît Peeters was born in Paris in 1956. He published his first novel, Omnibus in 1976. Since then, he has published over 60 works on a wide variety of subjects. A long association with the artist François Schuiten has lead to a series of graphic novels, The Obscure Cities. Sixteen volumes have appeared so far; the books have won numerous prizes and have been translated into more than ten languages. The Leaning Girl, a graphic novel, was published in English for the first time in November 2013, from Alaxis Press. An expert on Hergé, Peeters brought out Tintin and the World of Hergé and Hergé‚ Son of Tintin (Johns Hopkins University Press). He has also written essays on Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Valéry, Rodolphe Töpffer, Jirô Taniguchi, and Chris Ware.

John Picacio

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John Picacio
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Artist, A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone

John Picacio is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing over the last decade. He illustrated the bestselling 2012 George R. R. Martin/A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar and has created iconic cover art for books by Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, and more, as well as Star Trek and X-Men. Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, he is the owner of Lone Boy, a media company housing his creator-owned art ventures, including the forthcoming Loteria, featuring 54 new Picacio artworks. For more information, please visit lone-boy.com.

Rina Piccolo

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Cartoonist, Tina’s Groove, Six Chix

Rina Piccolo’s gag cartoons have appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Barron's Business Magazine, The Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and more. In 2002, Rina’s newspaper comic strip Tina’s Groove—featuring a waitress—went into syndication with King Features Syndicate and launched in newspapers worldwide. It continues to run daily in several print and online markets. In addition, Rina’s cartoons are featured every Wednesday in the syndicated gag cartoon Six Chix, a comic shared by six women. Her web comic Velia, Dear ran from 2010 to 2012. She lives in Toronto, Canada, where she was born and raised.

Mimi Pond

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Mimi Pond
Mimi
Pond

Cartoonist, Over Easy

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, humorist, and writer. Her first long-form graphic memoir, Over Easy, detailing her post-art school years in the Bay Area, will be published by D+Q in Spring 2014. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and other publications too numerous to mentio, and has written and illustrated five humor books. Her credits for television include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," in 1989, and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee-wee's Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

Joe Quesada

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Joe Quesada

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Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment

Joe Quesada wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer/artist and the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment—the world’s largest and most dynamic comics publisher. In this role, Joe is steward of such legendary characters as the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the X-Men.

With his transition into the position of chief creative officer, Joe’s tenure as editor-in-chief recently drew to a close after ten successful years—the longest term since Stan Lee himself. Under Quesada’s guidance, Marvel underwent a creative boom and became home to the comic industry’s greatest talents, which continues to hold true today. He now brings this same vision in his new role to the whole of Marvel Entertainment, creatively overseeing the worlds of film, animation, and television, as well as publishing.

Don Rosa

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Don Rosa
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Rosa

Cartoonist, Uncle $crooge, Donald Duck

Well known in American comics fandom since the 1960s for his vast comic book collection and comics fanzine activities, Don Rosa became internationally famous starting in 1987 when he began writing and drawing new stories based on his favorite classic comics—Carl Barks’ Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck. Soon he was working for various Disney-licensed publishers in Europe, where Barks’ Duck comics continue to be the bestselling comics that they once were in America. American fans can also now see his entire Duck comics career reprinted in the new Don Rosa Library from Fantagraphics.

Veronica Roth

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Veronica Roth

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Veronica
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Author, Divergent series

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series, and the recently released Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories from character Tobias Eaton’s point of view. Ms. Roth and her husband live near Chicago. You can visit her online at www.veronicarothbooks.com.

Jim Rugg

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Jim Rugg
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Artist/illustrator, Supermag, Afrodisiac

Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Supermag, Afrodisiac, Street Angel, The PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, and Notebook Drawings. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation's Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosts BoingBoing.net's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. For more info on Jim, visit jimrugg.com.

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