The complete Special Guest list for Comic-Con International 2015!
Comic-Con 2015 Special Guests
Writer/artist, Zot!, Understanding Comics, The Sculptor
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and nonfiction comics spanning 30 years. He’s lectured and consulted on comics and digital media for Google, MIT, Pixar, Sony, and the Smithsonian Institution. He started the international 24-Hour Comic phenomenon, and his comics are available in 18 languages in print and online at scottmccloud.com. His new graphic novel is The Sculptor from First Second Books, a nearly 500-page story of art, love, memory, and loss. Neil Gaiman has described it as “the best graphic novel I’ve read in years.”
Artist, Jack B. Quick, Superman/Aliens
Marvel editor Al Milgrom gave Kevin Nowlan his first professional assignment, penciling Doctor Strange #57 in 1982. Kevin followed that up with a few issues of Moon Knight before moving on to “Grimwood’s Daughter” for Fantagraphics and The Outsiders Annual #1 for DC. Other early highlights include “The Secret Origin of Man-Bat,” “Monsters in the Closet,” and Superman/Aliens. He lists Jack B. Quick, Boy Inventor with legendary writer Alan Moore among his favorite projects. Recently, Nowlan has drawn a few one-shot comics for Dark Horse: Hellboy: “Buster Oakley Gets His Wish,” Lobster Johnson: “Satan Smells a Rat,” and Abe Sapien #23.
Author/illustrator, Bluffton, The Storm in the Barn
Matt Phelan is the author/illustrator of The Storm in the Barn, the first graphic novel to win the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. His second graphic novel Around the World received the 2012 Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association and two Eisner Award nominations. His most recent graphic novel, Bluffton, is about the young Buster Keaton. It was nominated for three Eisner Awards including Best Graphic Album. He is currently at work on his next graphic novel, which is a noir version of Snow White.
Artist, The Midsummer’s Knight, Justice League
Atlanta native Joe Phillips—now residing in San Diego—has been a fixture in the comics industry for over 25 years. Joe was one of the founding members of Atlanta’s Gaijin Studios with fellow artists Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully Hamner, Tony Harris, Karl Story, Dave Johnson, and Jason Pearson.
Starting with The Southern Knights and Ex-Mutants for small press comics, he went on to major companies such as DC and Marvel, working on Mister Miracle, Justice League, Timber Wolf, Superboy, Wolverine, and Silver Surfer. His work in the GLBT community includes XY and Exodus magazines and illustrating his signature “JoeBoys” books with international publisher Bruno Gmunder.
He is currently working on his creator-owned comic book, The Midsummer’s Knight, celebrating his love of fairy tales and superheroes tossed together with a Shakespearian theme.
Cartoonist, Wizzywig, Hip Hop Family Tree
Ed Piskor cut his teeth drawing American Splendor strips for Harvey Pekar. The duo went on to do a few graphic novels together: Macedonia (Villard, 2007) and The Beats (Hill & Wang, 2009). His first solo graphic novel was the computer hacker story Wizzywig (Top Shelf, 2012), and he's currently producing the Hip Hop Family Tree series (Fantagraphics), with volume 3 debuting at Comic-Con. He plans on continuing the series for the foreseeable future.
Writer/artist, Rhymes with Orange Comic Strip
When Rhymes with Orange debuted in 1995, Hilary B. Price was the youngest woman to ever have a syndicated comic strip. Rhymes with Orange appears in 400 newspapers internationally and has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, Glamour, and People. It has thrice won the Best Newspaper Panel award from the National Cartoonist Society. When not cartooning, she is either walking her giant dog or playing ice hockey. She lives in Northampton, MA. Find her online at rhymeswithorange.com
Artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Impulse, Crimson
Humberto Ramos has been drawing comics professionally since 1993 when he began at Milestone Media, the year he also drew Impulse for DC Comics. In 1996 he worked for Marvel Comics and in 1998 co-founded the Cliffhanger imprint with Joe Madureira and J. Scott Campbell at WildStorm Productions, where he released Crimson and Out There. In 2003, Ramos worked on Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man for Marvel. In 2005, he released his creator-owned Revelations series through Dark Horse. In 2006, he worked on Wolverine, New X-Men, X-Men, and Runaways. In 2011, Humberto released Fairy Quest Book 1, and since then he has been drawing Spider-Man in both Superior Spider-Man and the Amazing Spider-Man.
Writer/artist, Five Weapons, Bomb Queen
Jimmie Robinson is a professional comic book artist, writer, colorist, and designer for feature films, toys, and illustration. He has worked in the industry for 20 years. Raised in Oakland, California, he attended an arts magnet program starting with Mosswood Arts Elementary followed by Renaissance Arts Middle School. He graduated early at 16 and pursued his art career from the bottom up. For 13 years Robinson worked in the commercial printing industry, then in 1994 he self-published his own comic, Cyberzone. In 1996 he joined Image Comics under the Shadowline imprint, which is where his books are still published today, including Five Weapons and Bomb Queen.
Writer/artist, Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat!
Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Comics Squad: Recess!, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and the upcoming Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Dave worked as a comics editor at Nickelodeon magazine and lives in Astoria, NY, with his wife and fellow comic artist Raina Telgemeier. His latest project is the all-ages webcomic Starbunny, Inc. Dave’s website is yaytime.com
Author, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Landline
Rainbow Rowell is the author of Attachments, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline. Her books are international bestsellers and award winners—Eleanor & Park received a prestigious Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. But the books are hard to pin down... As Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote of Rainbow's latest bestseller: “Rowell is talented enough to be uncategorizable. So Landline belongs to a genre of its very own.” Rainbow's next uncategorizable projects are Carry On, a fantasy spinoff of the bestselling Fangirl, and a graphic novel collaboration with Eisner Award winner Faith Erin Hicks for First Second Books.
Fantasy illustrator, The Ice Dragon, Malefic Time
Luis Royo is a Spanish award-winning fantasy illustrator, known worldwide for his sensual and dark paintings, apocalyptic imagery, and fantasy worlds. Royo has produced paintings for his own books and exhibitions and got other media such as video games, music CDs, book covers, advertising, comic books, portfolios, and cards. He has published more than 30 books, including Malefic, Secrets, III Millennium (1998), Dreams, Prohibited Book, Evolution, Conceptions, Visions, Fantastic Art, The Labyrinth Tarot, Subversive Beauty, Dark Labyrinth, Dome, and Dead Moon, among many others. Last year he published a new illustration version of George R. R. Martin's The Ice Dragon and nowadays he's working on the transmedia project Malefic Time, a new fantasy universe of books with ramifications on music, manga, RPG, and novels.
Writer, Bad Houses, Empress of the World
Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses (Time magazine Top Ten Graphic Novels & Comics of 2013, USA Today Best of 2013 Comics & Graphic Novels) and YA novels Empress of the World (Lambda Literary Award finalist, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Oregon Book Award winner, Booklist Top Ten Teen Romance), and The Rules for Hearts (Oregon Book Award winner, Junior Library Guild selection). Her other comics include Eisner Award short story finalist "Me and Edith Head," and contributions to Hellboy, Welcome to Bordertown, Comic Book Tattoo, and Sensation Comics: Featuring Wonder Woman. She lives in Portland, Oregon and works as the Teen Services Specialist for Multnomah County Library. Find her online at sararyan.com.