Special Guests

The following special guests have been confirmed for Comic-Con International 2017.

Dustin Nguyen

Dustin Nguyen at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, artist, Descender, Secret Hero Society, Li’l Gotham

Dustin Nguyen is a New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning American comics creator. Currently, Dustin illustrates Descender, a monthly comic published through Image Comics that he is co-creator of with artist/writer Jeff Lemire. He is also working on the next installment of Scholastic's Secret Hero Society series, as well as Li’l Gotham for DC Comics with Derek Fridolfs. What Is It? is his first children's book, illustrated by Dustin and written by his wife Nicole Hoang as a child in 5th grade. It is produced by BOOM! Studios and distributed by Simon & Shuster.

Keith Pollard

Keith Pollard at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, Fantastic Four, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man

Keith Pollard is an American comic book artist. Originally from the Detroit area, Pollard is best known for his simultaneous work on the Marvel Comics titles Fantastic Four, Thor, and The Amazing Spider-Man in the late 1970s–early 1980s.

Pollard made his professional comics debut in 1974 with stints on such titles as Master of Kung Fu, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Astonishing Tales, and Black Goliath. He was the regular penciller of the Amazing Spider-Man from issue #186 (November 1978) through issue #205 (June 1980), and pencilled the backup feature in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981). With writer Marv Wolfman, Pollard co-created the Black Cat in the Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979).

Nate Powell

Nate Powell at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo by Rett Peek


Artist, MARCH trilogy; writer/artist, Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire

Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes the MARCH trilogy, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, two Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Eduardo Risso

Eduardo Risso at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, 100 Bullets, Moonshine, Torpedo 1972

Eduardo Risso was born in Leones, Argentina in 1959. His comics work includes El Angel, Julio Cesar, and Parque Chas in his native country, and (with writer Carlos Trillo) Simon: An American Tale, Video Noire, Borderline, and Chicanos, which were published in Italy and France. In 1997 he did Alien: Resurrection for Dark Horse and other American works followed. He teamed up with Brain Azzarello on the miniseries Jonny Double, which led to the creation of the multiple Eisner Award-winning series 100 Bullets. He has won the Eisner, Harvey, and Yellow Kid awards for 100 Bullets as Best Artist.

His latest work for DC Comics was Dark Night: A True Batman Story with acclaimed writer Paul Dini. He’s currently working on Moonshine with Azzarello and Torpedo 1972 with Enrique Sanchez Abulí. Since 2010, Eduardo has been president of Crack Bang Boom—International Comics Convention in Rosario, Argentina.

Mike Royer

Mike Royer at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, inker, letterer, Kirby’s Fourth World series, Demon, Kamandi

Mike Royer's career began assisting Russ Manning as well as working on various titles for Gold Key Comics. He worked with Jack Kirby on New Gods, Demon, Kamandi, and other titles at both DC and Marvel. For 21+ years Mike worked full time as a product designer/character artist for Disney Licensing and the Disney Store. Since 2001 he's done product design for a variety of clients and even found time for comics work with Steve Rude, among others. His career has included animation layout, storyboarding, penciling, lettering, inking, product design and record album covers.

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo by Jamey Mazzie


Author, illustrator, Wonderstruck, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. The Marvels, Selznick’s most recent and acclaimed bestselling novel, is a mesmerizing and multi-layered reading experience which takes readers on an awe-inspiring voyage about the complexities of family and growing up, while also creating a loving tribute to the power of story. Selznick’s books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He has previously worked as a set designer, independent bookseller, and a puppeteer. Coming to theatres in 2017, Todd Haynes directs the film adaptation Wonderstruck, based on the novel by Brian Selznick, who also wrote the screenplay.

Eric Shanower

Eric Shanower at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo by Roxyanne Young


Writer/artist, Age of Bronze; Writer, Oz graphic novels, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland

Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of Age of Bronze (Image), the story of the Trojan War. With Skottie Young he adapted Baum’s Oz books to New York Times best-selling graphic novels (Marvel). He wrote the Eisner Award-winning Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (IDW) with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Shanower’s work includes his Adventures in Oz graphic novels (IDW), “Happily Ever After” in Lambda Award finalist How Beautiful the Ordinary (HarperCollins), An Accidental Death with Ed Brubaker (Fantagaphics), and Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor (Dark Horse). Shanower has illustrated for television, magazines, and children's books. He lives in Portland, Oregon. For more info visit www.age-of-bronze.com.

Scott Shaw!

Scott Shaw! at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Cartoonist, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!

Scott Shaw! is a living example of gonzo journalist’s Hunter S. Thompson’s statement: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” An award-winning cartoonist/writer in the fields of comic books, animation, advertising and toy design, Scott is also a historian of cartooning. Born in NYC and raised in San Diego, Scott collects comic books, original comic and animation art, vintage toys, DVDs, and Hawaiian shirts. Scott was one of a handful of local comic fans who gathered together to organize the first San Diego Comic-Con, where he has become known for performing his notorious Oddball Comics slide show.

R. Sikoryak

R. Sikoryak at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer/artist, Terms and Conditions, Masterpiece Comics

R. Sikoryak’s comics and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities and teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design. Sikoryak’s most recent book is Terms and Conditions, published by Drawn and Quarterly in March 2017. His other comics work includes Masterpiece Comics.

Alex Simmons

Alex Simmons at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, artist, Blackjack

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant. He’s written for Disney Books, Simon & Schuster, DC, and Archie Comics. Simmons is the creator of the acclaimed adventure series Blackjack. He’s developed animation projects and taught creative arts workshops for students and educators. He’s lectured on children’s entertainment, as well as empowering young people through the arts. Simmons founded the annual family event Kids Comic Con and three comic arts exhibits, which have traveled abroad. He is currently developing creative arts programs that connect children around the world. For more info about Alex, visit www.BlackjackAdventures.com.

Gail Simone

Gail Simone at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Clean Room, CROSSWIND

A multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of comics and animation, Gail Simone began writing as a columnist for ComicBookResources.com before making the leap to writing comics with Deadpool and The Simpsons. She has since had fan-favorite runs on such books as Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider, Secret Six, Birds of Prey, and the creator-owned Clean Room, Leaving Megalopolis, and Welcome to Tranquility. She is currently writing her first book for Image, CROSSWIND, and is returning to superheroes with several projects to be announced soon. She remains a fierce advocate for diversity in comics.

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Cartoonist, Bone, RASL

Jeff Smith is the New York Times bestselling author/cartoonist of the Bone and RASL graphic novels. Bone has won numerous awards around the world, including multiple American Eisners and Harveys, and the French Alph Art. In 2005, Smith’s work was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. Smith was guest editor of Best American Comics in 2013.