Special Guests

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

Joe Staton

Joe Staton at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Cartoonist, Dick Tracy, E-Man

Joe Staton started working for Charlton Comics in 1971, where he co-created E-Man and Michael Mauser. Among his many comics credits are Action Comics, Green Lantern, The Legion, Classics Illustrated, various incarnations of Batman, and over 100 issues of Scooby Doo. He co-created several Green Lanterns, including Kilowog, Arisia, and Salakk, and designed Guy Gardner’s “bad boy” look. In 1998, he received the Eisner Award for World’s Finest: The Superman-Batman Adventures. Since 2011, Joe has been the regular artist for the Dick Tracy newspaper strip (online at www.gocomics.com/dicktracy), which received Harvey Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for Best Syndicated Strip.

R.L. Stine

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

Photo by Dan Nelkin


Author, Goosebumps series, Fear Street

R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children's authors in history. In July 1992, Scholastic introduced his Goosebumps book series with Welcome to Dead House. Nearly twenty-five years later, Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time—with more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional 50+ million international copies in print in 32 languages. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer). His other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, (recently revived with all new books), Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School. Other titles include: It's The First Day of School Forever, A Midsummer Night's Scream, Young Scrooge, and his first picture book, with Marc Brown—The Little Shop of Monsters. Stine and Brown’s second picture book, Mary McScary, will be published in September 2017. For more information, visit rlstine.com and www.scholastic.com/goosebumps.

William Stout

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

Artist, The Dinosaurs

William Stout (the Comic Art Professional Society’s co-founder and 10th president) has attended every San Diego Comic-Con. He assisted Russ Manning on Tarzan and Kurtzman and Elder on Little Annie Fanny. This prominent underground comix artist‘s Wizards poster was his first of 120 film ad campaigns. He’s made over 45 features (the Conan films, Return of the Living Dead, Masters of the Universe) and helped Pan’s Labyrinth win two Oscars. Stout's book The Dinosaurs (1981) inspired Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. The San Diego Natural History Museum and Zoo display fourteen Stout murals. 50 Convention Sketches Volume 22 and Dinosaurs: A Coloring Book will have their Comic-Con debut in 2017.

J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski at Comic-Con International 2017, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center
J. Michael

Writer, The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman Earth One; Creator, Babylon 5

As a comics writer for Image, Marvel and DC on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Midnight Nation, Dream Police, and Superman Earth One, J. Michael Straczynski has sold nearly 13 million individual issues; as a TV writer he's written over 300 produced episodes, creating Babylon 5 and co-creating Sense8 for Netflix; and in film he's worked on Changeling, Thor, and World War Z among others. He has a Rising Stars movie in development with MGM, is writing a Midnight Nation pilot for Universal with Gale Ann Hurd attached, and is developing Ten Grand for A&E.

Liz Suburbia

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

Writer/artist, Sacred Heart, Cyanide Milkshake

Liz Suburbia is the creator of Sacred Heart, the ALA/YALSA Alex Award-winning graphic novel from Fantagraphics, as well as the self-published Cyanide Milkshake zine series. Most of her comics are about punks and dogs. She currently lives in Virginia.

Maggie Thompson

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

Writer, editor, comics historian, Comics Buyer’s Guide, Toucan blog

Growing up in the post-World War II world, Maggie Thompson learned to read with the comic books she enjoyed. Such creators as Walt Kelly, Carl Barks, and John Stanley told the stories she kept, and she kept them because there were no comics in libraries. In the 1960s, she and fellow science fiction fan Don Thompson pioneered in the world of comics fan publishing. She went on to co-edit Comics Buyer’s Guide for three decades; these days, she writes online columns for Comic-Con International and Gemstone Publishing. And she relishes the fact that today’s libraries do include comics.

Bruce Timm

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

Artist, animator, director, producer, Batman The Animated Series, Batman and Harley Quinn

Bruce Timm is a 35-year veteran of the animation industry, having worked on such films and TV series as The Secret of NIMH, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, and Tiny Toon Adventures. He is best known for his work as designer, director, and producer on Batman The Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited.

Taking the occasional break from his “day job”, Timm has drawn comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and others, including short stories in Vampirella, Conan, Birds of Prey, Flinch, and the legendary but little-known Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories. Rare “full-length” works co-plotted and illustrated by Timm include The Avengers 1 1/2 and the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Batman Adventures: Mad Love.

His latest animated project is the upcoming direct-to-video feature Batman and Harley Quinn.

Lewis Trondheim

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

Art by Lewis Trondheim


Writer, artist, Dungeon, A.L.I.E.E.E.N., Poppies of Iraq

Lewis Trondheim was born in Fontainebleau, France in 1964. A cartoonist by profession, his acclaimed works translated into English are Approximate Continuum Comics, Ralph Azham, Dungeon (with Joann Sfar), and A.L.I.E.E.E.N. Trondheim is the artist and co-writer, with his wife Brigitte Findakly, of the Fall 2017 Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel Poppies of Iraq, which is the story of Findakly’s childhood. Trondheim is also the co-founder of the legendary comic house L’Association, co-founder of L’OuBaPo, and director of the Shampooing graphic novel imprint. Findakly and Trondheim have two children and live in the south of France.

Ron Wilson

Ron Wilson at Comic-Con International, July 20–23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo © Luigi Novi


Artist, The Thing, Super Boxers

Ron Wilson, Bronze Age Marvel comic book artist is known for his prolific work in the ‘70s and ‘80s on some of the most popular titles in comics. He has also drawn a host of other titles including the Hulk magazine, which coincided with the Lou Ferrigno TV series. Ron is the creator of Wolfpack, the American Eagle, and the renowned graphic novel Super Boxers, released in 1984. His other credits include What If?, Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, Marvel Two-In-One, The Thing, Masters of the Universe (Star Comics), Captain Britain, World Championship Wrestling, and Arion the Immortal, among many others as well as covers.