The following special guests have been confirmed for Comic-Con International 2018.
Writer, The Authority, The Highwaymen, Castle Rock
Marc Bernardin was a writer on the first season of Castle Rock, the new Stephen King and J. J. Abrams original series for Hulu, and was a staff writer on Syfy’s television series Alphas. He is a comic book writer, with Genius (Image), Static Shock, The Authority, The Highwaymen, and Monster Attack Network on his shelf. Previously, he was the film editor for the Los Angeles Times, deputy editor of Playboy.com, a senior editor for The Hollywood Reporter, and a senior editor for Entertainment Weekly. He has contributed to GQ, Wired, and Empire, among others, including Comic-Con’s Toucan blog, where he is a monthly contributor.
Author, Walkaway, In Real Life
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger. He is the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, such YA novels as Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother, and novels for adults including Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a visiting professor of computer science at Open University, and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.
Writer, artist, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
Emil Ferris grew up in Chicago during the turbulent 1960s and is consequently a devotee of all things monstrous and horrific. In a previous life, she worked as an illustrator and toy sculptor and received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Ferris was a 2010 Toby Devan Lewis Fellow in the Visual Arts and in 2017 received two Ignatz awards for the first volume of her debut graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.
Cartoonist, Mom's Cancer, A Fire Story
Brian Fies’s comics include the Eisner Award-winning webcomic and graphic novel Mom’s Cancer, the graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?, and the webcomic The Last Mechanical Monster. Within a day of his house burning down in last year’s northern California wildfires, Brian began documenting the experience in A Fire Story. That webcomic, and an animated version of it produced by PBS and shared on NPR, brought his story to more than 3 million readers worldwide. He is currently expanding A Fire Story into a full-length graphic novel while he and his wife Karen rebuild their home.
Author, The Saint of Wolves and Butchers, Proof, Rasputin, The Murder Squad series
Alex Grecian is the New York Times bestselling author of The Saint of Wolves and Butchers and the Murder Squad novels (The Yard, The Black Country, The Devil’s Workshop, The Harvest Man, and Lost and Gone Forever), as well as the ebook The Blue Girl. He is also the co-creator of two critically acclaimed comic book series: Proof and Rasputin, both published by Image Comics. He has written short stories, both comics and prose, for publishers including Vertigo and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His books have been translated into many languages worldwide.
Author, historian, The Art of the Comic Book, Not Just Another Pretty Face
A one-time freelance magazine cartoonist who has also published in comic strip, editorial cartoon, and comic book genres, R.C. Harvey is an award-winning comics chronicler who explores the artistry as well as the history of the medium. Among his 13 books are The Art of the Comic Book (an aesthetic history), biographies of Milton Caniff, Gus Arriola, and Murphy Anderson, and the forthcoming enhanced second edition of his autobiographical Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Confessions and Confections of a Girlie Cartoonist. Harvey publishes regularly in The Comics Journal and produces a biweekly online magazine Rants & Raves at www.RCHarvey.com, where he has been reviewing current comics and reporting news and lore about cartooning for 19 years.
Author, Brown Girl in the Ring, Sister Mine
Nalo Hopkinson is Jamaican Canadian. Her 1998 novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest. Her 2013 novel, Sister Mine, won the Andre Norton Award. She's also received the Campbell, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside. In 2017, she was a Guest of Honor at the 75th Worldcon, in Helsinki. She has a graphic novel and a story for a video game in progress, but she's not allowed to say anything about them.
Producer, director, The X-Men Animated series
Larry F. Houston is the Emmy-nominated producer/director of The X-Men animated show, the phenomenally successful 1990s series that was part of the foundation that helped launch Marvel’s multi-billion-dollar franchises. Hired by Filmation Studios as the first African American Saturday Morning storyboard artist, he storyboarded and directed some of the favorite ’80s and ’90s classic shows such as Thundarr, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe The Movie, Mr. T, Batman, Jonny Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, Fantastic Four, Mighty Orbots, and Bionic Six. Houston pencilled He-Man Mini-Comics and promises new stories for The Vanguards, his creator-owned super-heroines first published through Charlton Bullseye.
Author, The Story of Owen, A Thousand Nights
E. K. Johnston is the New York Times bestselling author of several young adult novels, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist The Story of Owen and Star Wars: AHSOKA. Her novel A Thousand Nights was shortlisted for The Governor General's Award. The New York Times called The Story of Owen “a clever first step in the career of a novelist who, like her troubadour heroine, has many more songs to sing.” Her most recent published works are That Inevitable Victorian Thing and From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars). Johnston lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Follow her on Twitter at @ek_johnston and visit her website: http://ekjohnston.ca/
Cartoonist, For Better or For Worse
Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of For Better or For Worse. This family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, For Better or For Worse appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries and was translated into 8 languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million.
Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario and grew up in British Columbia. After living in Manitoba and Ontario for many years, she now calls North Vancouver, BC home once again. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Rueben Award for Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society (1985). She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2008 Johnston retired from For Better or For Worse, at which time the comic strip was republished from the beginning and is now in its eighth year of reruns. In 2015 she was honored by the Art Gallery of Sudbury in Sudbury, Ontario with a touring exhibit of her work.
Writer, editor, publisher, comics historian, educator
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, executive (30 years at DC, ending as president & publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making [Taschen, 2010]), and educator (including teaching the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award and Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro, and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award, and Munich’s Peng Pris, and it has been being released in revised form as three separate expanded volumes. He wrote the recent book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (Abrams ComicArts, 2014), and he curated the celebratory book, Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman (DC, 2018). Levitz also serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and BOOM! Studios.
Writer, artist, Berlin, Jar of Fools
Jason Lutes is the author of Jar of Fools and the Berlin trilogy, the final book of which is making its debut at Comic-Con 2018. He also drew The Fall, written by Ed Brubaker, and currently teaches an MFA program for comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.