Special Guests

The following special guests have been confirmed for Comic-Con International 2018.

Veronica Fish

Veronica Fish at Comic-Con International, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, Archie, Silk, Howard the Duck

Veronica Fish is an illustrator and comic book artist. Her work includes Archie for Archie Comics, Spider-Woman, Silk, Howard the Duck for Marvel, Slam! for BOOM! Studios, Pirates of Mars (self-published), and the graphic novel The Wendy Project for Papercutz. She is a frequent cover artist for IDW, Valiant, Dynamite and BOOM! Studios.

Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the US, and she’s done some fun stuff like storyboarding for commercials, illustrating for clothing companies and magazines, and character design.

She is currently working on a new project for Dark Horse Comics with Evan Dorkin. She lives in New England with her husband and fellow artist Andy Fish.

Richard Friend

Richard Friend at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, inker, Immortal Men, WildC.A.T.s, Forever Evil

Richard Friend is an American comics illustrator born and raised in San Diego, California. Originally hired by Image Comics/WildStorm, he worked on such titles as Gen 13, Wetworks, WildC.A.T.s (garnering an Eisner Award nomination with penciller Travis Charest), Danger Girl, Steampunk, and The Authority. Richard moved over to Vertigo working on Madame Xanadu; the series was nominated for 4 Eisner Awards in its premiere year. He has gone on to work for DC comics on titles such as Batman: Dark Knight, Detective Comics, Forever Evil, Wonder Woman, and is currently working on Immortal Men. Richard also does fine art and illustration, premiering his original series the "Black Drawings" in Culver City art gallery Century Guild with an Alphonse Mucha exhibit. He is also a "YouTuber" posting daily videos on the creation of comics and working and surviving in the comics field. He is currently writing and illustrating his first original comic book story while documenting the entire process on YouTube.

Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19–22 at the San Diego Convention Center

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.

Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand at Comic-Con International, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Norman Walters


Author, Cass Neary series

Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of 13 genre-spanning novels and 4 collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (4 times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (3 times), International Horror Guild Award (3 times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among others, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” [Katherine Dunn]—Generation Loss, Available Dark, and Hard Light—have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. With Paul Witcover, in the early 1990s she created and wrote DC Comics’ groundbreaking Anima, the first comics series to feature gay and bisexual characters, including the eponymous superheroine. She is a longtime reviewer and critic for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Salon, among many others, and writes a regular book review column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. She divides her time between the Maine coast and North London.

Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness at Comic-Con International, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Scarlett Freund


Author, All Souls Trilogy, The World of All Souls

Deborah Harkness is a global phenomenon with readers of historical fiction and fantasy. Her first book, A Discovery of Witches, debuted at #2, and then went to #1, on the New York Times Bestseller List. Shadow of Night (2012) and The Book of Life (2014) debuted at #1 on this prestigious list and became best-sellers throughout the world. Known as the “All Souls Trilogy,” more than 3.5 million copies have been sold through 37 different publishers. Harkness is working on the television adaptation of A Discovery of Witches that will be produced by Bad Wolf. The World of All Souls will debut in the spring of 2018. Times Convert, Harkness’ next novel set in the same universe as “The All Souls Trilogy,” will debut in the fall 2018. Visit DeborahHarkness.com for more information.

R. C. Harvey

R. C. Harvey at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19–22 at the San Diego Convention Center
R. C.

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.

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

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.

Larry F. Houston

Larry F. Houston at Comic-Con International, July 19–22 at the San Diego Convention Center
Larry F.

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.

E. K. Johnston

E. K. Johnston at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19–22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Sarah Oughton

E. K.

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/

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19–22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo © Ed Eng


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.

Joëlle Jones

Joelle Jones at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, artist, Catwoman, Lady Killer; artist, Batman

Joëlle Jones is an Eisner Award-nominated artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Since attending PNCA in Portland, OR, she has contributed to a wide range of projects. She is currently writing and drawing Catwoman and recently finished a run on Batman, both for DC Comics. She also wrote and drew the series, Lady Killer, published by Dark Horse Comics. Jones has also provided the art for fashion designer Prada, and various projects for Marvel, BOOM!, Vertigo, Oni Press, and The New York Times. Joëlle currently has projects with DC Comics as well as continuing her series Lady Killer.

Jim Lee

Jim Lee at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Mike Jara Photography


Publisher, DC Comics, artist, Batman: Hush, Superman Unchained

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties as co-publisher, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including Justice League: Origins, Batman: Hush, and Superman Unchained. He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3, and on Windows PC. For his latest project, Lee is handling the launch of the Immortal Men comic book