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Here’s the Seventh Wave of Comic-Con Guests

In addition to the already announced 34 guests for Comic-Con 2023, you can expect to see Darcie Little Badger, Ben Saunders, Linda and Stjepan Sejic, William Stout, and Lee Weeks.
Comic-Con 2023 Special Guest: Darcie Little Badger

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Darcie Little Badger

Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy books of all time. Elatsoe also won the Locus award for Best First Novel and is a Nebula, Ignyte, and Lodestar finalist. Her second fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, received the Newbery Honor, is an LA Times Book Prize Finalist, and is on the National Book Awards longlist. Her comics credits include Strangelands and Marvel Voices.

Comic-Con 2023 Special Guest: Ben Saunders
Ben Saunders

Professor Ben Saunders founded the Program in Comics Studies at the University of Oregon—the first of its kind in the country. He has published widely on different aspects of comics culture and is series editor of the Penguin Classics Marvel Collection. He has also curated several acclaimed exhibitions, including Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes—a massive, multimedia extravaganza that sold more than a million tickets during its extended tour of the USA. A regular speaker at conventions and frequent commentator for documentaries and podcasts, Professor Saunders is proud to proselytize for the beautiful medium of comics.

Comic-Con 2023 Special Guest: Linda Sejic
Linda Sejic

Linda Sejic is a comic creator from Croatia. She did art on Top Cow’s series Wildfire, Tales of Honor, and Swing, but she is best known for her creator-owned comics Blood Stain and Punderworld, which garnered its massive popularity on the webcomic site Webtoons. Currently she is working on the continuation of Punderworld, which is planned to have three volumes in total.

Sponsored by Top Cow Productions, Inc.

Comic-Con 2023 Special Guest: Stjepan Sejic
Stjepan Sejic

Stjepan Sejic is a comic creator from Croatia known for his long run on Witchblade as well as other Top Cow titles Angelus, Artifacts, and Aphrodite IX. He also did art for DC’s Aquaman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League Odyssey, in addition to being a writer/artist on DC’s series Harleen. These days he predominantly writes and draws his creator-owned series Sunstone, Fine Print (“or how a divine contract may not be the best cure for a broken heart”), Death Vigil, and the upcoming Achilles Shieldmaidens and The Queen and the Woodborn.

Sponsored by Top Cow Productions, Inc.

Comic-Con 2023 Special Guest: William Stout

Photo by Greg Preston

William Stout

Artist William Stout has worked with Russ Manning, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, and Al Williamson. His studiomates included Dave Stevens and Paul Chadwick. Bill co-founded the Comic Art Professional Society and was their tenth president. Stout created the iconic Wizards poster, then worked on over 70 movies, including Return of the Living Dead and Masters of the Universe. He helped Pan’s Labyrinth win two Oscars. Michael Crichton claimed Stout's dinosaur reconstructions inspired Jurassic Park. Bill’s 50-year career overview, Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout (2018) precedes a Flesk Publications box set collecting Stout’s comics work.

Comic-Con 2023 Special Guest: Lee Weeks
Lee Weeks

Lee Weeks is an award-winning comics artist and sometimes writer. Known for his work on Batman and Superman, his breakthrough was an early-1990s run on Marvel’s Daredevil. Having worked on nearly every major character teamed with many of the most celebrated creators, his work with acclaimed writer Tom King on Batman included the highly regarded Cold Days arc and the Eisner-nominated, Ringo-winning surprise hit Batman/Elmer Fudd Special. Lee has taught narrative art master classes at his alma mater, the Joe Kubert School. He also knows a few really good card tricks.