Second Wave of WonderCon Guests Announced
WonderCon 2024 is delighted to welcome Patrick Ballesteros, Grace Ellis, Steve Englehart, Todd Nauck, and Tracy Wolff as Special Guests!
Patrick Ballesteros is an illustrator/educator based in San Diego. He describes his art as “childhood nostalgia mixed in with a healthy dose of 80s cartoons and pop culture fun.” Creating children’s books and collaborating with companies such as Disney, Netflix, DC, and Nickelodeon has provided him with the opportunity to share his whimsical take on some of his favorite fandoms, including Stranger Things, Batman, and even John Hughes. His goal is to create art that leaves a smile on your face.
Grace Ellis is a New York Times bestselling, GLAAD Media Award–winning writer. Her credits include the much-lauded Lumberjanes, which has sold 2 million copies worldwide; the long-running Moonstruck; and several books and stories for DC Comics, including her latest, Diana and the Hero’s Journey (with artist Penelope Rivera Gaylord). Her graphic novel (with Hannah Templer) Flung Out of Space: Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith was a New York Times Notable Book of 2022 and won the 2023 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work.
Writer Steve Englehart’s take on The Batman and the Joker established superheroes for grown-ups, first in comics, then in the film adaptation, the animated series, and the Nolan movies. His take on Captain America rescued Cap and then rescued the MCU from fan service. His Wanda and Vision established Disney+. His Guy Gardner established James Gunn’s DCCU. His Luke Cage and Hellcat helped solidify Netflix. His Night Man hit regular TV. Other characters he’s added to the canon for include Star-Lord, Mantis, Doctor Strange, Shang-Chi, The Avengers, The Defenders, The West Coast Avengers, The Green Lantern Corps, The JLA, Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Mister Miracle, Coyote, Scorpio Rose, The Strangers, Shadowman, Vampirella, Kilowog, John Stewart, and Silver St. Cloud.
Todd Nauck is a well-known comics artist who works regularly for Marvel and DC Comics. His three decades worth of credits include Amazing Spider-Man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy, Deadpool: Too Soon?, Spider- Man/Deadpool, Nightcrawler, Teen Titans Go, the original Young Justice series, Mystery Science 3000, and countless other comics and covers. He is the artist of the bestselling comic book of the 2000s: Amazing Spider-Man #583: the Spider-Man/Barack Obama team-up. Nauck’s recent projects include the DC miniseries Stargirl: The Lost Children and the Marvel miniseries Magneto. Todd is also the cover artist for the upcoming Spectacular Spider-Men #1, Symbiote Spider-Man 2099 #1,and X-Men ’97 #1, and interior artist for Amazing Spider-Man #47 & #48all releasing in March/April.
Tracy Wolff is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author as well as a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. She collects books, English degrees, and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. A one-time English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark, action-packed, romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all of her 70-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her partner, her sons, and their three dogs.