Third Wave of Guests Announced
Comic-Con continues its weekly rollout of special guests for the show, featuring creators from all aspects of the popular arts.
Tom Batiuk was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1947 and graduated from Kent State University in 1969 with a BFA and a certificate in education. In 1970, while he was teaching, he began drawing a panel for the Teen Page of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. Those strips led to the creation of Funky Winkerbean in 1972. In 1979, he launched John Darling into syndication with Tom Armstrong. Another character from Funky, Ed Crankshaft, soloed in his own strip in 1987. Tom’s collaborator on Crankshaft was Chuck Ayers and is now Dan Davis. Batiuk was honored with an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in 1999, and in 2008, the Lisa’s Story arc from Funky was a Pulitzer finalist.
Amy Chu is a writer for comics and TV and is a member of the faculty at the Kubert School and the School of Visual Arts. Her most recent work is the Netflix anime series DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, along with writing for Rick & Morty and Archie comics. For DC and Marvel she has written popular characters such as Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Deadpool, Ant-Man, and Iron Man. She is also known for her KISS, DMC, Red Sonja, and Green Hornet series and the children's graphic novels Sea Sirens and Sky Island with Eisner winner Janet Lee.
For over 30 years, Phil LaMarr has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the mic on TV shows such as Mad TV, Futurama, Justice League, Samurai Jack, Static Shock, Family Guy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Young Justice, The CW’s The Flash and Supergirl, Veep, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, The Book of Boba Fett, Murderville, and Better Things; in such feature films as Pulp Fiction, Madagascar 2, Incredibles 2, The Lion King (2019), and My Little Pony: A New Generation; and video games including the Metal Gear Solid, Darksiders, Injustice, and Mortal Kombat series.
BARBARA "WILLY" MENDES
Barbara Mendes studied art throughout her NYC youth, then published work in underground Comics as "Willy Mendes" in NY and San Francisco in the 1970s. Ms. Mendes has created epic narrative paintings, exhibited in the U.S. and Israel. Her Los Angeles studio/gallery corner, with "Angel Wall” outdoor mural, was designated "Barbara Mendes Square," and she was declared a "Los Angeles Cultural Treasure" in 2016. Her Queen of Cosmos Comix was published in 2020 by Red 5 Comics; the full-color Queen of Cosmos Comix 2 launches at SDCC 2022.
Scott Snyder is a celebrated comic book writer best known for his extensive work with DC Comics on such titles as Batman, Detective Comics, and Justice League. He has also written American Vampire for DC/Vertigo and Wytches for Image Comics. Scott recently teamed up with some of the comics industry’s finest artists to deliver eight new series through Comixology Originals, including We Have Demons with Greg Capullo, Barnstormers with Tula Lotay, and Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine with Jamal Igle.
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Renowned for his detailed and realistic mechanical illustrations, Hidetaka Tenjin has worked on various facets of many mecha franchises, from model kit box art to videogames and animation. Inspired by the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross, he has provided model kit illustrations for Hasegawa’s Macross line and Bandai Spirits’ Gundam and Star Wars lines. His work in anime includes mechanical art for Aquarion, Macross Zero, and Frontier, mechanical designs for Hellsing, MacrossΔ, Super Robot Wars T, Back Arrow, and Yasuke, and mechanical imagery and animation direction on Star Blazers 2205.
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