WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Special Guests

WonderCon Anaheim once again features a diverse group of amazing guests from comics, science fiction and fantasy, and illustration. The guests listed below are scheduled to appear at this year's event.

Brent Anderson

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Anderson

Artist, Astro City, The Phantom Stranger

Brent Anderson’s work is well known for its focus on character. Brent's professional career began at Marvel in 1979 with Ka-zar the Savage and the Marvel graphic novel X-Men “God Loves, Man Kills.” Since then he has created or co-created the series Somerset Holmes, Strikeforce: Morituri, and the Eisner Award-winning Astro City. He is currently working on a new cycle of Astro City stories scheduled to be published by DC Comics in 2013, as well as several personal graphic novel projects in collaboration with writer Shirley Johnston: El Jaguár; Tecknight: Jar of Ashes; and Good Mother Dinosaur.

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Frank Cho

Frank Cho
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Cho

Writer/artist, Liberty Meadows, Savage Wolverine

Frank Cho is an Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed writer and illustrator. He is known for his newspaper comic strip series Liberty Meadows as well as for such titles as Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, X-Men, and The Hulk for Marvel Comics. Frank’s work is noted for his precise figure art, illustrations of beautiful women, humorous writing, and adventure stories. He is currently under exclusive contract to Marvel and is writing and drawing the new ongoing Savage Wolverine series. When he's not working on Marvel projects, Frank freelances as a writer and designer for movies and video games.

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Amanda Conner

Amanda Conner
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Conner

Artist, Power Girl, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

Amanda Conner started out in comics on books such as Barbie and Gargoyles. She also illustrated Soul Searchers & Co., and Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils. Amanda then moved on to what is probably her best-known work, as penciller of Vampirella. She also illustrated Painkiller Jane vs. the Darkness, Power Girl, Codename: Knockout, and Birds of Prey for DC; drew X-Men Unlimited for Marvel; and co-created Gatecrasher for BlackBull Comics, and The Pro, a creator-owned book for image with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis. Her work outside comics includes ABC's Nightline, The New York Times, MAD magazine, and character designs for film and television. Her current work includes Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre (DC), and Captain Brooklyn (Image).

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J.M. DeMatteis

J.M. DeMatteis
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DeMatteis

Writer, Moonshadow, Justice League

Eisner Award winner J. M. DeMatteis has worked in the comic book business for more than 30 years, writing the adventures of such Marvel and DC icons as Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and Captain America. He is perhaps best known for the intensely personal visions of Moonshadow and Brooklyn Dreams, as well as (with co-writer Keith Giffen) the superhero comedy of Justice League and Hero Squared, and (with artist Mike Ploog) the all-ages fantasies Abadazad and The Stardust Kid.  DeMatteis—who also writes novels, television and film—lives in upstate New York.

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Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson
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Espenson

Writer/producer, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon A Time

Jane Espenson is a Hugo Award–winning television producer with a 20-year career writing for such shows as Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelFirefly, Dollhouse, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Torchwood, and Game of Thrones, among others. She is currently consulting producer of ABC's Once Upon a Time, as well as co-creator, along with Brad Bell, of Husbands, an award-nominated comedy series. Espenson has also written comic books, essays, and stories related to her television work. For more info, visit HusbandsTheSeries.com.

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Mark Evanier

Mark Evanier
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Evanier

Writer/producer, Kirby: King of Comics, Garfield animated TV series

Mark Evanier has worked with Jack Kirby; written hundreds of comic books, including Blackhawk, New Gods, Bugs Bunny, The DNAgents, Crossfire, Scooby Doo, and Tarzan; and written dozens of TV shows, both live-action and animated, the latter including most of the animated Garfield shows for the last 20 years. He is the author of several books on comics, including Kirby: King of Comics, which won two Harvey Awards and one Eisner. He has several other Eisners for his work with Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer and other silly comics. And he's hosted countless panels at both Comic-Con and WonderCon.

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Matt Kindt

Matt Kindt
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Kindt

Writer/arties, Mind Mgmt, Super Spy, 3 Story

Matt Kindt is the Harvey Award-winning writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels MIND MGMT, Superman, Martian Manhunter, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. He has been nominated for foue Eisner and three Harvey Awards (which he won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

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Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz

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Dean
Koontz

Author, Odd Thomas series, Frankenstein series

Dean Koontz, “America’s most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone), is the author of more than 58 New York Times bestsellers, including more than 30 that reached #1. His work is published in 38

languages and has sold more than 450 million copies around the world. His next novel, Deeply Odd, to be published as a Bantam Hardcover in May, is the next installment in Koontz’s bestselling series featuring Odd Thomas. The motion picture Odd Thomas, starring Anton Yelchin in the title role and directed by Stephen Sommers, will be released in Spring 2013.

Appearing on Saturday, March 30 only

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John Layman

John Layman
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Layman

Writer, Chew, Detective Comics, Mars Attacks

John Layman is the creator, writer, and letterer of Chew, the New York Times bestselling, Harvey Award and multi-Eisner Award winning cannibal cop comedy series from Image Comics. Layman was an editor for WildStorm and has written or lettered for every major publisher in comics for the last decade and a half. Currently, he’s writing Detective Comics for DC and Mars Attacks for IDW. He’s written Godzilla, Thundercats, Gambit, Scarface, Red Sonja, Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four, the Marvel Identity Wars annuals, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen, and a whole lotta other stuff. He loves kitties, LEGOs, and World of Warcraft.

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Jim Lee

Jim Lee
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Lee

Artist, Justice League, DC Entertainment co-publisher

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as editorial director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including All Star Batman And Robin, The Boy Wonder; Batman: Hush; Justice League; and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also serves as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). For his next project, Lee will be working with writer Scott Snyder on a new Superman book in 2013.

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Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu
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Liu

Writer, Astonishing X-Men, Hunter Kiss series

We regret to announce that Marjorie Liu will not be able to attend WonderCon Anaheim 2013.

Doug Mahnke

Doug Mahnke
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Mahnke

Artist, Green Lantern, The Mask

Doug Mahnke is a 25-year veteran of the comics business, including early work with Dark Horse on the legendary The Mask titles and X and at DC Comics with the creator-owned Major Bummer with writer John Arcudi and work on Superman: Man of Steel, JLA, Batman, Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein, and Final Crisis. Doug currently enjoys working with Geoff Johns on Green Lantern, having begun his run with the eerie issue #43 prologue to “Blackest Night."

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Ann Nocenti

Ann Nocenti
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Nocenti

Writer, Catwoman, Katana

Ann Nocenti is thrilled to be back in comics, writing Catwoman and Katana for DC Comics and just finishing a run on Green Arrow. She wrote for Marvel Comics in the late 1980s, writing Daredevil, editing the X-Men, and creating Longshot, Typhoid, Spiral, Blackheart, and more. Nocenti teaches filmmaking at the Indigenous Film Circle in Norway and to Native Americans in Tulsa, and she taught in Haiti for two years. Her journalism has appeared in Details, Utne, HEEB, Stop Smiling, PRINT, Filmmaker, Scenario, and more. She has written about Baluchistan (“The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World,” Best Travel Writing 2008). Her feature script Taking Chances was produced in 2009. Her work can be found at her website annienocenti.com

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Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer
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Palmer

Illustrator, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, Indiana Jones Blu-ray set

Jason Palmer began working in the comic book industry in 1990, painting covers for Star Trek. Since then he’s worked as an illustrator on a vast variety of projects, including art for TV shows, storyboards, concept work, collectibles, advertising, and package art for companies such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, and Sideshow Collectibles. His recent projects include illustrations for Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare and package art for the Indiana Jones Blu-ray set. He has also developed several popular series of licensed art prints, such as Firefly/Serenity with Universal Studios and Castle with ABC/Disney.

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Jimmy Palmiotti

Jimmy Palmiotti

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Palmiotti

Writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane

Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created numerous comics, TV series, and characters, including The New West, Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker, Trailblazer, Ballerina, and the TV series Painkiller Jane. Jimmy’s current work includes All Star Western, Ame-Comi Girls, Human Bomb, and Unknown Soldier for DC; Creator-Owned Heroes, Queen Crab, and Retrovirus for Image; Injustice: Gods Among Us video game for WB; and Legend of the Valkyrie, and Rolling Thunder for Shiftylook.

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