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.
WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Special Guests
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
DC ENTERTAINMENT BOOTH #801
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.
JASON PALMER STUDIOS BOOTH #1109
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.
ARTISTS’ ALLEY #AA-046
DC ENTERTAINMENT BOOTH #801
Writer, Red She-Hulk, Dark Avengers
Jeff Parker writes Red She-Hulk and Dark Avengers for Marvel, where he also penned acclaimed runs on Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas, and X-Men: First Class. Jeff drew comics for several years and worked in television animation (The Big Guy and Rusty) and storyboarding, then returned to comics with his graphic novel adventure The Interman before helping kick off the Marvel Adventures all-ages line. Among his other original creations are the cave thriller Underground from Image, the supernatural Mysterius the Unfathomable from DC, and his webcomic Bucko, which has been published in hardback by Dark Horse. Bring a sketchbook and see if he remembers how to draw!
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Writer, Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man
For the past five years Dan Slott has been writing Amazing Spider-Man as part of a team during the “Brand New Day” era, and then as the solo writer for the “Big Time” run. With issue #700, the 50-year-old series wrapped with the traumatic death of Peter Parker. Now Dan writes the all-new Superior Spider-Man, where Spidey’s worst enemy, Doctor Octopus, has taken his place. Dan’s other work includes She-Hulk, Thing, GLA: Misassembled, Avengers: The Initiative, Mighty Avengers, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Batman Adventures, Justice League Adventures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and Ren & Stimpy.
Creator, writer & artist Bone, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready
Jeff Smith entered the comics field with his 1991 self-published black-and-white comic book Bone, a multiple Eisner– and Harvey Award–winning comedy/fantasy that went on to sell millions of graphic novels in 25 languages around the world. In 2005, Bone was reissued in color by the world’s largest children’s book publisher Scholastic, and was chosen to launch the publisher’s graphic novel imprint Graphix. Recently Smith completed work on the serialized version of his second major project, the scifi/noir thriller RASL, as well being the subject of a documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics.
Writer/artist/editor/publisher, S.H.I.E.L.D., Prevue magazine
Jim Steranko is one of the most controversial figures in pop culture, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: illustrator, magician, designer, musician, escape artist, historian. As the writer/artist of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and X-Men, he generated 150 narrative innovations never seen previously in comics, then painted a multitude of posters and covers. As the editor/publisher of PREVUE magazine, he penned more than 3 million words. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola on some of their most popular movies. His work has been shown at more than 300 exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre.