WonderCon Anaheim 2017 welcomes our confirmed special guests for the event, March 31–April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Author, Hunter, Valdemar, Elemental Masters series
Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950. The very next day, the Korean War was declared. It is hoped that there is no connection between the two events. She has written and published 125 books in many series, including the Hunter, Valdemar, Elemental Masters, SERRAted Edge, Elvenbane, and Obsidian Mountain series from Hyperion, DAW, Baen, Torm and many others. She has over 80 books in print, with 4 being published in 2014 alone, and some of her foreign editions can be found in Russian, German, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Turkish, and Japanese. In 1985 her first book was published. In 1990 she met artist Larry Dixon at a small science fiction convention in Meridian, MS, on a television interview organized by the convention. They moved to their current home, the “second weirdest house in Oklahoma,” in 1992. She has many pet parrots and “the house is never quiet.” From a collaboration with Dennis Lee, Cody Martin and Veronica Giguere came the Secret World Chronicle, www.secretworldchronicle, a five-book series of which the first 4 (Invasion!, World Divided, Revolution!, and Collision!) are available from Baen.
Writer/artist, A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel; writer, Compass South, Batgirl
Hope Larson is the Eisner and Ignatz award-winning author of Compass South and A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, among many others. She currently writes Batgirl for DC and Goldie Vance for BOOM! Studios. More info at www.hopelarson.com.
Writer/artist, Iron Man, Hercules, Huntress
Bob Layton is one of the industry's true visionaries and entrepreneurs. He reinvented Iron Man in the 1970s, making it a bestselling Marvel series and spawning the hit movies. “Demon in a Bottle” was voted "one of the top 20 comic stories of all time." Bob launched the first mini-series in comic history with Marvel’s Hercules: Prince of Power and co-created the record-breaking comic X-Factor, as well as War Machine, the new Ant-Man, and DC's Huntress. Layton was co-architect of the original Valiant Universe and served as editor-in-chief. Bob currently works with Hollywood and the Florida Film Commissions developing properties for motion pictures and television.
Artist, Suicide Squad; DC Entertainment co-publisher
Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties as co-publisher, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including Justice League: Origins, Batman: Hush, and Superman Unchained. He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3 and on Windows PC. For his latest project, Lee is handling the art chores on the Suicide Squad comic book.
Appearing Friday and Saturday only.
Visual Development Supervisor, Marvel Studios; artist, Tomb Raider, Uncanny X-Men
Andy Park is Marvel Studios’ visual development supervisor. Along with serving as a concept artist designing the characters, he is also leading a team of artists on several of the upcoming films including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. He has worked on every single film since the first Captain America (2010). Previous to that, he was a leading concept artist on the God of War video game franchise. Andy started out his career as a comic book artist illustrating top-selling comic books such as Tomb Raider (Top Cow Productions) and Uncanny X-Men. @andyparkart (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
Writer/co-creator, iZombie, Edison Rex
Chris Roberson is the co-creator with artist Michael Allred of iZombie, the basis of the hit CW television series now in its third season, and the writer of several New York Times best-selling Cinderella miniseries set in the world of Bill Willingham’s Fables. He is also the co-creator of Edison Rex with artist Dennis Culver, and the co-writer of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D, Witchfinder, Rise of the Black Flame, and other titles set in the world of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. In addition to his numerous comics projects, Roberson has written more than a dozen novels and three dozen short stories.
Writer/artist, Astronaut Academy series; writer, Teen Boat!
Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed to Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and Explorer: The Lost Islands. Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, a former editor at Nickelodeon magazine and is currently series editor for First Second’s Science Comics series of nonfiction graphic novels. He lives in Astoria, NY and draws a weekly webcomic called Starbunny, Inc.
Artist, DC Bombshells, Faith, Scarlet Witch
After graduating in Law and Information at Paris University, Marguerite Sauvage became an illustrator in 2001. She's worked for advertising (Apple, Longchamp), magazines (Elle, Flaunt) and publishing (Penguin, Hachette). She has worked in parallel for the animation industry (concept artist and script writer) and for European bande dessinée.
In 2014 her work was spotted by Vertigo and she started in comics on Hinterkind. She debuted sequential art on Wonder Woman: Sensation Comics and then on DC Bombshells. Her work is also visible at Marvel (Scarlet Witch, Civil Wars, 1602 Witch Hunter Angela), Image (Wayward, The Wicked + The Divine), Dynamite (Red Sonja), and Valliant (Faith).
Writer, The Spire, Doctor Who, Marvel Zombies
Simon Spurrier writes comics, novels and TV. His recent work in the sequential sphere includes Cry Havoc, Doctor Who, X-Men Legacy, Marvel Zombies, and the Eisner Award-nominated science-fantasy series, The Spire.
His latest prose novels are Contract and A Serpent Uncoiled, while his first digital-only project is the “absurdist-noir” novella Unusual Concentrations.
His latest TV credit is on the forthcoming Sony/Crackle heist fest, Snatch.
He lives in London, regards sushi as part of the plotting process, and does not have a cat. He tweets as @sispurrier.
Co-sponsored by BOOM! Studios
Author, Black Widow: Forever Red, Beautiful Creatures series
Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. Her solo books include Icons, Idols, and Black Widow: Forever Red. Before writing her first novel, Stohl was a veteran of the video game industry, working with Activision (now Activision Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now Electronic Arts). Margaret later became a cofounder of 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She has previously been nominated for Most Innovative Game Design at the Game Developers Conference. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and daughters.
Artist, Giant Days; story artist, Tangled, Big Hero 6
Lissa Treiman was born in Los Angeles and has never managed to leave. After graduating from CalArts she began working as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 2007, where she has contributed to films such as Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia. Giant Days was her first foray into published comics, a field which has always held a special place in her heart. While a full-time storyboarding job keeps her busy, she still finds time for comics work where she can, continuing to provide cover art for the ongoing Giant Days as well as other titles from BOOM! Studios and other publishers.
Writer, Catwoman, Xena: Warrior Princess
Genevieve Valentine is the author of Mechanique, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Persona, and Icon. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen Best of the Year anthologies. In comics, she has written Catwoman and Batman and Robin Eternal for DC, and Xena: Warrior Princess for Dynamite; her short work has appeared in Vertigo's Strange Sports Stories and Kodansha's Attack on Titan Anthology. Her nonfiction and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the AV Club, NPR.org, and others.