Cartoonist, MAD Magazine, Sergio Aragonés Funnies
One of MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonists (only Al Jaffee has been around longer) and the creator of dim-witted barbarian Groo the Wanderer, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators. In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio—the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist—also has his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies.
Artist, Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, Batman Adventures
In over 30 years as an artist in comics, Rick Burchett is probably best known for his work on DC’s line of animated tie-in titles (Batman Adventures, Superman Adventures, etc.). He has also logged extended runs on Justice League, Blackhawk, E-Man, and She Hulk. Along the way, Rick has received three Eisner Awards and Spain’s Haxtur Award and has been nominated for an Eagle Award in England. Currently Rick is drawing Wondrous for Lion Forge Comics, and he and writer Greg Rucka are producing the webcomic Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether. Rick lives near St. Louis with his wife and two sons.
Author, The Selection Series (The Selection, The Elite, The One)
Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, VA with her family. Kiera has kissed approximately fourteen boys in her life. None of them were princes. You can learn more about Kiera’s books, YouTube videos, and love of cake at www.kieracass.com.
Artist, Wonder Woman
Cliff Chiang is a comic book illustrator best known for his work at DC Comics. He graduated from Harvard University in 1996 with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Studies. After a brief stint in advertising, he worked for several years as an assistant editor for Disney Adventures Magazine and then Vertigo before leaving to pursue his dream of freelance illustration. Known for his fluid storytelling and brushwork, his major works include Human Target (the basis for the television show), Green Arrow & Black Canary, Neil Young’s Greendale, and Doctor 13 and Wonder Woman, both with writer Brian Azzarello.
Writer/artist, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; Gronk
Artist, Detective Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman
Tony Daniel works for DC Comics as the penciler on the new hit title Superman/Wonder Woman and on such other notable DC titles as Teen Titans, Flash, Batman, Battle for the Cowl and the New 52 Detective Comics. Other works include Marvel’s X-Force, Image’s Spawn, and several creator-owned titles, including The Tenth, Adrenalynn, Silke, and F5.
Writer, Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Deadly
Kelly Sue DeConnick began her comics career writing the English adaptations of Japanese comics for Tokyopop and VIZ. After 7 years and more than 10,000 pages on books like Slam Dunk, Blue Spring and Sexy Voice And Robo, she transitioned to American comics with 30 Days of Night: Eben And Stella (IDW). In addition to helming Avengers Assemble at Marvel, DeConnick also became the spiritual mother of the Carol Corps with her reinvention of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. DeConnick recently debuted on the creator-owned scene in a big way with Pretty Deadly (Image), a macabre Western, co-created with artist Emma Ríos.
Artist, The Question, Wolverine, Turf
Tommy Lee Edwards has made quite an impact on the comics industry by illustrating The Question, Marvel 1985, Wolverine, and Turf. Beyond illustrating countless books, magazines, and posters for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, he has designed movies and video games like Command and Conquer, James Bond, The Book of Eli, Harry Potter, and Batman Begins. TLE created Microsoft’s The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator series from a script by Edgar Wright, and is currently writing and directing a music video for David Holmes, a multi-media series published by Dark Horse called Vandroid, and a TV series with Film Roman.
Writer/producer, Garfield; Kirby: King of Comics
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 twenty 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 Eisner Awards for his work with Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer and other silly comics. And he’s hosted countless panels at conventions like this one.
Artist, Master of Kung Fu, GI Joe: Special Missions
Paul Gulacy is an internationally acclaimed comic book artist with over forty years in the field. Trained at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Pratt Institute in NYC, Gulacy has also worked in magazine illustration, in animation, and for high-profile advertising agencies. He made his initial mark on the art world while at Marvel Comics during the Kung Fu craze of the 1970s with Master of Kung Fu. His work on that title inspired legendary film director Quentin Tarantino to say, “Master of Kung Fu … hands down my favorite comic book.” His trademark action-packed, cinematic style can also be found in such titles as Batman, James Bond, Star Wars, Cable, Terminator, Catwoman, and many more. Current works include Time Bomb for Radical Publishing, Star Wars: Crimson Empire 3 for Dark Horse, and GI Joe: Special Missions at IDW Publishing.
Artist, co-creator, RED; artist, The Shade, Blue Beetle
Cully Hamner has drawn many things for many people, but he’s most recently best known for his 2003 book RED (with acclaimed writer Warren Ellis), which was adapted into a hit film in 2010 and its 2013 sequel (for which he provided art for the animated opening titles sequence), Blue Beetle, The Question, The Shade, and his heavy involvement in the “New 52” DC Universe as one of the two lead character designers (along with DC co-publisher Jim Lee). His more recent projects have included National Comics, Action Comics, The Flash, Animal Man, and Legends of the Dark Knight.
Artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Majestic
2014 is already shaping up to be the year of Georges Jeanty. Not only is he an Eisner Award-winning artist, but Georges is also celebrating his 20th year in comics. The Miami native started drawing for independent companies like Caliber, London Night, and Chaos Comics, and then began working at DC on titles like Superboy, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Teen Titans. Georges then sashayed over to Marvel and lent his daring style on titles such as Gambit, Deadpool, Wolverine, and Weapon X. There were also WildStorm titles such as Majestic and the critically praised creator-owned The American Way written by Academy Award winner John Ridley. From one award-winning creator to another, Georges was then recruited by Joss Whedon to start work on the continuing adventures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Season 8 and Season 9 to critical praise for Dark Horse Comics. Joss then moved Georges over to his other franchise, Serenity, which chronicles the crew of the Firefly after their exploits from the motion picture. Georges has had barely enough time to celebrate his anniversary with so many projects on the horizon, but disco down to his website, www.kabalounge.com for all the latest developments!
Co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained
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 also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comics 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). Currently, Lee is handling the art chores on the Superman Unchained comic book series.
Appearing Friday and Saturday only.
Artist, Whiteout, Superior Foes of Spider-Man
Steve Lieber is a comic book artist whose publishers include DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Scholastic, and Oni Press. Steve has worked on such characters and properties as Batman, Superman, Hellboy, Star Trek, and Road to Perdition, but he’s best known as the artist of the graphic novel Whiteout and its Eisner-winning sequel, Whiteout: Melt, which were adapted by Warner Brothers as a movie starring Kate Beckinsale. He recently completed two Alabaster graphic novels at Dark Horse and is currently illustrating Superior Foes of Spider-Man for Marvel. Steve lives in Portland, OR and online at stevelieber.com
Writer, Hunter Kiss series, Astonishing X-Men
Marjorie Liu is an attorney and novelist whose paranormal romance and urban fantasy series have made her a New York Times bestselling author. She writes for Marvel Comics, including Dark Wolverine (with Daniel Way), Black Widow, X-23, and most recently, Astonishing X-Men, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its “outstanding representation of the LGBT Community.” Marjorie divides her time between Boston, Indiana, and Beijing, China.
Writer/artist, The Flash, Detective Comics
Francis Manapul is a New York Times bestselling comics creator and an award-winning writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. Best known for his work on DC Comic’s New 52 The Flash, he takes over the creative duties on Detective Comics in the spring of 2014. His past work for DC includes Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, Legion Of Super-Heroes, and The Flash. He’s also worked on Iron Saint, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, G.I. Joe, and Witchblade. He was also a TV presenter on History Channel’s Beast Legends.
Artist, The Star Wars, Zorro
Mike Mayhew is a world-renowned illustrator who creates some of the most exciting images in comics today. Mike specializes in photorealism and intense rendering of dynamic subjects. His approach ranges from state-of-the-art digital techniques to traditional watercolor and acrylic painting. His comics work includes Zorro, Vampirella, Spawn, X-Men Origins: Jean Grey, his own creator-owned title from Image, Savage, and cover art on Mystique, Elektra, The Pulse, and She-Hulk. In 2013 Mike began adapting George Lucas’s original 1974 draft The Star Wars for an 8-issue comic series from Dark Horse Comics. Mike’s studio is located in Glendale, CA.
Artist, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman: Earth One
Yanick Paquette is a Shuster Award-nominated Canadian penciler. Since 1994 he has worked for Topps, Marvel, DC, WildStorm, and Vertigo Comics. Among the titles Paquette contributed to are Wonder Woman, Superman, Avengers, Codename: Knockout, Gambit, Gen¹³, JLA, Negation, Superman: The Man of Steel, Civil War: X-Men, Wolverine Weapon X, Terra Obscura with Alan Moore, and Seven Soldiers: The Bulleteer with Grant Morrison. Paquette was the regular artist on Ultimate X-Men and helped launch Young X-Men in 2008. He later supplied the art for Morrison’s Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3 and Batman Incorporated. He was the artist on the New 52 Swamp Thing with writer Scott Snyder. Teaming-up again with Grant Morrison, he is currently illustrating the original graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One.
Writer, Undertown, Hellboy Animated
Jim Pascoe is a writer, designer, and an Emmy Award-winning creative director. His comics credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy Animated, and the original series Undertown. He is also co-author of the crime fiction novel By the Balls (written with Tom Fassbender and illustrated by Paul Pope), which launched the cult publishing house UglyTown and was rereleased last year in a deluxe 15th anniversary edition. He just signed a 3-book deal with First Second, the details of which he will announce at WonderCon Anaheim.
Writer, Starman, Invaders, Fantastic Four
James Robinson was born in the United Kingdom, but has lived in the U.S. since 1989 where he began working in comics initially for DC and Dark Horse Comics. Among his more known and regarded works are Grendel Tales: Four Devils, One Hell, sundry Legends of the Dark Knight arcs, Superman, Justice League of America, and Earth 2. He is perhaps most well known for his award winning runs on both Starman and Leave It To Chance.
After a long working relationship with DC Comics, James made the switch to Marvel Comics where he is having a blast writing both the Invaders and the Fantastic Four. He also has multiple creator-owned series out or forthcoming, including The Saviors and Airboy for Image Comics and Grand Passion at Dynamite comics.
James resides in San Francisco with his dog Rex.
Writer, Bad Houses
Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, published by Dark Horse Comics. She is a two-time Oregon Book Award winner for her young adult novels Empress of the World and The Rules for Hearts, both published by Viking. Her comics work ranges from Hellboy to the Eisner Award-winning anthology Comic Book Tattoo and the Eisner Award-nominated “Me and Edith Head.” She also works as a librarian in Portland, Oregon. Find her online at sararyan.com
Writer, Batgirl, Red Sonja, Tomb Raider
Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the Internet, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. Soon after she was writing The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to work at Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.
Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is best known for her run on Birds of Prey. Her long list of work at DC includes Action Comics, Teen Titans, Villains United, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, The All-New Atom, Gen13, and Welcome To Tranquility. Her most recent projects include Batgirl and The Movement for DC, Red Sonja for Dynamite, and Tomb Raider for Dark Horse.
Author, Mrs. God, Shadowland, The Talisman
Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the forthcoming Library of America’s 2-volume anthology American Fantastic Tales. He has won many awards. In 2006 he was given the HWA’s Life Achievement Award. In 2008 he was given the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers. At the World Fantasy Convention in 2010, he was given the WFC’s Life Achievement Award.
Writer, Green Lantern, The Surrogates, X-O Manowar
Robert Venditti is the New York Times bestselling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. He also writes the graphic novel adaptations of Rick Riordan’s bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels. His current projects are the ongoing monthly comic book series X-O Manowar and Green Lantern. In April, Venditti joins Van Jensen and Brett Booth as the new creative team on The Flash.
Writer, Daredevil, The Indestructible Hulk
Mark Waid is a New York Times bestselling author whose many works include Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, and years-long runs on such popular titles as Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Flash, and Justice League. As a publisher, he runs Thrillbent.com, a cutting-edge website showcasing a wide variety of comics (many of them his own) produced specifically for tablets and digital devices. Waid also co-owns two comics shops in Indiana and Illinois and is a tireless advocate for creator rights. If you catch him trying to catch a quick nap, forgive him.