Back to the Future
Believe it or not, it's time to look ahead Comic-Con 2005!
Here are a few of the faces you can expect to see in San Diego next July, with
plenty more still to be announced!
Forrest J. Ackerman
Known for his love of all things fantastic and HORROR-endous
puns, Forrest J. Ackerman is one of fandom's most beloved figures.
He was an early literary agent for science fiction writers such
as Ray Bradbury, and editor of the fondly- remembered Famous
Monsters of Filmland, which was a source of inspiration
to many filmmakers including Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg and
Murphy Anderson's skills as a penciller and inker made
him one of the Silver Age's most recognizable and favorite artists.
He drew the Buck Rogers comic strip for newspapers, penciled
and inked such books as The Spectre and Hawkman
at DC, and his crisp inking added a lush veneer to the pencils
on such series as Adam Strange, Flash, The Atom, Superman, and
Making his first appearance at Comic-Con, Bob Bolling is
one of two writer/artists behind the classic Little Archie
series, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2005.
Little Archie, which focuses on the highly imaginative
childhood adventures of everyone's favorite teens, has built
a huge cult following that continues thriving to this day.
Winner of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) Ruben Award
for Cartoonist of the Year in 2003, local San Diego cartoonist
Greg Evans created the Luann syndicated comic strip,
which has run in newspapers since 1987. Evans has also been
instrumental in bringing NCS to Comic-Con International.
After 10 years of struggling to break into the comics industry,
penciller Pia Guerra became an "overnight" success with the
critically acclaimed VERTIGO series, Y The Last Man.
She's appearing at the 2005 show with Y co-creator and
fellow Comic-Con special guest, Brian K.
David Lapham began working in the comics industry at Valiant
Comics, where he helped illustrate and create titles such as
Shadowman and Harbinger. After Valiant he launched
his award-winning self-published crime series Stray Bullets,
which is celebrating its 10th year in 2005. While continuing
to write and draw Stray Bullets, he is also writing a
12-issue Batman story arc for Detective Comics.
Scott McCloud first came onto the comics' scene as the
writer/artist of the 1980s series ZOT! for Eclipse Comics.
He went on to gain attention both within and outside the comics
field with his groundbreaking Understanding Comics, a
book in comics format in which he explored and explained comics
as a valid art form. McCloud followed this book with Reinventing
Comics, and his new book, Making Comics, is being
published in 2006. For the last several years he has been a
leading proponent of web-based comics.
Illustrator, painter, and designer Gary Panter is probably best
known for his work as head set designer on the Pee Wee's
Playhouse TV series, a job which earned him three Emmy Awards.
His distinct artwork on album covers, most notably for Frank
Zappa, earned him the title "King of Punk Art." He's also a
well-known underground cartoonist, best known for his Jimbo
character, most recently seen in the book Jimbo in Purgatory.
One of comics' most beloved artists, George Pérez co-created
(with Marv Wolfman) The New Teen
Titans, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2005. Most
recently, he was the artist for 2004's wildly popular JLA/Avengers
miniseries, the epic company crossover from DC and Marvel that
fans had long dreamed of seeing. Currently, Pérez is working
on a New Teen Titans graphic novel with writer Marv
Wolfman, a project the two began in the 1980s.
Eric Powell has been a writer and illustrator in comics
since 1995, having worked on a number of titles for Dark Horse,
Marvel, and DC. However, his career shot into orbit with his
critically acclaimed humor/horror series The Goon. Originally
self-published, The Goon was subsequently picked up by
Dark Horse Comics. Powell and The Goon were nominated
for four Eisner Awards in 2004; The Goon #1 won the award
for Best Single Issue (in a tie with Conan #0).
J. J. Sedelmaier
The head of the cutting-edge animation studio that brought
us the pilot for Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law on Cartoon
Network, and, along with CO-creator Robert Smigel, has produced
many cartoons for Saturday Night Live. J. J. Sedelmaier's work
has entered the realm of pop culture on SNL with "Fun With
Real Audio," "The X-Presidents," and "The Ambiguously
Gay Duo." This is his first appearance at a comics convention.
Besides Bob Bolling, Dexter Taylor
is the other artist to be associated most with the Little
Archie series. This year marks both Little Archie's
50th anniversary and Taylor's first appearance at Comic-Con.
One of the most popular writer/artists working in comics
today, Michael Turner helped create and launch the Witchblade
series for Top Cow in 1995. In 2002 he started his own publishing
company, Aspen, which featured his hit creations Fathom
and Soulfire. He most recently completed his critically
and commercially acclaimed run on DC's Superman/Batman
series, which featured the return of the one true Supergirl.
Brian K. Vaughan
Brian K. Vaughn has become one of the top writers in comics
through his work on such successful comics as Runaways,
Swamp Thing, and Spider-Man/Dr. Octopus. The CO-creator/writer
of the Eisner Award-nominated VERTIGO series Y, The Last
Man, Vaughan currently writes Ultimate X-Men and
the new Wildstorm hit Ex Machina, as well as Y.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved New Teen
Titans comics series and the 20th anniversary of Crisis
on Infinite Earths, the groundbreaking maxiseries that revamped
the entire DC Universe. What do they have in common? Both were
written by fan-turned-pro Marv Wolfman. Marv has had a long
and glorious career writing for both Marvel and DC and his credits
include having CO-created the character of Blade for
Marvel while writing/editing the Tomb of Dracula series.
And there's more to come! Check back often for updates to our special guests list.
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