WonderCon 2017 (Anaheim, California) March 31-April 2 (PICTURES!)

C.C. 95

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Sep 10, 2014
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The Land, OHIO - U.S.A.
March 31 - April 2
Anaheim Convention Center
FRIDAY: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SATURDAY: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Special Guests
WonderCon Anaheim 2017 welcomes our confirmed special guests for the event, March 31–April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Sergio Aragonés
Cartoonist, MAD, Groo

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—had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies. His recent work includes a 12-issue maxi series from Dark Horse Comics, Groo and Friends.


Michael Cho
Writer/artist, Shoplifter, DC and Marvel cover artist

Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. Michael has drawn a few stories and a large variety of covers for publishers including Marvel, DC, and Image. He’s also received a few awards and nominations for his work along the way. His first graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. He is currently working on a follow-up project.


James Dashner
Author, Maze Runner series

James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. The Fever Code is the fifth book in his #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order, and The Fever Code. He is also the author of the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. To learn more about James and his books, visit jamesdashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find him on Instagram at @dashnerjames.


Deliah S. Dawson
Writer, Ladycastle, Blud series

Delilah S. Dawson writes the Ladycastle comic series for BOOM! Studios. As a novelist, she's the author of Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon and Scorched, the Blud series, the YA thrillers Hit and Strike, YA horror Servants of the Storm, various short stories, and The Shadow series, a fantasy Western written as Lila Bowen and beginning with Wake of Vultures. Delilah lives in the north Georgia mountains with her family and hangs out online at whimsydark.com and on Twitter @delilahsdawson.


Olivia De Berardinis
Artist, Art of Olivia, Bettie Page by Olivia

Native Californian Olivia De Berardinis has been painting professionally for four decades.Her work can be seen in galleries and magazines worldwide. From 1985 to 2015, Olivia’s pin-up paintings appeared in Playboy magazine, often with captions written by Hugh Hefner.


Larry Dixon
Author/artist, Valdemar, Serrated Edge series

Larry Dixon is beloved for 30+ years as a cover artist, 250+ convention appearances, many novels with Mercedes Lackey, and expertise in dozens of fields. Larry attended UNCSA & SCAD, was started in fantasy and science fiction by artist Michael Whelan and author Anne McCaffrey, and was nicknamed “The Gryphon King” by Andre Norton. He is accomplished as a comics artist, modelmaker, sculptor, logo designer, standup/MC, hotrodder, and falconer, and was a consultant for the Harry Potter, LOTR, and Hobbit films. Larry has worked on 60+ games since the 1970s and is among the USA’s finest B&W artists. He is a former firefighter, racecar driver, and stormspotter. Recently, Larry has been screenwriting for The Gamers franchise.


Kevin Eastman
Writer, artist, co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Born in Portland, ME in 1962, Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age, copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired by master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self-publishing creators such as Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode, and Dave Sim, all of Eastman’s early work focused more on science fiction influences than traditional superhero style comics.

In 1982, while trying to sell some of his illustrations to local fanzines, he met Peter Laird in Northampton, MA and Mirage Studios, was formed. Less than a year later in the middle of a late night jam session, Eastman doodled a new character he dubbed a “Ninja Turtle” to make Laird laugh—several sketches and a final drawing of four characters later “Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” had officially entered the universe!

Self-published in May 1984, the first issue sold out of its 3000 copies overnight and quickly became a fan favorite. Catching the eye of merchandising agents and Hollywood producers, Eastman and Laird maintained full control of their creations while guiding them through licensing, TV series adaptation, and feature films. By 1989 the TMNT’s were number one in all three categories.

In between TMNT projects, Eastman found time to establish the Words and Pictures Museum of Cartoon Art, created an artist-friendly publishing company, Tundra Publishing, where projects like The Crow, From Hell, and American Splendor first flourished, as well as purchased world renowned Heavy Metal magazine.

Currently spending most of his creative time working on a new TMNT series with IDW Publishing, Eastman resides in San Diego with wife, Courtney (aka First Lady of the Turtles), son Shane, as well as a few insane Dachshunds.

Appearing Saturday and Sunday only.


Mark Evanier
Writer/producer/comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics, Garfield

Mark Evanier has been writing comic books since he was 17, having started reading them when he was about that many minutes old. He apprenticed with the great Jack Kirby and has written much about Jack and comic book history. =He's written countless comics including many with the superstars of Disney, Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Blackhawk and others for DC, his own co-creations including The DNAgents, Crossfire, and Magnor, plus he does something (God knows what) on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés. He's also written hundreds of hours for TV including sitcoms, variety shows and cartoons, including writing/producing 20 years of Garfield the Cat.


Matt Fraction
Writer, Hawkeye, ODY-C, Sex Criminals

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and crows. Surely there’s a metaphor there. He's a New York Times bestselling donkus of comics like Sex Criminals (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series and named TIME magazine's Best Comic of 2013), ODY-C, and Casanova. Under their company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc., Fraction and DeConnick are currently developing television for NBC/Universal.


Sanford Greene
Artist, Powerman and Iron Fist, Black Panther covers

Sanford Greene has worked professionally in comics illustration and related industries for over 12 years. You can see his most recent work in the hit Marvel series Powerman and Iron Fist, as well as covers for Black Panther.


Chad Hardin
Artist, Harley Quinn

Chad Hardin’s love affair with comics started in his early childhood growing up in Las Vegas, NV. He studied Art at Southern Utah University where
he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Illustration and later received his MFA at
the Academy of Art University San Francisco. In 2005 he quit his full time
job in video games to pursue drawing comics freelance. In 2006 he began working for DC Comics on Countdown to Mystery; that work led to other assignments including Reign in Hell, The Spirit, The Warlord, Zatanna, and Demon Knights. In 2013 Chad became the artist on DC’s New 52 hit title
Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Harley Quinn #1
for DC’s Rebirth event became one of the best-selling comics of 2016. Life hasn’t been the same since.


Phil Jimenez
Writer, artist, Superwoman, Wonder Woman

Phil Jimenez is an Inkpot, Diamond, and Wizard award-winning writer and artist who has worked for DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, and a host of other comic book companies for over 25 years (and on three of the industry's best-selling single issues of the past 10 years). Best known for his work on Tempest, JLA/Titans, Planetary/Authority; The Invisibles, New-X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Amazing Spider-Man, Adventure Comics, The Transformers, DC: Rebirth, Superwoman, and his creator owned project Otherworld, Jimenez has also worked as a creator in film, television, traditional print media, and design/packaging for toy companies. He has created large-scale artworks for public spaces, schools, and museums in New York and Chicago; lectured at universities, museums, and the Library of Congress on identity and diversity in entertainment; and mentors young designers at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Considered one of the most prominent gay creators in mainstream comics (Entertainment Weekly, the Advocate, OUT magazine/Out 100 alum), Jimenez also teaches life drawing and at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an online sequential storytelling class for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. FB, Instagram, and Twitter @Philjimeneznyc


Mercedes Lackey
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.


Hope Larson
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.


Bob Layton
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.


Jim Lee
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, andSuperman 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.


Andy Park
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)


Chris Roberson
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.


Dave Roman
Writer/artist, Astronaut Academy series; writer, Teen Boat!

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academyseries (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.


Marguerite Sauvage
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).


Simon Spurrier
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


Margaret Stohl
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.


Lissa Treiman
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.


Genevieve Valentine
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.


Mark Waid
Writer, Archie, Avengers, Champions, Black Widow

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. Currently, he scripts Archie, Marvel’s Avengers and Black Widow, and Captain Kid with co-creator Tom Peyer. 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.


David F. Walker
Writer, Shaft, Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers

David F. Walker started his writing career in the 1990s with the self-published zine BadAzz MoFo. He is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, and journalist. His work in comics includes Shaft(Dynamite Entertainment), winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year; Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Occupy Avengers, and Deadpool (Marvel Comics); The Army of Dr. Moreau(IDW/Monkeybrain Comics); Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics); and his upcoming creator-owned series, Prison City. He is also the creator of the YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan.


Gerard Way
Writer, musician, DC's Young Animal imprint, Doom Patrol, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

Gerard Way is an artist and musician who lives in Los Angeles. His comics work includes The Umbrella Academy (published by Dark Horse), and the new s imprint, DC's Young Animal, which includes the titles Doom Patrol (written by Way), Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye (co-written by Way), Shade, the Changing Girl, and Mother Panic.

Appearing Friday and Saturday only.


Chuck Wendig
Author, Star Wars: Aftermath, Miriam Black series, Atlanta Burns series

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog terribleminds.com and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.


Connie Willis
Author, Crosstalk, Blackout, All Clear

Connie Willis is the Nebula- and Hugo-winning science-fiction author of Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, and the two-volume Blackout and All Clear. She has won an unprecedented total of seven Nebula Awards and eleven Hugos for her novels and short stories, has been named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and is a SFWA Grand Master of Science Fiction. Her work ranges from laugh-out-loud funny to deadly serious and encompasses time travel, aliens, fads, near-death experiences, and everything in between. Her most recent novel is Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy.


Judd Winick
Writer/artist, Hilo, Pedro and Me

Judd Winick is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Children’s Choice Book Award–winning graphic novel Hilo. Judd has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, their two kids, and their cat. Visit Judd and Hilo online at juddwinick.com or on Twitter at @JuddWinick.


Chip Zdarsky
Writer, Jughead, Howard the Duck, Star-Lord; artist, Sex Criminals

Chip Zdarsky has read Saga, ***** Planet, Southern Bastards, Ody-A, Ody-B, Ody-C, Wicked Or Divine, I Love Fairyland, Unbeatable Squirrel, Spiderman, Bat-Man, and more. He co-created Sex Criminals and Kaptara and has written Howard The Duck and Jughead. He is currently writing Star-Lord and something else probably. He has a GREAT idea for a Bat-Man story, so if someone can put him in touch with whoever the “Stan Lee” of DC is, it’d be much appreciated; cheers.
 
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C.C. 95

The Snarky Assassin
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Sep 10, 2014
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@C.C. 95 any particular reason why you attend this each year bud? Just curious as it seems far from The Land
I used to work in the industry out there (former independent film composer), and whole bunch of my friends from the biz live there - so I get out there 3 or 4 times a year...
I usually time my visits to coincide with specific events (Special Film Events, Concerts, etc.)
Wondercon just became an annual thing. (it used to be ComicCon. But that has become too bloated, and Wondercon is more fun now).:)
 
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