Comic-Con 2011 planning is in high gear and will take place July 21 to 24 at the San Diego Convention Center. Register here online. The good news for parents: children 11 and under are free with a paying adult and kids 12 to 17 get a discounted junior rate. Special guests for 2011 will include:
Jordi Bernet: Spanish comics artist known in the U.S. for the hardboiled Torpedo series and for DC’s Jonah Hes
Patricia Briggs: Author, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series
Jo Chen: Award-winning cover artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Runaways
Alan David: British writer/artist on such titles as Captain Britain, Excalibur and JLA: The Nail; currently artist on Avengers Prime
David Finch: Artist known for Cyberforce, Avengers, New Avengers, and Brightest Day covers; he’s now writing and drawing Batman: The Dark Knight
Dave Gibbons: British artist on the classic Watchmen comics series, and Give Me Liberty/Martha Washington; writer/artist, The Originals graphic novel
Kim Harrison: Author, Rachel Morgan, Madison Avery series
Jonathon Hickman: Writer, Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors, and S.H.I.E.L.D.
John Higgins: Long-time British artist on 2000 AD titles; colorist on the classic Watchmen comics series
Charlie Huston: Crime/horror novelist, Hank Thompson series, Joe Pitt Casebooks; comic book writer, Wolverine: The Best There Is, Moon Knight
Jamal Igle: Artist (Marvel, Image, Devils Due, Disney), whose latest work includes Supergirl
Richard Kyle: Writer, Graphic Story Magazine, highly influential fanzine of the 1960s; coined the term “graphic novel” in 1964
Rebecca Moesta: Co-author (with Kevin J. Anderson), Star Wars Young Jedi Knights series, Crystal Doors series; author, Buffy novels
Christopher Moore: Author, humorous vampire novels, including Bite Me: A Love Story, You Suck: A Love Story, Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, etc.
Bill Schelly: Historian of comics fandom; books include The Golden Age of Comics Fandom, biographies of Joe Kubert and Otto Binder, etc.
Frank Stack: Pioneering underground cartoonist (as “Foolbert Sturgeon”), artist on many of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor stories as well as the graphic novel Our Cancer Year
Mark Tatulli: Cartoonist with two ongoing syndicated strips: Lio and Heart of the City
Roy Thomas: One of the first fans to become a pro: published early 1960s fanzine Alter Ego, went on to be editor-in-chief at Marvel and write titles such as Conan; currently editing revived Alter Ego magazine
Maggie Thompson: Editor of Comics Buyers Guide; co-creator of Comic Art, one of the earliest comics fanzines in 1961
Scott Westerfeld: Author, Uglies, Midnighters series
The special guest list will be updated as various people commit so check back here to keep abreast of the latest additions.