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We’re nearly a quarter of a way into the year and the great gears of Planning for Comic-Con have begun to swing into motion, with the first triumph-or tragedy badge sales come and gone and the exhibitor hotel lottery flown by. While the biggest questions are still  “Can I go and will I have to sleep in a culvert?” not much attention has been paid to the guest list that’s been unspooling, but it’s…magnificent. From contemporary comics makers (Eduardo Risso, Marjorie Liu), past masters (Keith Pollard, Joe Staton), authors (Robin Hobb, Brian Selznick), foreign stars (Sonny Liew, Trondheim) – and a strong contingent of more indie types (Box Brown, Simon Hanselmann, Melanie Gillman).

For all the spectacle of Comic-Con in its showbiz glory, it’s still the best comics and pop culture event in North America. Eight waves of guests have been announced thus far – I believe one or two more are forthcoming.

Here’s the complete list – and it’s nearly worth sleeping in a culvert for:

Marguerite Bennett
Writer, Batwoman, DC Bombshells

Box Brown
Writer/artist, André the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play

Gail Carriger
Author, Parasol Protectorate, Finishing School series

Gemma Correll
Cartoonist, The Worrier’s Guide to Life, A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette

Paul Dini
Writer, Dark Knight: A True Batman Story, Batman: The Animated Series

Brigitte Findakly
Writer, Poppies of Iraq

Melanie Gillman
Cartoonist, As the Crow Flies, Stage Dreams

Mike Grell
Writer/artist: Starslayer, The Warlord, Jon Sable, Freelance

Nathan Hale
Cartoonist, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series

Simon Hanselmann
Cartoonist, Megahex

RobinHobb
Author, The Farseer Trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

John Holmstrom
Cartoonist, Punk magazine

Victoria Jamieson
Writer/artist, Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape

Paul Levitz
Writer, editor, publisher, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making

Sonny Liew
Writer, artist: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye; artist, Doctor Fate

Marjorie Liu
Writer, Monstress, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men

Jonathan Maberry
Author, Joe Ledger Thrillers, Mars One

John Morrow
Writer, publisher, comics historian, The Jack Kirby Collector

Dustin Nguyen
Writer, artist, Descender, Secret Hero Society, Li’l Gotham

Keith Pollard
Artist, Fantastic Four, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man

Eduardo Risso
Artist, 100 Bullets, Moonshine, Torpedo 1972

Mike Royer
Artist, inker, letterer, Kirby’s Fourth World series, Demon, Kamandi

Brian Selznick
Author, illustrator, Wonderstruck, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

R. Sikoryak
Writer/artist, Terms and Conditions, Masterpiece Comics

Alex Simmons
Writer, artist, Blackjack

Jeff Smith
Cartoonist, Bone, RASL

Joe Staton
Cartoonist, Dick Tracy, E-Man

William Stout
Artist, The Dinosaurs

J. Michael Straczynski
Writer, The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman Earth One; Creator, Babylon 5

Bruce Timm
Artist, animator, director, producer, Batman The Animated Series, Batman and Harley Quinn

Lewis Trondheim
Writer, artist, Dungeon, A.L.I.E.E.E.N., Poppies of Iraq

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