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 Confirmed Guests 2006, From the official site.
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Comic-Con 2006
Special Guests
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Comic-Con International's special guests are part of the reason why this convention is so fantastic. Here are a few faces that are confirmed for 2006.


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Peter S. Beagle
An accomplished novelist, screenwriter (for both movies and TV), and songwriter, Peter S. Beagle is best known for his wonderful fantasy novel, The Last Unicorn. His other books include Tamsin, The Unicorn Sonata, and The Innkeeper’s Song. His movie and TV work includes scripts for the animated versions of The Last Unicorn and Lord of the Rings, plus the “Sarek” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Brian Bolland
One of Great Britain’s most respected comic artists (his work includes Judge Dredd), Brian Bolland has also made a huge mark in American comics. His U. S. work, primarily for DC Comics, includes Camelot 3000, the award-winning Batman story, The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore, and numerous covers including long runs on Animal Man, Batman Gotham Knights, Wonder Woman, and The Flash.
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© Daniel Clowes
Daniel Clowes
Dan Clowes's incredible body of work includes 23 issues of Eightball (published by Fantagraphics) and several collections, including David Boring, Caricature, and Pussey. His most recent book is Icehaven (a reformatted version of the award-winning Eightball #22) published by Pantheon. Ghost World, his most popular work, was made into a movie starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johanson; the screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. Art School Confidential, Clowes's newest film based on his Eightball stories, will be released in 2006.
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Brian Fies
Freelance writer, journalist, and cartoonist Brian Fies lives in Northern California with his wife and twin daughters. His online series, Mom’s Cancer, based on his mother’s diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer, won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. The Mom’s Cancer graphic novel is being published by Abrams Books this Spring.
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Basil Gogos
The dean of American monster mag cover artists, Basil Gogos is most famous for the incredible run of covers he did on Forry Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland. This is his first appearance at Comic-Con International.
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Carmine Infantino
You can’t celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Silver Age Flash without the man who redesigned and redefined him! Carmine Infantino’s slick reinterpreting of the Flash costume is one of the all-time classics. In addition to drawing the Flash for many years, Infantino thrilled audiences with Adam Strange, Batman and many more. He was also DC Comics’ editorial director and publisher for many years.
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Everett Raymond Kinstler
He holds the artists’ record for portraits of cabinet officers—more than 50—and has painted 5 presidential portraits. And his roots are in comics and the pulps. Everett Raymond Kinstler illustrated Hawkman and Zorro in comic books and The Shadow and Doc Savage in pulps. He went on to become one of the worlds leading portrait artists. His celebrity paintings include portraits of Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, Katharine Hepburn, James Cagney, and his portraits of Presidents Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits.
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Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman is one of the hottest and fastest-rising writers in comics today. His work on Invincible and The Walking Dead for Image Comics have brought him industry-wide attention. For Marvel, Kirkman has written Gravity and is working on an upcoming Invincible/Spider-Man team-up.
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© James Kochalka
James Kochalka
James Kochalka's disarmingly charming art has made him one of the most recognized cartoonists working in indy comics. Best known for his ongoing sketchbook diary, American Elf, and his latest book with his unique take of super heros, his past credits include Monkey vs. Robot, Peanutbutter & Jeremy, Fancy Froglin, and Fantastic Butterflies. In addition to cartooning, "James Kochalka Superstar" has built a cult following for his music.
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Roger Langridge
Roger Langridge was born in New Zealand and moved to London in the early 1990s to try his hand as a professional cartoonist. He is best known for his work on Knuckles the Malevolent Nun (Antipodes Publishing) and Fred the Clown (Fantagraphics Books). Fred's adventures also appear online as Hotel Fred.
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Billy Martinez
San Diego-based artist, publisher and teacher Billy Martinez recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of his comics company, Neko Press. His creations include Wildflower and Kickass Girl and his work has appeared in Heavy Metal magazine and the SCI FI Channel show, The Chronicle. Billy has been teaching comics illustration in the San Diego area for over 12 years.
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Jean-Claude Mézières
While still at art school, Jean-Claude Mézières collaborated on a large amount of magazines, including Bonjour Philippine, Fripounet et Marisette, Coeurs Vaillants and Spirou. In 1961, he joined Studio Hachette, where he took on illustrating, alongside Jean Giraud. He then joined an advertising company and moved to the States, but returned after a reunion with his childhood friend Pierre Christin. Christin wrote a script for him, which appeared in 1966 in Pilote. Mézières continued working for Pilote in the following years, illustrating scripts by Fred, Reiser, Lob and Goscinny. In 1967 Mézières and Christin started the series Valérian, which soon became one of the most popular French science-fiction series. In the late 1980s Mézières started experimenting with direct colors, resulting in some short stories for Métal Hurlant. He continued his cooperation with Christin with such graphic albums as Lady Polaris and Canal Choc.
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Sheldon Moldoff
One of the Golden Age's greats, Sheldon Moldoff returns to Comic-Con after a few years absence. Moldoff co-created the original Hawkman and had a long run as the ghost of Bob Kane on many Batman titles into the 1960s. Moldoff's popular recreations of his work, drawn in full-color, are eagerly sought out by fans.
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Jim Mooney
A beloved artist of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, Jim Mooney is best know for his work on Supergirl. With a career dating back to 1940 at Timely Comics, Jim is also known for his work on DC's Tommy Tomorrow and Superboy and Marvel's Spider-Man.
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Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini penned his first novel, Eragon, while living in Paradise Valley, Montana, with his parents and younger sister. After reading his work, his family self-published the book, promoting Eragon across the U.S. until it came to the attention of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Knopf subsequently released Eragon in August 2003, and it became a best-seller. Eldest, book two in the Inheritance Trilogy, was published by Knopf in August 2005.
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George Pérez
One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Pérez returns to Comic-Con. Pérez's resume contains a who's-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of the New Teen Titans in the 80s, to his mega-successful JLA/Avengers, George's work has thrilled comics fans for over 3 decades.
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Howard Porter
His revitalization of the JLA with writer Grant Morrison took the comics world by storm. Howard Porter’s latest work includes a run on the Geoff Johns written Flash comic. He’s also drawn the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics and The Ray for DC Comics. His vibrant and action-packed layouts make him one of the most exciting artists working in super-hero comics today.
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Andy Runton
Andy Runton's Owly, published by Top Shelf, has charmed critics and readers alike and was nominated for Best Publication for a Younger Audience in the 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. In his series of Owly books, Runton's nearly wordless storytelling showcases both his gift for characterization and his love of wildlife and the outdoors.
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Shag
Josh Agle (better known as Shag, a contraction of the last 2 letters of his first name and the first 2 of his last) started his professional career as an illustrator/designer, but found his original paintings started to garner considerable attention from galleries and collectors. Shag’s colorful and playful style has charmed his fans, but what he’s really doing with his jet-setter people in fabulous settings is telling stories. “Most of my paintings are set in the middle of a story or situation,” he reveals. A major new book on his work, Shag: The Art of Josh Agle, debuted in 2005. This is his first appearance at Comic-Con.
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Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Yoshihiro Tatsumi is known as the grandfather of alternative manga in Japan. Regarded highly by cartoonists—and fans—all over the world, Tatsumi’s work has finally made it into English translation with the publication of Drawn and Quarterly’s edition of The Push Man and Other Stories, reprinting classic stories from the artist’s 1960s period. Tatsumi’s work predated the advent of the literary graphic novel movement in the US by 30 years. 2006 marks his first appearance at Comic-Con International.
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John Wagner
Born in the U.S. but a resident of the U.K. since he was 13, writer John Wagner is best known as the co-creator of Judge Dredd with artist Carlos Ezquerra, and he continues to work on the series almost 30 years after its creation. Wagner also scored raves for his work on Batman, Button Man, and The Bogie Man, the United Kingdom’s best-selling indy comic. Most recently, director David Cronenberg adapted Wagner’s graphic novel A History of Violence into a movie that has received great critical acclaim.
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Scott Williams
One of the most popular inkers working in comics today, Scott Williams is best known for his work with Jim Lee. Scott’s work includes inking the best-selling Batman: Hush and Superman: For Tomorrow story arcs. He is currently inking DC’s All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.
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