You’ve heard of Comic-Con, right? Huge event, happens in San Diego every July, sells out earlier and earlier each year? Well, if you’d like to get in on the fun, get ready to act now. Er, well, soon — like this coming Monday.
That’s when registration opens up for the 2011 edition of Comic-Con International: San Diego, with passes available for all four days and just one day (which really isn’t enough but remains an option nonetheless). Things open up at 9 a..m. Pacific time on Monday, Nov. 1.
How important is it to act as soon as possible? Passes that include admission to Wednesday’s preview night are already sold out, tickets having disappeared Chuck Cunningham-style during sales at this year’s con. Comic-Con advises, though, that “more four-day passes with Preview Night may be released closer to the show, depending on returns or cancellations.”
Comic-Con has also announced the initial slate of special guests for the 2011 show, including Jonathan Hickman, Alan Davis and David Finch. Full list after the jump; descriptions are Comic-Con’s, not ours.
Jordi Bernet (Spanish comics artist known in the U.S. for the hardboiled Torpedo series and for DC’s Jonah Hex)
Patricia Briggs (Author, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series)
Jo Chen (Award-winning cover artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Runaways)
Alan Davis (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)
Jonathan 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)