Home Con News SDCC 2016: 13th Wave of Special Guests – Tsutomu Nihei, Christopher James...

logo - comic-con thumbnail (distressed)In a period of comics when diversity is a massive issue, Comic-Con International have timely announced a trio of comics creators, representing some of the strongest voices representing minority and feminist issues in the industry today.

Renowned manga artist Tsutomu Nihei (NOiSE/BIOMEGA), writer Christopher James Priest (BLACK PANTHER) and the ground-breaking writer of MS. MARVEL, G. Willow Wilson will be joining an already staggering list of talent and bringing some much needed representation to San Diego this July.

  • Tsutomu Nihei (Writer/artist: KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA / BLAME!)
  • Christopher James Priest (Writer: BLACK PANTHER / BATMAN . DEATHSTROKE) 
  • G. Willow Wilson (Writer: MS. MARVEL / A-FORCE)

image - SDCC 2016 (Special Guests Wave 13 - Tsutomu Nihei, Christopher James Priest, G. Willow Wilson)

The three join already confirmed guests Jason Aaron, Sergio Aragonés, Derf Backderf, Mike Baron, Mike Barrier, Kate Beaton, Cece Bell, Allen Bellman, Berkeley Breathed, Chester Brown, Emily Carroll, Jonathan Case, Howard Chaykin, Daniel Clowes, Peter David, Ben Dunn, Mark Evanier, Matt Fraction, Ramona Fradon, Kieron Gillen, Hank Green, Paul Gulacy, Lisa Hanawalt, Deborah Harkness, Ben Hatke, Jennifer Hayden, Keith Knight, Hidenori Kusaka, Jim Lee, Paul Levitz, Ed Luce, Sarah J. Maas, Seanan McGuire, Jamie McKelvie, Marissa Meyer, Trina Robbins, Patrick Rothfuss, Brian Selznick, Alex Sinclair, Jeff Smith, Noelle Stevenson, J. Michael Straczynski, Babs Tarr, Maggie Thompson, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble and Satoshi Yamamoto – that’s a total of fifty names! And there’s a couple more weeks of this so come back next Monday for Wave Fourteen!

The bios of this illustrious list can be found on our resource pages, with more to be included every Monday from Comic-Con International – bookmark the links for our comprehensive Special Guest lists for SDCC 2016!


Tsutomu Nihei at Comic-Con International 2016TSUTOMU NIHEI


Born in 1971 in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995, he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year’s Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Awards for his submission called BLAME. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series BLAME! in Afternoon Magazine in 1998.

Following the success of BLAME!, he next penned BIOMEGA (Viz Media) and WOLVERINE SNIKT! (Marvel). In 2009, Nihei returned to Afternoon to launch his latest series, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA.

Image courtesy: Vertical Comics


Christopher James Priest at Comic-Con International 2016CHRISTOPHER JAMES PRIEST


Christopher James Priest is the first African-American writer and editor to work in the comic book industry, with runs on CONAN, POWER MAN & IRON FIST, SPIDER-MAN, GREEN LANTERN, THE RAY, CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON and many others. With artist M. D. Bright, Priest created the hit Acclaim series QUANTUM & WOODY, and his groundbreaking BLACK PANTHER series has been lauded by Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice.

STATIC SHOCK, which Priest co-created with Milestone Media, Inc., was the first nationally syndicated African-American superhero animated series, and the first act of 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS was based on Priest’s Batman comic book work (Batman #431).

For more info, visit christopherpriest.com


G. Willow Wilson at Comic-Con International 2016G. WILLOW WILSON

(Writer: MS. MARVEL / A-FORCE)

G. Willow Wilson is a comic book writer and novelist. Her works include the bestselling series MS. MARVEL, winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Work; and the novel ALIF THE UNSEEN, which won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Willow began working in the comics industry at age 23, when DC/Vertigo Comics acquired her debut graphic novel, CAIRO. Since then, she has written extensively for both DC and Marvel, working on series including SUPERMAN, THE X-MEN and A-FORCE. In 2015, PEN America honored her with an award for Innovation in the Graphic Arts.

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