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logo - comic-con thumbnail (distressed)We have reached the end of the road for the weekly announcements from Comic-Con International as they present the Fifteenth – and Final – Wave of San Diego Comic-Con Special Guests.

And this is the dictionary definition of ‘saving the best until last’! It’s easy enough to bandy the work ‘legend’ nowadays but these are three names which absolutely deserve the moniker. You ready? Check this trio out…

The Fifteenth Wave of San Diego Comic-Con Special Guests consists of:

  • Stan Lee (Writer/Editor/Publisher: FANTASTIC FOUR, AVENGERS, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) 

image - SDCC 2016 (Special Guests Wave 15 - William Gibson, Stan Lee, Scott Shaw!)

The three join already confirmed guests Jason Aaron, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, 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, Ed McGuinness, Seanan McGuire, Jamie McKelvie, Marissa Meyer, Tsutomu Nihei, Christopher James Priest, Trina Robbins, Patrick Rothfuss, Brian Selznick, Alex Sinclair, Jeff Smith, Noelle Stevenson, J. Michael Straczynski, Babs Tarr, Maggie Thompson, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble, G. Willow Wilson, Ronald Wimberly and Satoshi Yamamoto – that’s FIFTY-SIX incredible names, all invited to meet and greet fans at the biggest and best celebration of pop culture on the planet.

So, there you have it – the complete list of San Diego Comic-Con Special Guests, available for perusal on our Reference Pages – bookmark them today as your guide to the con. We’ll also be adding the table numbers to those talents that will allocated space in the Artist Alley, closer to July.


William Gibson at Comic-Con International 2016WILLIAM GIBSON


William Gibson is an American-Canadian speculative fiction writer and essayist widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk. Beginning his writing career in the late 1970s, his early works were bleak, noir, near-future stories that explored the effects of technology, cybernetics, and computer networks on humans—a “combination of lowlife and high tech” – and helped to create an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. These early works have been credited with “renovating” science fiction literature after it had fallen largely into insignificance in the 1970s.

His first novel was NEUROMANCER (1981). His most recent is the PERIPHERAL (2015). His first comic is ARCHANGEL (IDW, 2016, co-authored with Michael St. John Smith). He’s also written for film, television, and a certain amount of journalism. This is his first Comic-Con, but his daughter has been telling him about it for years.

Co-sponsored by IDW Publishing. Photo by Milton W. Oldman

Stan Lee at Comic-Con International 2016STAN LEE


Stan “The Man” Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. His co-creations Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), and X-Men and The Avengers (with Jack Kirby) have been monster movie hits, helping make Marvel Comics the leader of the comic book industry. Some of Stan’s other great co-creations, such as Thor and the Black Panther (both with Kirby) have movies on the way in the next few years.

In 2008, President Bush presented Stan a Medal Of The Arts, lauding his amazing career. Stan is currently developing movie and TV projects with his company POW! Entertainment, while still proudly cherishing the title of Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics.

Scott Shaw! at Comic-Con International 2016SCOTT SHAW!


Scott Shaw! has been a pro cartoonist for 45 years. He’s worked in the fields of comic books, comic strips, animation, advertising, and toy design. Scott is best known for his work on the funny books CAPTAIN CARROT & HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW! (which he co-created with Roy Thomas), SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and BART SIMPSON COMICS; the animated cartoon series JIM HENSON’S MUPPET BABIES, THE HIGH-FRUCTOSE ADVENTURES OF ANNOYING ORANGE, THE MENTAL MISADVENTURES OF ED GRIMLY and CAMP CANDY (the last two of which he produced and directed); a long run as key cartoonist and art director of the TV commercials. premiums, boxes and print ads for Post Pebbles cereal featuring THE FLINTSTONES; and designer of MacFarlane Toys’ line of Hanna-Barbera figures.

He’s also well known for his writing and presentations of Oddball Comics, “the craziest funny books ever published!” Scott was one of the San Diego Comic-Con’s originators and had attended every day of every year of the show since its “mini-con” in 1969 until last year when he had to stay home because of a shattered ankle. Understandably, he is quite eager to be back at Comic-Con, the world’s best-ever class reunion for weirdos (like him), and to start over on a new attendance record.

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