These are the CONFIRMED Special Guests for San Diego Comic-Con, scheduled to be held at the San Diego Convention Center on the 21st to 24th July 2016.
These names were announced on the Toucan Blog by Comic-Con International and are correct as time of press – any changes or cancellations are listed when made available. While every effort will be made to keep this information as current as possible, some alterations may be made which are out of our control. If any errors are spotted, please do CONTACT US so we can make the relevant changes.
This is the index of names, in ALPHABETICAL ORDER, from A to G, as listed on the SDCC portal of the Comic-Con International website:
(Writer: Scalped, Star Wars, Thor)
Jason Aaron is a comic book writer best known for his work on the New York Times bestselling crime series Scalped for Vertigo Comics and the critically acclaimed Southern Bastards from Image Comics, as well as for various celebrated projects with Marvel Comics. Aaron’s current work for Marvel includes the creation of the headline-grabbing female version of Thor and the launch of an all-new Star Wars series, the first issue of which sold over one million copies to become the bestselling American comic book in more than 20 years.
Aaron was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City. He enjoys many things but shaving is not one of them.
(Writer/Artist: KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA / BLAME!)
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an award-winning playwright, comic book and screenwriter. He was brought in to overhaul the SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK musical and his adaption of AMERICAN PSYCHO began its Broadway run in March 2016. Television credits include BIG LOVE, LOOKING, GLEE and SUPERGIRL.,
For Marvel Comics, he wrote the monthly adventures of the FANTASTIC FOUR (Harvey Award, Best New Talent), SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN, NIGHTCRAWLER, and an adaption of Stephen King‘s THE STAND. As chief creative officer for Archie Comics Publications, he scripts AFETRLIFE WITH ARCHIE and CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA and is producing RIVERDALE, a television pilot based on the Archie characters for the CW.
(Cartoonist: MAD, GROO)
One of MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonists (only Al Jaffee has been around longer) and the creator of dim-witted barbarian GROO THE WANDERER, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators.
In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio — the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist — had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES. His most recent work includes a 12-issue maxi series from Dark Horse Comics, GROO AND FRIENDS.
(Writer/Artist: TRASHED, MY FRIEND DAHMER)
Derf Backderf is the writer/artist of three graphic novels: TRASHED, MY FRIEND DAHMER and PUNK ROCK AND TRAILER PARKS. His comic strip THE CITY appeared in over 140 weekly newspapers during its 24-year run. He won an Angoulême Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Award and has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Rueben Awards.
He lives in Cleveland, for reasons he can no longer remember.
(Writer/Co-creator: Nexus, Badger)
Mike Baron is the creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger, two of the longest-lasting independent superhero comics. Nexus is about a cosmic avenger 500 years in the future; Badger is about a multiple personality, one of whom is a costumed crime fighter. Baron has written The Punisher, Flash, Deadman, and Star Wars, among others.
His novels include Whack Job, Skorpio, Biker, Helmet Head, and Banshees. Baron is adapting Biker into a graphic novel with artist ChrisCross, for Comicmix.
(Author/comics & Animation Historian: Funnybooks, Hollywood Cartoons)
Michael Barrier founded and edited Funnyworld, the first magazine devoted to serious examination of comic art and animated cartoons. He is the author of Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books (University of California Press, 2014), The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney (University of California Press, 2007), and Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age (Oxford University Press, 1999).
He is co-author, with Harvey Kurtzman, of From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzman’s Visual History of the Comics (Prentice Hall, 1991) and co-editor, with Martin Williams, of A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (Smithsonian/Abrams, 1981).
Photo credit: Dave Knight
(Writer/Artist: Step Aside, Pops; Hark! A Vagrant!)
Kate Beaton began her online work Hark! A Vagrant! in 2007. Since then, her illustrations have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Her first collection, Hark! A Vagrant, spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list and topped best-of-the-year lists from Time, E!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly.
Beaton’s cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. The jokes are a knowing look at history through a modern perspective, and a campaign against anyone with the idea that history is boring. Her most recent book is the September 2015 Hark! A Vagrant! collection, Step Aside, Pops, published by Drawn & Quarterly.
(Writer/Artist: Through The Woods)
Emily Carroll is a writer and artist best known for the eerie comics she posts on the Internet, as well as her debut collection of short horror stories, THROUGH THE WOODS (published by Margaret K. McElderry, 2014). In 2015 she won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist, two Eisner awards (including Best Short Story for her online comic “When the Darkness Presses”), and the British Fantasy Award for Best Comic/Graphic Novel.
Most recently she illustrated BABA YAGA’S ASSISTANT, a children’s graphic novel written by Marika McCoola (published by Candlewick Press, 2015).
(Writer/Artist, THE NEW DEAL; artist, GREEN RIVER KILLER, BATMAN ’66)
Jonathan Case is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, painter, and writer. His expressive and varied artwork has appeared in many beloved books, from the gritty Green River Killer to the bouncy-retro Batman ’66. His most recent original work, The New Deal, was one of Amazon’s best graphic novels of 2015.
This September, Case’s acclaimed comics debut, Dear Creature, will be restored to print in a deluxe hardcover from Dark Horse. Kirkus Reviews calls it “Marvelously entertaining . . . a funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure that gives a creature from the depths heart and soul.”
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Dorothy.
(Writer/Artist: El Deafo)
Cece Bell is an author and illustrator of books for children. She lives in an old church and she works right next door in a newish barn. Her graphic novel memoir, EL DEAFO, which chronicles her childhood experiences with hearing loss, received a Newbery Honor and an Eisner Award in 2015. Cece’s other books include the Geisel Honor book RABBIT & ROBOT,: THE SLEEPOVER, BEE-WIGGED, and the SOCK MONKEYseries.
She has also illustrated books written by her husband, Tom Angleberger, including the picture book CRANKEE DOODLE, as well as the INSPECTOR FLYTRAP chapter book series (August 2016). Check out www.cecebell.com for more info.
Allen Bellman became a staff artist at Timely during the Golden Age of comics. As a teenager, he first did backgrounds for Syd Shores’s Captain America starting in 1942. He also worked on titles featuring characters such as Captain America, the Patriot, the Human Torch, and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron and on series such as All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner Comics, Young Allies, and much more.
Allen’s self-created back-up crime feature “Let’s Play Detective” appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS. He also contributed to pre-code horror, crime, war, and western tales for Atlas. Allen worked in the comics field until the early 1950s. For more info, visit www.allenbellman.com.
Berkeley Breathed began his art career in high school when he drew a headless spaceman outside a spaceship and then spat red paint where the head should have been, causing the illusion of an explosion, naming it “Gesundheit.”
In the early 1980s Breathed began drawing BLOOM COUNTY, a political satire, for college newspapers. Nationwide recognition came with his creation of Opus, an insecure penguin who reflected the political conscience of America. He furthered his fame with his creation of Bill the Cat, who was the exact opposite of Opus in that he represented the scum of America. The combination of Opus and Bill was a huge success and saved Breathed from the near demise of his strip.
When BLOOM COUNTY ended, Breathed next created OUTLAND, a strip in which Opus, Bill, and several other characters resurfaced in a utopia-like world. After Outland ended he then started OPUS, a new comic strip featuring Opus, Bill, and other characters.
In 2015, Breathed pioneered a new paradigm for newspaper comic strips by bringing back BLOOM COUNTY without the paper. BLOOM COUNTY now appears exclusively on Facebook, with a new collection due to be published by IDW in 2016.
(Writer/Artist: PAYING FOR IT / MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS)
Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award–winning LOUIS RIEL and the controversial, critically acclaimed PAYING FOR IT. Brown began self-publishing his comic book series YUMMY FUR at age 23 and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of THE PLAYBOY, I NEVER LIKED YOU, THE LITTLE MAN and ED THE HAPPY CLOWN. His latest publication is MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS.
He lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.
(Writer/Artist: American Flagg!, Star Wars)
Howard Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business, serving as an artist and writer for nearly every publisher of comics in the past four decades … and counting. He took the 1990s off from comics to work on mostly unwatchable television, so he missed the money and dreck that was comics in that execrable decade. He is responsible (some might say culpable) for introducing a number of previously unexplored themes to comic books. If you’re not hip to what that’s supposed to mean, there’s always Wikipedia.
Chaykin is generally better regarded by his colleagues than by the enthusiasts, a reality that serves his ego but not his wallet. Thanks to the above-mentioned unwatchable television, he’s usually okay with that.
These days, he’s on a tear about the inexplicable Alpha position maintained by comic book writers at the expense of comic book artists, working on educating those aforementioned enthusiasts as to just what writing really means in the context of this curious visual medium.
He lives a quiet life on the California coast, hoping to dodge any imminent tsunamis so he can live long enough to die in bed, without ever lapsing into the cute old age so currently popular on movie and television screens.
(Writer/Artist: Eightball, Ghost World, Patience)
Daniel Clowes is a New York Times bestselling cartoonist, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, and PEN award–winning New Yorker cover artist from California’s Bay Area (by way of Chicago). His seminal series Eightball began in 1989 and sparked an alternative comics revolution; it produced the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz award-winning stories Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ghost World, and Ice Haven, among others. His works Ghost World, Art School Confidential, and most recently Wilson have all been adapted into acclaimed films with screenplays by Clowes.
His newest graphic novel, Patience (published by Fantagraphics), is his most ambitious book yet, and one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2016.
(Writer: Star Trek novels, Sir Apropos Of Nothing, Incredible Hulk)
Peter David is a New York Times bestselling author with over a hundred novels published, including ARTFUL, FEARLESS, TIGERHEART and SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING. He co-created the bestselling STAR TREK: NEW FRONTIER series and has also written such Trek novels as IMZADI.
Peter’s comic book résumé includes an Eisner Award–winning run on THE INCREDIBLE HULK. He has also worked on such varied titles as SUPERGIRL, YOUNG JUSTICE, SPIDER-MAN 2099, X-FACTOR, WOLVERINE, THE PHANTOM, SACHS & VIOLENS, THE DARK TOWER, and many others. He is also the lead writer for popular games such as SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME and FUTURE FIGHT.
(Writer/Artist: NINJA HIGH SCHOOL. THE STEAM LEAGUE, SCIENCE IS MAGIC)
Ben Dunn was born in Pingtung, Taiwan in 1964 and immigrated to the United States in 1965. He settled in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up. In 1976 he went back to Taiwan where he discovered manga. In 1985 he founded the comic book publishing company Antarctic Press to promote the manga artform. The first comic published was the title MANGAZINE, followed by his best-known creation, NINJA HIGH SCHOOL, created in 1986. WARRIOR NUN AREALA followed in 1994.
Dunn has worked with various publishers over the years, including Malibu, Eternity, Eclipse, First, Now, Marvel, DC, and others. In the late 1990s, he handed over Antarctic Press to his brother, Joeming Dunn. He continues to work in comics, including a revival of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL in celebration of its 30th anniversary, a Steampunk series THE STEAM LEAGUE, and his new comic series, SCIENCE IS MAGIC.
(Writer/Producer/Comics Historian: THE GARFIELD SHOW, THE ART OF THE SIMON & KIRBY STUDIO)
Mark Evanier has been writing professionally since 1969, delving into comic books, animation, live-action TV, screenplays, books, magazine articles, and anything else he dreamed, as a kid, of writing. His comic book career commenced in 1969 when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby and also began writing comic book scripts for Disney. Over the years, he has worked on preexisting characters and his own co-creations, including THE DNAgents and CROSSFIRE, along with collaborating since 1983 with Sergio Aragonés on GROO THE WANDERER.
He began writing live-action TV in 1976 and animation in 1978. He is the author of several collections of columns as well as MAD ART and KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, a book about his mentor that won two Harvey Awards and one Eisner Award. Mark is currently writing, producing, and voice-directing THE GARFIELD SHOW, and his latest book— THE ART OF THE SIMON & KIRBY STUDIO — showcases the work of one of comics’ greatest creative teams.
(Writer: Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, Satellite Sam)
Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there.
He’s a New York Times bestselling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine‘s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C and HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue).
(Artist/Co-Creator: Metamorpho; artist, Aquaman, Brenda Starr)
Ramona Fradon studied at Parsons School of Design and the New York Art Students’ League. She drew short features for Timely and DC and illustrated AQUAMAN until 1960. She co-created METAMORPHO, illustrated mystery stories, PLASTIC MAN, PLOP, FIGHTER FIGHTERS and SUPER FRIENDS and BRENDA STARR, the syndicated newspaper strip.
She has done features for Nickelodeon, Bongo, DC, and Archie Comics, has created covers for Marvel, and just finished illustrating part of a graphic novel. In 2006, she was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
(Author: NEUROMANCER, PERIPHERAL, ARCHANGEL)
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.
(Writer / co-creator: Phonogram, The Wicked + The Divine)
Kieron Gillen first came to wider attention in 2006 with his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram: Rue Britannia. Soon joined by Matt Wilson on its second volume, the team moved to a re-imagining of Young Avengers for Marvel before launching the award-winning The Wicked + The Divine and a third and final volume of Phonogram, The Immaterial Girl.
When not with his mostly platonic life-partner, he’s created books like Uber, Three, Mercury Heat, The Modded, and the forthcoming The Ludocrats. His work for Marvel includes Star Wars: Darth Vader, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, and many more.
(Vlogger/Online Video Creator)
Hank Green is an American entrepreneur, musician, educator, and vlogger, who started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John, on the YouTube channel, VLOGBROTHERS. They thought it was a pretty dumb idea, but it turned out pretty well. He is also the creator of the online environmental technology blog EcoGeek, and the founder of SUBBABLE which was acquired in 2014 by Patreon.
Hank and his brother John created VidCon, the world’s largest online video conference/convention, as well as being the co-founder of DFTBA Records, DFTBA Games, NerdCon and the Project For Awesome. He is involved with several other channels on YouTube, including Crash Course, SciShow, SciShow Space, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Brain Scoop, Animal Wonders, hankschannel, GamesWithHank, Cereal Time, How to Adult, Healthcare Triage, and Sexplanations.
Artist: Master Of Kung Fu, Six From Sirius, Catwoman
Paul Gulacy is best known for reenergizing Quentin Tarantino’s favorite comic book, Master of Kung Fu, along with writer Doug Moench. Gulacy also created memorable work on Star Wars: Crimson Empire; Sabre, the first graphic novel created for the direct market with writer Don McGregor, which inspired many independent publishing companies to follow suit; and an episode of the animated series Aeon Flux, titled “Isthmus Crypticus.”
Active in comics since 1974, this award-winning artist has been bringing his incomparable cinematic style to a gamut of genres and properties, including Six from Sirius, Sci-Spy, Slash Maraud, Barb Wire, Black Widow, Captain Action, Catwoman, Conan The Barbarian, Daredevil, Elvis Presley, G.I. Joe, Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Judge Dredd, Jurassic Park, Lady Gaga, Miami Vice, Miracleman, Planet of the Apes, The Punisher, Spider-Man, The Terminator, Toby Keith, Vampirella, Wolverine, and more! For more information, please visit www.gulacy.com