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 H to Z, as listed on the SDCC portal of the Comic-Con International website:
(Writer/Artist: My Dirty Dumb Eyes; production designer/producer, Bojack Horseman)
Lisa Hanawalt is an artist living in Los Angeles, and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series, BOJACK HORSEMAN. Lisa has worked on illustrations, book covers, animation, comics, murals, and textile patterns, and she exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a quarterly James Beard Award–winning food column for Lucky Peach Magazine and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller.
Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed MY DIRTY DUMB EYES. Her latest book, HOT DOG TASTE TEST, will be published in Spring 2016.
Author: A Discovery Of Witches, Shadow Of Night, The Book Of Life
Deborah Harkness is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships.
Her publications include works on the history of science, magic, and alchemy. Her most recent scholarly book is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She lives in Los Angeles.
(Writer/Artist: Zita the Spacegirl Trilogy, Little Robot)
Ben Hatke is the author of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, as well as the picture book Julia’s House for Lost Creatures. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows.
His most recent graphic novel is the charming friendship story Little Robot. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
(Writer/Artist: THE STORY OF MY TITS)
Jennifer Hayden is the author and artist of The Story of My Tits, a 352-page memoir about her life and her experience with breast cancer. It was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, NPR, Library Journal, Amazon, Paste, GQ, Mental Floss, and Forbes.
Hayden’s first book was the autobiographical collection Underwire, excerpted in The Best American Comics of 2013. Her other works include the webcomic S’crapbook and the daily diary strip Rushes at thegoddessrushes.blogspot.com. She lives in Central New Jersey with her husband, two cats, a very old dog, and sometimes their two college-age children.
For more info visit www.jenniferhayden.com.
(Cartoonist: K Chronicles, (th)ink, The Knight Life)
Keith Knight is the world’s foremost gentleman cartoonist and Star Wars prequel denier. Along with being the prolific creator of three comic strips (the autobiographical K CHRONICLES, the sociopolitical (th)ink, and the syndicated daily THE KNIGHT LIFE), Knight is currently touring a PowerPoint presentation featuring 20 years of his police brutality cartoons.
Rumor has it he is also finishing up his first graphic novel, I WAS A TEENAGE MICHAEL JACKSON IMPERSONATOR!
(Writer: POKEMON ADVENTURES)
Hidenori Kusaka is the writer for VIZ Media’s POKEMON ADVENTURES. Running continuously for over twenty years now, POKEMON ADVENTURES is the only manga series to completely cover all the POKEMON games and has become one of the most popular series of all time.
Kusaka is currently working on the twelfth and thirteenth story arcs, POKEMON X・Y and POKEMON ΩRUBY αSAPPHIRE. In addition to writing manga, he also edits children’s books and plans mixed-media projects for Shogakukan’s children’s magazines. He uses the Pokémon Electrode as his author portrait.
(Co-Publisher, DC Comics; Artist: BATMAN: HUSH, JUSTICE LEAGUE)
Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties as co-publisher, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGINS, BATMAN: HUSH and SUPERMAN UNCHAINED
He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3, and on Windows PC.
For his next project, Lee is handling the art chores on the THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4 mini-comic.
(Artist: SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, SUPERMAN/BATMAN)
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.
(Writer / Editor / Publisher / Historian: 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: THE ART OF MYTH-MAKING, WILL EISNER: CHAMPION OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL)
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (THE COMIC READER), editor (BATMAN), writer (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES), executive (30 years at DC, ending as president & publisher), historian (75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: THE ART OF MYTH-MAKING (Taschen, 2010)) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He received two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro, and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative.
His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award, and Munich’s Peng Pris and has been excerpted as three smaller volumes. His latest book is WILL EISNER: CHAMPION OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (Abrams ComicArts, 2015). Levitz also serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and BOOM! Studios.
Ed Luce is the San Francisco-based creator of WUVABLE OAF, a two-time Ignatz Award-nominated series of comics and ever-expanding line of clothes, records, prints, and figures (in collaboration with sculptor Erik Erspamer). The first five years of Oaf comics were collected by Fantagraphics in 2015. A new color volume, WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL, will be released this fall.
Ed has created covers, comics, and illustrations for VICE, Slate, Image Comics, Dark Horse, Oni Press, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Decibel Magazine, Maximum RocknRoll, the infamous Henry & Glenn ‘Forever & Ever’ series, and the Eisner Award-nominated NO STRAIGHT LINES. Check out more of his work at wuvableoaf.com.
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series, as well as THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE, a collection of five THRONE OF GLASS novellas. She is also the author of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, the first book in a new series.
(Artist: SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, SUPERMAN/BATMAN)
Ed McGuinness began his professional comic career in the early ‘90s, first gaining recognition in the comic book industry with his work on Deadpool and Vampirella. His short run on Wildstorm‘s MR. MAJESTIC resulted in work as the artist on the monthly Superman title with writer Jeph Loeb. His run on the title included the EMPEROR JOKER and OUR WORLDS AT WAR crossovers. Subsequent jobs included SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and the 2003 Wildstorm Comics’ miniseries, THUNDERCATS: RECLAIMING THUNDERA.
The SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES animated film was adapted from Loeb and McGuinness’ opening story arc on the SUPERMAN/BATMAN title. In May 2006, McGuinness signed an exclusive two-year contract with Marvel Comics. His first printed Marvel piece was a cover for the Marvel limited series CIVIL WAR, and featured Thor in his original outfit. He also drew a variant cover for the monumental CAPTAIN AMERICA #25. McGuinness’s first ongoing story under his new Marvel contract was a 12-page ULTIMATE back-up featuring the HULK VS WOLVERINE.
He is currently enjoying a successful run on SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL for Marvel Comics.
(Author: OCTOBER DAYE series, EVERY HEART A DOORWAY)
Seanan McGuire is the author of more than 20 published books, split between two identities (she’s also her own evil twin, Mira Grant), as well as uncounted short stories, essays, and other pieces. She is also the author of THE BEST THING, a magical girl-meets-CARRIE comic published by Thrillbent Comics (thrillbent.com).
She was the 2010 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been nominated for the Hugo Award more than a dozen times (she’s won twice, for podcasting). It is widely assumed that Seanan doesn’t sleep. You can keep up with her at www.seananmcguire.com.
(Artist: Phonogram, The Wicked + The Divine)
Jamie McKelvie is a London-based comics illustrator best known for his creator-owned series THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PHONOGRAM (both with writer Kieron Gillen), and SUBURBAN GLAMOUR. He has worked for Marvel Comics on YOUNG AVENGERS, CAPTAIN MARVEL and MS. MARVEL.
He has also produced artwork for bands such as Chvrches and Tegan & Sara.
(Author: Heartless, The Lunar Chronicles series)
Marissa Meyer is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of THE LUNAR CHRONICLES series, including Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest: Levana’s Story, and Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection.
Her first standalone novel, HEARTLESS (coming November 2016), is a prequel to Alice In Wonderland—the untold story of the Queen of Hearts! Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband. Learn more at marissameyer.com.
(Writer/Artist: KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA / BLAME!)
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.
(Writer: BLACK PANTHER / BATMAN / DEATHSTROKE)
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
(Writer/Artist & Herstorian: Pretty in Ink, The Brinkley Girls, Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury)
Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 40 years. She has written and drawn comics from Wonder Woman to Barbie. Her 2009 book The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913–1940 and her 2011 book Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury were nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: the Drained Brains Caper was a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Her graphic novel Lily Renee: Escape Artist was awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Children’s Books and a silver medal from Sydney Taylor Jewish Library Awards. Trina’s most recent book is Pretty in Ink, her final and definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013, Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. She is currently working on her memoirs.
(Author: The Name Of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear)
Patrick Rothfuss is the New York Times best-selling author of The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
When not working on his writing, Pat plays with his children, makes mead, and runs Worldbuilders, a geeky charity that raises money for Heifer International.
(Author/Illustrator: Wonderstruck, The Marvels)
Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal–winning author and illustrator of the number-one New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar Award–winning movie Hugo. His latest novel, The Marvels, is a multilayered reading experience that takes readers on an awe-inspiring voyage about the complexities of family and growing up, while also creating a loving tribute to the power of storytelling. The Marvels has received five-starred reviews and is also a New York Times bestseller.
Selznick’s books have garnered countless accolades worldwide and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He has previously worked as a set designer, independent bookseller, and puppeteer. He lives in La Jolla, California, and Brooklyn, New York.
(Cartoonist: CAPTAIN CARROT & HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW!, BART SIMPSON COMICS)
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.
(Color Artist: JLA, Harley Quinn, Dark Knight III: The Master Race)
For over 20 years Alex Sinclair has worked in the comic book industry as a colorist. He got his start with WildStorm, although most of his career has been coloring for DC Comics and their many characters. Alex worked on many popular series including BATMAN, SUPERMAN (UNCHAINED), GREEN LANTERN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and WONDER WOMAN.
His collaborations with Jim Lee and Scott Williams on BATMAN: HUSH, and Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on BLACKEST NIGHT, earned him global recognition and multiple awards. His current projects include JLA, HARLEY QUINN, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE and AQUAMAN.
(Cartoonist: Bone, RASL, Tuki Save The Humans)
Jeff Smith is known best as the creator of Bone. He solidified the ’90s self-publishing movement when he joined other self-publishers and spearheaded a new era of independent comics publishing. In 1993, Smith jump-started the modern graphic novel marketplace with the unprecedented success of The Complete Bone Adventures Volume One: Out from Boneville. Now published in 23 languages, Smith has won awards around the world, including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harveys. In 2005, Bone, in full color for the first time, was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books, putting comics back into the hands of millions of children for the first time in a generation.
In 2008, Smith released a second creator-owned project, the Tesla-inspired science fiction epic RASL. Originally serialized, RASL was published as a single New York Times bestselling hardcover novel in 2013 by Smith’s own Cartoon Books, and it won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel–Reprint in 2014.
Tuki Save the Humans, Smith’s webcomic about the first human to leave Africa 2 million years ago published at Boneville.com, won the 2014 National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Best Online Comic. Smith was guest editor of Best American Comics 2013 for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
(Writer/Artist: Nimona; Co-Writer, Lumberjanes)
Noelle Stevenson is the New York Times bestselling author of Nimona, has been nominated for Harvey and Eisner Awards, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic in 2012 for Nimona.
A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is a writer on Disney’s Wander Over Yonder, is the co-writer of BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes, and has written for Marvel and DC Comics. She lives in Los Angeles.
(Writer/Producer: SENSE8; Writer: FLASH: EARTH ONE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)
No one quite understands why, but apparently J. Michael Straczynski has another hit TV show on his hands, the globe-spanning Sense8, now available on Netflix.
In addition, he’s working on a RED MARS series for Spike TV based on the novels by Kim Stanley Robinson, adapting Greg Bear’s THE FORGE OF GOD as a ten-episode miniseries for FX, writing FLASH EARTH ONE for DC, finishing DREAM POLICE for Image/Joe’s Comics, and his seminal comics maxi-series RISING STARS has been optioned for a major motion picture, which he is also writing.
Honestly, why hasn’t this guy’s career flamed out by now? Seriously, enough is enough.
Babs Tarr is an American comic book artist and illustrator best known for her work on DC Comics’s Batgirl. Babs has also been popular for her fan art of Sailor Moon, various comic book heroes, and video game characters.
In 2014, her Japanese-influenced fan art caught the eye of DC Comics which hired her to draw a new Batgirl series. As her previous focus was primarily illustration, early issues of her work on Batgirl were laid out by Cameron Stewart, with finishes by Tarr.
(Writer / Editor / Historian: Comics Buyer’s Guide, Toucan Blog)
When Maggie Thompson was 4 years old (in the Golden Age), her mom encouraged her to read—and collect—comic books. As a bonus, Maggie’s mom and dad were science fiction fans and introduced her to the world of conventions. In the decades since, she has pioneered in the world of comics fan publishing with her husband, Don, has co-edited Comics Buyer’s Guide for 30 years, and now writes online columns for Comic-Con International and Diamond Comic Distributors.
She is delighted that kids today get to meet comics creators, attend comics conventions, and even see comics in their libraries.
(Author: STAR TREK CONCORDANCE; Convention Organizer)
Bjo Trimble, along with her husband, John, has been an active fan since 1950. They organized the first WorldCon Art Show and ran it for 17 years. Bjo created the Futuristic Fashion Show in 1958. At a later Fashion Show, she met Gene Roddenberry, setting off on a voyage where no one had gone before.
The Trimbles attended San Diego’s Golden State Comic Minicon in 1970 and later set up the Art Show. Bjo — with Walter Koenig and Jack Kirby — reorganized the Masquerade. Bjo received an Inkpot Award in 1974 for both the Trimbles’ service.
The couple organized the “Save Star Trek” write-in campaign that kept the franchise alive for 50 years and got the first space shuttle to be named the “Enterprise.” John was seldom mentioned because media focus was on woman’s lib back then. But without a third season, Star Trek wouldn’t have been syndicated, and . . . The rest is history. Bjo is currently writing an introduction to IDW Publishing’s fifth collection of Gold Key classic STAR TREK comic books.
John Trimble and his wife, Bjo, met under Forry Ackerman’s baby grand piano and have been married for fifty-six years. They have been fans since the early 1950s and were active in many conventions, including their own Filmcons and Equicons.
Their film careers include John’s role in a fan movie, THE MUSQUITE KID RIDES AGAIN, and Bjo’s makeup for FLESH GORDON plus as an extra in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. Both John and Bjo are credited as being among the most influential figures in science fiction fandom.
(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.
(Designer/Cartoonist: PRINCE OF CATS / SENTENCES)
Ronald Wimberly is a designer/cartoonist based in New York City. He’s worked with The New Yorker, Dargaud, DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Nike, Benetton and others. Some notable works are the Eisner Award–nominated SENTENCES for Vertigo, LIGHTEN UP for the Nib on Medium, and PRINCE OF CATS (to be re-released from Image in October).
He’s twice been selected for the Maison des Auteurs residency in Angoulême and is the 2016 Columbus Museum of Art/Thurber House 2016 Graphic Novelist Artist-in-Residence. He’s exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and Paris.
(Artist: FLASH: EARTH ONE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)
Satoshi Yamamoto is the artist for VIZ Media’s POKEMON ADVENTURES, which he began working on in 2001, starting with volume 10. Running continuously for over twenty years now, POKEMON ADVENTURES is the only manga series to completely cover all the POKEMON games and has become one of the most popular series of all time.. He is currently working on the twelfth and thirteenth story arcs, POKEMON X・Y and POKEMON ΩRUBY αSAPPHIRE.
Yamamoto’s favorite manga creators/artists include Fujiko Fujio (DORAEMON), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 NIGHTS), and Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA). He loves films, monsters, mysteries, punk rock music, and livin’ the good life. He uses the Pokémon Swalot as his artist portrait.