San Diego Comic-Con International, 21-24 July 2016

The 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International, a comic and multi-genre entertainment convention, will take place at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, between Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th July 2016.

The largest convention of its kind in the world, the San Diego Comic-Con International was originally showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction and fantasy related topics, but now covers a much wider range of entertainment elements across virtually all genres and media. Comic-Con is also the home of the Will Eisner Awards and the Inkpot Award. The convention frequently attracts more than 130,000 attendees, filling the San Diego Convention Center to its capacity.

This year’s programme includes hundreds of discussion groups, panels, meetings, signings, screenings, workshops, and other events, featuring dozens of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, manga, anime and cosplay-related topics.

In addition, the following special guests have been confirmed to attend this year’s convention so far (listed in alphabetical order):

Jason Aaron

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.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

An award-winning screenwriter, playwright and comic book writer who was brought in to overhaul Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. 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 Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and is producing Riverdale, a television pilot based on the Archie characters for the CW Television Network.

Sergio Aragonés

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 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 Aragonés Funnies. His most recent work includes a 12-issue maxi series from Dark Horse Comics, Groo and Friends.

Derf Backderf

The writer/artist of three graphic novels: Trashed, My Friend Dahmer, and Punk Rock & Trailer Parks, Derf’s 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.

Mike Baron

The creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger, two of the longest-running independent superhero comics. Mike has also written The Punisher, Flash, Deadman, and Star Wars among others. His novels include Whack Job, Skorpio, Biker, Helmet Head, and Banshees. Baron is at the moment adapting Biker into a graphic novel with artist ChrisCross for Comicmix.

Clockwise from top left: Creator of 'Sense8' Michael Straczynski, the ‘noir prophet’ of the cyberpunk subgenre William Gibson, author of 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' Brian Selznick and creator of 'Knights of Sidonia' Tsumoto Nihei are just a few of the dozens of celebrities attending San Diego Comic-Con International this July.

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, The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney, and Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. He is also co-author, with Harvey Kurtzman, of From Aargh! to Zap! – Harvey Kurtzman’s Visual History of the Comics and co-editor, with Martin Williams, of A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics.

Kate Beaton

Kate began her online work Hark! A Vagrant! in 2007. 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.

Cece Bell

An author and illustrator of books for children. 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 Monkey series. 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.

Allen Bellman

Allen 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.

Berkeley Breathed

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 comic strip. When Bloom County ended, Breathed created Outland, a strip in which Opus, Bill, and several other characters resurfaced in a utopia-like world. After Outland, came Opus, a new comic strip featuring Opus, Bill and other characters. In 2015, Breathed brought back Bloom County in paperless form on Facebook, with a new collection due to be published in 2016.

Chester Brown

Chester 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.

Emily Carroll

A writer and artist best known for the eerie comics she posts on the Internet, Carroll is also known for her debut collection of short horror stories, Through the Woods (published by Margaret K. McElderry in 2014). In 2015 Carroll 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 in 2015).

Jonathan Case

An Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, painter, and writer, Case’s 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 by Dark Horse. Kirkus Reviews calls it “Marvelously entertaining . . . a funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure that gives a creature from the depths heart and soul.”

Howard Chaykin

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, Chaykin took the 1990s off from comics to work on television, so he missed the money and dreck that was comics in that execrable decade. He is responsible for introducing a number of previously unexplored themes to comic books. Chaykin is generally better regarded by his colleagues than by the enthusiasts, a reality that serves more his ego than his wallet. 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 visual medium.

Daniel Clowes

Daniel is a New York Times bestselling cartoonist, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, and PEN award–winning New Yorker cover artist from California Bay Area. 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.

Peter David

A New York Times bestselling author with over a hundred novels published, including Artful, Fearless, Tigerheart, and Sir Apropos of Nothing, Peter also co-created the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series and additionally written such Trek novels as Imzadi. His 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. Peter is also the lead writer for popular games such as Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Future Fight.

Ben Dunn

Born in Taiwan, Ben immigrated to the United States in 1965. After having grown up in the US, he went back to Taiwan where he re-discovered manga. In 1985 Ben founded the comic book publishing company Antarctic Press to promote the manga art form in the West. The first comic published was the 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.

Mark Evanier

Mark 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 when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby and also began writing comic book scripts for Disney. Over the years, he has worked on pre-existing characters and his own co-creations, including The DNAgents and Crossfire, along with collaborating with Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer since 1983. 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 and Kirby Studio, showcases the work of one of comics' greatest creative teams.

Matt Fraction

Matt writes comic books. He's a New York Times bestselling author 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).

Ramona Fradon

Ramona 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, Freedom Fighters, and Super Friends as well as 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.

William Gibson

William Gibson, who has once been called the ‘noir prophet’ of the cyberpunk subgenre, doesn’t need an introduction. His first, seminal novel was Neuromancer (1981) and his most recent one is The Peripheral (2015). His first comic is Archangel (IDW, 2016) which he co-authored with Michael St. John Smith. He’s also written for film, television, and has done a bit of journalism. This is his first appearance at Comic-Con.

William Gibson's 'The Peripheral' is taking place not in one, but in two bleak futures, and is a welcome return to sci-fi field for the ‘noir prophet’ of the cyberpunk.

Kieron Gillen

Kieron first came to wider attention in 2006 through his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie on 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. He's also 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.

Hank Green

Hank started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. They thought it was a pretty dumb idea, but it turned out pretty well. In addition to his work as CEO of VidCon, Hank is the co-founder of DFTBA Records, DFTBA Games, NerdCon, SciShow, Crash Course, and the Project for Awesome.

Paul Gulacy

Paul is best known for re-energizing, along with writer Doug Moench, Quentin Tarantino's favorite comic book, Master of Kung Fu. 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, as well as 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.

Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa 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.

Deborah Harkness

Deborah 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.

Ben Hatke

Ben 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.

Jennifer Hayden

Jennifer is the author and artist of The Story of My Tits, a 352-page memoir about her life and 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 blog.

Keith Knight

Keith 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 socio-political (th)ink, and the syndicated daily The Knight Life), Knight is currently touring a PowerPoint presentation featuring 20 years of his police brutality cartoons. Rumour has it that he is also finishing up his first graphic novel, I Was A Teenage Michael Jackson Impersonator!

Hidenori Kusaka

Hidenori Kusaka is the writer for VIZ Media’s Pokémon Adventures. Running for over twenty years now, Pokémon Adventures is the only manga series to completely cover all the Pokémon games and has become one of the most popular series of all time. Kusaka is currently working on the twelfth and thirteenth story arcs, ‘Pokémon X and Y’ and ‘Pokémon 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.

Jim Lee

Jim 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 PS3, PS4, and on Windows PC. For his next project, Lee is handling the art chores on The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 mini-comic.

Stan 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, praising 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.

Paul Levitz

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 Modern Myth-Making) and educator (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

Ed 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 colour volume, Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal, will be released in 2016. Ed has created covers, comics, and illustrations for VICE, Slate, Image, 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.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah is the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well 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.

Ed McGuinness

McGuinness began his professional comic career in the early ‘90s. Since then he has worked on numerous titles such as Deadpool, Superman, Superman/Batman, The Hulk, and Amazing X-Men. He is currently enjoying a successful run on Spider-Man/Deadpool for Marvel Comics.

Seanan McGuire

Seanan 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. 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).

Jamie McKelvie

Jamie 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 on Young Avengers, Captain Marvel, and Ms Marvel. He has also produced artwork for bands such as Chvrches and Tegan & Sara.

Marissa Meyer

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 upcoming standalone novel, Heartless (November 2016), is a prequel to Alice in Wonderland – the untold story of the Queen of Hearts.

Tsutomu Nihei

Born in 1971 in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing manga professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons for his submission called Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut manga 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 manga series, Knights of Sidonia which was recently adapted into an anime series. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on Knights of Sidonia.

Japanese artist Tsutomu Nihei is the creator of 'Knights of Sidonia' science fiction space opera, which is his first manga series that was adapted into an anime series.

Christopher James Priest

Christopher 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 praised 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. The first act of 2005’s Batman Begins was based on Priest’s Batman comic book work (Batman #431).

Trina Robbins

Award-winning historian and writer Trina 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 definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013, Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. She is currently working on her memoirs.

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick is the New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and The Slow Regard of Silent Things. When not working on his writings, Pat runs Worldbuilders – a charity that raises money for Heifer International.

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of the number-one New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and his most popular book so far 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 through 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. Selznick has previously worked as a set designer, independent bookseller, and puppeteer.

Scott Shaw!

Scott has been a pro cartoonist for 45 years. He’s worked in the fields of comic books, comic strips, animation, advertising, and toy design, but is best known for his work on the funnybooks Captain Carrot And 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 Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimly and Camp Candy (the last two of which he produced and directed). He had also a long run as a 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 funnybooks 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 at home because of a shattered ankle. Understandably, he is quite eager to be back at Comic-Con this year.

Alex Sinclair

For over 20 years now, Alex has worked in the comic book industry as a colourist. He got his start with WildStorm, although most of his career has been colouring for DC Comics on their many characters. He 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.

Jeff Smith

Jeff is best known 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 colour 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, won the 2014 National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Best Online Comic. Smith was also a guest editor of Best American Comics 2013 for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Noelle Stevenson

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, the co-writer of BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes, and has written for Marvel and DC Comics.

J. Michael Straczynski

Writer, screenwriter and producer, J. Michael Straczynski has another hit television show on his hands, the TV series Sense8 (in cooperation with The Wachowskis), now available on Netflix. In addition, he has been working on a Red Mars science fiction TV series based on the trilogy of novels by Kim Stanley Robinson for Spike TV, writing Flash Earth One for DC, and finishing Dream Police for Image/ Joe's Comics.

Writer, screenwriter and producer J. Michael Straczynski co-created Netflix’s innovative science fiction television series 'Sense8' with the Wachowski siblings.

Babs Tarr

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.

Maggie Thompson

When she was 4 years old, her mom encouraged little Maggie to read – and collect – comic books. As a bonus, Maggie’s mom and dad were science fiction fans and introduced her to the exciting world of conventions. In the decades since, she has pioneered in the world of comic fan publishing with her husband, Don, co-edited Comics Buyer’s Guide for 30 years, and at the present writes online columns for Comic-Con International and Diamond Comic Distributors. She is delighted that kids today have comics in their libraries, attend comics conventions and even get to meet comic creators.

John & Bjo Trimble

John Trimble and his wife Bjo have been active members of the fandom since early 1950s. Bjo created the Futuristic Fashion Show in 1958. Both Trimbles attended San Diego’s Golden State Comic Minicon in 1970 and organised the WorldCon Art Show which they ran for 17 years. The couple also organised 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’. Bjo is currently writing an introduction to IDW Publishing’s fifth collection of Gold Key classic Star Trek comic books.

G. Willow Wilson

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 honoured her with an award for Innovation in the Graphic Arts.

Ronald Wimberly

Ronald 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. Among his 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 2016). 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.

Satoshi Yamamoto

Satoshi is the artist for VIZ Media’s Pokémon Adventures, which he began working on in 2001, starting with volume 10. He is currently working on the twelfth and thirteenth story arcs of the Pokémon Adventures series, ‘Pokémon X and Y’ and ‘Pokémon ΩRuby αSapphire’. He uses the Pokémon Swalot as his artist portrait.