2019

Frank Miller

Frank Miller at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Frank Miller is regarded as one of the most influential and awarded creators in the entertainment industry today, known for his intense, hard-boiled storytelling and gritty noir aesthetic across comics, novels and film. Launching June 19, Miller is reteaming with artist John Romita Jr. for the highly anticipated Superman: Year One, a groundbreaking, definitive treatment of Superman’s classic origin story to be distributed under the DC Black Label.

Credits: 

Writer-artist, 300; writer, Superman: Year One; artist, Cursed

Bill Cole

Bill Cole at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Bill Cole, professional engineer, and retired Major, United States Army, since 1988 has been one of the longest San Diego Comic-Con exhibitors. He started his company in June of 1973 after winning tickets to a local comic book show. After going to small cons in the area, he started to produce and sell plastic sleeves to protect comic books. Sometime later, he began to manufacture heat-sealed Mylar sleeves to prevent comic books from turning yellow.

Credits: 

Longtime Comic-Con Exhibitor

Charles Vess

Charles Vess at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Since 1976, Charles Vess’ art has graced many a cover and page of various comic book publishers including Marvel (Spider-Man, Raven Banner), DC (Books of Magic, Swamp Thing, Sandman) and Dark Horse (Book of Night).

Over time he has moved more into book illustration (working with Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, and Charles de Lint) and he continues to win accolades and praise for his detailed, ethereal, light-and-shadow infused work.

Credits: 

Artist, Sandman, The Collected Books of Earthsea

Diana Schutz

Diana Schutz at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Diana Schutz is an award-winning editor who has worked in comics since 1978. In her 25-year tenure at Dark Horse as senior/executive editor, she shepherded Frank Miller’s Sin City and 300, Matt Wagner’s Grendel, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, Paul Chadwick’s Concrete, Larry Marder’s Beanworld, and Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. She also served as editor to authors Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, and Will Eisner.

Credits: 

Editor, 300, Grendel, Usagi Yojimbo

Bob Schreck

Bob Schreck at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Bob Schreck is an award-winning editor who has worked in comics since 1975. His publishing career began at Comico in 1985. By 1991 he joined Dark Horse and was the editor of creator-owned titles and the Legend line where he shepherded Frank Miller’s Sin City and Dark Horse Presents. In 1997, along with Joe Nozemack, he launched Oni Press best known for Kevin Smith’s Clerks comics. In 1999 Schreck joined DC Comics becoming group editor of the Batman franchise.

Credits: 

Editor, Batman, Sin City

Mike Royer

Mike Royer at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Mike Royer began his career in 1966 assisting Russ Manning on Magnus, Tarzan and later the Star Wars comic strip. After 14 years working on various titles for Gold Key, James Warren, and laying out one-third of the first Spider-Man animation series, Mike was asked by Jack Kirby to work with him on his Fourth World books New Gods, Forever People, etc., plus Demon and Kamandi for DC, and then Eternals, Devil Dinosaur and Captain America, etc. at Marvel.

Credits: 

Artist, Kirby’s Fourth World series, Eternals, Captain America

Larry Niven

Larry Niven at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Larry Niven is a prolific author whose interests include sci-fi conventions, RPGs, AAAS meetings, comics, the defense of Earth against incoming giant meteoroid impacts, and moving mankind into space.

Credits: 

Author, Ringworld series, Fleet of World series

Craig Miller

Craig Miller at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Craig Miller’s career has been all over the pop culture map, working on publicity, licensing, and as a special projects producer for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal, The Last Starfighter, Return to Oz, The Thing, and more, including bringing preview presentations of those films to Comic-Con. He’s written and produced animation ranging from The Smurfs and Curious George to The Real Ghostbusters to G.I.

Credits: 

Publicist, producer, author, Star Wars Memories

Denis Kitchen

Denis Kitchen at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Denis Kitchen, cartoonist, publisher, author, curator, and agent, began his career as one of the pioneer “underground” cartoonists in the late 1960s. His Kitchen Sink Press, founded in 1969, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Kitchen published legendary creators Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Milton Caniff, Charles Burns, Howard Cruse, Trina Robbins, Mark Schultz, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and many others. In 1988 he founded the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chaired it for its first eighteen years.

Credits: 

Cartoonist, author, publisher, Kitchen Sink Press, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

David Brin

David Brin at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

David Brin is an astrophysicist whose international bestselling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997), Earth, and recently Existence. Dr. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g., NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program or NIAC) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics including AI, SETI, privacy, and national security. His nonfiction book about the information age, The Transparent Society, won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

Credits: 

Author, The Postman, Earth, The Transparent Society