2019

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Ursula Vernon is the author of the Hugo Award winning comic Digger and the Dragonbreath and Hamster Princess series for kids. She writes for adults under the name T. Kingfisher. When not writing, she spends a lot of time wandering around the garden growing heirloom beans and trying to make eye contact with butterflies.

 

Credits: 

Author, Digger, Dragonbreath and Hamster Princess series

Steranko

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

Steranko is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary culture, with careers as a musician, author, carnival fire-eater, publisher, male model, historian, magician, and designer. As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle. Stan Lee hailed him as one of the prime architects of the Marvel Age.

Credits: 

Writer, artist, publisher, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Kevin Smith has been saying silly cinematic sh•t since his first film Clerks, released way back in 1994. He had a heart attack and almost died last year but survived solely so he could direct his magnum opus, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. A polygamist, he’s married to both his wife Jen and podcasting.

Credits: 

Writer, director, Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot; comic writer, Daredevil, Green Arrow

Bree Paulsen

Bree Paulsen at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Bree Paulsen is a SoCal native that received BFA in Animation at the Laguna College of Art and Design. She worked on the 2015 stop-motion video game Armikrog as set and prop fabricator. In late August 2013, she started her webcomic Patrik the Vampire right before her senior year of college. The webcomic is an ongoing slice-of-life story about a vampire living among humans that explores themes of guilt, grief, and trust between comedic scenarios.

Credits: 

Writer, artist, Patrik the Vampire

Katie O'Neill

Katie O'Neill at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Katie O'Neill is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning illustrator and graphic novelist from New Zealand. She is the author of Princess Princess Ever After, Aquicorn Cove, The Tea Dragon Society, and The Tea Dragon Festival, all from Oni Press. She mostly makes gentle fantasy stories for younger readers, and is very interested in tea, creatures, things that grow, and the magic of everyday life.

Credits: 

Writer, artist, Princess Princess Ever After, The Tea Dragon Society

Alitha Evelyn Martinez

Alitha Evelyn Martinez at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Alitha Evelyn Martinez never wanted to do anything other than draw comic books. In her teenage years, she was held back from a Marvel tryout by a teacher who was trying to spare her the feeling of being rejected by a major publisher because she was a girl, which prompted Alitha to head to New York and challenge the notion that girls did not draw superheroes.

Credits: 

Artist, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale

Maya Kern

Maya Kern at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Maya Kern is a comic artist, illustrator, and product designer based out of upstate New York. She has been self-publishing comics since 2012, starting with a compilation of short retellings of fairytale comics, Hearts Thorns and Scales. She gained online acclaim and features in io9, Daily Dot, Autostraddle, and Ladies Making Comics for her retellings Redden and How to Be a Mermaid. Now she and her wife own a small business together where they create unique apparel and merchandise with a colorful flair.

Credits: 

Artist, Hearts Thorns and Scales, Monster Pop!

Jonathan Hickman

Jonathan Hickman at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Jonathan Hickman is the visionary talent behind the award-winning East of West, Black Monday Murders, and Manhattan Projects. He also occasionally plies his trade at places like Marvel working on books such as Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and most recently, the relaunch of X-Men.

Jonathan lives in South Carolina, along with his twin brother, Marc, who recently won an Academy Award for the animated short, Pixeleffed.

Credits: 

Writer, East of West, Manhattan Projects, X-Men

Maggie Thompson

Maggie Thompson at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Award-winning Maggie Thompson still has the copy of Dell Four Color #103 (Easter with Mother Goose) that she bought when she was three. That’s because her (science-fiction-fan) mom and dad encouraged her to read—and collect—comic books and attend conventions. As a result, she and her husband, Don, were pioneering publishers of comics fanzines and eventually took over Comics Buyer’s Guide, where she worked for 30 years.

Credits: 

Writer, editor, Comics Buyer’s Guide

Steve Sansweet

Steve Sansweet at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Steve Sansweet is head of Rancho Obi-Wan, a nonprofit museum that houses the Guinness World Records-certified largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia (www.ranchoobiwan.org). Located in Northern California on the outskirts of Petaluma, it is open for pre-booked tours and events. Steve has written or co-authored 18 Star Wars books and many articles and has appeared on numerous television and online shows and podcasts.

Credits: 

Author, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection; head of Rancho Obi-Wan