2019

Mary Fleener

Mary Fleener at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Comic Convention

Born in Los Angeles, Mary Fleener started self-publishing her own mini comics in the mid- ‘80s and began appearing in anthologies such as Weirdo, Wimmen’s, and Rip Off Comix. Her first solo title was Hoodoo (1988), and she illustrated the stories of Zora Neale Hurston. This inspired her to do her own autobiographical stories that were collected in book form under the title Life of the Party (1994). Fleener has just completed her first YA graphic novel called Billie the Bee, which is available now from Fantagraphics Books.

Credits: 

Writer, artist, Billie the Bee, Life of the Party

Kurt Busiek

Kurt Busiek at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Comic Convention

Kurt Busiek broke in to comics in 1982, selling his first scripts to both DC and Marvel Comics within a month of graduating college. But he didn't break through until 1994 and Marvels, the groundbreaking mini-series he did with painter Alex Ross. A multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winner, Kurt has written Avengers, Conan, Superman, and others, co-created Thunderbolts and The Power Company, and launched creator-owned series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith, Autumnlands, Shockrockets, and The Wizard's Tale.

Credits: 

Writer, Marvels, Astro City, Conan

Greg Bear

Greg Bear at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Comic Convention

Greg Bear is the author of over thirty novels, including Blood Music, Eon, and Darwin’s Radio, and many short works of fiction, as well as nonfiction articles. He’s won five Nebula awards and two Hugos, as well as international awards, including the Science Fiction World Award for Best Foreign Writer. Back in the day when he was on Comic-Con’s founding committee, he was also creating and publishing artwork. He’s married to Astrid Anderson Bear and his children are Alexandra and Erik.

Credits: 

Author, The Mongoliad Cycle series; Comic-Con founding committee member

Sergio Aragonés

Sergio Aragonés at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Comic Convention

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. He has won every major cartooning award including the Reuben, the Comic-Con Icon award, the Will Eisner Hall of Fame award, various other Eisners and Harveys, and even has two awards named for him. In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies. He continues to draw Groo

Credits: 

Cartoonist, Groo the Wanderer, MAD magazine

Billy Tucci

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

Billy Tucci is an award-winning cartoonist best known for his modern-day samurai fable, Shi. Through Billy’s Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award-nominated Shi has been printed in five languages sold more than 3 million comic books. He has also worked on a litany of projects for DC Comics’ including Sgt. Rock, Harley Quinn, Flash vs. Superman, and Batman.

Credits: 

Writer, artist, Shi

J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

J. Michael Straczynski has written hundreds of comics for DC, Marvel, Image, and others, created Babylon 5, co-created Sense8, received Eisner, Inkpot, Icon and Hugo Awards, penned Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, and wrote for such films as WWZ, Thor, and Underworld Awakening. He is head of the creative council for Artists, Writers and Artisans, the new comic company from Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso; worked in the writer’s room for the upcoming Kong vs.

Credits: 

Writer, producer, Babylon 5, Sense8; Author, Becoming Superman

Jae Lee

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

Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. He is an Eisner Award-winner for his work on Marvel's The Inhumans. His art can also be seen in Stephen King's Dark Tower, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, and Batman/Superman. Official website: jaeleeart.com

Credits: 

Artist, Batman/Superman, The Inhumans, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

Ann Leckie

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

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice and the rest of the acclaimed Imperial Radch trilogy. Her most recent novel is The Raven Tower, published by Orbit in February.

She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 edition, edited by Rich Horton.

Credits: 

Author, Ancillary Justice, Imperial Radch trilogy

Ebony Flowers

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

Ebony Flowers was born and raised in Maryland. She holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation as a comic (mostly). Ebony is a 2017 Rona Jaffe Award recipient. She lives in Denver, CO. Her first book Hot Comb will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in May 2019.

Credits: 

Writer, artist, Hot Comb