Special Guests

The following special guests have been confirmed to appear at Comic-Con International 2016, to be held July 21–24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt at Comic-Con International

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.

Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke at Comic-Con International 2016

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.

Jennifer Hayden

Jennifer Hayden at Comic-Con International 2016

Photo by Jen Davis


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.

Keith Knight

Keith Knight at Comic-Con International 2016

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!

Hidenori Kusaka

Hidenori Kusaka at Comic-Con International 2016

Writer, Pokémon Adventures

Hidenori Kusaka is the writer for VIZ Media’s Pokémon Adventures. Running continuously 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・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 Lee at Comic-Con International 2016

Photo by Mike Jara


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.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee at Comic-Con International 2016

Writer/editor/publisher, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man

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.

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz at Comic-Con International 2016

Writer, editor, publisher, historian, 75 Years of DC Comics, 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 Modern 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

Ed Luce at Comic-Con International 2016

Photo by Christian Trippe


Writer/artist, Wuvable Oaf

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, 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

Sarah J. Maas at Comic-Con International 2016
Sarah J.

Author, Throne of Glass series

Sarah J. Maas 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. A New York native, she now lives in the Philadelphia area. Visit her online at sarahjmaas.com and worldofsarahjmaas.com.

Ed McGuinness

Ed McGuinness at Comic-Con International 2016

Artist, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Superman/Batman

Ed 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 McGuire at Comic-Con International 2016

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.