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Special Guests

Comic-Con 2019 will be held July 18-21 (with Preview Night on July 17) at the San Diego Convention Center. The following special guests are confirmed for this year's event.

 

Neal Adams

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

Artist, Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow

Neal Adams has worked on legendary runs of Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Avengers, Deadman, and many more. Characters and storylines Neal created have been in Batman, X-Men, and even the Batman LEGO movie. Neal's co-creation, Ra's Al Ghul, appears in Batman movies as well as the Arrow and Gotham TV shows. Arrow also features another character Neal created, Merlyn. Additionally, Ra’s and ManBat also show up in video games and X-Men character, Havok, has been featured in X-Men movies, as well as other mutants Neal created. He is currently working on a Batman/Ra’s Al Ghul project due out later this year.

Sergio Aragonés

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

Cartoonist, Groo the Wanderer, MAD magazine

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 for Dark Horse Comics and is presently working on a series in which Groo meets Tarzan, of all people!

Leigh Bardugo

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

Photo by Christina Guerra

Leigh
Bardugo

Author, Shadow and Bone trilogy, The Language of Thorns

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Some of the Best from Tor.com and The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

Greg Bear

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

Photo: Astrid Anderson Bear

Greg
Bear

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

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. Erik collaborated with his father and five other authors to help create the best-selling three-volume Mongoliad Cycle series.

Kurt Busiek

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

Writer, Marvels, Astro City, Conan

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. He makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and attended his first San Diego Comic-Con in 1980.

Eddie Campbell

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

Artist, From Hell; writer, artist, Alec: The Years Have Pants

Eddie Campbell (b. August 10, 1955) is a Scottish artist and writer living in Chicago, best known as the illustrator of From Hell (written by Alan Moore), currently being released in parts in a new colorized edition. Campbell is also the creator of the autobiographical Alec stories collected in Alec: The Years Have Pants, and Bacchus, the wry adventures of Greek gods still surviving. In Bizarre Romance Eddie turns the short stories of his wife, Audrey Niffenegger, into comics. Eddie is also a historian of comics; The Goat Getters is his first large scale work in this field. Also among his graphic novels is The Fate of the Artist, in which the author investigates his own murder, and The Lovely Horrible Stuff, all about money. A Disease of Language is a collaboration with Alan Moore, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain is with Neil Gaiman.

Jon B. Cooke

Jon B. Cooke at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center
Jon B.
Cooke

Writer, editor, Comic Book Creator, Comic Book Artist

Jon B. Cooke is the five-time consecutive Eisner Award winner (and one-time Harvey Award recipient) for his former magazine, Comic Book Artist, as well as writer and producer of the full-length feature film documentary, Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist [2007]. Currently editor of Comic Book Creator magazine (published by TwoMorrows), Cooke is author of The Book of Weirdo, a massive retrospective of R. Crumb’s humor comics anthology, published this year by Last Gasp. For that San Francisco-based publisher, Cooke is working with them on a 50th anniversary celebratory book to be published in 2020. He is also co-editor of Kirby100, The Warren Companion, Swampmen: Muck Monsters of the Comics, and the forthcoming World of TwoMorrows. He is currently developing a four-act play with his brother, Andrew D. Cooke, about the early years of comics entitled The Golden Age. Cooke lives in southern Rhode Island with his wife, Beth, and two of his three sons as they get their act together, along with rescue dogs Dilly and Roxy, and a cat named Noodle.

Mark Evanier

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

Writer, producer, comics historian, Kirby King of Comics

Mark Evanier has been writing comic books since he was 17, having started reading them when he was about that many minutes old. He apprenticed with the great Jack Kirby and has written much about Jack and comic book history. He's written countless comics including many with the superstars of Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Blackhawk and others for DC, his own co-creations including The DNAgents, Crossfire, and Magnor, plus he does something (God knows what) on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés. He's also written hundreds of hours for TV including sitcoms, variety shows, and cartoons, including writing/producing 20 years of Garfield the Cat.

Mary Fleener

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

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

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.

Ebony Flowers

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

Writer, artist, Hot Comb

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.

Rick Geary

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

Writer, artist, Black Dahlia, The Lindbergh Child

Rick Geary has been a freelance cartoonist and illustrator for over 45 years. His illustrations and graphic stories have appeared in National Lampoon, MAD, The New York Times, Heavy Metal, Disney Adventures, and many other publications. His graphic novels include the biographies J. Edgar Hoover and Trotsky, as well as nine volumes in the series titled A Treasury of Victorian Murder, and six volumes in A Treasury of 20th Century Murder, the latest of which is Black Dahlia.

For Comic-Con, he created the Toucan mascot, and designed the new Inkpot Award. He received the Eisner Award in 2007 for his work on Gumby Comics.

Rick and his wife Deborah live in Carrizozo, New Mexico.

Gene Ha

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

Writer, artist, Mae; artist, Top 10

New York Times bestselling comic book artist Gene Ha writes and draws Mae from Lion Forge Comics. It’s the story of Mae Fortell, a girl who follows her long missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. He’s famed for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. Gene has won 4 Eisners, the highest award in American comics. Gene Ha lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL, with his lovely wife Lisa. More info: www.geneha.com