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.


Todd McFarlane

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

Writer, artist, Spawn creator, Venom co-creator; CEO McFarlane Toys, and President, Image Comics

2019 marks the year that legendary artist Todd McFarlane makes history with the release of the historic Spawn #300 and record-breaking Spawn #301. These milestones make Spawn the longest-running independent comic in North America.

The road to McFarlane’s history-making comic run began in 1992 with the formation of Image Comics and the release of Spawn #1 the top-selling independent comic of all-time, and one of the most popular comic heroes in the world.

In 1994, McFarlane founded his industry-changing toy company, McFarlane Toys. A Grammy- and Emmy-winning producer/director, McFarlane is set to write and direct a new Spawn film.

Follow Todd on Twitter@Todd_McFarlane

Craig Miller

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

Publicist, producer, author, Star Wars Memories

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. Joe and Beast Wars and live-action shows such as Showtime’s The Hunger. He’s created and written shows for China, Latin America, Italy, France, Dubai, and Israel. His book about his years at Lucasfilm, Star Wars Memories, will be coming out later this year.

Frank Miller

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

Photo: AFP & Joël Sagat


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

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.

Additionally, Miller is illustrating Cursed – his young adult novel debut with writer Thomas Wheeler, a reimagining of the King Arthur legend from the point of view of sixteen-year-old Nimue, the young woman who first wielded Excalibur and became the all-powerful Lady of the Lake. Cursed will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in Fall 2019.

Randall Munroe

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

Writer, artist, xkcd, What If?, Thing Explainer

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts. His new book, HOW TO: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, will be released in September 2019.

Audrey Niffenegger

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

Writer, artist, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Bizarre Romance

Audrey Niffenegger is an artist and a writer. Her novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry were both international bestsellers. She recently collaborated with Wayne McGregor on a ballet, Raven Girl, for the Royal Opera House Ballet, and on Bizarre Romance, a collection of comics, with her husband, the artist Eddie Campbell. The Time Traveler’s Wife is being adapted into a television series for HBO by Steven Moffat. Ms. Niffenegger is writing a sequel, The Other Husband.

Larry Niven

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

Author, Ringworld series, Fleet of World series

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.

His short stories and novels have won several awards since his first publication in the Worlds of IF 1964 collection with the story “The Coldest Place.” He has won several Hugo and Ditmar Awards, as well as a Nebula and an Inkpot Award.  His latest short story “The Dead Guest of Honor” can be found in The Best of Galaxy’s Edge on stands now. Several works in the pipeline for Larry include Starborn and Godsons (Baen Books, Spring 2020) and Paths to Glory (third in the Bowl of Heaven series, Spring 2020). He met his wife Marilyn at the New York World Science Fiction Convention in 1967, and they married in 1969 and now reside in Tarzana, CA.

Floyd Norman

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

Artist, animator, The Jungle Book, Toy Story 2

Floyd Norman has been working in the entertainment business a very long time. He began his professional career while still in high school working as an assistant on Archie Comics. Enrolling in Art Center College of Design in the early fifties he dropped out of school when offered a position at Walt Disney Studios. Floyd learned his animation ropes doing the tedious, grunt work of an apprentice inbetweener. By the sixties, he suddenly found himself in Walt’s prestigious story department working on The Jungle Book and life has never been the same.

Floyd decided to leave the studio in the late sixties. He and his partners formed their own production company to produce educational media. He returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios in the nineties. However, after completing story work on three animated features he moved north to Pixar Animation Studios to develop Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. By the year 2000, it was time to retire, but he continued to work at Disney. He illustrated children’s books and worked on toys and games in the Consumer Products Division of the company. After working on a number of special animated projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio bosses realized he wasn’t going to go away. Floyd has recently been rehired, and returns to Disney animation after a ten-year absence. “Some artists can walk away,” says Floyd. “However, I plan to die at the drawing board.” If you know Floyd Norman you know he means what he says.

Katie O'Neill

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

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

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.

MIke Pasqua

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

Former Comic-Con program coordinator and executive VP

Mike Pasqua, like others, began his Comic-Con experience as a volunteer in 1976. In 1980, he became one of the program coordinators, a position that he held until 1984 when he became executive vice president of the organization until his departure in 1989. Mike spent time in the corporate world in the field of legal affairs and contracts management.  He is currently an instructor in international politics. He lives at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains with his wife, Sharon, and their children, Andrew, who recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University and Megan, who will be attending the University of Turin. In his spare time, Mike plays golf (badly) and is convinced that his Siberian husky, Laika, is evil.

Bree Paulsen

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

Writer, artist, Patrik the Vampire

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.

Carey Pietsch

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

Cartoonist, The Adventure Zone, Lumberjanes

Carey Pietsch is a cartoonist based out of Brooklyn, NY. She's currently working on The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited and Here There Be Gerblins graphic novels, and her previous work includes drawing two arcs of Lumberjanes and the artwork for the Mages of Mystralia webcomic. Carey also makes Keepsakes, No Swords, and other original comics and zines about magic and empathy. When she's not making comics, she plays in tabletop campaigns, makes tiny clay cats, and fights a losing battle against the inevitable death of her houseplants.

Richard Pini

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

Writer, editor, publisher, Elfquest

Richard Pini is the co-creator, sometimes-writer, editor, and publisher for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series Elfquest. He is the author of the Eisner Award-nominated art book Line of Beauty—The Art of Wendy Pini, as well as co-author and editor of The Art of Elfquest, and Elfquest—The Art of the Story. A graduate of MIT in astronomy as well as planetarium writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has contributed articles to magazines on the wonders of the heavens. After 2018’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration for Elfquest, his sights are now set on facilitating the newest chapter in the series.