The following guests are scheduled to appear at Comic-Con 2020, July 23–26 (with Preview Night on July 22) at the San Diego Convention Center.
Writer, artist, creator, Giant Days, Wicked Things, Bad Machinery
Based in Letchworth Garden City, UK, John Allison is the creator of the comic series Giant Days, Wicked Things, By Night, and Steeple, and of the ongoing all-ages book series Bad Machinery. In addition, he created the webcomics Bobbins and Scary Go Round, with his work appearing online since 1998. He was one of the first comic artists to build a daily following exclusively on the Internet.
John's comics have been nominated for Eisner Awards every year from 2016 to 2019, and in 2018 he won the Best Long-Form Online Comic award from the National Cartoonists Society. Giant Days is currently being published in seven foreign language editions.
Writer, artist, Nightlights, Hicotea
Lorena Alvarez Gómez was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, and studied Graphic Design and Arts at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She alternates her work as a freelance illustrator with writing and drawing her own stories, combining her interest in the interaction between arts and science, color language, graphic storytelling, and its formal qualities.
Lorena’s first comic Nightlights was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2017. In 2019 she won the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award with her second book Hicotea. She’s currently working on the third book of the Nightlights series, already translated in five languages.
Writer, La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo
Henry Barajas is a Latinx author from Tucson, AZ. He is best known for his graphic memoir about his great-grandfather Ramon Jaurigue, La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo. He has contributed to anthologies that benefit the Route 91 Harvest festival victims and the Southern Poverty Law Center, such as Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology and The Good Fight. Currently, Barajas is the director of operations at Top Cow Productions, and he lives with his roommates’ cats Ophelia and Morticia in Los Angeles, CA.
Writer, Batgirl, The Plain Janes, Shade, The Changing Girl
Cecil Castellucci is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults. In 2019 she published the memoir Girl On Film about memory and growing up wanting to make art. She’s currently writing Batgirl for DC Comics. She started her comics career with The Plain Janes, which has a rerelease in 2020. Other comics include Shade, The Changing Girl, The Female Furies, Soupy Leaves Home, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, and the Eisner Award-nominated Odd Duck. Her short comics have been published in many anthologies. She grew up in New York City, where she attended the LaGuardia High School for the Arts. She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Author, The School for Good and Evil series
Soman Chainani's debut series, The School for Good and Evil, has sold more than 2 million copies, has been translated into more than 30 languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture. All five books in the series have been instant New York Times bestsellers. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Soman began his career as a writer-director, with his films playing at more than 150 festivals around the world. He was named to the Out100 and has received the Shasha Grant and Sun Valley Writers’ Fellowship, both for debut writers.
Writer, artist, Upgrade Soul
Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Award-nominated graphic novel Upgrade Soul was the recipient of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and was named one of the best books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Vulture, The Library Journal, and Paste. His graphic novel collaboration with Ben Passmore, BTTM FDRS, was released in June 2019 by Fantagraphics Books.
Actor, author, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost); creator, The Guild
Felicia Day has appeared as an actor in numerous television shows and films, including Supernatural, The Magicians, and Mystery Science Theatre 3000. However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She created the seminal web series The Guild, and also founded a company called Geek & Sundry that pioneered content on many digital platforms. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling books You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), and Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity.
Writer, editor, A Marvelous life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee
In the 1980s-1990s Danny Fingeroth was editorial director of Marvel's Spider-Man line and writer of comics featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other iconic characters. He’s the author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society, and Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero. Danny is a consultant to Will Eisner Studios and to the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes traveling exhibition. Danny’s book A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee was released by Macmillan in November. Danny has spoken on comics-related topics at Columbia University, the Smithsonian, and many other venues. More info: www.dannyfingeroth.com.
Writer, cartoonist, Narbonic, Skin Horse
Shaenon K. Garrity is an award-winning cartoonist and science fiction writer best known for the webcomics Narbonic and Skin Horse. She also works as a manga editor for VIZ Media. Her first graphic novel, Willowweep Manor with artist Christopher Baldwin, will be out in fall 2020 from Margaret K. McElderry Books. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago, their son Robin, and a cat named Eve.
Writer, artist, The Power Knights
In 2015 Keithan Jones established KID (The Kid In You Never Dies) Comics and published his first comic, The Power Knights, an Afrocentric sci-fi story. “It was important to me that the heroes in the story represented my culture, but also spoke to anyone from any background as a morality tale.” Jones also founded Black Comix Day, an annual event for Black History Month in San Diego, CA. Read The Power Knights at kid-comics.com.
Artist, Paradise, Third Humanity
Korean artist Kim Jung Gi was born in 1975 in Goyang-Si, South Korea. His first work, “Funny Funny,” was published in Young Jump magazine. He wrote a number of short stories and held exhibitions for his work that led to his teaching manhwa (Korean comic books) in various private schools and universities. Kim collaborated with Seung-Jin Park, the writer of Tiger the Long Tail, to draw six volumes for his comic. Kim also worked alongside French author Bernard Werber, illustrating two novels he had written, Paradise in 2010 and Third Humanity in 2013.
In 2011, Kim Jung Gi partook in the Comic Festival held in Bucheon, where, for the first time ever, he drew live. Superani CEO Hyun Jin Kim posted the entire process on YouTube and the video went viral. He holds the record for “longest drawing by an individual” in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Kim has six sketchbooks in print, which equate to about 4,500 pages’ worth of drawings in a span of 12 years. He’s worked in various industries—movies, music, and government.
Writer, editor, publisher; author, 75 Years of DC Comics
Paul Levitz has been a comics fan (editor of The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, including the acclaimed “Great Darkness Saga”), and staffer (38 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher). He serves on the boards of BOOM! Studios, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Clarion Foundation, does consulting, teaches at New York-area colleges, and continues to write comics and about popular culture.
Levitz has received the Inkpot, Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the ComicPro Industry Appreciation Award, and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award, and his 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making has won the Eisner and international awards. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2019. His most recent series is The Visitor from Valiant, his newest graphic novel is Unfinished Business from Dark Horse, and the latest reprint collection he edited is The 1980s: End of An Era from DC. More info: paullevitz.com.