Special Guests

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.

J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski at Comic-Con 2020, July 23–26 at the San Diego Convention Center
J. Michael

Writer, Changeling, Thor, Becoming Superman

J. Michael Straczynski remains a frequent guest at SDCC, to the astonishment of both attendees and INTERPOL. He insists that he created Babylon 5 and Sense8, wrote Changeling, and worked on Thor, Underworld Awakening, and WWZ, but the smart money says he's faking it. Last summer his autobiography Becoming Superman came out to a world that was already fed up with him, and after taking a four-year hiatus from writing books for Marvel, DC, and Image, for utterly incomprehensible reasons he was asked to create a new comics universe for AWA. He just finished writing a pilot for USA, has three other series in development, and in theory has a new feature going into production this year. Honestly, he's like a George Romero zombie: he will not go down. (What do you think, Bill? Hysterical, right? Will upload the real JMS bio later tonight. Make sure this doesn't go into the folder for the website, I don't want to get in trouble again.)

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki at Comic-Con 2020, July 23–26 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Shawnee Custalow


Writer, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Mariko Tamaki is the award winning co-creator of the graphic novels This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki, and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. She also writes about heroes, villains and mutants for Marvel and DC Comics and curates the Abrams LGBTQ imprint Surely Books.

Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine at Comic-Con 2020, July 23–26 at the San Diego Convention Center

Writer, artist, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Killing and Dying

We regret to announce that Adrian Tomine will be unable to attend Comic-Con 2020.

Lee Weeks

Lee Weeks at Comic-Con 2020, July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, Batman, Daredevil, Gambit

Lee Weeks is an award-winning artist known for his work on Batman, Superman, Daredevil, and Gambit, among many others. His recent collaboration with Tom King on Batman led to a Ringo Award for best artist, while the unlikely one-shot Batman/Elmer Fudd won the year’s best single issue. In addition to his busy drawing schedule, Lee currently teaches a third-year master class in narrative art at the famed Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

Rumor has it he knows a couple of good card tricks.

Mark Wheatley

Mark Wheatley at Comic-Con 2020, July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, Breathtaker, Frankenstein Mobster

Mark Wheatley has created featured art for The Millers, 2 Broke Girls and Super Clyde for CBS and Beauty and the Beast and Square Roots for ABC. He created set pieces for Black Eyed Peas and designed for Lady Gaga. His most recent print projects include Songs of Giants, Doctor Cthulittle, and Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time. Past creations include Breathtaker, Frankenstein Mobster, Mars, EZ Street and many others. An Overstreet Hall of Fame inductee, he is an Inkpot, Eisner, Mucker, Golden Lion, Gem, and Speakeasy award winner. He has lectured and exhibited at the Library of Congress and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Sophie Yanow

Sophie Yanow at Comic-Con 2020, July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center

Cartoonist, The Contradictions

Sophie Yanow is a cartoonist whose work has been published by The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Nib. Her comic The Contradictions won the 2019 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic; the print edition of The Contradictions will debut at Comic-Con. Her translation of Dominique Goblet’s Pretending Is Lying was the first graphic novel to receive the prestigious Scott Moncrieff Prize for translation from French. Sophie has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow and taught at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and The Animation Workshop in Denmark. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.