Comic-Con 2022 will be held July 21-24 (with Preview Night on July 20) at the San Diego Convention Center. The following special guests are confirmed for this year's event.
Shaenon K. Garrity is a cartoonist and writer best known for Narbonic, Skin Horse (co-written with Jeffrey C. Wells), and The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor (with art by Christopher Baldwin). Her upcoming graphic novels include Steam (with art by Emily Holden) and her next Willowweep Manor book with Baldwin, The Nefarious Nights of Willowweep Manor. She lives in Berkeley with a cat, a man, and a boy.
In addition to his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman, artist and writer Marc Hempel is known for his work with Mark Wheatley on the comics series Breathtaker, Mars, and Blood of the Innocent. His books Gregory and Tug & Buster have been nominated for industry awards, and his work has appeared in such titles as Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Jonny Quest, Tarzan the Warrior, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, The Dreaming, Lucifer, Disney Adventures, The Escapist, MAD, Nickelodeon Magazine, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, and SpongeBob Comics. Marc is a recipient of the Speakeasy Award and the Inkpot Award.
Gilbert Hernandez has been the co-creator of the comic book series Love and Rockets for 40 years. He was raised in Oxnard, California, with a comic book in his hand. He grew up loving comics and put all his comics influences into his work for his readers’ enjoyment. He is best known for his Palomar stories about magic realism among the folks in a small Latin American town.
As a young aimless Latino punk rocker, Jaime Hernandez, along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, self-published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981. It was picked up by Fantagraphics Books in 1982, and he has been doing comics since. He has also done illustrations for album covers and magazines and has won numerous awards, including being inducted into The Eisner Hall of Fame along with his brother Gilbert.
Jock is a three-time New York Times bestselling British artist best known for his comics work with writer Andy Diggle on DC/Vertigo's The Losers, the award-winning Batman: The Black Mirror, and Wytches with writer Scott Snyder. Jock has also produced key art and concept design for such films as Dredd, Annihilation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. Details on his new Comixology Originals project will be revealed at Comic-Con 2022!
Keithan Jones is the founder of KID, an independent publisher based in San Diego, California. The mantra behind KID is “The Kid in You Never Dies,” a reminder that our childhood spirit is at the core of who we are no matter how old we get. KID’s first publication was Power Knights, which he writes and draws. Keithan created San Diego’s Black Comix Day: Heroes Rise, an annual Black History Month celebration of Afro-centric comics. He is also the current artist for Vortex Comics’ Chaos Breaker series. He was an Eisner Awards judge in 2021.
For over 30 years, Phil LaMarr has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the mic on TV shows such as Mad TV, Futurama, Justice League, Samurai Jack, Static Shock, Family Guy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Young Justice, The CW’s The Flash and Supergirl, Veep, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, The Book of Boba Fett, Murderville, and Better Things; in such feature films as Pulp Fiction, Madagascar 2, Incredibles 2, The Lion King (2019), and My Little Pony: A New Generation; and video games including the Metal Gear Solid, Darksiders, Injustice, and Mortal Kombat series.
Jim Lee is a world-renowned comic book artist, writer, and editor, and the Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC, a division of Warner Bros. Discovery. Known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics. Lee started his professional career at Marvel, where his work on X-Men continues to hold the all-time sales record for single-issue sales. Prior to his current post at DC, Jim served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC's bestselling comic books and graphic novels. He has received numerous accolades and recognition for his work, including a Harvey Award, an Inkpot Award, Diamond Gemstone Awards and Wizard Fan Awards.
Miriam Libicki is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist specializing in the nonfictional and the Jewy. Her first book, 2008’s Israeli Army memoir JOBNIK!, has been used in numerous university courses. A collection of graphic essays, Toward a Hot Jew, followed in 2016, winning the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish literature. This year saw the publication of But I Live, a trio of illustrated accounts by child Holocaust survivors. Miriam collaborated with survivor David Schaffer to paint his story for this volume, aimed at general readership and high school classrooms. With her husband, Mike Yoshioka, Miriam also designs and hand-screenprints cute ecological-themed clothes
Tula Lotay is the pen name of illustrator Lisa Wood. Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Tula specializes in comics, film, and editorial illustration, as well as being the founder and director of the world-renowned Thought Bubble Festival. In 2019 Tula was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for her charitable and fundraising work. Her new Comixology Originals book, Barnstormers, is set to debut at Comic-Con. Her clients include DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment, Image Comics, Warner Brothers, Disney, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Mondo, Simon and Schuster, NBA, Rebellion, Valiant Entertainment, Screen International, Dynamite Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, Archie Comics, Provocator Films, Studio Pow, IFC Films, Cohen Media Group, Amazon Studios.
Kevin is a comic book creator whose career has spanned over 35 years. He debuted as the penciller in DC’s 1986 series Justice League. Since then he has worked on numerous series, including Adventures of Captain America, Man Of Steel, Supergirl, Metal Men, World’s Finest, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders, Team Titans, X-Men Forever, Batman Confidential, Godzilla, Trinity Angels, Strikeback, and Tanga.
Barbara "Willy" Mendes
Barbara Mendes studied art throughout her NYC youth, then published work in underground Comics as "Willy Mendes" in NY and San Francisco in the 1970s. Ms. Mendes has created epic narrative paintings, exhibited in the U.S. and Israel. Her Los Angeles studio/gallery corner, with "Angel Wall” outdoor mural, was designated "Barbara Mendes Square," and she was declared a "Los Angeles Cultural Treasure" in 2016. Her Queen of Cosmos Comix was published in 2020 by Red 5 Comics; the full-color Queen of Cosmos Comix 2 launches at SDCC 2022.