Special Guests

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.

J. Michael Straczynski

Comic-Con 2022 Special Guest: J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael

We are sorry to announce that J. Michael Straczynski has had to cancel his appearance.

Lila Sturges


Lilah Sturges is the Eisner, Ignatz, and GLAAD Media Award–nominated writer of such graphic novels as Lumberjanes (BOOM!), The Magicians (Archaia), and Girl Haven (Oni), as well as the official Dune movie graphic novel adaptation and the upcoming The Science of Ghosts (Legendary). She has focused her career on creating stories that entertain and inspire the trans community, the larger LGBTQIA+ community, and everyone else as well. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki

We are sorry to announce that Mariko Tamaki has had to cancel this years appearance.

Raina Telgemeier

Comic-Con 2022 Special Guest: Raina Telgemeier

Photo: Joseph Fanvu


Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include five Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists.

Hidetaka Tenjin

Hidetaka Tenjin

Renowned for his detailed and realistic mechanical illustrations, Hidetaka Tenjin has worked on various facets of many mecha franchises, from model kit box art to videogames and animation. Inspired by the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross, he has provided model kit illustrations for Hasegawa’s Macross line and Bandai Spirits’ Gundam and Star Wars lines. His work in anime includes mechanical art for Aquarion, Macross Zero, and Frontier, mechanical designs for Hellsing, MacrossΔ, Super Robot Wars T, Back Arrow, and Yasuke, and mechanical imagery and animation direction on Star Blazers 2205.

Sponsored by UDON Entertainment

Maggie Thompson

Comic-Con 2022 Special Guest: Maggie Thompson

Adult fans of comic books didn’t begin to contact each other in any organized way until 1960. Among those pop culture fans were Maggie Curtis and Don Thompson, who’d begun collecting comic books before such accumulations were recognized as worthwhile. (She still owns the Dell Four Color #103 [Easter with Mother Goose] that she bought when she was 3.) After 30 years of co-editing Comics Buyer’s Guide, Maggie Thompson now writes online columns for Comic-Con International and Gemstone Publishing, maintains her website www.maggiethompson.com, and is delighted that today’s readers get to see the best of what’s new—and old.

José Trinidad Camacho (Trino)

Comic-Con 2022 Special Guest: José Trinidad Camacho (Trino)
Trinidad Camacho (Trino)

Cartoonist José Trinidad Camacho, better known as Trino, is co-creator (along with Jis) of the comic strip series and 2012 movie El Santos vs la Tetona Mendoza. He and Jis co-host the radio show La Chora Interminable and talk show La Chora TV on Mexican TV and YouTube. Trino has illustrated dozens of children's books, including 11 volumes of the El Santos series. He has exhibited his strips at the Mexican consulates in Atlanta, El Paso, Salt Lake City, and San Diego. He is a recipient of the National Prize of Journalism for Political Cartoon (2000, Mexico).

Sponsored by Casa Mexico at Comic Con & Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego

Mark Wheatley


Artist 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 comics creations include Breathtaker, Frankenstein Mobster, Mars, and EZ Street. 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 is the artist and writer behind The Contradictions (Drawn & Quarterly), winner of the 2019 Eisner for Best Webcomic. Her work has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Comics, the Ringo, Harvey, and Ignatz awards, and it has been longlisted for the Believer Book Award. Her translation of Dominique Goblet’s Pretending Is Lying received the Scott Moncrieff Prize. She has been published by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Nib, and The Paris Review, and she was a MacDowell Colony Fellow