Special Guests

The following guests have been confirmed for WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer, Avengers, Conan the Barbarian, Southern Bastards

Jason Aaron is an award-winning comic book writer best known for his work with Marvel Comics, including a landmark seven-year run on Thor that will serve as the basis for the upcoming Marvel Studios film Thor: Love and Thunder. He’s also had celebrated stints writing Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Punisher, and the 2015 Marvel relaunch of Star Wars that was the best-selling American comic book in more than 20 years. Aaron is the current writer on Marvel's flagship Avengers series and the recently relaunched Conan the Barbarian. His critically acclaimed creator-owned work includes the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Southern Bastards from Image Comics and the New York Times bestselling crime series Scalped from Vertigo Comics. Aaron was born and raised in Alabama and currently resides in Kansas City.

Sergio Aragonés

Sergio Aragones at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Cartoonist, MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer

Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators, having won every major cartooning award including the Reuben, the Comic-Con Icon award, the Will Eisner Hall of Fame award, plus various other Eisners and Harveys . . . and he even has two awards named for him. He's best known for his work for MAD magazine where his popular pantomime cartoons have been appearing since 1963. And he's also best known for one of the longest-running creator-owned comic books, Groo the Wanderer, which he created and draws, working with WonderCon Anaheim special guest Mark Evanier. Sergio's unique cartoon stylings have also appeared in Bongo Comics, DC Comics, and on various TV programs. He recently wrapped-up the soon-to-be-available Groo Meets Tarzan mini-series for Dark Horse, and at WonderCon Anaheim you can catch him at his table or at the fabulous “Quick Draw!” panel on Saturday.

Jen Bartel

Jen Bartel at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, co-creator Blackbird, Marvel Comics covers

Jen Bartel is an Eisner Award-winning illustrator and comic artist who is best known for her ongoing cover work for clients like Marvel, Disney, and Chronicle Books. She has also collaborated with brands like Adidas, Red Bull, and Aussie. Jen is the co-creator and artist of Blackbird from Image Comics.

Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Photo: Mitchel Haddad

Brian Michael

Writer, Superman, Action Comics, Young Justice

Brian Michael Bendis is a Peabody, Eisner, and Inkpot Award-winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. He is the co-creator of Marvel’s breakout characters Jessica Jones and Miles Morales (star of the feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, for which Bendis was executive producer and consultant) as well as DC’s Naomi.

He currently writes Superman, Action Comics, and Young Justice for DCas well as the creator-owned series Powers, Scarlet, and United States vs. Murder Inc. In his time at Marvel Entertainment, Bendis completed historic runs on Ultimate Spider-ManAvengersX-Men, and more, and wrote such bestselling events as Avengers vs. X-MenHouse of M, and Secret War. Bendis lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and four children.

Donny Cates

Donny Cates at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer, Venom, Guardians of the Galaxy, Babyteeth

Donny Cates is a writer of comic books currently working on Venom, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Death of the Inhumans, Redneck, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Babyteeth and was just announced on the upcoming Marvel title, Thor. His past works include Thanos, Doctor Strange, Damnation, God Country, Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet, The Paybacks, Interceptor, Star Trek, and Atomahawk. He's from the town that King of the Hill was based on but lives in Austin, Texas with his cat and his books. He is much more interesting than this bio makes him sound. Promise.

Michael Cho

Michael Cho at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, Marvel and DC covers; writer/artist, Shoplifter

Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Michael has drawn a large variety of covers and a few stories for publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Valiant, and others. He also paints book covers and draws editorial illustrations for clients like Penguin Books and The New Yorker. Along the way, Michael has picked up a few awards for his work. His graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and was a New York Times bestseller.

Mark Evanier

Mark Evanier at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer and/or editor, The Garfield Show, Kirby, King of Comics; Groo the Wanderer, Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips

Mark Evanier has been a professional writer—of comics, TV shows, books about Jack Kirby, and bios like this of himself—for 50.7 years. The comic books would include Disney comics, Bugs Bunny comics, Scooby Doo comics, Blackhawk comics, DNAgents comics, Crossfire comics, Garfield comics, and many other comics including many collaborations with Sergio Aragonés. The TV shows would include Welcome Back, Kotter; Love Boat, many variety specials for Sid & Marty Krofft, That's Incredible!, and many others, about half of which had Garfield in them. He has hosted more convention panels than you have seen and written more of these bios for convention program books than you can imagine. More can be learned about him by visiting his blog at www.newsfromme.com or by consulting any past program book for WonderCon or Comic-Con.

Mitch Gerads

Mitch Gerads at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, Mister Miracle, Batman, Strange Adventures

Mitch Gerads is a multiple Eisner and Ringo Award-winning artist who has made a career out of bringing humanity and realism to the superhuman and unreal. He is best known for his critically acclaimed work at DC Comics with writer Tom King on Mister Miracle, Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, and the upcoming Strange Adventures. He lives and draws in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and son.

Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Author, Princess Academy, Real Friends, Austenland

Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books, including Newbery Honor–winner Princess Academy, the Ever After High series, graphic novel memoirs Real Friends and Best Friends (with LeUyen Pham), and Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell). With her husband Dean, she wrote the Eisner Award nominee Rapunzel’s Revenge (illustrated by Nathan Hale), bestselling series The Princess in Black (illustrated by LeUyen Pham), Diana: Princess of the Amazons (illustrated by Victoria Ying), and two novels about Marvel’s unbeatable Squirrel Girl. They live in Utah with their four children and two cats named Misty Knight and Mike Hat.

Appearing Friday and Saturday only.

Stephanie Hans

Stephanie Hans at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, DIE, numerous covers

Stephanie Hans is a French comic book artist, known mainly for her numerous covers for Marvel Comics. After a decade of collaborating with Marvel, DC Comics, BOOM Studios!, Dynamite, Dark Horse, and so on—both as a cover and interior artist—she is now working full time on the new Image bestselling series DIE, with cocreator Kieron Gillen. 

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Author, Blackheart Man, The House of Whispers

Jamaican-Canadian author Nalo Hopkinson has published six novels and numerous short stories. She is a recipient of the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest, the Campbell and Locus Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside. She is a recipient of Eagle-Con's Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award, in recognition of impactful contributions to the science fiction community. She is the author of The House of Whispers, a new DC monthly comic in Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe. She is completing Blackheart Man, an alternate historical fantasy of the Caribbean.

Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes at WonderCon Anaheim 2020, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Hellboy

Adam Hughes, as of this writing, is a multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Inkpot Award-winning artist and New York Times bestselling author. I mean, anything can happen between the time he wrote this and when you read it. Pulitzer? Possible. Nobel Peace Prize? Stranger things have happened. Arrested for public urination? More than likely. Literally the world is this guy’s oyster.

He’s known for illustrating strong, beautiful women like Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Tomb Raider but is currently drawing strong, beautiful monsters like Hellboy. He lives in Atlanta with his charming wife, their even more charming dogs, and several indifferent cats.