The following special guests have been confirmed to appear at Comic-Con International 2016, to be held July 21–24 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Writer/artist, The New Deal; artist, Green River Killer, Batman 66
Jonathan Case is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, painter, and writer. His expressive and varied artwork has appeared in many beloved books, from the gritty Green River Killer to the bouncy-retro Batman '66. His most recent original work, The New Deal, was one of Amazon’s best graphic novels of 2015.
This September, Case’s acclaimed comics debut, Dear Creature, will be restored to print in a deluxe hardcover from Dark Horse. Kirkus Reviews calls it “Marvelously entertaining . . . a funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure that gives a creature from the depths heart and soul.”
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Dorothy.
Writer/artist, American Flagg!, Star Wars
Howard Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business, serving as an artist and writer for nearly every publisher of comics in the past four decades ... and counting. He took the 1990s off from comics to work on mostly unwatchable television, so he missed the money and dreck that was comics in that execrable decade. He is responsible (some might say culpable) for introducing a number of previously unexplored themes to comic books. If you're not hip to what that's supposed to mean, there's always Wikipedia.
Chaykin is generally better regarded by his colleagues than by the enthusiasts, a reality that serves his ego but not his wallet. Thanks to the above-mentioned unwatchable television, he's usually okay with that.
These days, he's on a tear about the inexplicable Alpha position maintained by comic book writers at the expense of comic book artists, working on educating those aforementioned enthusiasts as to just what writing really means in the context of this curious visual medium.
He lives a quiet life on the California coast, hoping to dodge any imminent tsunamis so he can live long enough to die in bed, without ever lapsing into the cute old age so currently popular on movie and television screens.
Writer/artist, Eightball, Ghost World, Patience
Daniel Clowes is a New York Times bestselling cartoonist, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, and PEN award–winning New Yorker cover artist from California's Bay Area (by way of Chicago). His seminal series Eightball began in 1989 and sparked an alternative comics revolution; it produced the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz award-winning stories Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ghost World, and Ice Haven, among others. His works Ghost World, Art School Confidential, and most recently Wilson have all been adapted into acclaimed films with screenplays by Clowes. His newest graphic novel, Patience (published by Fantagraphics), is his most ambitious book yet, and one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2016.
Writer, Star Trek novels, Sir Apropos of Nothing, Incredible Hulk
Peter David is a New York Times bestselling author with over a hundred novels published, including Artful, Fearless, Tigerheart, and Sir Apropos of Nothing. He co-created the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series and has also written such Trek novels as Imzadi.
Peter’s comic book résumé includes an Eisner Award–winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He has also worked on such varied titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, The Dark Tower, and many others. He is also the lead writer for popular games such as Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Future Fight.
Writer/artist, Ninja High School, The Steam League, Science Is Magic
Ben Dunn was born in Pingtung, Taiwan in 1964 and immigrated to the United States in 1965. He settled in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up. In 1976 he went back to Taiwan where he discovered manga. In 1985 he founded the comic book publishing company Antarctic Press to promote the manga artform. The first comic published was the title Mangazine, followed by his best-known creation, Ninja High School, created in 1986. Warrior Nun Areala followed in 1994.
Dunn has worked with various publishers over the years, including Malibu, Eternity, Eclipse, First, Now, Marvel, DC, and others. In the late 1990s he handed over Antarctic Press to his brother, Joeming Dunn. He continues to work in comics, including a revival of Ninja High School in celebration of its 30th anniversary, a Steampunk series The Steam League, and his new comic series, Science Is Magic.
Writer/producer/historian, The Garfield Show, The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio
Mark Evanier has been writing professionally since 1969, delving into comic books, animation, live-action TV, screenplays, books, magazine articles, and anything else he dreamed, as a kid, of writing. His comic book career commenced in 1969 when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby and also began writing comic book scripts for Disney. Over the years, he has worked on preexisting characters and his own co-creations, including The DNAgents and Crossfire, along with collaborating since 1983 with Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer. He began writing live-action TV in 1976 and animation in 1978. He is the author of several collections of columns as well as MAD Art and Kirby, King of Comics, a book about his mentor that won two Harvey Awards and one Eisner Award. Mark is currently writing, producing, and voice-directing The Garfield Show, and his latest book—The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio—showcases the work of one of comics' greatest creative teams.
Writer, Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, Satellite Sam
Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He's a New York Times bestselling donkus of comics like Sex Criminals (winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine's Best Comic of 2013), Satellite Sam, ODY-C, and Hawkeye (winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue).
Artist/co-creator, Metamorpho; artist, Aquaman, Brenda Starr
Ramona Fradon studied at Parsons School of Design and the New York Art Students’ League. She drew short features for Timely and DC and illustrated Aquaman until 1960. She co-created Metamorpho, illustrated mystery stories, Plastic Man, Plop, Freedom Fighters, and Super Friends as well as Brenda Starr, the syndicated newspaper strip. She has done features for Nickelodeon, Bongo, DC, and Archie Comics, has created covers for Marvel, and just finished illustrating part of a graphic novel. In 2006 she was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
Author, Neuromancer, Peripheral, Archangel
William Gibson’s first novel was Neuromancer (1981). His most recent is the Peripheral (2015). His first comic is Archangel (IDW, 2016, co-authored with Michael St. John Smith). He’s also written for film, television, and a certain amount of journalism. This is his first Comic-Con, but his daughter has been telling him about it for years.
Co-sponsored by IDW Publishing
Writer, co-creator, Phonogram, The Wicked + The Divine
Kieron Gillen first came to wider attention in 2006 with his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram: Rue Britannia. Soon joined by Matt Wilson on its second volume, the team moved to a re-imagining of Young Avengers for Marvel before launching the award-winning The Wicked + The Divine and a third and final volume of Phonogram, The Immaterial Girl. When not with his mostly platonic life-partner, he's created books like Uber, Three, Mercury Heat, The Modded, and the forthcoming The Ludocrats. His work for Marvel includes Star Wars: Darth Vader, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, and many more.
Vlogger, Online Video Creator
Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. They thought it was a pretty dumb idea, but it turned out pretty well. In addition to his work as CEO of VidCon, Hank is the co-founder of DFTBA Records, DFTBA Games, NerdCon, SciShow, Crash Course, and the Project for Awesome.
Artist, Master of Kung Fu, Six from Sirius, Catwoman
Paul Gulacy is best known for reenergizing Quentin Tarantino's favorite comic book, Master of Kung Fu, along with writer Doug Moench. Gulacy also created memorable work on Star Wars: Crimson Empire; Sabre, the first graphic novel created for the direct market with writer Don McGregor, which inspired many independent publishing companies to follow suit; and an episode of the animated series Aeon Flux, titled “Isthmus Crypticus.”
Active in comics since 1974, this award-winning artist has been bringing his incomparable cinematic style to a gamut of genres and properties, including Six from Sirius, Sci-Spy, Slash Maraud, Barb Wire, Black Widow, Captain Action, Catwoman, Conan The Barbarian, Daredevil, Elvis Presley, G.I. Joe, Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Judge Dredd, Jurassic Park, Lady Gaga, Miami Vice, Miracleman, Planet of the Apes, The Punisher, Spider-Man, The Terminator, Toby Keith, Vampirella, Wolverine, and more! For more information, please visit www.gulacy.com