Special Guests

Comic-Con Special Edition will be held on November 26–28 at the San Diego Convention Center. The following special guests are confirmed for this year's event. Check back—more guests will be added in the coming weeks.

Henry Barajas

Special Edition Guest: Henry Barajas

Author, La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo, Helm Greycastle

Henry Barajas is a Latinx author best known for his graphic memoir about his great-grandfather Ramon Jaurigue, La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo, and for Latinx fantasy Helm Greycastle. He has contributed to anthologies such as Where We Live and The Good Fight. Recently, Barajas wrote the Marvel/SOMOS Healthcare Avengers #1 to inspire the fine people of New York City and the Latinx community to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ryan Benjamin

Ryan Benjamin

Artist, WildCats, X-Men, Iron Man, Batman Beyond

Ryan Benjamin is a professional artist who started his career in comics in 1994 with Image and Wildstorm. His credits include such top-selling comics as Brothers Bond, WildCats, Grifter, X-men, Star Wars, Iron Man, Grifter/Midnighter, Batman Beyond (#1 in the NY Times), Batman, and many more. Ryan’s current works include the Brothers Bond Board Game and his creator-owned comic, Spark. He also founded Comic Pro Boot Camp in 2019, where he teaches how to draw comics alongside top industry professionals.

Kevin Eastman

Comic-Con Special Edition Guest: Kevin Eastman

Co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Kevin Eastman co-created Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird as a small-press comic book starting in 1984. The Turtles quickly made the leap to other media and went on to star in multiple movies, animated TV series, and toy lines over the years. Kevin also owned Heavy Metal magazine for more than 20 years, until 2014, and he continued to serve as its publisher until 2020.

Sina Grace

Special Edition Guest: Sina Grace

Writer/Artist, Iceman, Wonder Woman, The Haunted Mansion

Sina Grace is a writer and artist known for a prolific library of work that balances slice-of-life, blockbuster action, and everything in-between. His groundbreaking Iceman series at Marvel Comics paved the way for Grace to work on all of his favorites: Jughead's Time Police for Archie, Wonder Woman for DC, Go Go Power Rangers for BOOM! Studios, and The Haunted Mansion for Disney/IDW. He is currently promoting Getting it Together and the upcoming Rockstar and Softboy at Image Comics, as well as the comic book continuation of the hit game 2064: Read Only Memories for IDW.

John Jennings

Special Edition Guest: John Jennings

Writer/Artist/Academic, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Kindred

Writer/artist John Jennings, a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside, is co-editor of the Eisner Award–winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. His projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones (Rosarium Publishing), The Eisner- and Hugo-nominated adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (ABRAMS ComicArts, with Damian Duffy), and the award-winning New York Times bestselling graphic novel adaptation of Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred. 

Minh Lê

Minh Lê

Writer, Lift, Drawn Together, Green Lantern: Legacy

Minh Lê is the award-winning picture book author of Lift (Eisner Award nominee) and Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature). He is also the author of the graphic novel Green Lantern: Legacy for DC Comics (which introduced the newest Green Lantern, Tai Pham). He serves on the board of We Need Diverse Books and has been published by NPR, the Huffington Post, and The New York Times. Outside of spending time with his wonderful wife and kids at their home in San Diego, Minh’s favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book.

Sam Maggs

Comic-Con Special Edition Guest: Sam Maggs

Writer, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Rick & Morty, Con Quest!

Sam Maggs is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games. Her most recent novels are The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope and Con Quest!, and the graphic novels Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Rick & Morty Ever After, Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas, and Critical Role: Mighty Nein Origins—Jester. Her game writing includes work on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Marvel's Spider-Man DLC, and the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, and the Knights of the Old Republic Remake. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.

Dustin Nguyen

Comic-Con Special Edition Guest: Dustin Nguyen

Artist, Descender, Batman

Dustin Nguyen is a New York Times bestselling and multiple Eisner Award–winning comics creator best known for his work on the creator-owned Image series Descender and for his various iterations of Batman for the past 20 years. Included in his body of work are creations for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, Mattel, Konami, AMC Networks, Cartoon Network, and many more.

Alex Niño

Alex Niño

Veteran Filipino Artist, DC, Heavy Metal, Warren

Alex Niño, an Eisner Hall of Fame nominee and a pioneer of the Filipino invasion of American Comics in the 1970s, is best known for his unique style, which appeared in horror stories published by DC, Heavy Metal, and Warren Publishing. He was also a visual developer for Disney, having worked on features such as Mulan, Treasure Planet, Atlantis, and The Emperor’s New Groove. Alex continues to produce stunning and incredible art for commissions. His recent works are available at AlexNino.net.

Cindy Pon

Special Edition Guest: Cindy Pon

Author, Silver Phoenix, Serpentine, WANT

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA; of Serpentine and Sacrifice (Month9Books), which were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus; and of WANT (Simon Pulse), also a Junior Library Guild selection, a near-future thriller set in Taipei. The sequel, RUSE, is out. Pon is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo.

Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond

Cartoonist, Graphic Novelist, Over Easy, The Customer Is Always Wrong, National Lampoon

Mimi Pond is a lifelong cartoonist whose works include five humor books and cartoons for periodicals from the National Lampoon to Seventeen magazine to The New Yorker and the Paris Review. Her most current books are her two-part graphic novels, Over Easy and The Customer Is Always Wrong, published by Drawn & Quarterly. Mimi won the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Short Story and is a past Eisner nominee. She is creating a work of graphic nonfiction about Britain’s storied Mitford Sisters, to be published in 2023, also by D&Q.

Scott Shaw!

Scott Shaw!

Cartoonist, Captain Carrot, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics

Over the last 50 years Scott Shaw! has created underground comix (Fear and Laughter), mainstream comics (Captain Carrot, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics), children’s books (Marooned Lagoon), syndicated comic strips (Bugs Bunny), graphic novels (Annoying Orange), TV cartoons (Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies), advertising (Post Pebbles cereal), toys, trading cards, video games, packaging art, and more. He is currently producing a cartoon, finishing a new story for Aces Weekly, and writing his Retrofan column. Scott's work has garnered him four Emmy Awards, an Eisner Award, and a Humanitas Award. He's known for his Oddball Comics Live! Show (the book is coming soon) and playing Quick Draw! with Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés. Scott was one of those who created San Diego Comic-Con.