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.

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.

Brent Spiner

Comic-Con Special Edition Guest: Brent Spiner, photo credit: Andy Gotts

Photo: Andy Gotts


Actor/Author, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir

Brent Spiner is an actor, comedian, and singer best known for playing the android Lieutenant Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987 to 1994. He has appeared in numerous television roles, in films, and in theater on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Los Angeles. He currently has a role in the TV series Star Trek: Picard. Brent’s first book, Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events, is available now.

Sponsored by St. Martin's Publishing Group


William Stout

Comic-Con Special Edition Guest: William Stout

Artist, Conan, Predator, Masters of The Universe, Pan's Labyrinth

William Stout is one of a handful of people who have attended every San Diego Comic-Con. Early in his career he assisted Russ Manning, Harvey Kurtzman, and Will Elder. Stout drew the Wizards poster and about 120 other film ads. His 70+ film career includes both Conan movies, Predator, Masters of the Universe, Return of the Living Dead and Pan’s Labyrinth. His book The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era inspired Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Bill has murals at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the San Diego Zoo. The hardcover Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout covers his 50-year career. Bill is currently assembling a box set containing all of his comics work.