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Special Guests

The following guests are confirmed for WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Sergio Aragonés

Sergio Aragonés at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Photo: R. Manahan © 2019 SDCC


Artist, MAD Magazine, Groo the Wanderer

One of MAD magazine's longest-running cartoonists (only Al Jaffee has been around longer) and the creator of dim-witted barbarian Groo the Wanderer, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators. He has won every major cartooning award including the Reuben, the Comic-Con Icon award, the Will Eisner Hall of Fame award, various other Eisners, various Harveys, and even has two awards named for him. In addition to his continuing work for MAD, Sergio had his own comic book series at Bongo Comics, Sergio Aragonés Funnies. He continues to draw Groo for Dark Horse Comics and is presently working on a series in which Groo meets Tarzan, of all people!

Vita Ayala

Vita Ayala at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer, Supergirl, Marvel Knights 20th, Livewire

Vita Ayala is a queer Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. They learned to read and write much later than their peers, and have been making up for it by hoarding books like a dragon and using up ink like it’s going out of style since.

They have written for DC (Supergirl), Dark Horse, IDW (Magic The Gathering), Image, Marvel (Marvel Knights 20th), and Valiant Comics (Livewire), as well as having creator-owned work through Black Mask Studios (The Wilds) and Vault Comics (Submerged). They’re non-stop, like Hamilton!

Jen Bartel

Jen Bartel at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, Blackbird, Black Panther, America

Jen Bartel is an illustrator and comic artist who specializes in drawing strong ladies—she is best known for her ongoing cover work for clients like Marvel, DC/Vertigo, and Dark Horse. She is the co-creator and artist of the Image Comics book, Blackbird, but her interior work has also been featured on titles like Black Panther, The Mighty Thor, and America.

Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Author, Three Dark Crowns series, Goddess War trilogy

Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series, the Anna Dress in Blood duo, and the Goddess War trilogy. Her work is dark, violent, and features passages describing food when she writes while hungry. Born in South Korea, she doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off early to her adoptive parents. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Mulan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson. I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

Greg Capullo

Greg Capullo at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Photo: Mike Jara


Artist, Batman, Dark Nights: Metal

Greg Capullo is a self-taught Illustrator and the current artist on the best-selling and highly acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics. Prior to that, he was best known for his 80-issue run on Image Comics' Spawn, created by Todd McFarlane. Other popular comics work includes Marvel Comics X-Force and Quasar (as well as a slew of one-shot titles). He is also the creator of The Creech, a sci fi/horror comic published by Image Comics. Greg has provided art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, contributed lead character designs for the award-winning HBO animated Spawn series, was the cover artist for many popular musical groups including Korn and Disturbed, and worked behind the scenes on many projects ranging from toy design to video games for TME.

Donny Cates

Donny Cates at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer, Venom, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Redneck

Donny Cates is a writer of comic books, currently working on Venom, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Death of the Inhumans, Redneck, and Babyteeth. 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, TX with his cat and his books. He is much more interesting than this bio makes him sound. Promise.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center



Author, Walkaway, In Real Life

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger—the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother, and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a visiting professor of computer science at Open University, a visiting professor of practice at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars

As a kid Gerry Duggan stayed up late reading comics while waiting for Letterman’s show. It was as valuable an education as earning his diploma from Emerson College. Since 2012 he’s written Deadpool, Infinity Wars, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Hulk, Nova, Star Wars, and Savage Sword of Conan for Marvel Entertainment.

His creator-owned work includes Analog, a comic imagining the collapse of the web and rise of “Ledger Men,” hardened couriers moving secrets on paper. Lionsgate bought it for Chad Stahelski to direct after John Wick 3. 

His latest collaboration is Dead Rabbit, an action-comedy set against the corpse of the middle-class. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and their beagle.

Mark Evanier

Mark Evanier at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Writer, producer, historian, Kirby King of Comics

Mark Evanier has been writing comic books since he was 17, having started reading them when he was about that many minutes old. He apprenticed with the great Jack Kirby and has written much about Jack and comic book history. He's written countless comics including many with the superstars of Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Blackhawk and others for DC, his own co-creations including The DNAgents, Crossfire, and Magnor, plus he does something (God knows what) on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés. He's also written hundreds of hours for TV including sitcoms, variety shows, and cartoons, including writing/producing 20 years of Garfield the Cat.

Michael C. Grumley

Michael C. Grumley at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center
Michael C.

Author, Breakthrough series

Michael C. Grumley is an indie writer and the author of seven bestselling books on Amazon. He is best known for his original “Breakthrough” series. With over one million books sold since publishing his first novel five years ago, he now ranks on the top 10 lists in many of Amazon’s fiction categories alongside authors like Lee Child and Clive Cussler. He spent 30 years working in the information technology sector, where a single life event prompted him to finally take the plunge and leave it all behind to write fulltime.  He lives in California with his wife and two daughters and frequently finds himself writing from places he never expected.

Jim Lee

Jim Lee at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, Justice League: Origin, Suicide Squad; DC Comics publisher

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the chief creative officer–publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties at DC, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ best-selling comic books and graphic novels, including All Star Batman and Robin, Superman: For Tomorrow, Justice League: Origin, Superman Unchained, and Suicide Squad. He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games.

Appearing Friday and Saturday only.

Tula Lotay

Tula Lotay at WonderCon Anaheim 2019, March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Artist, Supreme: Blue Rose, All Star Batman

Lisa Wood, known by her pen name Tula Lotay, is an English comic book artist. She is best known for illustrating Supreme: Blue Rose, written by Warren Ellis for Image Comics and All Star Batman with Scott Snyder. She was also an artist on Si Spencer's eight-part series Bodies for Vertigo.

She illustrated issue #13 of The Wicked + The Divine, which was published in 2015 and nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book.

Lotay and her Supreme collaborator Warren Ellis announced in 2015 that they were working on a new comic, Heartless, which will be published by Image Comics in 2019. She has created several posters for the Austin poster company Mondo including Wonder Woman.

She lives in Yorkshire, UK.