Special Guests

Now that our dates and venue are all set for the 2018 San Diego Comic Fest, we are busy inviting wonderful guests who are sure to make the next Fest another fun and memorable event. Please check back soon and often as we will be adding guests frequently over the next few months.

Guest of Honor: Karen Berger

Science Fiction Guest of Honor: Nancy Kress

Fan Guest of Honor: Maggie Thompson

Special guests for the 2018 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:

  • Boris Karloff’s daughter: Sara Karloff
  • One of the world’s foremost authorities on Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, and 19th-century genre fiction and editor/annotator The New Annotated Frankenstein: Leslie S. Klinger

Cartoonist, animator, director and game designer widely known as the creator of Eisner-winning Sam & Max, which has been adapted as an animated series and several video games, currently doing story development and directing at Pixar: Steve Purcell

Underground comix cartoonist, cartoonist and editor for National Lampoon, and creator of comic strip Trots and Bonnie: Shary Flenniken

One of comics’ premiere graphic designers, cartoonist and now Art Director for Berger Books: Richard Bruning

Over a long and successful career in comics that began in San Diego in the 1970s, he has been a Comic Buyer’s Guide columnist, direct-sales pioneer with Pacific Comics for which he was also flagship-store manager and editorial director, director of Comic-Con’s Comic Book Expo, and, for 23 years, Vice President Publishing and then Product Development at Dark Horse Comics: David Scroggy

Writer on pop culture for Forbes and ICv2, communications educator, and author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: Rob Salkowitz

Cartoonist, animator and creator of the ever-popular Oddball Comics show: Scott Shaw!

Fan-favorite inker of Jack Kirby and Russ Manning, Disney designer: Mike Royer

Eisner-winning comics writer (Groo), prolific writer for television and animation, and author of the authoritative, Eisner-winning Jack Kirby: King of Comics: Mark Evanier

Emmy-nominated puppeteer for film and television, character developer for animated shows and toys, and former assistant to Jack Kirby: Steve Sherman

Multi-talented artist, designer, and writer for comics, films, books, museum prehistoric-life murals, Disney and Universal theme-park attractions, and much more: William Stout

Creators of steampunk favorites Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel and Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, Heartbreakers comics, and the forthcoming Aztec Empire graphic novel: Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan

Underground comix and women’s comics pioneer, comics herstorian, award-winning graphic novelist, first woman to draw Wonder Woman for DC, and 2013 Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee: Trina Robbins

Comic artist for Marvel, DC (including many for Vertigo), and five-time Eisner winner for Fables: Steve Leialoha

Science-Fiction Guests:

  • Award-winning author of fact-based science-fiction (and some great fantasy too): Greg Bear
  • Futurist, award-winning author of hard science fiction and fantasy: David Brin

International Guests:

  • Creator of Gamacon, which produces popular-arts conventions in Mexico as well as educational, networking, and promotional opportunities for Mexican popular-arts students, professionals, and businesses: Hugo A. Castro
  • From Chihuahua City, Mexico, art director for Chihuahua-based video-game developer Lienzo: Daniel Gutierrez
  • From Chihuahua City, Mexico, concept artist for Chihuahua-based video-game developer Lienzo: Adriano Hernandez
  • From Mexico City, comic artist, writer,editor and popularizer of manga style in Mexico: Gaby Maya
  • From Mexico City, cartoonist: Juanele

Political Cartoonists:

  • Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune: Steve Breen
  • Award winning and frequently anthologized political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Sentinel: David G. Brown

Storyboard artist, creator of Age of Reptiles graphic novels for Dark Horse: Ricardo Delgado

She runs the Eisner Awards, started Comic-Con’s Artists’ Alley, and is editor and co-publisher of Exhibit A Press: Jackie Estrada

Creator of the humor/horror comic series Supernatural Law (aka Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre), writer for Archie and Bongo Comics, and creator of The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse series for David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly: Batton Lash

Storyboard artist, book illustrator, comics artist, writer, and monster historian: Pete Von Sholly

Designer, author, instructor, photographer, and contributing editor to Print, the graphic design magazine: Michael Dooley

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award and Ink Pot Award winning comics creator and muralist, founder of literacy-promoting Cartoonists across America & the World, and publisher of Uncle Jam magazine: Phil Yeh