Malta Comic Con 2014 Poster We're proud to announce that internationally renowned creators Dave Taylor (Judge Dredd), and Christian Ward (The Infinite Vacation) as well as lauded writer/publisher John-Paul Kamath (London Horror Comic) will be joining Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Emma Beeby Gordon Rennie, Andrew Wildman, Mario Alberti, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Shaky Kane, Cliodhna, Lew Stringer, Daniela Attard, and Michael Dialynas as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.

"The Malta Comic Con is an amazing event - it's held in a spectacular setting, the crowd are so enthusiastic and friendly and engaging! There was a fabulous display of skill and creativity from foreign and local creators so lots for attendees to get their teeth into. I was incredibly well-looked after by the staff, who made such great effort to ensure that I had everything I needed and ensured I had a great time both at the convention itself and outside sight-seeing and sampling local cuisine! I can't recommend it enough ♥". (Sonia Leong, 2012).

Gabriel Hernandez Walta Magneto
Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Gabriel Hernandez Walta is a Spanish painter, illustrator and comic-book artist.

His first works in the comic books field were published by IDW Publishing, including the art in a CVO miniseries and in the Clive Barker's The Thief of Always adaptation.

Also with IDW Publishing, he took part in The Veil and The Suicide Forest, two creator-owned projects along with Spanish writer El Torres.

After doing the script and art of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, a comic book adaptation of a R.L.Stine book published by Scholastic, he started doing several works for Vertigo and Marvel.

He has been the regular artist on Astonishing X-Men and, right now, is the artist on the ongoing series Magneto. 

Gordon Rennie
Gordon Rennie lives in Edinburgh Scotland and is an award-winning comics and games writer who has worked for publishers and computer games companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Past work includes Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Star Wars, Call of Duty and Aliens vs Predator. He is the co-creator of Dept. of Monsterology and Robert Burns: Witch Hunter, both published by Renegade Entertainment, and writer on strips such as Aquila, Absalom and Jaegir for the UK’s 2000AD. Current work includes the second volume of Dept. of Monsterology, which is set partly on Malta.

Dave Taylor Judge DreddDave Taylor
Touring rock drummer turned comic book creator Dave Taylor has worked on many mainstream books with many highly respected writers including Batman with Matt Wagner, Alan Grant, Karl Kesel and Chip Kidd, Judge Dredd with John Wagner, Alan Grant, Robbie Morrison and Ian Edginton, Arzak with Jean Moebius Giraud and Prophet with Brandon Graham.

His Batman: Death by Design, with Chip Kidd, is a New York Times best seller...twice! Taylor has also contributed design work for computer games, TV and Film.

He is currently working on the first Doctor Who comic book to feature the new Doctor, Pater Capaldi, written by Robbie Morrison.

Christian Ward
Christian Ward is a London-based illustrator, comic artist and writer.

Alongside being the main cover artist on Dynamite's Dr Spektor with Mark Waid, he's also a regular cover artist at Marvel. Past comic-book projects include Image Comics' best seller The Infinite Vacation with Nick Spencer and Olympus with Nathan Edmondson. He's also worked with Matt Fraction on 'The Time Ben Fell In Love' a DHP Short and Kieron Gillen on Young Avengers. This April he was featured as part of the Guardian and British Library's Comic Unmasked project collaborating on a new comic with Margaret Atwood.

This November sees the release of ODY-C a new Image ongoing with Matt Fraction.

Creating comics for over 25 years, starting on Spider-Man and Transformers for Marvel UK, he has worked for Marvel, DC, 2000AD and a whole host of other publishers. In that time he’s written or drawn pretty much all the major characters for each company- Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash, Teen Titans, X-Men (where he introduced Gambit to the Marvel Universe), Captain Britain, Judge Dredd, Slaine, Rogue Trooper, Darkstars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and more. He currently draws a series of noir crime fiction graphic novels –Varg Veum- in Norse.

However he is best known as the penciller on the Panini Doctor Who Magazine comic strip since the TV show’s triumphant return, he had the longest uninterrupted run as artist on the strip, and pencilled the debut stories of each of the three new Doctors, Eccleston, Tennant and Smith. He still draws the flagship strip, alternating with Martin Geraghty. He illustrated two successful BBC original Doctor Who graphic novels, and has drawn for the US IDW Doctor Who comic book series.

He's also the creator of the first ever Welsh language graphic novel Mabinogi, a companion piece for the Cartwyn Cymru animated film of the Celtic myths.

The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (script Sean Michael Wilson) for Classical Comics was cited as one of the top ten graphic novels of 2010 by The Sunday Times.

Mike is also committed to using comics as an educational tool, running workshops in schools and libraries throughout Wales and was heavily involved in the Read A Million Words In Wales initiative.

He also provides storyboards for TV and films, including Doctor Who, Warhammer 40K, Igam Ogam, Claude, Hana’s Helpline and Horrid Henry.

Outside of comics he has provided graphics and/or storyboards for clients as diverse as the Daily Telegraph, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Lifebuoy and Colmans. He recently illustrated a music video for Agnetta and Gary Barlow.

John-Paul Kamath is best known as the writer and publisher of London Horror Comic. Since appearing on the scene in 2006, London Horror Comic has become the UK’s most critically acclaimed horror anthology, culminating in it winning “Best Horror Anthology” in the Horror News Network awards. The book which is currently in its 8th year of publication has drawn praise from within and outside the field of comics for its mix of comedy and humour drawing kudos from the likes of Garth Ennis, Comedian Stewart Lee and The Horror Channel in the UK.

Shaky Kane:
Shaky Kane emerged on the UK comic scene in the mid-80′s, drawing for such publications as The NME, Escape, Deadline, 2000 AD, Judge Dredd the Megazine and Revolver.

He is one of a group of artists who have grown out of late twentieth century pop culture influenced by Punk Rock, Comic Books, American Pop Culture and Late Night TV.

Often described as both hallucinatory and psychedelic, Kane’s work pushes at the limits of taste, dragging a scalpel down the veil of illusion making you see the world as it really is.

Shaky came to comics via the work of artist such as Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, Savage Pencil, Jack Kirby, Brett Ewins and Brendan McCarthy. He was influenced from a young age by the Punk Scene- Not just the music, but the distinctive flyer and poster art which advertised the shows.

His most recent work- The critically acclaimed The Bulletproof Coffin (Image Comics), a collaboration with UK based writer David Hine, has found the artist at the top of his game, and finally in full control of his artistic direction.

Cliodhna Animator
Clíodhna is an Animator, illustrator, and occasional Comic Book Tourist, with a first name that few people outside of Ireland can pronounce or spell. Her parents named her after a lifeboat on the Aran Islands where she was born for which she feels slightly jibbed as boats are usually named after people not the other way round.

She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her film credits include "The Secret of Kells" and "The

99 Unbound" and she has contributed to several comic book anthologies including War: The Human Cost, Ink+paper and The Whores of Mensa as well as editing the charity anthology 'I'm sorry I can't take your call right now but I'm off saving the world'
Michael Dialynas is an illustrator and comic artist who resides in the exotic land of Athens, Greece.

In his native tongue he has published a book by the name of Trinkets: An Attic full of Stories, he has also drawn some stories featuring sword-wielding women: one being Amala's Blade with Steve Horton at Dark Horse and the other being Spera with Josh Tierney and other artists at Archaia. He then took a spin with Superior Spider-man and friends of Marvel before starting a new ongoing series which he is currently working on with writer James Tynion IV called The Woods over at Boom! studios.

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Daniela “Iella” Attard
Lella is a caffeine dependant Malteser who is currently based in London. Working as a graphic designer and illustrator at Cartoon Network's European branch, Iella makes comics, video games, and illustrated goodies in her spare time. Her work in comics include various contributions to the popular Pilot Comic Anthologies which are annually published in Malta by Audrienne Degiorgio and Fleur Sciortino, as well as Iella’s comic interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Ugly Ducking. She is also working on a one-shot comic which is currently being kept under wraps but which will be available at the Malta Comic Con 2014.

Lew Stringer
Lew Stringer has been freelancing as an artist and writer in British humour comics for over 30 years. Working for top companies such as IPC, Marvel UK, Egmont, and DC Thomson he has created characters for various age groups such as Combat Colin, Tom Thug, Pete and his Pimple, Derek the Troll, Brickman, The Suburban Satanists, The Dark Newt and many more.

His artwork has appeared in The Beano, The Dandy, Buster, Viz, Doctor Who Magazine, Oink!, The Transformers, Toxic, Spider-Man, and numerous other publications. As a writer he has provided scripts for Sonic the Comic, CiTV Tellytots magazine, and Lego Adventures. 

Internationally, his work has appeared in Elephantmen (USA), Herman Hedning, and Nemi (Sweden and Norway).

Lew's current work includes Ivy the Terrible and Rasher for The Beano, Team Toxic for Toxic magazine, and The Daft Dimension for Doctor Who Magazine. In his spare time he writes about the history of British comics for his blog Blimey!

Emma Beeby Doctor Who
An award-nominated writer based in Scotland, Emma is best known as the first female comic-writer to pen Judge Dredd in its 36 year history. Emma has written several titles for 2000AD including Dredd, and two original series: Survival Geeks and The Alienist, which will be published later this year. Along with co-writer Gordon Rennie, Emma has written three Doctor Who audio adventures. Her first creator-owned graphic novel, also co-written with Rennie, Robbie Burns: Witch Hunter - a bawdy fantasy featuring Scotland’s most famous writer - is being published on the 26th November by Renegade Arts Entertainment, just in time for Malta Comic-Con!

Mario Alberti
Born in Trieste on May 7th 1965 Mario broke into the comic scene in 1991 by illustrating some episodes of the series Dipetimento ESP for the magazine Intrepido, and never looked back. He later joined the staff at Bonelli Editore working on titles of series such as Nathan Never and Legs Weaver. 

Mario Alberti SpidermanMario broke in the French market through publisher Les Humanoides Associes for which he co-wrote and illustrated Morgana which was later published in many other Countries and with writer Kurt Busiek created a new series Redhand.

Between 2006-2009 Mario worked on illustrating various comic covers including Federico Memola’s series Jonathan Steele published by Star Comics, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Doctor Fate and Shadowpact for DC Comics, Skrull Kill Krew for Marvel and Push for Wildstorm. During this time Mario also collaborated with acclaimed writer Christos Gage on the four issues limited series “X-Men and Spider-Man”. This was followed with more work for Marvel on titles such as “Amazing Spider-Man”, and “Spider Man and The Fantastic Four”.

In 2011 Mario collaborated with various creators on “Les Chroniques de Legion” published in France by Glenat. Two years later French publisher Delcourt released the first “Cutting Edge” book which Mario illustrated for writer Francesco Dimitri. Since then three more books have been released and the last volume is scheduled to be released in early 2015.