MALTA COMIC CON 2015 IS MOVING TO THE VALLETTA WATERFRONT!

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Malta Comic Con 2015Wicked Comics would like to announce that this year's Malta Comic Con, which will be held on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of December, 2015, will take place at the Magazino Hall and Old Power House at the Valletta Waterfront, instead of Saint James Cavalier where it was previously held for the past 6 years. Wicked Comics would also like to take this opportunity to thank the past and present Chairman, all the past and present Board members, as well as the past and present staff at St. James Cavalier, for their continued support and assistance. Special thanks go to former Artistic Director, Chris Gatt.





Malta Comic Con Poster 2015St. James Cavalier and its entire staff will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we look forward to organizing future events there. The decision to re-locate the Malta Comic Convention was not an easy one but we felt in order to accommodate the demand and continue to grow further a bigger venue was necessary” said Chris Le Galle, co-founder of Wicked Comics.

Wicked Comics are incredibly excited to be hosting the seventh edition of the Malta Comic Con at the Magazino Hall and Old Power House. Situated just below the Valletta Bastions and adjacent to the Valletta Waterfront, the Magazino Hall and the interconnected Old Power House are as versatile as they are rich in history. The Magazino Hall was built in 1727 as part of the original building where vats stored oil for street lamps. In the middle of the 19th century gas lamps were introduced in the harbour area and the building was incorporated within the island’s first power house. The Old Power House was originally constructed in the 1700’s when the Knights Hospitallers were working on the Floriana fortifications, until it was transformed and operated as Malta’s first electricity production plant. The building is a fascinating layering of spaces and reflects the checkered history of the Grand Harbour over the centuries. The rustic structure with high ceiling and architectural features of the building, display an interesting contrast between old and new.




Malta Comic Con Poster 2015The increased floor space allows for more exhibitors to take part in Malta’s most anticipated pop culture event. Wicked Comics are also proud to announce that the events programme of this year’s Malta Comic Con will be bigger than ever before and contains a lot of new, fun, interactive activities.

The versatility of the venue and increased floor space inspires us to be even more creative at the Con than in previous years”, said Wicked Comics President, Fabio Agius.

The organizers of the Malta Comic Con wish to thank Christian Saliba and the rest of the crew that curates the Magazino Hall and Old Power House, Johan Galea from the Malta Council for Culture and Arts, Architect Claude Mallia, and Angele Abela from the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government without whose help the relocation would not have been possible. 

"The Malta Comic Con is one of the most well organized and friendly convention I have been to in over 9 years of comic cons around Europe..." said Jenika Ioffreda, a guest creator at the 2014 Malta Comic Con. "It was such a pleasant surprise and I'll definitely take part again and again".

So Who Have We Got Coming To The Con So Far?

Jon Haward
Jon Haward
Over the years Jon Haward has worked on many icons such as Spiderman, Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Macbeth, Warhammer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shinobi, and Mutant Chronicles amongst others. During the past two years Jon has been passing his knowledge to the next generation of artists by mentoring students in colleges and universities as well as providing home tutoring. He also co-created and is currently working on new material for the critically acclaimed Tales of the Buddha before he got Enlightened, which consists of adult humor strips collected and published in trade paperback format by Canadian publisher Renegade Arts Entertainment.
Simon began working in comics in the early 90's, mainly for the always wonderful 2000 AD. Among the many characters that he has drawn for them, he is probably best known for his work on Sinister Dexter with Dan Abnett, Stone Island, and Ampney Crucis Investigates with Ian Edginton, and Black Siddha and Slaine with Pat Mills. 

He is currently knee-deep in blood, iron and paint completing 'Psychopomp', the third installment of Slaine: The Brutania Chronicles
A self-taught artist Sabine grew up all over the world. She began her professional career in comics with Rothic as colourist for Ancient Dreams, and has since worked on all Rothic products. Theory of Magic is a world of fairies which she pencils, colours and co-designs. Since her launch with Rothic in 2011 she has worked with Blue Rainbow, Aspen; Zenescope; Lady Death Universe; and Lady Mechanika

John FreemanAmongst other things at the Malta Comic Con 2015, Sabine Rich will be promoting her latest book “Sirens of Art”, a 48 pages of full colour A4 sized art book featuring a collection of her best work ranging from covers, commissions, and personal creations illustrated in an assortment of pencils, watercolours, copics and digital mediums.

John Freeman is a writer, editor, and creative consultant based in Lancaster, England. By day, he is currently editor for ROK Comics, part of ROK Global, currently publishing a number of audio comics for mobile devices (Apple and Android) including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story, the latter drawn by Arthur Ranson and first published in the British weekly Look-In in the 1980s.

By night, he is editor of downthetubes.net, a web site devoted to British Comics news and features web site that began back in 1999. He also works as a specialist PR advisor and copywriter for organisations such as the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th to the 18th of October, 2015) and Lancaster Comics Day (Sunday 5th of June, 2016).

He is currently writing the online SF adventure strip "Crucible" and working as creative consultant on the new Dan Dare audio drama series in pre-production from B7 Media, as well as scripting new adventures for a famous British national newspaper strip comic character that should launch in October or November 2015.

Tim Perkins
Tim Perkins
Tim Perkins is a UK based award winning comic illustrator, writer, and now graphic novelist, who has worked for over 30 years on comics as diverse as Dark Dominion, Transformers, Thundercats, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, Dreamstone, Earthworm Jim, and Hot Wheels, for such illustrious giants as Marvel, DC, 2000AD, Defiant, and Tekno, amongst a great many others. 

He also works as a concept artist, designer, and writer in the worlds of themed rides and attractions and animation, as well as lecturing about comics, storytelling, and creativity. He is also founder and lecturer on the Fantasy Art Unlimited art course and is company director of Wizards Keep Publishing, the publishing imprint of Wizards Keep Limited.

Artwork from his second volume will be on show at this year's convention along with the hard backed copies of the first volume, the Worlds End Colouring & Storybook and Volume 2 Ashcan, containing some surprises for Maltese fans for sale. This year Tim is launching his Retro-Collection of The Dinoswords, collecting the 12 issues previously printed in the UK, 1990’s anthology comic, Triffik, and now including additional material such as previously unpublished issues.

Boo Cook
Boo Cook is known for working on 2000AD characters such as Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson Psi, ABC Warriors, Harry Kipling, Asylum, and currently Blunt for the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is also known for working on Elephantmen, Doctor Who, and various Marvel covers. Aside from his work in comics Boo also plays the drums in experimental synth band Motherbox.

Mike Krome is a freelance artist from the UK who has worked on projects varying from children’s books, to magazines, book covers, and computer games. He now specializes in comics, penciling series such as Ancient Dreams, Southern Nightgown, Shahrazad, and sci-fi series Crysallis, as well as being a cover artist for Aspen, Zenescope, Big Dog Inc., Rothic, and BlueRainbow.

Heba Rena Yassin is a 22 year old creator from Limassol, Cyprus. She graduated First Class in BA Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and is currently doing a Masters degree in Digital Art and Design at the University of Nicosia. As long as she can remember Heba has always had a passion for comics, books, anime, and manga. She purchased her first graphics tablet when she was 14 and has been creating her own stories and illustrations ever since. Experimenting in a variety of styles the majority of Heba’s current work is digitally created, and she finds her background in Fine Art enables her to apply techniques to her digital work. Her debut comic (which she will be presenting during Malta Comic Con 2015) is the manga styled Kokoro; an exciting tale of adventure, sympathy, and a powerful friendship that can make miracles happen!

Guillermo Ortego
Guillermo Ortego
Born and raised in Madrid and currently living in London, Guillermo has been inking comic books and illustrating books and magazines ever since he completed a degree in History in 2009.

On inking duties he has worked for American publishers like Marvel, DC, Valiant and Dynamite Entertainment. Throughout the years he has collaborated with renowned pencillers as Jim Cheung, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ardian Syaf, Mikel Janin, Paco Díaz and Robson Rocha, and on books like X-Factor, Avengers, Original Sin, Superman Unchained, Justice League Dark, Grayson, Earth Two: World's End and Batman Eternal.

On the illustration front he provided regular illustrations for Mediapunta Magazine, between 2008 and 2014, as well as producing a series of portraits for Everest’s official Real Madrid biography collection. You can also find Guillermo’s artwork on the anthology Nueve Preguntas, Dibbuks (2012) and on The Organ Grinder (2014) by Canadian publisher, 7th Wave Comics.

More recently, he has produced work for the Spanish sports newspaper, Marca, both on its paper and online editions, and El Mundo, illustrating covers for their weekly culture and entertainment magazine, Metropoli.

Dani
Dani was born in Athens, Greece, in 1992 and studied in the Athens School of Fine Arts. She has been making comics for quite a while now and over the years has participated in a number of exhibitions, competitions, and conventions. Dani is the creator and designer of "Tales from the Strips", a self-published series that won the People’s Choice Award at the Greek Comics Awards 2015. She loves her cats and travelling around the world! 

Pye Parr
Sean Azzopardi
Sean Azzopardi is a London-based cartoonist who has been making and self-publishing comics for thirteen years. During this time he attended a variety of comics related events, both locally and internationally. This year has seen him appear in France (Angouleme) and America (S.P.X) and he will also be appearing at the Malta Comic Con. He has also been involved with collectives and was a founding member of London Underground Comics, and is currently involved with The Crouch End Festival. He has also organised and curated CECAF, Crouch Ends first cartoon festival.

Sean has produced numerous mini comics and books for his Phatcomics imprint, including acclaimed titles such as Ed, Twelve Hour Shift, and Dark Matters. Away from self-published titles he is working on Necessary Monsters (First comics) and has drawn a backup strip for Indy smash Phonogram (Image). His work has also been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently in A Bit Of Undigested Potato and Over The Line.

Giulia Della CianaPye Parr
Simone “Pye” Parr spent over 13 years as the Graphic Designer for Rebellion, publishers of 2000 AD (the galaxy's greatest comic), and the genre novel imprints Solaris, Ravenstone, and Abaddon Books. He left 2000 AD this year to pursue a freelance career, which is as terrifying as it is exciting, and is currently working on Realm of the Damned, a new horror graphic novel written by Alec Worley, published by Werewolf Press.

Giulia Della Ciana was born in Rome on the 29th of April, 1993, and is a manga creator who often works under the pseudonym “Myu”. Her passion for manga originated at a young age, and by the time she was 10 years old she started drawing and experimenting using a self-taught approach. Encouraged by her progress she then took a figure drawing course and later enrolled for a course at the “Manga Campus” where she learned the basic rules and techniques for creating manga comics using professional tools. Her first work was a web comic called “Lovely My”, which ran from 2008 to 2011. She followed this by collaborating with Claudia Grillea on “Cursed Moon”, which was published in the managa fanzine “Hyoutan”. She is currently working on the third volume of “Butterfly Effect” for Manga Senpai of which two volumes have already been published both in digital and in print format.




Wicked Comics will be offering a number of packages for fans wishing to travel to the Malta Comic Con from abroad, which include heavily discounted accommodation rates and local transport from hotel to convention centre. Similarly Wicked Comics have a number of packages tailored for foreign creators who wish to exhibit at the Malta Comic Con including heavily discounted tables.