Malta Comic Con returns in December

Maltese comic artist Daniela “Iella” Attard and Malta Comic Con regular Sean Azzopardi at London Super Comic Con 2017
Maltese comic artist Daniela “Iella” Attard and Malta Comic Con regular Sean Azzopardi at London Super Comic Con 2017

Malta Comic Con – one of the friendliest comic conventions it’s ever been my pleasure to attend – is back in December, the ninth edition to be held on Saturday 2nd (10am-6pm) and Sunday 3rd December (11am-7pm) 2017 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

The Malta Comic Con 2017 dates were officially announced during the London Super Comic Con 2017 where, for the third successive year, organisers Wicked Comics held a stand promoting both the show and the Maltese comic scene. The stand was hosted by Wicked Comics’ Christopher Muscat and featured Maltese professional creator Daniela “Iella” Attard as well as British creator and regular Malta Comic Con guest Sean Azzopardi.

The Malta Comic Con and the comics scene it continuously promotes is highly regarded by the British comics community thanks to the positive reviews circulated by previous Malta Comic Con guests.

A Maltese comic creator at Malta Comic Con last year
A Maltese comic creator at Malta Comic Con last year

Renowned for its good vibes and friendly atmosphere, Malta Comic Con is a family oriented event that celebrates all pop culture and is best experienced over its two days. The intimate and friendly atmosphere prevalent at the Malta Comic Con ensures that visitors can spend quality time with their favourite creators who are always happy to chat, sign, sketch and create commissioned artwork for their fans.

Once again, Wicked Comics is promising a varied guest roster of professional writers and artists who have worked on a number of popular characters for all the major comic publishers as well as others who have been publishing quality independent books. With virtually no queueing the Malta Comic Con provides the ideal platform for fan-creator interaction. Complementing our guests will be a number of up and coming creators from abroad as well as a plethora of talented local creators.

Malta Comic Con 2015: Tim Perkins
Tim Perkins at the 2015 Malta Comic Con. Photo: John Freeman
I was delighted to meet Malta's Culture Minister Owen Bonnici at Malta Comic Con. It's great to see government support for comics like this. Photo: Christopher Muscat
I was delighted to meet Malta’s Culture Minister Owen Bonnici at Malta Comic Con in 2015. It’s great to see government support for comics like this. Photo © Christopher Muscat

The official Malta Comic Con Cosplay competition and the Fat Spidey Roaming Cosplay Awards will be returning. Following feedback gained from cosplayers, Wicked Comics are currently working on various cosplay initiatives to ensure that this popular component of the Malta Comic Con can be represented better than it has ever been before. In addition to the various skits performed by our fabulous cosplayers, Marianne Galea and her Fantasy Showgirls will also be performing themed dance routines. Professional photographers will be available on both days for everyone in attendance who wishes to have some quality pictures taken.

Cosplay fun at last year's Malta Comic Con (2015)
Cosplay fun at last year’s Malta Comic Con

This year the video game area will be the biggest it has ever been and will be buzzing with activity ranging from retro to current gaming and the fan favourite competitions will also be returning to determine the best gamers in Malta. On this front, Wicked Comics are collaborating with the England based gaming community of MonHun Offline and local communities Nintendo Gamers Malta and Sandbox Dudes.

This year will also see an increase in tabletop gaming. Along with a number of gaming clubs and exciting game developers, the popular war gaming organisation W.A.R.S will also be present running a variety of introductory table-top and role playing games. So both hardcore gamers and beginners can join the fun.

Fans can also look forward to much more exciting and interactive activities such as quizzes, sketch challenges, workshops, informative and entertaining talks, Q&As and discussion panels featuring a number of professional guests and moderated by leading pop culture journalists!

Some of the event’s guests’ majestic artwork will also be exhibited during the show and to round things off nicely one of the Islands most popular comics retailer Pandora’s Box Collectibles will be joining a number of other retailers in offering an assortment of comic related memorabilia. In other words there will be something fun for everyone!

This genuinely is a terrific event, and as I’ve said before, what’s not to like about a convention somewhere warm as winter approaches?

Great Travel Packages on offer for Creators and Fans

Malta Comic Con 2017 Packages

Wicked Comics has also announced that table bookings for retailers/exhibitors, local artists and ancillary creators/organisations (all creators/ organisations which do not exhibit/sell comics, illustrations and books including gaming and hobbyist clubs) are now open.

All the relevant details such as prices and terms of conditions can be found on the application form available from the Malta Comic Con website. Interested parties are kindly requested to download the respective application form here on the official web site: fill it in and send it to Wicked Comics on (info@maltacomic-con.com).

Wicked Comics would also like to invite parties interested in hosting and delivering an event such as talks, workshops, discussion panels and exhibitions during the Malta Comic Con 2017 to send a proposal on (info@maltacomic-con.com). Except for exhibitions (which will be on display for the duration of the show) all other events should not exceed 50 minutes.

Proposals submitted to Wicked Comics must clearly include the following information:

  • Type of Event – Talk, Workshop, Discussion Panel, Exhibition, Other (needs to be specified)
  • Preferred Date and Time to host the event (Allocation of Date and Time subject to availability).
  • Official Title of the Event
  • Official Description of the Event
  • Details of Speakers/Moderations/Hosts (including biography and photos)
  • Promotional Images: (including any E-Flyers, Logos and photos of past events).

Malta Comic Con LogoWicked Comics are also offering a number of travelling and accommodation packages for foreign creators and fans who wish to join the Malta Comic Convention. Details can be found on the Malta Comic Con website through the following links for Creators here and Fans here. Interested parties are kindly requested to send an email to Wicked Comics on (info@maltacomic-con.com).

All tables and event slots are limited and will be allocated on first come, first served basis so those interested are encouraged to book early to ensure participation.

• For more about Malta Comic Con visit: www.maltacomic-con.com  | Find Malta Comic Con on Facebook | Follow Malta Comic Con on Twitter @maltacomiccon

 

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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