Following quickly on the announcement of the dates for this year’s Malta Comic Con, organisers Wicked Comics have unveiled the official poster for the event and their first guests, who include 2000AD artist Tom Foster and Southern Nightgown artist Collette Turner.
The poster for the event, running 3rd – 4th December 2016, is the work of previous MCC con guest artist Manos Kotsifakis with lettering and design work by Kenneth Micallef.
Heading to Malta for this year’s convention in its new venue at the south end of the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali will be Tom Foster (Judge Dredd), David Hitchcock (Springheeled Jack), Collette Turner (Southern Nightgown) and Roger Langridge (Doctor Who, Thor: The Mighty Avenger).
But these are just the first guests to be announced for the eighth edition of the Malta Comic Con – expect many more!
“I’m delighted to be a guest at the Malta Comic Con, about which I’ve heard so many good things over the years, and am greatly looking forward to spending some time in such a beautiful part of the world!” enthuses Roger Langridge.
Meet The Guests
Edinburgh-based Tom Foster is a relatively new face in the comics world, best known for his work for 2000AD. He did his first work for the publisher after winning their 2013 Portfolio Competition and has since gone on to work on number of their most iconic characters, including Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter and Bill Savage, as well as co-creating the series “Storm Warning” for Judge Dredd Megazine.
He’s also a regular contributor to Imagine FX, having produced a number of tutorial articles, videos and an extensive workshop on his process.
David Hitchcock is the writer/artist of his gothic-styled Spirit of the Highwayman, Whitechapel Freak and the Eagle Award winning Springheeled Jack, amongst many other self-published tales. He has also worked with writers Leah Moore and John Reppion, on various short stories for Accent UK comics.
Other projects include Gothic, a collection of his short stories. 2010-2012 he illustrated the two-volume graphic novel Madam Samurai, with screenwriter Gary Young, whose credits include the film Harry Brown starring Michael Caine. Both books toured Cannes Film Festival.
David Lloyd’s digital magazine Aces Weekly has featured two stories by David: “Paradise Mechanism” in Volume One (plotted by his wife, Kerry) and “Hunter’s Moon” (a return to his ghostly highwayman character).
David has also worked with comics legend Pat Mills on tales for 2000AD and Above the Dreamless Dead – a World War One trench poem anthology. He has recently completed the artwork for an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic ghost story The Signal Man, adapted for comics by Jason Cobley. David and his wife live in a crumbling gothic building hidden in the woods.
Collette Turner is a British-born artist. Following graduation she moved to Northern Canada, where she took up wildlife art, but soon found herself gravitating towards sequential art and storytelling.
She’s quickly building ground in comics, working on her personal project Badassical, the Rothic books Southern Nightgown and REM-8, and a number of other comics as a cover/guest artist. She’s also very active in the collectible art card community, working with Upper Deck, Perna and other companies.
Currently, she can be found living and working in Atlantic Canada.
Collette will be promoting the first issue of her new project Badassical during the Malta Comic Con 2016. Amongst other things she’ll also be promoting Southern Nightgown #5.
Roger Langridge is a New Zealand-born comic book writer and cartoonist currently living in the UK. He is probably best known for his work on Marvel’s Thor: The Mighty Avenger (with Chris Samnee); his web strip and self-published series Fred the Clown; Boom! Studios’ The Muppet Show Comic Book; Jim Henson’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow; and his Eisner-winning series, Snarked!, an original adventure inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll.
He has also worked on The Rocketeer, Doctor Who, Popeye, Mandrake the Magician, John Carter of Mars, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and various other things. His most recent works are the all-ages graphic novels The Baker Street Peculiars (with Andy Hirsch) and Abigail and the Snowman (both for Boom! Studios), and a return to his signature character, Fred the Clown, with a new book, The Iron Duchess which he’ll be promoting during the Malta Comic Con.
“Foster, Hitchcock, Turner and Langridge have all been making big waves in the industry and we’re proud to welcome them to our Island and offer the Maltese community the chance to catch up and learn from them” said Chris Le Galle co-founder of Wicked Comics.
As customary, Wicked Comics have designed 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. Wicked Comics can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org