Malta Comic Convention 2018. Postcard art by Dean Fenech

Malta Comic Con announced First Wave of guests for tenth anniversary celebrations in December

Malta Comic Convention 2018 - First WaveWicked Comics has announced its first guests for this year’s Malta Comic Convention in December – and the First Wave includes a number of British as well as international guests, plus some great up and coming talents from the Mediterranean island.

This year, Malta Comic Con will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary and it is supported by Valletta 2018. During this jam-packed weekend, various local artists will be joining the ranks with our foreign guests.

Heading to Malta Comic Con 2018 - Boo Cook
Heading to Malta Comic Con 2018 – Boo Cook

The 10th edition of the Malta Comic Con takes place at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, Ta Qali. and announced as part of the “First Wave” are Katya Azzopardi, Kimberley Azzopardi, Sean Azzopardi, Sarah Cauchi, John Cascun, Boo Cook, Simon Davis, Dean Fenech, Martin Griffiths, Hal Laren, Peter Magro, Arina Mariunina, John RoyleYasmin SheikhEl Torres, Mario Torrisi, Lee Townsend and Rebecca Zammit, plus top cosplayers Florencia Sofen and Tasha.

Some art by local artist and MCC guest Kimberly Azzopardi
Some art by local artist and MCC guest Kimberly Azzopardi

Some of the returning local artists also  include Joseph Bugeja, Audrienne Degiorgio, Steffi Venturi and Shawn CauchiKatya Azzopardi, Kimberly Azzopardi, Rebecca Zammit, Sarah Cauchi, John Cascun and Arina Mariunina are all emerging new names on the vibrant Malta comic scene.

Veteran British comic artist Martin Griffiths has been prised from his studio for this year's Malta Comic Con
Veteran British comic artist Martin Griffiths has been prised from his studio for this year’s Malta Comic Con
Maltese artist Rebecca Zammit
Maltese artist Rebecca Zammit

In the coming weeks, Wicked Comics will also announce some of their exciting panels and events that attendees can look forward to.

Having been to this event back in 2015 (sadly, I can’t make it this year which is a shame because the full line up is looking terrific!) I would definitely say that this is an event well worth a visit – and the added attraction of some winter sun is surely a bonus!

• Malta Comic Con are currently accepting Cosplay submissions via this link

• Malta Comic Con 2018 – Saturday 3rd November (10.00am – 6.00pm) and Sunday 4th December (11.00am – 7.00pm) 2018 at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), Ta Qali | Web: www.maltacomic-con.com

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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