Malta Comic Con 2018 - Laura Howell

Beano artist Laura Howell joins huge Malta Comic Con 2018 guest line-up

Malta Comic Con 2018 - Laura HowellWicked Comics have announced another wave of guests for Malta Comic Con 2018 next month, who work either with independent publishers or with renowned publishing houses from around the world, including the Beano‘s “Minnie the Minx” artist Laura Howell.

Minnie the Minx by Laura Howell
Minnie the Minx by Laura Howell

Laura should need no introduction to most downthetubes readers. In 2006, she became the first female artist to draw for the Beano, which she still contributes to every week, recently becoming the regular artist on “Minnie the Minx”. She has also worked on VIZ, The DFC, MAD magazine and popular media titles such as Angry Birds and Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa.

Her first Regular Show graphic novel, Wrasslesplosion, was published by BOOM Studios in 2017 and her second, The Meatening, earlier this year. Her own extremely silly comic strip and utterly brilliant The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan is available in book form from Soaring Penguin Press.

Regular Show art by Laura Howell
Regular Show art by Laura Howell

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Other international guests just announced for the hugely-popular event include Claudia Ianniciello, Iella, Massimo Rosi, Midori Harada and Niko Henrichon.

The Malta Comic Con is  also a platform for local talent, with Shaun McAlister, Samwel Borg, William Calleja, Tony Catania, Stefan Ciantar, Sabrina Mizzi, Roderick Pace, Ryan Zammit Pawley, Teodor Reljic, Vincianne Scerri, Violetta Toncheva and Victoria Melita Zammit also now announced as guests.

Phase 1 tickets that were launched earlier this month and were available for sale online and at various retailers around the Maltese isles were sold out within days, another great hit for the Malta Comic Con 2018. Phase 2 tickets are now available – details below.

The latest guests to be announced join an impressive line-up of comic creators for the 2018 event. Other British guests announced so far include Chris Achilleos, Sean Azzopardi, Boo Cook, Simon Davis, Gary Erskine, Martin Griffiths, Hal Laren, Jenika Ioffreda, Tim Perkins, Ian Richardson, John Royle, Ellen Stubbings, Titan Comics Chris Thompson, Lee Townsend and Dave Windett.

Malta Comic-Con Poster 2018The international guest list, which includes many talented Maltese creators, includes Kevin Attard, Katya Azzopardi, Kimberly Azzopardi, John Cascun, Sarah Cauchi, Martine Ciantar, Cliodhna, Kristina Cutajar, Dean Fenech, Matthew Theuma Fontebrera, Lea Gerard, Andrae Grech, Greta Holland, Ilias Kyriazis, Eric Leone, Peter Magro, Arina Mariunina, Mae McKinnon, Bernard Micallef, Christine Mizzi, Guillermo Ortego, Danielle Marie Pio, Valentin Secher, Yasmin Sheikh, Anya Shulyak, cosplayer Florencia Sofen, Inga Steinmetz, cosplayer Tasha, El Torres, Mario Torrisi, Dennis Yatras, Anthea Zammit, Ayrton Zammit, Rebecca Zammit and Lawrence Paul Zrinzo.

Malta Comic Con 2018 takes place on the 3rd – 4th November 2018, at the MFCC Ta’Qali. For full information, including guest biographies, tickets and details of discount creator packages visit www.maltacomic-con.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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