Malta Comic Con 2019 guests include Nigel Parkinson, Ian Richardson, Mark Stafford and Nigel Twumasi, Nikos Koutsis from Greece and Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez from Spain

Malta Comic Con announces ace ticket packages as more guests join line up

Malta Comic Con 2019 guests include Nigel Parkinson, Ian Richardson, Mark Stafford and Nigel Twumasi, Nikos Koutsis from Greece and Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez from Spain
Malta Comic Con 2019 guests include Nigel Parkinson, Ian Richardson, Mark Stafford and Nigel Twumasi, Nikos Koutsis from Greece and Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez from Spain

Malta Comic Con organisers Wicked Comics have announced a number of new British guests for this year’s event in November – and the launch of both super discounted Sonic Saver Tickets and the debut of a new admission offer for 2019, the Super Hero Pack Ticket.

Sonic Saver Tickets, available only from the event’s web site for a limited time only, cost 10 Euros for one day and 14 Euros for two day.

Taking place between Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November 2019, the latest guests to be announced are British creators Nigel Parkinson, Ian Richardson, Mark Stafford and Nigel Twumasi, plus Nikos Koutsis from Greece and Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez from Spain.

Nigel Parkinson’s many credits include the Beano’s “Dennis the Menace”, “Bash Street Kids”, “Bananaman”, “Roger the Dodger” and “Minnie the Minx” – and he’s drawn most other Beano and Dandy characters at some time or other.

Dennis and Gnasher by Nigel Parkinson © Beano Studios
Dennis and Gnasher by Nigel Parkinson © Beano Studios

Ian Richardson is a comic book penciller, inker and cover artist, best known for his work across several publishers, working on titles from 2000AD, Image Comics, Marvel UK/Panini, Dark Horse Comics and Zenescope Entertainment amongst others. He’s particularly known for his work on Noble Causes, “Sinister Dexter”, “Judge Dredd”, Halo, Grimm Fairy Tales, Evil Heroes and The Black Sable.

Ian is currently working for 2000AD on “Judge Dredd” and is the regular cover artist for Zenescope Entertainment across their Grimm Fairy Tales, Wonderland, Evil Heroes, Spirit Hunters, Black Sable, Peek-A-Boo, Crown of Kings titles and more.

Art by Ian Richardson
Art by Ian Richardson

Mark Stafford is a London-based cartoonist and illustrator, who after years of toiling in the small press salt mines, co-created the Dark Horse graphic novel Cherubs! with Bryan Talbot. Since then, he has made beer labels, theatre posters, graphics, record covers, and gallery show pieces, as well as a steady stream of self-penned strips for various anthologies.

A project in collaboration with the British Council/Arts Council Korea in Busan resulted in the short book Kangkangee Blues, launching in English at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival and available at Malta Comic Con. His fruitful partnership with writer David Hine has so far produced a version of Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” (for The Lovecraft Anthology Volume One), the BCA short-listed Victor Hugo adaptation The Man Who Laughs, and the folky “tale of rural unease” Lip Hook, all for publisher SelfMadeHero. Their creepy serial The Bad Bad Place is about to be collected into a hardcover by Soaring Penguin.

Mark's Stafford's comic Kangkangee Blues
Art from Mark’s Stafford’s comic Kangkangee Blues

Nigel Twumasi is the co-founder of Mayamada, a London-based manga brand featured in NEO Magazine, Mashable, Bleeding Cool and the BBC among others. They have exhibited at comic conventions across the UK, Europe, and the United States. They will be bringing their brand new manga, Hot Lunch Volume One, to Malta Comic Con for the first time, after being successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Nigel Twumasi
Nigel Twumasi – and comics!

Nikos Koutsis has been the artist on the Errand Boys mini-series (Image Comics), Mighty Man One-Shot (Image Comics) and Stretch Armstrong mini-series (IDW) and is the colourist on books such as Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon, Invincible, Image United, 50 Girls 50, Angry Birds, Transformers and much more. In addition, he teaches a Comics Workshop at Vacalo Art & Design College  and co-ordinates AthensCon.

Stretch Armstrong - art by Nikos Koutsis
Stretch Armstrong – art by Nikos Koutsis

Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez got his first non-wildlife job designing and colouring for “Sonic the Hedgehog” magazine and around the same time he started inking Daniel Branca’s Donald Duck stories. Following this, he started to ink and pencil on numerous projects for Disney and its various licensees across the world.

Besides working on his own characters and projects Ferran’s career includes work for many popular licenses which include Horseland (DIC), TMNT, Dora the Explorer, Umi Zoomi Team, Bubble Guppies and Butterbean Café (Nickelodeon), Angry Birds 2D/3D (Rovio/Kaiken), LEGO and LEGO Friends (LEGO), DC Superhero Girls (DC/Warner Bros) and Trolls (Dreamworks/Universal), amongst several others.

In addition to this, he has just started working for Star Wars (Disney/Lucas Arts) licensees.

The Penguin by Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez
The Penguin by Ferran Rodriguez Sanchez

Joining these international guests there are a number of local artists exhibiting: Naomi Montanro Delia, an aspiring character concept artist; Martine Ciantar, a freelance artist working on creating logos, character design, mascots and more.

Art by Naomi Montanro Delia
Art by Naomi Montanro Delia
Art by Martine Ciantar
Art by Martine Ciantar

Matthew Theuma Fontebrera will also join the Malta Comic Con for the third year, showcasing various works and a new upcoming artist at the event is is Negai Galea, an MCAST student and artist who has been a helper at the Comic Con for some years as well.

Art by Matthew Theuma Fontebrera
Art by Matthew Theuma Fontebrera
Art by Negai Galea
Art by Negai Galea

Also new is Marz Timms, a young artist who loves to work using traditional media, usually being black ink or watercolours.

Art by Marz Timms
Art by Marz Timms

Wicked Comics are offering another innovative admission offer for the Malta Comic Con hardcore fans – The Super Hero Pack Ticket, which includes admission for two days, a copy of Wicked Ghosts Stories, and a Malta Comic Con official T-Shirt (the Venom Edition) and Keychain. On top of all those goodies, for just €40 you get to skip the queue at the door. Bargain!

• The 11th edition of the Malta Comic Con 2019 is held on Saturday 2nd (10am-6pm) and Sunday 3rd (11am-7pm) November at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre Ta’ Qali | Website – www.maltacomic-con.com | Guests – www.maltacomic-con.com/guest-year/2019 | Exhibitors – www.maltacomic-con.com/exhibitor-year/2019

• Sonic Saver Tickets can be bought from the Malta Comic Con website on sale for a limited time only at www.maltacomic-con.com/tickets

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John Freeman

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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