Malta-based Wicked Comics has unveiled the official Malta Comic Con 2015 poster by Jon Haward, Nigel Dobbyn and Kenneth Micallef (who respectively illustrated, coloured and lettered the Star Wars themed art) – and have announced the first of this years guests, again drawing on the international comic creator community for their event.
The first guests to be announced are internationally renowned artist Jon Haward (Tales of the Buddha before he got Enlightened), painted artwork master Simon Davis (Sinister Dexter), leading contemporary artist Sabine Rich (Lady Mechanika) and prolific writer, editor and creative consultant John Freeman (Doctor Who, ROK Comics) as first guests for the seventh edition of the Malta Comic Con, which will be held on Saturday 5th (10am-6pm) and Sunday 6th (11.00am -7.00pm) December 2015 at the Magazino Hall/Old Power House, Valetta Waterfront.
When asked about being invited as a guest to the Malta Comic Con, John Freeman stated “I’m both delighted and honoured to have been asked to this year’s Malta Con. I know many of the past guests professionally and they’ve all raved about the event, the organisation and friendliness of attendees. Plus, I’m always interested in finding out more about comics and creators beyond Britain and this event provides a perfect opportunity to do that.”
This sentiment was shared by Sabine Rich who said “Glad to be invited to the Malta Comic Con. Looking forward to making your acquaintances.”
Meet The Guests
Over the years Jon Haward has worked on many icons such as Spider-Man, Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Macbeth, Warhammer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shinobi and Mutant Chronicles amongst others. For the past two years he has been passing his knowledge to the next generation of artists by mentoring students in colleges and universities as well as providing home tutoring. He also co-created and is currently working on new material for the critically acclaimed Tales of the Buddha before he got Enlightened written by Alan Grant, which consists of adult humour strips collected and published in trade paperback format by Canadian publisher Renegade Arts Entertainment.
Simon Davis began working in comics in the early 1990’s, mainly for the always wonderful 2000AD. Among the many characters that he has drawn for them, he is probably best known for his work on Sinister Dexter with Dan Abnett, Stone Island, and Ampney Crucis Investigates with Ian Edginton, and Black Siddha and Slaine with Pat Mills.
He is currently knee-deep in blood, iron and paint completing ‘Psychopomp’, the third instalment of Slaine: The Brutania Chronicles.
A self-taught artist Sabine Rich grew up all over the world. She began her professional career in comics with Rothic as colourist for Ancient Dreams, and has since worked on all Rothic products. Theory of Magic is a world of fairies which she pencils, colours and co-designs. Since her launch with Rothic in 2011 she has worked with Blue Rainbow, Aspen; Zenescope; Lady Death Universe; and Lady Mechanika.
Amongst other things at the Malta Comic Con 2015 Sabine Rich will be promoting her latest book “Sirens of Art” a 48 pages of full colour A4 sized art book featuring a collection of her best work ranging from covers, commissions and personal creations illustrated in an assortment of pencils, watercolours, copics and digital mediums.
John Freeman is a writer, editor and creative consultant based in Lancaster, England. By day, he is currently editor for ROK Comics part of ROK Global, currently, publishing a number of audio comics for mobile devices (Apple and Android) including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story, the latter drawn by Arthur Ranson and first published in the British weekly Look-In in the 1980s.
By night, he is editor of downthetubes.net, a web site devoted to British Comics news and features web site that began back in 1999. He also works as a specialist PR advisor and copywriter for organisations such as the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th-18th October 2015!) and Lancaster Comics Day (Sunday 5th June 2016).
He is currently writing the online SF adventure strip Crucible, co-created with former 2000AD artist Smuzz (SMS) and working as creative consultant on the new Dan Dare audio drama series in pre-production from B7 Media.
“Besides being an incredibly talented artist Jon Haward is also an amazing person, and we feel privileged that he not only accepted our invitation to return to our convention but also magnificently designed our poster” said Chris Le Galle co-founder of Wicked Comics.
Jon Haward responded by stating “I’m looking forward to the Malta Comic Con one of the best conventions I attend, great crew and great fans!”
Wicked Comics’ President Fabio Agius concluded with “We’re also excited to welcome Davis, Rich and Freeman and cannot help but feel proud that they’re bringing their unique and distinctive talents to our show.”
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