As the excitement leading to the seventh edition of the Malta Comic Con in December continues to build Wicked Comics have announced that internationally renowned creators Guillermo Ortego (Avengers), Sean Azzopardi (Necessary Monsters), and Simon “Pye” Parr (Judge Dredd Megazine) as well as the acclaimed independent creators Dani (Tales from the Strips) and Giulia della Ciana (Butterfly Effect) will be joining Jon Haward, Simon Davis, Sabine Rich, John Freeman, Tim Perkins, Boo Cook, Mike Krome and Heba Rena Yassin as guests.
Malta Comic Con 2015 will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2015 at the Magazino Hall/Old Power House, Valetta Waterfront.
“Ortego and Azzopardi have been a part of our family for quite some time now,” commented Chris Le Galle, co-founder of Wicked Comics. “Their exceptional talent aside they’re amongst the finest people I know. The fans love them and so do we so we can’t really imagine a Malta Comic Con without them.
“We’re also excited and pleased to welcome Parr, Dani and Della Ciana whose distinctive and impressive styles will surely make them a hit during this year Malta Comic Con.”
“After three years as a regular guest of Malta Comic Con, a new bigger and better venue makes everything more exciting” commented Guillermo Ortego, while Dani expressed her delight at being invited to the Malta Comic Con.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to being at MCC 2015 (and traveling to Malta in general) for my first time,” she enthuses. “I can’t wait to see you all there… Remember remember, the 5th, 6th of December!”
Her sentiment is shared by Giula Della Ciana. “I’m very excited!” she says. “I have never attended a convention outside my country, Italy. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity!”
Born and raised in Madrid and currently living in London, Guillermo has been inking comic books and illustrating books and magazines ever since he completed a degree in History in 2009. On inking duties he has worked for American publishers like Marvel, DC, Valiant and Dynamite Entertainment, collaborating with renowned pencillers such as Jim Cheung, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ardian Syaf, Mikel Janin, Paco Díaz and Robson Rocha, working on books that include X-Factor, Avengers, Original Sin, Superman Unchained, Justice League Dark, Grayson, Earth Two: World’s End and Batman Eternal.
On the illustration front he provided regular illustrations for Mediapunta Magazine between 2008 and 2014, as well as producing a series of portraits for Everest’s official Real Madrid biography collection. You can also find Guillermo’s artwork on the anthology Nueve Preguntas, Dibbuks (2012) and on The Organ Grinder (2014) by Canadian publisher 7th Wave Comics.
More recently, he has produced work for the Spanish sports newspaper Marca, both on its paper and online editions, and El Mundo, illustrating covers for their weekly culture and entertainment magazine Metropoli.
Sean Azzopardi is a London-based cartoonist who has been making and self-publishing comics for 13 years. During this time he attended a variety of comics related events, both locally and internationally and this year alone has seen him appear in France (at Angouleme) and the United Staes (S.P.X) and he will also be appearing at the Malta Comic Con.
Sean has also been involved with collectives and was a founding member of London Underground Comics, and is currently involved with The Crouch End Festival. He has also organised and curated CECAF, Crouch Ends first cartoon festival.
Sean has produced numerous mini comics and books for his Phatcomics imprint, including acclaimed titles such as Ed, Twelve Hour Shift and Dark Matters. Away from self-published titles he is working on Necessary Monsters (First comics), which has just been released this week as a collection (see news story) and he’s currently working on Necessary Monsters Volume 3. He’s also drawn a backup strip for Phonogram.
His work has also been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently in A Bit Of Undigested Potato and Over The Line.
Simon “Pye” Parr spent over 13 years as the Graphic Designer for Rebellion – publishers of 2000AD, and the genre novel imprints Solaris, Ravenstone and Abaddon Books. He left 2000AD this year to pursue a freelance career, which he says is as terrifying as it is exciting, and is currently working on Realm of the Damned, a new horror graphic novel written by Alec Worley, published by Werewolf Press.
If you’re interested in graphic design and the work that goes into designing book covers and other matter, then I do recommend bookmarking his web site where he publishes his work and talks about the process of its creation, working with different clients and creators.
Dani was born in Athens, Greece in 1992 and studied in Athens School of Fine Arts. She has been making comics for quite a while now and over the years has participated in a number of exhibitions, competitions and conventions.
Dani is the creator and designer of Tales from the Strips, a self-published series that won the People’s Choice Award at the Greek Comics Awards 2015.
She loves her cats and travelling around the world!
Giula Della Ciana
Giulia Della Ciana was born in Rome on the 29th April 1993 and is a manga creator who often works under the pseudonym “Myu”. Her passion for manga began at a young age, and by the time she was ten she started drawing and experimenting using a self-taught approach. Encouraged by her progress she took a figure drawing course and later enrolled for a course at the “Manga Campus” where she learned the basic rules and techniques for creating manga comics using professional tools.
Her first work was a web comic called Lovely My which ran from 2008-2011. She followed this by collaborating with Claudia Grillea on Cursed Moon, which was published in the managa fanzine Hyoutan.
She is currently working on the third volume of Butterfly Effect for Manga Senpai of which two volumes have already been published both in digital and in print format.
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
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