Wicked Comics has just announced the final comic creators and comics industry professionals for the 2014 Malta Comic Con which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta.
Joining an already incredible line up are pop culture king Chris J. Thompson (The Orbiting Pod), illustrator and storyboard artist Gabriel Hardman (Secret Avengers), writer Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy), Maltese but London based actress Marama Corlett (Sinbad) and independent creators Paulina Vassileva and Manos Kotsifakis (Game Lost).
Gabriel Hardman is the co-writer and artist of Invisible Republic from Image Comics. He’s also co-written (with Corinna Bechko) and drawn Savage Hulk for Marvel Comics, Star Wars: Legacy for Dark Horse Comics, and Planet of the Apes for Boom! Studios. He has drawn Hulk, Secret Avengers and Agents of Atlas for Marvel as well as the OGN Heathentown for Image/Shadowline. He’s worked as a storyboard artist on movies such at Interstellar, Inception, Tropic Thunder and X2. More info at http://maltacomic-con.com/guest/103 and www.gabrielhardman.com – or follow Gabriel on Twitter @gabrielhardman
Corinna Bechko has been writing comics since her horror graphic novel Heathentown was published by Image/Shadowline in 2009. Since then she worked for Marvel, Boom! and Dark Horse, among others, on titles such as Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Legacy and Savage Hulk. She was recently short-listed for the Aeon Award for her prose short Sooterkin. She is a zoologist by training. More info at http://maltacomic-con.com/guest/96 and http://thefrogbag.blogspot.com or follow Corinna on Twitter @CorinnaBechko
Marama Corlett is a Maltese actress who began her career as a professional ballet dancer before focusing on her acting. Marama’s first role was in The Devil’s Double in 2010 directed by Lee Tamahori. She went on to perform in the West End 2011 production of The Children’s Hour‘ directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem), opposite Keira Knightley. Marama played Rina in the television drama Sinbad for Sky Atlantic and on SyFy in the US. Some of Marama’s most recent work is Guardians of the Galaxy playing the role of Pit Boss. She will also be appearing in feature films Desert Dancer alongside Freida Pinto and The Goob with BAFTA winner Sean Harris, out next year.
Other work includes the role of Betty Parris in The Old Vic theatre production of The Crucible alongside Lord of the Rings star Richard Armitage and will be seen playing SIA in The Dovekeepers on CBS 2015. More info at http://maltacomic-con.com/guest/104 and http://www.maramacorlett.com or follow Marama on Twitter @MaramaCorlett
Chris Thompson is an internationally-recognised comics retailer, journalist, podcaster and speaker who has attended and spoken at conventions across three continents. You can hear him on The Orbiting Pod & Pop Culture Hound podcasts; see his work at First Comics News, Bleeding Cool & various other sites; and follow him via Twitter @popculturehound. More info at http://maltacomic-con.com/guest/25 and www.popculturehound.com or follow Chris on Twitter @PopCultureHound
Paulina Vassileva is an illustrator of varied interests. While she holds a degree in Graphic design and Creative studies, when it comes to drawing, she is mostly self-taught. Her educational experience has led her to believe it is essential for artists to have a working knowledge of as many disciplines as possible as creative media feed off of each other.
At the moment she is working on a range of private commissions and unannounced projects. In the meantime, she is also exploring the world of sequential story-telling with two personal creator-owned projects of her own, due to come out early next year. While not much can be revealed about them yet, it can be said that they are on opposite ranges of the spectrum, visually and conceptually: one being targeted at children with a predominantly cartoony style and the other being targeted at adults and visually more expressive and experimental.
Paulina is excited to attend the Malta Comic Con for the first time and answer any questions about her creative pursuits. More info at http://maltacomic-con.com/guest/102 and www.pauscorpi.deviantart.com or follow Paulina on Twitter @pauscorpi
Manos Kotsifakis was born on Crete in Heraklion, Greece 1987. He has a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Honour) in Sketch –Comic-Cartoon from AKTO Art & Design College. The love for comics and cartoons began, watching too much cartoons, reading Asterix and playing video games. After finishing his studies in AKTO and completing his military service he worked for 2 years (2010-2012) in ‘’Parapolitika’’ newspaper as a political and sport cartoonist.
From 2010 onwards, Manos teamed with other comic artists in the Annual Greek Comic Convention in American-Hellenic Union to work on various Greek zines: Dark Side of a Shadow (2010), Crew of Awesome (2011), Crew of Awesome Land (2012) and Sir Com (2013).
Manos has also been working with “inStorium Games” as a character designer and concept artist for a mobile game, Cannon Penguins. His latest creation is the online web comic Game Lost, an adventure about a guy who’s been sucked by his video game console, which can be found on Facebook’s online magazine “Comic Book Bubble”. More info at http://maltacomic-con.com/guest/108 and http://supermanosbros.deviantart.com
Chris Le Galle co-founder of Wicked Comics is effusive about these last guests to join this year’s terrific line up of comic talent from across Europe and beyond.
“Having attended all the Malta Comic Conventions except for the first one, Chris Thompson is not simply considered as an esteemed guest we look forward to meeting each year but also a valuable component of the Malta Comic Con,” he says.
“In fact it was through his intervention and the cooperation of Julien Schantz and the rest of the crew behind the awesome Lille Comics Festival [which tales place 6th – 7th December this year] with whom we’re partnering this year that we’re able to welcome Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Beckho to our show,” he reveals. “Having worked on a number of popular titles such as Planet of the Apes and Savage Hulk this creative duo will surely strike a cord with the local comic fans.
“Furthermore, no self-respecting movie fan can afford to miss the chance to meet Gabriel Hardman who has worked extensively on blockbusters such as Inception, the Dark Knight Rises, Tropic Thunder and X2. And speaking of movies we’re delighted to welcome rising Maltese actress Marama Corelett home. Having had the pleasure to meet Marama, who has shared the stage with Keira Knightly at the London’s West End, appeared in Devil’s Double, the television drama Sinbad (both shot in Malta) and Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m sure her presence at the show, will help inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
“We’re also excited to welcome Paulina Vassileva and Manos Kotsifakis whose distinct style is sure to appeal to a lot fans. The presence of these fine folk as well as that of the other guests has us all enthusiastically looking forward to the Malta Comic Con 2014 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their participation and look forward to hosting them here.”
Other guests, previously announced are (links to official Twitter or official sites): Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Cliodhna, Dave Taylor, Christian Ward, John-Paul Kamath, Michael Dialynas, Lew Stringer, Daniela “Iella” Attard, Mario Alberti, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Richard Starkings, Tim Perkins, Sean Azzopardi, El Torres, Amigo Comics, Jenika Ioffreda, Stephanie Cooke, Gianluca Maconi, Mike Lawson, the School of Bitches, Marianne Galea, JL Mast, Dave Lung, Luciano Regazzoni, Grafimated Cartoon, Clint Langley, Tasos Anastasiades, Yannis Roumbulias and Manos Lagouvardos.
• For the full guest list, which includes profiles of each guest visit: www.maltacomic-con.com/guests
• I’ve created a Twitter list of all guests with an official Twitter presence here: https://twitter.com/johnfreeman_dtb/lists/malta-comic-con-2014 – so even if you don’t make the event, you get to see what they’re up to and wish you were there!
• The 2014 Malta Malta Comic Con which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday. Web: www.maltacomic-con.com or follow the convention on Twitter @MaltaComicCon
• 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. More Packages info: www.maltacomic-con.com/post/525/travelling-and-accommodation-packages-for-fans-m
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.