Public talk by William Calleja and Mario Sciuto (WM Art Studio)

The M.A. in Film Studies offered through the University of Malta’s Faculty of Arts is proud to announce a public talk entitled ‘Comic Art and Storytelling: Tips and Tricks from the Comic-Book World’. The talk, organised in collaboration with Wicked Comics (the NGO behind the Malta Comic Con), will be delivered by two professional comic-book artists, William Calleja and Mario Sciuto, on Monday 10 December at the Dun Mikiel Xerri Lecture Centre, Room 119, Msida Campus, at 5.30pm, and will be open to the general public.

The talk is devised as a visual walkthrough during which William Calleja and Mario Sciuto will discuss and examine the process of turning a script into a comic book, by analysing for instance the initial sketches of a story, translating them into storyboards, assessing what visually can best convey the narrative to the reader, and – only after – finalising the production. This talk, which will be tackling visual storytelling from two illustrators’ perspective, is aimed at comic-book lovers, film students and scholars, and art enthusiasts in general. William Calleja and Mario Sciuto will be sharing their experience as full-time young professionals, by showing the tools of their trade, and by giving tips and tricks useful for both amateurs and all those aspiring to work in this field.

Always fond of comics and drawing, William Calleja (Malta, 1983), after graduating in Computer Engineering and a career in the computer industry, attended the three-year course of Palermo’s Scuola del Fumetto (i.e. school of comics).

After spending some time working in accountancy and marketing, Mario Damiano Sciuto (Catania, 1983) took the plunge and entirely devoted himself to comics and illustrations. He attended the school of comics in Palermo, and has collaborated with publishing houses such as Star Comics (Italy) and Petit à Petit (France).

Currently working on various projects, both William Calleja and Mario Sciuto contributed to the graphic novel ‘Il Ragazzo Invisibile – Seconda Generazione’ (Panini Comics, 2018), which draws its inspiration from the film by the Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores. William Calleja and Mario Sciuto direct the Malta-based WM Art Studio, coordinating a team of up-and-coming creative young talents.

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