The Japan fever is still going on and strong in Malta and many are those who love reading manga. Thus this year we’ve more than doubled the dose of Manga Artists at the Malta Comic Con by hosting Chie Kutsuwada, Inko and Sonia Leong.

Chie Kutsuwada was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating Royal College of Art, now she lives and works in London as a professional manga artist. She also attends some manga-related events and runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around UK, such as British Libraries and Victoria and Albert Museum. She creates story as well as illustration by herself like King of a Miniature Garden (2007), her first manga and Moonlight (2008) which was shortlisted in Manga Jiman competition organised by UK Japan Embassy. She also works with story writers, such as ‘As You Like It’ (2008 SelfMadeHero, London) by Shakespeare and ‘Hagakure’ by T Yamamoto (adopted by Sean Michael Wilson, 2010 Kodansha, Tokyo)

For more information about Chie Kutsuwada please visit – http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guest/39/chie-kutsuwada and http://chitan-garden.blogspot.com/

Sonia Leong was a guest during the past edition of the Malta Comic Con. Many were her fans who met her, took photos and bought various mangas from her stand. This year Sonia will be presenting some of her latest works (such as Aya Takeo Vol 3) at the Malta Comic Con together with an ample choice of prints and merchandise featuring her exquisite character designs. Sonia Leong will also form part of the judging panel of the Malta Comic Con Cosplay competition.

For more information about Sonia Leong please visit: http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guest/21/sonia-leong and http://www.fyredrake.net/

Inko was born in Japan, and she grew up reading & drawing manga. After studied art at Kyoto University of Art and Design and Central Saint Martin’s college of Art and Design. She has been working as a Manga artist delivering manga workshops in schools, galleries, museums and libraries around UK. She also takes part in Art projects such as creating manga posters at Embankment station (Art on Underground), an animation work screened at ICA in London as collaboration works with a contemporary artist David Blandy. Her manga appears on War (Paper Tiger Comix) MangaQuake (FutureQuake Press), Howl! (Milk The Cat Comix), Spirit of Hope (The Comic Book Alliance) and more comic anthologies.

For more information about Inko, please visit: http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guest/38/inko or http://inko-redible.blogspot.com/

Joining the three ladies, we are also pleased to be hosting Richmond Clements who wrote the story Ketsueki in collaboration with Inko. Richmond Clements’ work is quite versatile and his stories have been illustrated by a wide range of artists. Recently his critically acclaimed Graphic Novel Turning Tiger, drawn by Alex Moore, which was published earlier this year by Renegade Arts Entertainment. He has created strips for Strip magazine, and also with artists Moore and Boyle, has worked in Barry Nugent’s Unseen Shadows universe (for which he is currently working on something Very Special Indeed!). In addition, Richmond co organises Hi-Ex! The Highland International Comic Expo, and is co-editor at FutureQuake Press, home of the highly respected FutureQuake and Something Wicked, as well as popular 2000AD fanzines Zarjaz and Dogbreath.

For more information about Richmond Clements please visit: http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guest/36/richmond-clements or http://richwriting.blogspot.com/?view=magazine

All those who want to meet these artists should visit the Malta Comic Con, which will be held on the 8th and 9th December at St. James Cavalier and will not only feature a variety of artists but also various workshops, talks, discussion panels and exhibitions related to the comics and manga culture from all over the world.

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