More exciting guests revealed for the 8th edition of the Malta Comic Con as Wicked Comics are proud to announce that creators Sean Azzopardi (Necessary Monsters), John Fleming (Badassical), Cliodhna (Strumpet) and Andreas Michaelides (Last Flight of the Swordbreaker) will be joining Tom Foster, David Hitchcock, Collette Turner, and Roger Langridge as guests for the Malta Comic Con which will be held on Saturday 3rd (10am-6pm) and Sunday 4th (11am-7pm) December 2016 at the south end of the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali (next to the Millennium Stand).
“I am really excited to be attending MCC 2016. It’s a brilliant, friendly convention run by an amazing group of people”, said Sean Azzopardi.
Sean Azzopardi is a London-based cartoonist who has attended a variety of comics related events, both locally and internationally. He 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 vol 3 of Necessary Monsters (First comics) and has been awarded an Arts Council grant for the arts. This will enable him to work on his first graphic novel; The voice of the hall.
John is a Canadian writer, educator and makeshift letterer. He’s written everything from novels to absurdist theatre, but comic books, that’s been exciting. In 2016 he joined with a strong international team to develop and begin publishing the independent comic series ‘Badassical’. While new to the industry he’s seeing positive development of his work and an awesome fan base on the rise. Along with artist Collette Turner, John will be promoting the first issue of his new project Badassical during the Malta Comic Con 2016.
Clíodhna is an animator, illustrator, and occasional Comic Book Tourist, with a first name that few people outside of Ireland can pronounce or spell. Her parents named her after a lifeboat on the Aran Islands where she was born for which she feels slightly jibbed as boats are usually named after people not the other way round.
She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her film credits include “The Secret of Kells” and “The 99 Unbound” and she has contributed to several comic book anthologies including War: The Human Cost, Ink+paper and The Whores of Mensa as well as editing the charity anthology ‘I’m sorry I can’t take your call right now but I’m off saving the world’
Words are the one true love of Andreas Michaelides – what they mean, the way they change, the stories they tell. Born in Greece in 1982, he has worked as a columnist, journalist and photographer; he has written detective stories and surreal tales, which have been published in various Greek anthologies and newspapers. For the past ten years, he has worked as a translator for Greek publishing houses, such as Alexandria, Polis and Metaichmio (having translated in Greek anything from popular science and history books, to Andy Lane’s Young Sherlock Holmes series, George R.R. Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, and Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea Trilogy among others). In 2010 he entered the world of oral storytelling, as well as writing fables for an adult audience. His first two solo books were published in 2016: Tales From the Anvil of Songs by Mamaya and Love in Fhtagn, the first novelette in The Addiction of Christian Ambrose series (Nightread imprint of Ars Nocturna and illustrated by Aris Lambos). His relationship with comic books has been as wacky as his personality: from 2003 to 2006 he put out a Greek fanzine called Mangaijin, in collaboration with artist John Dalkides. In 2005 he started writing articles about comics as a member of the Comicdom.gr team (the same team responsible for Comicdom Con Athens). In 2014 he started writing for comics per se: from 2014 to mid 2015 he co-created and wrote Botch! with artist Maria Kouloubaritsi – a gag comic and webcomic presenting the (mis)adventures of a group of gamers. Also in 2014, he began collaborating with artists Valia Kapadai and Pavlos Pavlidis, eventually forming the LarLarLar Comics collective. Together they have put out a number of projects in a range of genres, such as mythology (Nekyia, Mythlegendry), science fiction (Last Flight of the Swordbreaker), adult parody (Tit Quest of Unknown Cuntath) and recently, historical fantasy (Iasis). He is also a founding member of the Greek Club of Crime Writers, as well as the Storytelling Cooperative, “Mythologion”. He is currently involved in a number of projects, from translation, to writing – both for comics and not –, to storytelling performances, mystery games and educational workshops which combine literature with science.
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
More information on these packages can be found here:
More details can be found on the Malta Comic Con website:
http://www.maltacomic-con.com and all announcements can be followed on the Malta Comic Con Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Malta-Comic-Con-193667083985578/timeline