Valletta 2018 is supporting a special 10th anniversary edition of the Malta Comic Con, which takes place annually on the 3rd and 4th of November. This year, Malta’s popular comics convention is being hosted at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali.
Led by the voluntary organisation Wicked Comics, this convention devoted to promoting the culture and fandom of comics on the Maltese Islands has been active since 2009, when the first edition opened its doors to local enthusiasts and curious visitors. Since then, the convention has become somewhat of a local tradition that attracts visitors of all ages — from die-hard fans who visit year after year, to wide-eyed newcomers who are just discovering the world of comic books and pop culture for themselves.
In-keeping with the Valletta 2018 ethos, the Malta Comic Con combines a community-friendly atmosphere with a platform where local and foreign independent creators can network, exchange ideas and showcase their talent.
At this annual gathering, both local and international professionals and publishers are invited to Malta, where they can mingle with creatives from multiple fields. Over two days, creative professionals from the popular and independent comics scene present their work; diverse artists meet and sketch for their fans, take part in workshops and discussion panels and also perform portfolio reviews in order to offer aid and advice to budding local creators.
Besides the artists’ stalls, the convention has a wide array of other attractions to keep visitors busy. Over two days, the Malta Comic Con also hosts stalls run by local fan communities, independent businesses promoting wares that appeal to fans of all ages, exhibitions related to the culture of comics, movies and anime, video game fun stations and tournaments, a cosplay competition, table-top gaming and much more.
If you’re a fan of the Malta Comic Con don’t miss other events and activities on the Valletta 2018 calendar. In September, comics fans can look out for a new stage adaptation of the graphic novel ‘Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salty Sea’ by Hugo Pratt (20 & 22 September 2018, 8:30PM Teatru Manoel, Valletta). This contemporary production by Teatru Manoel Youth Opera is set on the eve of World War I and follows the adventures of the eponymous sea captain.
Corto Maltese ®1976 Cong SA, Switzerland. All rights reserved
You can also get crafty and creative with the Orfeo & Majnun Open Calls, which invite everyone to take part in workshops to build and animate animal puppets for an original theatrical piece that merges mythology, love, and loss. The project is also looking for music teachers who would like to teach their students musical pieces for the production. For more information about the open calls send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orfeo & Majnun c. Hugo Segers
Young and upcoming creatives can also explore initiatives that offer guidance in creative fields, such as theValletta Design Cluster, which is transforming the abandoned Old Abattoir site (Il-Biċċerija l-Antika) in Valletta into a hub for community and economic development, where young creatives can grow their ideas and receive guidance about design and its related industries.