Gamers, manga lovers, anime fans and cosplayers are once again looking forward to the first week of December, when the annual Maltese Comic Con will be taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, on the 2nd and 3rd of the month.
The Malta Comic Con, a two-day event organized by Wicked Comics, has become a yearly staple after its inception in 2009. Wicked Comics, a Voluntary Organisation whose aim is that of promoting the comic culture, continues to evolve and improve this event year after year, inspiring both local artists, as well as others from diverse countries, to be part of it. This is a great opportunity for both new and more experienced artists to meet with each other, as well as with the growing public with an interest in popular culture and art. The event celebrates artistic design, writers, comic creators, publishers, books, movies, T.V series, video games, table top games, cosplaying, and anything related to the comic book culture.
Apart from a huge number of stalls, the two days of the Comic Con are also enriched with a number of workshops and discussion panels, not to mention exhibitions, movies, and live animators. A variety of consoles will also be available in appropriate sections, in order for gamers to compete against each other, as well as enter specifically scheduled tournaments. Cosplayers, who are encouraged to create their own costumes, can also enter specific competitions on both days.
This year, local stalls will include a stand belonging to Agenda, one of the leading bookshops on the island, which will provide material related to art and comics, not to mention stands pertaining to a huge number of talented local artists, such as Audrienne Degiorgio, Bernard Micallef, Dean Fenech and Joseph Bugeja, who are all long-standing veterans of this event. There will also be a number of stalls by many other new and up-coming artists. The Malta Comic Con will also be featuring a number of live acts, such as performances by Fantasy Showgirls and Ivan Mallia, magic performer and entertainer, specific food stalls, such as that hosted by ‘JapanEats’, as well as a number of gaming demonstrations, such as the one planned by Forbidden Power. Other related enterprizes, such as ‘Kawaii Shop’, a new crafts store, will be debuting at the Comic Con itself and using it as a launching pad for meeting new clientele.
There will also be a number of guests from abroad, who will be available for discussions and workshops, as well as foreign artists with their own stalls. These include world-renowned comics podcaster Chris Thompson, British comic book artist Chris Langley, Marvel graphic novelist David Hine, Time Bomb Comics penciller and cover artist David Morris, children’s book illustrator Ellen Stubbins, and many many others.
Early bird tickets for the Malta Comic Con are, unfortunately, already out of stock. 1 Day tickets are set at €12, while a block 2-day ticket costs €16. Comic Con t-shirts are also available at €10.
More information on tickets, featured guests, exhibitions, workshops, as well as specific events can be found at http://www.maltacomic-con.com/
If you are a retailer, exhibitor or artist interested in taking part in the Comic Con, or desire entry in one of the competitions, application forms can be downloaded from this link.