Malta Comic Con gearing up for venue change ahead of 2015 edition

Annual showcase of local and international comic book creators moves from St James Cavalier to Magazino Hall for its seventh edition on December 5 and 6

Staff Reporter
2 October 2015, 7:26pm
Wicked Comics would like to announce that this year’s Malta Comic Con, which will be held on December 5 and 6, will take place at the Magazino Hall/Old Power House at the Valletta Waterfront, instead of St James Cavalier where it was previously held for the past six years.

While thanking the team behind St James Cavalier for their support throughout the years, Wicked Comics – organisers for Malta Comic Con – looked forward to the future, and promised a jam-packed edition for their seventh celebration of comic book art and culture.

“St James Cavalier and its entire staff will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we look forward to organising future events there. The decision to re-locate the Malta Comic Convention was not an easy one but we felt in order to accommodate the demand and continue to grow further a bigger venue was necessary,” Wicked Comics co-founder Chris Le Galle said.

Wicked Comics are excited to be hosting the seventh edition of the Malta Comic Con at the Magazino Hall and Old Power House.

The increased floor space allows for more exhibitors to take part in Malta’s most anticipated pop culture event. Wicked Comics are also proud to announce that the events programme of this year’s Malta Comic Con will be bigger than ever before and contains a lot of new, fun, interactive activities.

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Situated just below the Valletta Bastions and adjacent to the Valletta Waterfront, the Magazino Hall and the interconnected Old Power House are as versatile as they are rich in history. The Magazino Hall was built in 1727 as part of the original building where vats stored oil for street lamps. In the middle of the 19th century gas lamps were introduced in the harbour area and the building was incorporated within the island’s first powerhouse. The Old Power House was originally constructed in the 1700s when the Knights Hospitallers were working on the Floriana fortifications, until it was transformed and operated as Malta’s first electricity production plant.

“The versatility of the venue and increased floor space inspires us to be even more creative at the Con than in previous years,” Wicked Comics President Fabio Agius said.

The organisers of the Con took the opportunity to thank Christian Saliba and the rest of the crew that curates the Magazino Hall and Old Power House, Johan Galea from the Malta Council for Culture and Arts, Architect Claude Mallia, and Angele Abela from the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government, without whose help the relocation would not have been possible. 

“The Malta Comic Con is one of the most well-organised and friendly conventions I have been to in over nine years of comic cons around Europe,” Italian comic book creator Jenika Ioffreda, a guest creator at the 2014 Malta Comic Con, added.
“It was such a pleasant surprise, and I’ll definitely take part again and again,” she added.

Wicked Comics will be offering 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.

For more general information on the Malta Comic Con, log on to http://www.maltacomic-con.com, and to contact Wicked Comics, send an email to [email protected]