I love this event. The organisers are so friendly, the event reflects this. I have been to quite a few now, and the response from people has always been so positive. This year I had to leave on the Sunday, day job commitment prevent me from completing the event. Still i had a great time, I arrived a few days early and got my sight seeing in before the event.
Rather than list all the things that happened I just want to say a big thank you to the organisers for asking me back. We first met in Bristol 2008, when Malta Comic Con was just an idea. Chris LG, Chris M, Fabio talked about it, sounded good to me.
Now 6 years on they have an established convention, that attracts an international cast of exhibitors, audience, politicians, media etc.
Quite a scene.
I really needed a lift after recent conventions, a gradual slide can be read about in the previous Leeds TB post.
The commerce part of this years Malta was on par with the year as whole for me. But I was less troubled about this, and took time out to look around at the event, and to see what it meant for the local people as exhibitors and audience.
There was a lot more than just comics, reminding me again what a tiny sliver of nerd culture I occupy. ( Middle age black and white navel gazing self publishing, anyone ?). There was a games room, packed all weekend, Cosplay competitions massively subscribed, table top gaming, workshops films etc.
Basically, it wasn’t about me.
I like this thought.
Making comics, attending conventions has become a linear thought process for me. How well did I sell How far am I progressing. This weekend was so much fun, was reminded once again that wherever I travel cartoonist are a great bunch of people. The Malta crew are fans/creators and know what is needed to host a party. Friday was a meet and greet, wine canapés, introductions catching up with old friends. Saturday was Karaoke and late drinking. So many good conversations and laughs.
As I said earlier, this is a general overview of my trip to Malta, click around the interweb can read more about it.
Sunday was a real downer, knowing that I had to leave in the afternoon, that there was unfinished business. I was supposed to be on a panel, but I bailed out, a lame excuse about getting to the airport.
Like Leeds TB this felt like an event that was confident in it’s abilities. MCC is a brilliant event run by the lovely, amazing people. I thank you for looking after me and making me part of your experiences.
You’re the best :)
Here is a bunch of photos from my trip.