We are absolutely thrilled to announce the first wave of British guests to confirm for the new Margate Comic Art Festival starting with acclaimed artist Emma Vieceli.
From self-publishing to some of the biggest book publishers in the world, Emma loves telling stories with pictures. Her work includes: Doctor Who for Titan comics, the New York Times-bestselling Vampire Academy graphic novel series for Penguin Random House, Back to the Future for IDW, Avalon Chronicles for Oni Press and the critically acclaimed independent web series, BREAKS with co-creator Malin Ryden.
She is now working on the Alex Rider series for Walker books, The Adventures of Supergirl for DC comics, and provides guest art for titles like Marvel’s Young Avengers, IDW’s Jem & the holograms & Vertigo’s Dead Boy Detectives. Alongside comics, she worked on the A&E television series, Bates Motel, providing the sketchbook found by Norman Bates.
Next up to confirm is the incredibly talented artist on Dark Horse Comics’ brilliant Hellboy spin off BPRD, Laurence Campbell.
With a professional comics career spanning two decades, Laurence has worked for many of the biggest publishers and on some of the biggest titles including 2000ad here in the UK and The Punisher for Marvel over in the US.
He has also worked on other Marvel characters including Wolverine and Deadpool.
He is currently hitting new heights with his outstanding work on BPRD and we are absolutely thrilled to be welcome the artist to Margate to meet the fans.
Our third special guest to join this top talent fest of comic creators is the one and only Simon Furman.
Simon is a writer for TV animation, comic books and games, his name indelibly linked to Transformers, the 80s toy phenomenon (in 2012 Furman was inducted into Hasbro’s official Transformers Hall of Fame). Furman has written literally hundreds of stories of the war torn Robots in Disguise for all the major US & UK publishers – Marvel, IDW, Dreamwave and Titan — as well as Transformers manga for Japanese publisher Million Publishing. He is also the author of the bestselling book Transformers: The Ultimate Guide.
In the TV animation field, Furman is currently serving as head writer and showrunner on the hit Nicktoons & CITV show, Matt Hatter Chronicles.
He has also written for shows such as Beast Wars, Roswell Conspiracies, Dan Dare, X-Men: Evolution, Alien Racers and A.T.O.M. A new series with Platinum Films is currently in development.
In the computer games world, Furman has worked extensively for Space Ape Games on titles such as Transformers: Earth Wars and the Fastlane: Road To Revenge.
With artist Geoff Senior, Furman is the co-creator of To The Death (www.to-the-death.com), an eighteen-part digital comic that combines hard-hitting sci-fi action and sharp-edged satire.
Furman is currently writing Titan’s Robotech comics and editing Transformers: The Definitive G1 Collection (an 80-volume partworks series collecting over 30 years’ worth of Transformers comics). His many other comic book credits include StarCraft, Transformers: Regeneration One, Alpha Flight, Death’s Head, Doctor Who, Dragon’s Claws, Robocop, She-Hulk, Terminator, Torchwood, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and What If?.
His other comic book credits include Doctor Who, Dragon’s Claws, Death’s Head, Alpha Flight, Turok, She-Hulk, Robocop and What If?
And last but certainly not least to be announced in our initial wave of UK guests is Local Margate artist Rufus Dayglo.
Rufus works mainly in Comics, illustration, and storyboards. He started his career in traditional 2D animation, and storyboarding, before switching over to his first love, Comic Books.
He relaunched Tank Girl with Alan Martin (and Ashley Wood), and went on to draw 6 series of the comic book, ‘The Gifting’, ‘Visions of Booga’, ‘Skidmarks’, ‘The Royal Escape’, ‘We hate Tank Girl’, and ‘Bad Wind Rising’.
He has worked extensively with 2000ad and the 2000ad Megazine, (the weekly and monthly British sci-fi comic books).
He has also worked with Image Comics, IDW Comics, DC Vertigo, etc.
Currently drawing Counterfeit Girl, with Peter Milligan and Dom Regan, for 2000ad! Part one in PROG 2000, just completed drawing Bad Company for 2000ad, with Peter Milligan, and Jim McCarthy, and Last Gang In Town with Simon Oliver for DC Vertigo … Out Now.
He is also slowly working on his own projects, Solid Gold Death Mask, and Big Time Charlie (with Al Ewing).
Rufus currently lives right here in Margate, with a collection of dusty toy Gundam robots, lots of pencils, and more Lewis Leathers jackets than he could ever hope to wear. He likes Kit Kats, and coffee. Both are always welcome. (as are even more Lewis Leathers jackets).
We are so happy to be welcoming these amazing writers and artists to the festival and you can expect our second wave of top name guests, including our first international guest announcements very soon.
Tickets for the festival are now available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/margate-comic-art-festival-2018-tickets-34007904558