First up we welcome Esad Ribic. From his home in Croatia, Esad has drawn some of the most momentous and ground-breaking Marvel comics of the last 20 years including The Ultimates, with writer Jonathan Hickman, and The Eternals with Keiron Gillen. His run on Thor, alongside Jason Aaron, is justly considered one of the most successful in the character’s 60 year history and was recently immortalised in the blockbuster film Thor: Love and Thunder.
Next, we announce José Luis Martínez-Larraz Solís, known as Pepe Larraz. Like many artists, Pepe began his career in fanzines before going on to combine advertising illustration with comic book works before making the leap to the US and Marvel in 2010 to draw New Avengers: Luke Cage. Since then, Pepe has been developing his career as a penciler and inker exclusively for Marvel in other collections such as Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, The Mighty Thor, Wolverine and the X-Men and Star Wars: Kanan, The Last Padawan. In 2018 he was selected by Marvel to participate in the ‘Young Gun’ programme which highlights the best emerging artists in the comics industry, and after revitalising the mutant universe with the House of X mini-series alongside Jonathan Hickman, he is currently working together with Mark Millar on the Big Game series, the first event of the Millarworld imprint for Netflix’s comics division.
New to Portsmouth for 2023 is Anna Morozova. A comic artist and illustrator who is currently working for 2000 AD and the Treasury of British Comics in the UK plus Glarien in the US. Her published work includes Future Shocks, Terror Tales, Tales from the Black Museum, Judge Anderson, Viva Forever, Lowborn High and Rocky of the Rovers for Rebellion, plus the creator owned Star-Nav written by Alan Hebden and published in the Pandora comic anthology.
Also returning to Artists Alley will be fan favourites Gary Erskine, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years with Marvel, DC Comics, 2000 AD, Dark Horse, IMAGE, IDW and many others on titles including Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Doctor Who and Terminator; Portsmouth-based writer and cartoonist, Andy Fanton who has worked for The Beano, Dandy, Viz and Private Eye; and illustrator, cartoonist and artist Laura Watton-Davies of PinkAppleJam who returns with special sessions for artists starting out in the industry including ‘How to sell your work at a UK Comic Con’ and ‘How to earn income as a working artist’.
While Artists Alley is an important part of Portsmouth Comic Con there is plenty more to keep comic, film, TV and pop culture fans of all ages entertained including panels, displays, exhibitions, immersive experiences, cosplay parades, gaming, steampunk, merch and much more. If you’re serious about comics, love Marvel/DC and cult series, or are simply looking for a fun day out for all the family – this is the event for you!
A sell-out event in previous years, tickets will sell quickly so get yours while you can.