Artists & Writers
WRITER, COPPER MOUFLON GRAPHIC NOVELS
Chris proclaims a passion for stories of all types and genres (hey, we don’t discriminate around here!), and is always on the lookout for a good twist. When not writing stories, he enjoys contemplating the ceiling (he says it helps with creativity, or something), winning every single board game ever thanks to his ridiculously unbelievable luck with the dice, and munching on whatever’s left in the fridge. He’s one half of Copper Mouflon, an indie comic book publisher based in Nicosia, Cyprus.
ILLUSTRATOR, COPPER MOUFLON GRAPHIC NOVELS
Stella studied illustration in the UK and recently finished her MA in lovely and sunny Cyprus. She’s been in love with drawing ever since she could hold a pencil (proof: her mother cries every time someone mentions “white walls” at home) and she’s über passionate about games (though she can’t beat Chris at board games), comics, anime, cartoons, and movies. In short: if it comes on a screen, she’ll take it. She’s the other half of the indie comic book publisher Copper Mouflon.
Ifigenia is an academic with a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Cyprus. She loves reading—almost everything: novels, short stories, comics, and academic papers. She was in love with comics even before she learned how to read, but this is her first complete attempt to write a comic (if you don’t count countless times she tried this as a child). She also writes other things and recently she had one of her short stories published. Disclaimer: Although Aristo is a fictional character, Aristo’s story or at least parts of Aristo’s story is a true for many academics.
Ioanna is a fine artist, fine arts tutor and co-founder and director of the Art Hub Visual Arts Laboratories. Born in Nicosia Cyprus, Ioanna has been passionate about art from a very young age, carrying art materials and sketchbooks anywhere she goes. Upon graduating with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University College of the Creative Arts in Surrey in 2006, Ioanna started working professionally as an art tutor both in the private and public sectors while exhibiting her own work in group exhibitions.
Sophie is a dreamer. She lives in Cyprus’ capital city but she was born and brought up in her beloved Limassol. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. She is usually into new projects. She loves brain and body journeys. She reads, writes, travels, wanders in the city, takes photographs, watches movies or plays, listens to music, dances or learns something new. Recently she had one of her poems published. Sophie believes everything is possible.
HEBA RENA YASSIN
Heba is 23 years old. She has a BA in Fine Art from Hertfordshire University, and a MA in Digital Art and Design from The University of Nicosia. She is currently applying for a PhD. She has a keen interest in the human mind, face and figure and a passion for Japanese art and culture. She enjoys reading and watching series/films. Find her on Facebook at Heba Rena Yassin Art.
ANTONIS BARGILLY AKA A.G. BARGILLIUS
CULT LEADER & COMIC BOOK WRITER/INSTRUCTOR
Antonis has been storytelling since childhood. Even as he became a professional musician and composer, he continued to tell stories (albeit a lot of them would be told with sounds rather than words), and use different means to craft them. Along with his friend, Antonis Aristodemou, he opened Ant Comics, the first comics shop in Cyprus, almost a decade ago. It was during this period that he founded the Cyprus Comic Society, a 2-year project that brought local writers and comics artists together. He studied education and has over 20 years of experience teaching in different disciplines and to all ages and group sizes. At Write CY, he is bringing everything together—comics, teaching and storytelling—in his unique Comics Writing class. (Well, everything minus the music, obviously.)
MARIA CHRISTINA GANTT
Maria Christina (aka NightWalker) is a Digital Artist with a BA in Applied Multimedia Arts from University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Her love of art and creativity started from the day her mother handed her a pencil and paper and ever since then, she never leaves the house without her sketchbook. Maria’s passion is fueled by art books, comics, video games, cartoons and, of course, behind the scenes looks at animated movies. She currently works as a freelance digital artist and has been in the creative industry for the past 5 years. Her main goal is to keep improving her skills and delivering the best work she can. You can find her work on Facebook at NightwalkerMC.
Electra is a 24-year-old aspiring author from Cyprus. She holds a BA in Animation and a Master's degree in Creative Writing. Her stories are normally focused on people, relationships, and emotions, and she is particularly interested in the genre of creative non-fiction. Some of her favourite writers include Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Electra enjoys bold, quirky literature that challenges the status quo. Naturally, she hates the Twilight saga and Fifty Shades trilogy. Apart from writing, Electra has a love for video games, music, and photography. She currently lives on the outskirts of Nicosia with her family and their eight cats--Meow, Alice, Billy, Tigerdog, Pedro, Mango, Cuppy, and Kitty "Hello" Herbert Padilla.
Nicos is a self-taught cartoonist from Cyprus who uses traditional media such as ink and watercolours to offer a funny take on everyday situations. Growing up, the margins of Nicos’ school books were covered in pencil doodles. As an adult he’s constantly amazed at how someone’s feelings can be transferred and expressed on paper and then communicated to others.
Being an artist that’s serious about improving his skills, Nicos can be seen around town carrying a sketchbook and pen that he uses for observational drawing of unsuspecting bystanders, capturing their souls in his sketchbook forever! Careful, you could be next! Visit Nicos at Nipat Art & Cartoons Cyprus.
Dorina Panayiotopoulou (aka Aniro) was born in Athens and studies architecture. She started drawing comics three years ago just for fun and then fell in love with them. She participated in her first comic convention in the summer of 2015 with her first comic LOST SOUL, which describes some of the problems of the crisis in Greece. She completed her second self-published comic, BLUE MOON, in April 2016. BLUE MOON won her the first prize and a 3-year scholarship at Ornerakis Applied Arts School in Athens. It’s about drugs and how using them makes you unable to control your life and overcome your problems. She's currently working on a new project which is a horror story. You can see some of her work at Aniro Comics on Instagram and Facebook.
Nikoletta is a freelance artist/illustrator with a BA Degree from Middlesex University. She enjoys creating intricate pen drawings of weird and out-of-this-world characters. Growing up with old horror and fantasy movies and horror books was what eventually inspired her hand-drawn art. For the past 6 years, Nikoletta has been the art director for Power of the Night Festival. Her current work includes: CD artwork, concert/event posters, T-shirt designs and children's books. Nikoletta was featured in the 2008 D&AD Awards Book. Upcoming exhibitions include: the 9th Annual Akamantis Exhibition and Cyprus Comic Con. Find her on Facebook at Nikoletta Kyprianou Illustrations/Artwork or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasos Anastasiades is an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the European University Cyprus.In 2004, he started publishing the "Plastic Comics" magazine, the first comic book created and published in Cyprus. He is a Co-Founder and Organizing Member of Cyprus Comic Con, a non-profit organization that organized the nation’s first comic book convention, which is set to become an annual cultural event.In 2015, Tasos’ visual work was selected to be used in the official promo reel of Poser Pro 11. Poser Pro 11 is 3D software produced by Smith Micro, one of the biggest companies in the field of 3D design, animation and illustration.
THE THIRD MAN
Max grew up reading comic books and watching a lot of horror movies but ended up becoming a short story writer. His short fiction has appeared in a number of publications in the US, UK and elsewhere. He’s the director of Write CY and co-director of Storyline Creatives, where he helps other people tell their stories. Find him at maxsheridanlit.com. If you have a creative project you'd like to discuss, drop him a line at email@example.com.