Cyprus Comic Con welcomes back Arcanum Comics (illustrator Demetres Panayides and writer Marios Yiangou) to its Artists’ Alley for CCC19!
Arcanum Comics is a collective formed by Demetres Panayides and Marios Yiangou. While currently working on DÆMONIUM, a horror series set in Cyprus, they aim to grow their collection, and hopefully the team, offering high quality comics and graphic novels across various genres.
Find out more information about DÆMONIUM on Arcanum Comics’ Facebook page!
Demetres Panayides is a young comic book illustrator from Nicosia and his work has been published both in the US, as well as Cyprus. He describes himself as a “keen movie freak” with a special love towards horror, thriller and sci-fi movies. He is also a comic book geek and his favourite comic book titles are Spawn and Watchmen. Demetres loves dark and horror themes in art and he tries to incorporate those elements into his own personal art style. Some of his greatest influences are Alex Pardee, Ashley Wood, Todd McFarlane and Ben Templesmith. Demetres notably designed the cover for local metal band Blynd’s first full-length album, titled ‘The Enemy’ and illustrated the mascot “Rusty Goblin” for the fantasy game workshop Isengard. In 2014, he was one of the ten runner-ups of a worldwide talent hunt held by American comics publisher Top Cow and his first comic, Artifacts: Lost Tales #1 was published through them. More recently, he illustrated a short story for local band Winter’s Verge, titled “The Tale of Adamar of Calthorn”. For the past two years he has been working on a collaborative comic book project called DÆMONIUM together with writer and illustrator Marios Yiangou. The story of DÆMONIUM is based in Cyprus, with the 1st instalment of the story – The Black Pharaoh – having been presented at CCC 2017
Marios Yiangou works as a graphic designer for an offshore company in Cyprus. What he loves more than writing is talking about himself in the third person. Marios has been writing for more than 15 years, from poetry to prose to comic book scripts, although never professionally. An avid reader of history and mythology, he tries to incorporate elements of both in all of his writing, along with noir, fantasy and horror themes. And ranting – he loves to rant! He fancies himself a cinephile and a huge comic book geek. His major non-comic book literary influences are Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Tom Wolfe, Jack Kerouac and Nick Cave. As for comic book creators – not that there’s any difference – Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis and Michael Carey. DÆMONIUM – The Black Pharaoh, was his first attempt at collaborating with another artist and presenting his work to the public.