Comic fans and film enthusiasts can have something to look forward to this weekend as one of the region’s biggest pop culture festival has returned with a packed agenda of entertaining activities.
Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
11 April 2019, 12:00 AM
13 April 2019, 12:00 AM
Middle East Film and Comic Con 2019(MEFCC) is an international exhibition that brings together fans of comics, film and gaming entertainment, and is one of the biggest pop-culture festivals of the region. Celebrities, artists, producers, exhibits from all over the world make their way into the festival.
Join throngs of thousands - many in their favorite character costumes - as they descend on Dubai World Trade Centre for three days of film and comic fun taking place from Thursday April 11 until Saturday 13 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
There's a huge chance you might meet someone you know in Comic Con. We're not talking about your friends or family here. But you'll meet some of your superhero idols in MEFCC. The star of DC’s latest movie Zachary Levi is coming to town to sign all those autographs. Mike Colter, AKA Netflix’s Luke Cage, will be dishing out all the deets on his career over the event, and you can get up close and personal by watching him live.
Fan of the Walking Dead? Well, Aaron (Ross Marquand) will be answering all your zombie-type questions. He’ll be joined by none other than Katie Cassidy, who you’ll know from hit DC show Arrow playing Black Canary. Even Game of Thrones’ craziest character Ramsay Bolton (welsh actor Iwan Rheon) will be there for more Q&A sessions.
For those who watch any kind of animated series, think Raven from Teen Titans and Timmy on The Fairly OddParents, you’ll know all about Tara Strong, and she’ll be at MEFCC throughout the weekend, too. Panel sessions take place throughout the three-day event, so there’s plenty of time to get acquainted with the stars you’re always geeking out over.
Some of the talented artists who created the favourite characters are coming to MEFCC. International artist William Simpson, who’s worked on iconic characters such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Batman and Transformers will be making his way here, along with David Angelo Roman, currently the cover artist for Rick and Morty comic. Also, James C Mulligan, a celebrity artist with a career-long relationship with Walt Disney himself. The award-winning artist of the cult-hit comic 'Monstress' Sana Takeda will be ready to answer your questions. There are plenty more coming, but MEFCC also offers other artists the chance to display their pieces of art at “Artist Alley,” and all you have to do is register for a table to showcase your craft.
MEFCC is also packed with different workshops for anyone to attend. Learn the tricks of drawing a caricature from the pros, check out how the animation style and learn to draw “Rick and Morty” style, or get to know what it takes to become a gaming journalist.
Moreover, MEFCC’s cosplayers winners can take the impressive cash prize of up to Dhs2,500 and even a trip to Japan at the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2019 Championship. Anyone is able to sign up, and there are different categories including comic book or movie characters along with best anime or gaming characters. Even the little ones 12 years and below have a chance to gear up. So if you think you can pull off a stunning bat-cowl or think you have that “Jon Snow” look, get yourself registered at www.mefcc.com. Not there to dress up? You can watch each cosplayer (in awe) on the main stage on Friday from 6pm until 10pm.
MEFCC is going all out on its main stage this time round with rocking performances, DJs remixing nostalgic grooves on the decks and dance-offs galore. Kicking off the entertainment is KLab Sound Team’s first-ever performance out of Japan while attendees can also expect the pounding rhythms of the multi-award winning, Universal Music signed band, The Boxtones.
Visitors can hop on stage and feel the rhythm of the 'Just Dance 2019' contest, where those who can bust a move best have a chance to win a Nintendo Switch. If you’re more a thinker than a dancer, test your mental mettle at IGN’s special gameshow quiz, and walk away knowing you’re a whizz (along with some prizes).
This three-day event offers Staycation deals too. Especially since Rove Hotels is offering a 15 percent discount on rooms for those heading to MEFCC. You can be right next to the action (so you don’t have to walk too long if you’re in full-costume) at Rove Trade Centre that has rooms from Dhs204 per night, while the movie buffs out there can head to Rove Downtown for Dhs420 per night, as it includes an unlimited movie pass at the exclusive Reel Cinemas in the hotel. All you have to do is use the promo code ‘MEFCC’ and the deal is all yours.