Middle East Film & Comic Con 2018

In its seventh edition, the Dubai Comic Con signals a shift in the way studios and entertainment companies view the Middle East. Initially, South East Asia was the preferred market for super hero and action franchise movies. “It’s changing. The potential of the Middle East has not been fully realised, and now we see this emerging demographic which is so expressive.

The latest edition of the Dubai Comic Con was bigger with a focus on celebrity superheroes.
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since the Middle East Film and Comic Con first took over the Dubai International Marine Club with its debut line-up, including a pre-DC Extended Universe Jason Momoa, exhibitors including the ever-present Marvel Comics, and an attendance of about 20,000 eager comic and movie fans.

A clutch of conventions later, the event has moved to Dubai World Trade Centre and expanded its remit to include the likes of gaming and toys, and last year saw a near tripling of visitors from the first event, with 70,000 attending. The aim, however, remains the same – to offer fans of pop culture their annual fix of celebrity guests, entertainment, workshops, dressing up, shopping, food and fun all under one roof.

The talks, meet-and-greets and panels with celebs from film, TV and beyond are always a big draw at Comic Con, and this year is no exception. Late additions Ezra Miller, aka DC’s The Flash, and Dr Who’s assistant Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, have topped up an already star-studded line-up, and doubtless helped soothe any disappointment felt following the late withdrawal of Game of Thrones’ Red Witch, Carice van Houten and another Dr Who assistant Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan.

Miller and Coleman join Karl Urban, the face behind the helmet of Judge Dredd and also Bones McCoy in Star Trek; Game of Thrones’s Hodor, also known as actor Kristian Nairn and Power Ranger Jason David Frank.
lso on the bill are Streetfighter: Assassin’s Fist duo Gaku Space and Christian Howard, video game voice actors Ray Chase and Robbie Daymond, and professional cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao.

Netflix, meanwhile, always keen to go one better, will be bringing not just the star from one of its most eagerly anticipated shows, but the entire main cast from Lost in Space, which drops on the service next weekend. All of the Robinsons, played by Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell and Mina Sundwall will be on hand on the Netflix stand on Friday for autographs and photographs.
The MEFCC 2018 is definitely bigger and bolder, with about 65,000 people attending the three-day event.Earlier it was about the fans, now it’s more about the stars.

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