For three days, the halls of Dubai World Trade Centre became an extension of the superhero universe.
From Hollywood stars to fans dressed up as their favourite heroes, Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) 2019 was home to Spider-Man, Deadpool, Batman, Game of Thrones characters and many more.
Thousands of film, comic, TV, pop culture and gaming fans, who were treated to three activity-filled days which at the heart of was a celebrity panel discussion and Q&A at the MEFCC Theatre, which included Shazam! star Zachary Levi, Ross Marquand from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones villain Iwan Rheon, Katie Cassidy from Arrow, as well as Marvel’s Benedict Wong and Tara Strong - one of the world’s most prolific voice actors.
The eighth edition of the event also included international artists like William Simpson, David Finch, David Angelo Roman, Mitsuhiro Arita, Otto Schmidt, Jeffrey Cruz, Long Vo, Sana Takeda, Simon Bisley and Des Taylor.
“This year has been unbelievable,” The Event Manager for Middle East Film & Comic Con, Michael Lamprecht, said. “The joy and entertainment that this show brings is what makes MEFCC a key diary date in Dubai’s year-round calendar of events. We look forward to seeing MEFCC’s popularity continue to grow in the coming years, as we welcome super fans from the worlds of comics, TV, film, games and anime.”
Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon with a fan
There was also a competition to find the best cosplayers in the UAE, with the winners set to represent the country in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan.
The region’s finest costume creators gathered to unleash their 'Cosplay' - costume play - personality in a showdown held at the SWYP Mainstage in the Noon Festival Arena. Super fans had the opportunity to meet several professional Cosplay idols including Alodia Gosiengfiao, Saud Al Hazzani and Sumicosplay.
MEFCC 2019 cosplayers
For one lucky fan, there was the potential for future superstardom.
A nationwide search to find emerging home grown talent was also launched on the second day of MEFCC, with aspiring actors across the region given the opportunity to be part of leading talent agency Miranda Davidson; the same company that helped cast major Hollywood blockbuster movies, including Fast & Furious, Star Trek and many more.
Across the three-day event, workshops and panels brought together some of the leading talents from creative industries to share their knowledge with comic book and film fans across the Middle East.
“Our promise is always bigger and better, and we are able to deliver on this due to the overwhelming support of industry partners and the fan community, whether they are artists, exhibiting companies, sponsors or fans,” Lamprecht added. “It’s that enthusiasm which is driving the growth and success of the event. MEFCC is always committed to creating more opportunities for industry professionals, fans and friends to get together to share ideas and exchange experiences.”