Middle East Film and Comic Con 2018: BIGGER, BOLDER, BETTER
Initial guest roster includes stars from Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnorok and Power Rangers
Brands including Netflix & Funko to participate for the first time
Middle East, 14 February 2018: The Middle East Film and Comic Con (www.mefcc.com), the definitive pop culture festival in the Middle East has announced its initial guest line up and promises to be the best yet, with great new features for fans. Set to run from 5th to 7th April, 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), tickets are now on sale online (www.mefcc.com) and at Virgin Megastore outlets across the GCC.
From Jungle to Comic Con
Doctor Who fans will know her as the girl that waited. Karen Gillan crashed onto our screens as Matt Smith’s first companion. After years of adventures in the TARDIS, the red-head beauty moved to the big screen to debut as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and will be returning this year for Marvel’s Infinity War. Her latest film, JUMANJI, also staring The Rock is a huge success and now Middle East Film and Comic Con is the next realm for Karen Gillan to conquer.
He is the Law and a Doctor, But Not a Torpedo Technician!
One of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood and an actor with impressive star power, Karl Urban has played beloved characters across genres. As Doctor ‘Bones’ McCoy in the latest Star Trek trilogy of movies, he was the heart and soul of the team; with Dredd he embodied the no compromise Judge of Mega City One, in what has become a cult classic; and who can forget the fearless Eomer from the Lord of the Rings movies. His list of memorable performances goes on with the Riddick movies, RED, Doom and his latest role as the torn Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok. Karl is someone every pop-culture fan knows and loves and he is finally making his way to MEFCC.
True Comic Book Royalty
For comic book fans, the 2018 MEFCC will also provide the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the legendary Adam Kubert. Recognised as one of the seminal artists in comic book fandom for his run on Wolverine, Weapon X, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate X-Men and Action Comics, Adam continues his impressive work with the recently relaunched, back-to-basics Spectacular Spider-Man.Adam will be at the event to meet fans, sketch and autograph prized possessions for them, in another first for MEFCC.
It’s Morphin Time!
Perhaps one of the most recognisable Power Rangers, Jason David Frank is adored by fans for his portrayal of Tommy Oliver, the original Green Ranger. He played that role, and several other Rangers, in multiple seasons of Power Rangers for over a decade. In fact, Frank has been such an integral part of the Power Rangers universe that he even made a cameo appearance in the 2017 film Power Rangers, as a citizen of Angel Grove.
A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE
Netflix are set to join the show for the first time in the region. Taking over 200sqft in the show, the powerhouse streaming service are planning exciting activations to promote their latest series at the event.
Another global phenomenon heading to MEFCC this April is Funko. While their stock has been retailed at the event in the past, Funko are now participating directly. The highly collectable figures are based on a variety of fandoms and regional and international collectors will be excited to know that two MEFCC Limited Edition Exclusive products will be coming to the event.
For families and groups looking for a great day out, Hubzero, MEFCC’s family Partner is helping you make the most of your time at the show by hosting the Hubzero Hangout. Get your gang together to explore, play, and get active with fun attractions, activities and experiential zones. For those wanting to relax, put your feet up in the chill-out lounge and soft-play area to take a step back and escape the madness of MEFCC.
MEFCC also presents the Roxy Cineclub – a place where film fanatics can enjoy the region’s first boutique Comic Con cinema experience. Where the on-screen magic and off-screen allure are synced to give you a show to remember – and all created with special touches designed to WOW and bring the film experience to life. The Roxy Cineclub at MEFCC is where you can see screen exclusive trailers, classic genre films and hold the larger Q & A sessions with our international celebs. Fans pack out this part of the venue, either to relax and watch a film during the day or ask questions to their favourite characters.
INSPIRING ARTISTIC INNOVATION
Taaleem, one of the largest education providers in UAE are on a mission to inspire young minds. Joining forces with MEFCC the team are launching fan art competition for 13 to 18-year old’s. Within a set theme to create an ‘MEFCC House Crest’, young people are encouraged to pick up their pens, brushes and mousepads to create original art. The winning design will feature on the front cover of the MEFCC Show Guide, as well as winning a space at MEFCC 2019 to retail their own creations and kick-start a career in the arts. Deadline 18 March 2018. To participate, find more information on http://www.mefcc.com.
CALLING ALL SUPERFANS!
The hunt is on for the MEFCC Superfan. With so many passionate vloggers in the Middle East, MEFCC are recruiting a new brand ambassador that will be awarded a Superfan Pass. With only one to give away, this pass entitles access to all the stars, all areas of the show and TONS of geeky gifts – including flights to and from the event (if outside UAE) and accommodation too! How to get involved? Prove that you are the next big vlogging star and get as creative as you can. Gather your gang, throw MEFCC pre-parties, organize ‘official’ MEFCC parties and gatherings in your local hotspots – and vlog your campaign throughout! The winner will be chosen based on creativity, engagement and reach – and a judging panel will consist of famous regional influencers. It’s time to get your geek on!
SUPPORTING EMIRATI CREATORS AT THE ARTIST ALLEY
MEFCC looks forward to welcoming Sharjah based Comic Book publisher, Kalimat. Considered the largest dedicated house for Arabic Comic creations in the world, Kalimat is launching a new Emirati Graphic Novel at the show.
Alongside Kalimat, Emirati animation production company Eating Stars Studios will be returning to the event. The 2D animation production studio built on the passion and love for creating. Its debut production, Emara, which is in the pre-production stage, features a female superhero who makes it her mission to fight crime on the streets of the UAE. The studio’s creative director, Fatma Al Muhairi, is keen to emphasise that the animated show will feature all of the emirates, not only famous landmarks – such as the Burj Khalifa, Emirates Palace and Etihad Towers – which are increasingly popular with international productions.
CATCH MORE CREATORS AT THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ALLEY
MEFCC hosts international artists, who will be creating during the show and selling original artwork to visitors.
Long Vo is a Senior Producer and Lead Artist for Udon Entertainment. Long is most known for his art direction and illustration on many Udon/Capcom projects from the Street Fighter Comics to Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Tatsunoko VS Capcom, Street Fighter 4 and 5 — as well as the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter 2 for the new Nintendo Switch. Over the last decade, Long has worked as a comic creator, illustrator and art director for various companies such as Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros, DC, Capcom, Udon, Toynami and Harmony Gold on brands like StarWars, Xmen, Xmen Evolution, Robotech, Inception, Thundercats, Monopoly and Voltron.
Joel Gomez got his start as an intern at Top Cow Productions doing background assists on books such as Tomb Raider and Witchblade, then joined Aspen Comics on Soulfire and Iron and The Maiden. He was then hired as a staff artist at Wildstorm Productions where he worked on Wetworks, Authority:The Lost Year, Gears of War, Brightest Day, Lost Boys & Flashpoint: Reverse Flash. Joel also worked on ‘The World According to The Joker’ and ‘The World According to Batman’ for Insight Editions/DC Entertainment. As a freelancer Joel has also worked with Upper Deck Entertainment, Marvel Comics and Legendary Entertainment. He continues to work with Lady Death creator Brian Pulido (Coffin Comics) on the successful OGN series La Muerta, as well as doing illustrations for 20th Century Fox international social media movie promotions.
Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz
Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz is a Melbourne based Comic book artist whose credits include: UDON’s Street Fighter II Turbo series, Super Street Fighter Vol. 1 & 2, Skullkickers and Wayward from Image Comics. Cover art credits include: Red Sonja comic by Dynamite, Cover art for TMNT: the animated comic by IDW, Big Trouble in Little China covers for BOOM! Studios, and the Mega Man Legacy collection covers for CAPCOM along with concept design for DC’s Bombshell statues and feature film Sucker Punch.
James C Mulligan
James C Mulligan’s fine art work is collected internationally, and resides in the collections of Hugh Hefner, Dick Van Dyke, Oscar winning composer Richard M. Sherman, Brad Pitt, Holly Madison, Fred Durst, Roger Daltrey and many others. Corporate clients include Disney, Lucas Films, Warner Brothers, Hollywood’s Magic Castle, Lexus, Coca Cola, Elvis Presley Enterprises (The estate’s official artist), The Frank Sinatra Foundation, The Hollywood Director’s Guild, Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark, MMA, and many others. He was recently named as one of Disney’s top selling artists, and his solo shows at the Bellagio and Aria resorts in Las Vegas broke all records, both domestically and internationally. Also a performer, he has been seen on stages around the world, from Tokyo to the Hollywood Bowl. Mulligan is currently in development on a television show at Dreamworks Studios, as well as involved with development work on an unnamed Sony project with Rob Minkoff (director of Disney’s THE LION KING) and Mel Brooks. Mr. Mulligan is a large supporter of various charities including Shine Family Foundation, Boy’s Town and Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
With weeks to go until the event, you can count on MEFCC to announce lot’s more celebrities and lot’s more fun activities to take part in at the show. Tickets for 2018 MEFCC are now available online (www.mefcc.com) and at Virgin Megastore outlets across the GCC.
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