There’s more than just comic books at Dubai event

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T his week­end sees the Mid­dle East’s geeks, nerds, cos­play­ers, and gamers come to­gether to cel­e­brate at the an­nual Mid­dle East Film and Comic Con. You don’t have to be an avid comic book fan to have a great time at Comic Con though – there’s live mu­sic, games, panel dis­cus­sions, com­pe­ti­tions, de­li­cious food, and pop-up shops to en­joy. Here’s some of the high­lights for this week­end.


There’s plenty of work­shops on through­out the week­end, from voice act­ing work­shops with Poké­mon star, Veron­ica Tay­lor to spe­cial ef­fects make-up train­ing with Jenny Irons (pic­tured right), as well as a ‘Learn to Draw Dis­ney Char­ac­ters’ ses­sion. There’s a full list­ing of times and classes on the web­site to get in­volved in ev­ery day.


Not only is DMC of the leg­endary Run DMC play­ing, but you can kick back in the lis­ten­ing to the sounds of Dubai – The Box­tones, and Chron­i­cles of Khan will be per­form­ing, as well as en­ter­tain­ment from The 7th Delu­sion – a Dubai- based magic club. If you fancy per­form­ing your­self, there’s geek karaoke, too. It’s all hap­pen­ing at the main stage.


There’s plenty of amaz­ing stars and celebri­ties to meet and lis­ten to, if Stan Lee, Randy Or­ton, Nick Frost and Niko­laj Coster Wal­dau aren’t enough, there’s also Back to the Fu­ture star Christoper Lloyd - who played Doc, as well as Fire­fly’s Sum­mer Glau, cre­ator of Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles - Kevin East­man, and plenty more! Make sure you check the times, and days on the web­site.


To buy some mer­chan­dise or a unique piece or art, head to Artists’ Al­ley - where a huge range of lo­cal artists, comic book writ­ers, and pop-up stores are lo­cated. Pick up a mas­ter­piece, or shop for plenty of var­i­ous mer­chan­dise, from su­per­hero

cloth­ing, to bril­liant pho­to­graphs.


You don’t have to just ob­serve – there are in­ter­ac­tive games, in­clud­ing Sam­sung’s vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles for a trial, as well as try­ing out the Tron bike sim­u­la­tion - based on the hit movie, Tron.


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