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Second edition of Saudi Comic Con launches featuring world-famous celebrities

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Saudi Comic Con (SCC) launched its second edition in Jeddah on March 22nd for three days, showcasing a variety of activities and celebrity appearances, like American actor Ian Somerhalder.

Comic Con is an international event held annually in major cities around the globe. A remarkable multifaceted show of entertainment, it showcases famous icons from films, television, video games, science fiction, comics, and other popular arts, alongside a cosplay competition.

Saudi comic con. (Saudi Gazette)
Saudi comic con. (Saudi Gazette)

In this version of SCC, the Saudi audience had the opportunity to meet three world-famous celebrities: Ian Somerhalder who is known for his role in The Vampire Diaries; Wagner Moura from Narcos; and Gustaf Skarsgard from the Vikings TV series.

On the first day, American actor, model and director Ian Somerhalder took the stage for the first time. He told Saudi Gazette in an exclusive interview: “To be here is amazing, just incredible, the people, the community, the history. I feel so welcomed and so at home and so at peace. It’s really special and it was so much fun. I feel the energy and it’s beautiful. I hope to become a more stable part of the film and television industry happening here.”

Saudi comin con. (AP)
Saudi comin con. (AP)

As a message to the Saudi audience, Somerhalder said: “I’m grateful not only to be here but also to experience this with the Saudi audience. I know movie theaters are about to launch in Saudi Arabia again; just enjoy the film experience and be respectful.”

The General Entertainment Authority sponsored the SCC event in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the Saudi economy through building an entertainment industry in the country.

The event was conducted by Time Entertainment Company, a pioneer in the Saudi entertainment industry. The CEO of Time Entertainment Obada Awad said, “Our goal is to close the gap between the global entertainment industry and the expectations of the Saudi audience. From 2012 we were working to bring here the biggest international events that the Saudi audience look forward to.”

Saudi comic con. (Saudi Gazette)
Saudi comic con. (Saudi Gazette)

Saudi YouTuber known as Maher Mosly was the presenter who mediated the discussions with the celebrities.

About the aim of the celebrity talks, Maher said: “We wanted to achieve two things to have the opportunity to talk face to face with one of those celebrities to understand more about their lives, their upcoming projects, their current projects as well as to show them that they have a real fan base here in Saudi and how much people love them. Ian Somerhalder was amazed by the level of love the fans showed him.”

For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Netflix participated in a public activity showcasing their finest works to a Saudi audience.

Saudi comic con. (Saudi Gazette)
Saudi comic con. (Saudi Gazette)

Many DC Universe characters, like Superman and Wonder Woman, made appearances at the event where the audience had the chance to take commemorative photos with them.

Local artists and designers also had the opportunity to showcase their products and works. One of them was Dr. Hashem al-Zain, who displayed his innovative products while wearing the outfit of his favorite comic character: Daredevil.

“We are an engineering company; we do 3D modeling and our name is 3D Snap. We take 2D pictures and convert them into 3D models and print them. We try to help people hold memories into their hands,” al-Zain said.

He added that this was the second time that they participated in the Saudi Comic Con. “We loved it the first time and we loved it even better this time,” he said.