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10 things not to miss at this year’s Middle East Film & Comic Con

Comic and gamer geeks rejoice! Arguably one of the region’s best entertainment and pop culture events returns for its fifth edition on April 7 to 9, 2016

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Comic and gamer geeks rejoice! Arguably one of the region’s best entertainment and pop culture events – Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) – returns for its fifth edition on April 7 to 9, 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
While the Thursday was normally reserved for VIP ticket holders – and there are a few one-off events during that day, it’s Friday and Saturday – open to the public – where all the fun really happens. Ahead of the event, we bring you the top things not to miss this year.

1) Meet the Stars

(Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
(Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

One of the biggest attractions of MEFCC is no doubt the celebrity autograph plus 'meet and greet' area, where some of the world’s most renowned names in the business make appearances. This year, expect Game of Thrones’ actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; WWE’s Randy Orton; Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd; voice actress Veronica Taylor – known for voicing Ash Ketchum in the English version of Pokémon; co-creator of Deadpool Fabien Niceza; sci-fi icon Summer Glau, and finally, the Godfather of Comics, Stan Lee via live video.

2) Games Zone

Hosting every major manufacturer in the regional market – in addition to some highlights from international publishers – this arena is a must-visit for any avid gamer. Play with friends, purchase the latest products, or even snap a selfie with some of the gaming world’s biggest characters.

3) Manga Town

Those looking for releases and demos – featuring Japanese favourites such as Grendizer, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and more – need to head to this zone stat.

4) Artists Alley

The Artists Alley will feature showcase regional artists – such as Dubomedy’s Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed – along with creative talent and entrepreneurs and their success stories. If you’re looking to break into the industry, or already work in the business but are looking for tips and tricks for success, this is definitely the area to pass by.

5) Comics Village

(Comic Con 2015)
(Comic Con 2015)

Featuring some of the world’s largest comic publishers and artists, along with local productions, fans can buy rare editions, meet with artists or opt for a sketch.

6) Seminars & Workshops

Like the Artists Alley, workshops are also a must-visit for fans eager to learn more about the industry. Expect talks and seminars on topics including animation, game development, voice acting and scriptwriting.

7) The Cine Club

Kick back with a movie? Why not! The Cine Club is where all exclusive trailers, classic genre films and Q & A sessions with international celebs will take place. During the VIP day, the venue will screen ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ – the last time the film will show on a cinema screen in the GCC – as well as the Stan Lee live broadcast. Check MEFCC’s website for timings.

8) Cosplay Competition 2016

cosplay (Comic Con 2015)
cosplay (Comic Con 2015)

Dressing up? Then enter MEFCC’s Cosplay Competition. All you have to do is arrive as one of your favourite comic or gaming characters. There are prizes for Best Movie Character; Best Animations Character; Best Comics Character; Best Video Game Character and Best Group. More details here.

9) Performances

Not only will MEFCC have films, games and competitions, there will also be plenty of brilliant performances expected. Artists appearing include Chronicles of Khan, The Boxtones, Addictive TV and DJ David Craig.

10) Kids Zone

MEFCC might be aimed at the bigger kids, but that doesn’t mean the little ones will be left out. This area will have characters suitable for younger fans and will also include activities such as face painting.