Comic Con Dubai 2018 dates, schedule, celebrities and tickets
The event is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre
The place where superhero costumes run rampant and geeking out is a regular occurrence returns, as the 7th Middle East Film and Comic Con will set up shop for an entire weekend from Thursday April 5 to Saturday 7.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking over the film industry and social media going nostalgia-crazy over remakes from the “golden age” of TV, fans from every niche genre of geek culture see more and more talented and popular actors take on the roles of their favourite characters.
On Thursday, the doors open at 2pm and close at 10pm, while on Friday the times are 11am to 10pm and on Saturday 11am to 9pm.
If you’re new to the area, Time Out Dubai has plenty of guides to the best restaurants and bars around the convention venue.
How do I get tickets? At the door, tickets are Dhs140 daily or Dhs300 for the full three days of the show.
Standard passes include entrance to the event, but if you'd like to meet a celebrity you need to purchase a separate voucher.
Virgin Mobile customers can buy an Al Awal Platinum Power Pass at the door for Dhs350, giving a range of extra benefits.
All you need to do is show the registration team your phone to purchase.
Which celebrities are at Comic Con? The big names this year include Ezra Miller, who stars as The Flash in the DC Universe. He has featured in the Justice League film as well as Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Doctor Who fans will know her as Clara Oswald – and Jenna Coleman is one of the other stars coming to Dubai.
That’s not to mention Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in Game of Thrones. Rather unusually, he’s doing a DJ set at the event.
They will be joined by a man known to many as Doctor “Bones” McCoy in the latest trilogy of Star Trek movies, Karl Urban. Urban has appeared in some of the biggest movie franchises around, including, of course, Star Trek, as well as the titular Judge in 2012’s Dredd, plus roles in Doom, the Riddick series, Thor: Ragnarok and the Lord of the Rings series.
For most, if not all, comic book fans, Adam Kubert is a name that stands out. That’s because he’s one of the industry’s most influential and important artists, having had runs on Woverine, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate X-Men, and, most recently, Spectacular Spider-Man. Kubert will be in town to meet fans, sketch and sign autographs for fans.
’90s kids will look back fondly at the many hours spent sat in front of fat, square TVs watching the Power Rangers mighty morph their way to saving the world once again. Jason David Frank, also known as Tommy Oliver, also known as the Green Ranger, is here to meet fans and talk about his time spent across the franchise. In total, Frank was involved with the series for more than a decade, so fans of Power Rangers will be in for a treat.
Also set to attend is legendary Karl Urban, who has made it into several of the biggest nerd favourites around, including The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and the recent Thor: Ragnarok. Blimey.
There are plenty more dropping by, including voice actor Ray Chase and Filipina Cosplayer and star Alodia Gosiengfiao. We just have to remember they unfortunately won’t be the real characters. Gutted.
Do I need to dress up for Comic Con? Would it really be a proper Comic Con if people didn’t dress up in weird and wonderful costumes?
Not only does it show people what others are interested in, but it’s just plain fun (that being said, it’s not mandatory).
From those who just throw on a Spider-Man T-shirt and prefer to ogle at others to the creative and bombastic costume designs of the cosplayers, there’s something for everyone to see.
For those who really want to impress, Huawei has set up the largest cosplay competition in the region at MEFCC, with a range of categories such as Best Gaming Character, Group Costumes and Kids’ Cosplay for the little ones.
With prizes going up to Dhs3,000, it’s time to get your best gear out and strut your pop culture stuff.
Is there a lot of merchandise on sale? Collectors from all corners of the globe are in for a geek-tastic treat.
There will be more than 400 exhibitors bringing exclusive products, rare collectibles and original art, some of which that can only be bought at this convention.
From Super Mario board games and swanky game controllers, to beautiful sketches of iconic characters from renowned artists and limited-edition figures, this is the stuff that needs to be displayed on your shelves.
Never touched or taken out of the box though – got to keep them in that pristine condition and all…
What else is there to do? Aside from the names glittering across the line-up, there’s also going to be a huge involvement from Netflix. Expect a bunch of stunts and promotions giving you a heads up of their latest series, which is being kept a closely guarded secret for now.
Roxy Cinemas will be hosting the Roxy Cineclub, where film fans can catch new and exclusive trailers and attend Q&A sessions with the stars in town.
Be a good sport and don’t spoil anything though, leave something for the rest of us to dream on about.
This part of the venue is expected to be packed, with classic cult hits playing throughout the weekend for fans to reignite their love for old time favourites, and Q&A sessions with celebrities and artists to get the lowdown on topics the internet won’t have the answers for. It’s an on-screen and off-screen show to remember.
Hubzero will also be setting up shop with a cool place for you to hang out, play games and put your feet up for a bit.
Is anything else going on in Dubai during Comic Con? As the event approaches, you can also expect to see a range of pop-up events taking place, including fancy dress super hero brunches – as we saw last year.