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11th Middle East Film and Comic Con Happening in March

11th Middle East Film and Comic Con Happening in March

MEFCC is the largest popular culture festival in the Middle East, graced by the likes of Stan Lee (Spider-Man co-creator), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee)

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On 3-5 March 2023, comic, film, television, art, and gaming fans from all over the Middle East and the world will converge in Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) for the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC).

MEFCC is the largest popular culture festival in the Middle East, graced by the likes of Stan Lee (Spider-Man co-creator), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee). Now in its 11th year, it is expected to draw more than the 45,000+ fans it attracted in last year’s three-day MEFCC schedule.

2023 MEFCC Schedule and Attractions

MEFCC activities are spread across three days.

  • 3 March, Friday: The gates will open for VIPs at 2 p.m. and for the general public at 3 p.m.
  • 4 March, Saturday: The event venue will open at noon and close at 11 p.m.
  • 5 March, Sunday: The activities will start at noon and end at 11 p.m.

Fans can look forward to the following MEFCC activities and attractions.

1.     Meet the Stars

Fans get autographs from and pose for photographs with MEFCC celebrity guests and visiting international artists.

2.     Artist Alley

International and local artists showcase their latest work, network with other artists, and get art commissions from fans and visitors.

3.     Creative Academy

Animators, film actors, cosplay artists, comic book artists, and voice actors give masterclasses. The Creative Academy is a favorite among aspiring artists, actors, and cosplayers.

4.     Festival Plaza

The outdoor component of MEFCC, this is where guests can watch festival stage shows, join contests, and get something to eat.

5.     Cine Club

The place for exclusive screenings, meet-ups, and fireside chats, this is the place for visual media fans and aspiring actors, filmmakers, and animators.

6.     Cosplay Central

MEFCC’s dedicated cosplay zone, cosplaying enthusiasts meet professional cosplayers and participate in the Cosplay Competition.

7.     Gaming Arena

Video game companies provide unreleased game demos, and gaming fans try to beat e-sports pros.

8.     Shopping

MEFCC participants can shop for limited-edition comic books, trading cards, action figures, and Funko Pops from local and international retailers, shop owners, and collectors. There’s also comic con merchandise to remember MEFCC 2023 by.

11th Middle East Film and Comic Con Happening in March

Celebrity Guests Lineup

MEFCC 2023’s celebrity guests lineup includes the following big names.

1.     Matt Smith, Actor

The Eleventh Doctor – Doctor Who

Daemon Targaryen – House of the Dragon

Milo – Morbius

Prince Philip – The Crown

Alex – Terminator Genisys

Appearing: 3 & 4 March

2.     Andy Serkis, Actor

Gollum – The Lord of the Rings

Caesar – War for the Planet of the Apes

Supreme Leader Snoke – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Kino Loy – Star Wars: Andor

Ulysses Klaue – Black Panther

Alfred Pennyworth – The Batman

Appearing: 4 & 5 March

3.     Anthony Daniels, Actor

C-3PO – Star Wars

Appearing: 3-5 March

4.     Christopher Sabat, Voice Actor

Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, and Kami – Dragon Ball

All Might or Toshinori Yagi – My Hero Academia

Garterbelt – Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Zoro – One Piece

Appearing: 3-5 March

5.     Zach Aguilar, Voice Actor

Tanjiro Kamado – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Aether – Genshin Impact

Koichi Hirose – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Genos – One Punch Man

Byleth – Fire Emblem

David Martinez – Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

Arthur Pendragon – The Seven Deadly Sins

Appearing: 3-5 March

6.     Paige O’Hara, Actor, Voice Actor

Belle – Beauty and the Beast (Disney’s animated feature film)

Ellie May Chipley – Showboat (Broadway)

Fantine – Les Miserables (Broadway)

Edwin Drood – The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Broadway)

Appearing: 3-5 March

International Artists Lineup

Meet the following renowned international artists in MEFCC 2023.

1.     Greg Capullo, Comic Book Artist

Currently the artist in charge of DC Comics’ Batman series, Greg is best known for his work in Batman, Spawn, Death Metal, and Death of the Family.

Appearing: 3-5 March

2.     Ryan Ottley, Comic Book Artist

The primary artist and the contributing creator of the Invincible series, Ryan drew 127 of Invincible’s 144 issues. He has also worked on Amazing Spider-Man and Hulk.

Appearing: 3-5 March

3.     Jock, Comic Book Artist

The writer and artist of Batman: One Dark Knight, Jock (real name Mark Simpson), is a three-time New York Times bestselling artist best known for his work on Batman, Wolverine, and Judge. He also contributed key art and concept design for The Last Jedi, Dredd, and Ex Machina.

Appearing: 3-5 March

4.     Ken Lashley, Comic Book Artist

Ken Lashley has worked as a penciler, colorist, inker, finisher, cover colorist, cover artist, and variant cover artist. His work includes X-Men, Black Panther, Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, and Suicide Squad.

Appearing: 3-5 March

5.     Mike Peraza, Animator

Mike Peraza is one of the biggest names in the animation industry, working with the best filmmakers (Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas) and the biggest production houses (Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Lucasfilm, FOX Studios, Sony, MGM, and Universal Studios). He was the art director for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the concept designer for Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. He has also worked on DuckTales, Goof Troop, and Proud Family.

Appearing: 3-5 March

6.     Patty Peraza, Animator

The first female hired by Walt Disney Studio from CalArts (i.e., California Institute of the Arts) and Walt Disney Studio’s first female effects animator, Patty Peraza has worked on animated films, television commercials, live-action features, television shows, and direct-to-video projects. Her work includes The Black Cauldron, Beauty and the Beast, Tom & Jerry, and The Great Mouse Detective.

Appearing: 3-5 March

7.     David Angelo Roman, Comic Book Artist

David Angelo Roman is a cover artist for Rick and Morty. He is also an artist for Star Wars, The Walking Dead, and Steven Universe.

Appearing: 3-5 March

Come to the Middle East Film & Comic Con 2023

Calling all comic, film, television, video game, and cosplay fans. Meet your favorite actors and illustrators, participate in creative academy workshops, attend exclusive screenings, compete in cosplay competitions, challenge e-sports professionals, watch stage shows, and meet other pop culture fans. Come to MEFCC 2023, happening on 3-5 March 2023 in Abu Dhabi.

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