2000AD artist Lee Townsend is to be one of the first guests announced for the first Middle East Film and Comic Con (20th & 21st April 2012) at the Dubai International Marine Club.
The event, first mooted last year, has been launched as a consistent outlet for the many thousands of fans in the region, offering a line-up of both fantasy media and comics guests, and hopes to support both the media, licensing and entertainment industry - as well as encouraging a new generation of artists, writers, directors and entrepreneurs within the entertainment and artistic field.
The organisers are hopeful that like other comic conventions around the world, this event will become a regular fixture for the Middle East, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans every year!
"The event is not only an opportunity to fans to meet celebrities and artists, watch exclusive previews, purchase limited edition merchandise or take part in exciting competitions," they say. "It's also a chance to connect and make friends with the thousands of other fans from across the region.
Lee Townsend, one of the first comics guests announced, is currently pencilling and inking for Marvel, DC Comics and drawing storyboards for an upcoming live action science fiction film.
He started in the comic industry in 1992 working for Marvel UK, before moving into work in the animation industry for Disney and Dreamworks.
He then returned to comics which was always his first love, working for Marvel (on Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men, Hulk and Avengers) and 2000AD (Judge Dredd and Sinister Dexter), DC and Image Comics. (Check out his blog here)
While the official guest list is still a bit sparse, it looks as though more guests will be announced in the coming weeks on the event's Facebook page and web site.
Also announced so far is Mark Sable, the critically-acclaimed writer of titles such as What If? Spider-Man and Marvel Superheroes, Batman: Two-Face - Year One and Supergirl. He’s best known for his creator-owned work, including Grounded, Fearless and Hazed for Image Comics. His most recent creator-owned work is Image Comics Graveyard of Empires with artist Paul Azaceta, where United States Marines team up with The Taliban to quell a zombie uprising in Afghanistan. The first issue, released last year, sold out and immediately went into a second printing.
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One Day Pass – AED 55 (£10) - see conversion rate
This entitles you to one full day of fun at the event including entry to all areas. Celebrity signing or artist comission tickets can be purchased from the ticket booth.
Weekend Pass – AED 100 - about £17 - see conversion rate
If one day isn’t enough (and if you're planning to travel from the UK, we doubt it!) then get your weekend pass and make a trip of it! Celebrity signing or artist comission tickets can be purchased from the ticket booth.
VIP tickets – AED 500 - £86 - see conversion rate
VIP tickets will include early bird access to both days of the show so you have first pick on all the cool stuff available; priority queuing for autographs; autograph coupon, randomly chosen limited or signed prints, MEFCC merchandise and other goodies as well