Are you an artist, writer, cosplayer, or hobby collector? Visit Dubai Comic Con's workshops to find out industry tips and tricks.
2 March 2020| Last updated on 2 March 2020
The geekiest time of the year is back with full force!
Dive into a world full of creativity, imagination, action, and colours as the annual Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) returns for another epic edition from March 5 - 7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Along with a spectacular line-up of celebrities including Disney Aladdin's Mena Massoud and DC Superman's Brandon Routh, artist alleys, cosplay competitions, live performances, brands, and activations, MEFCC is also bringing you a must-visit schedule of workshops and panels.
Covering a wide range of all your favourite topics in the comic, cosplay, film, hobby, and pop culture sphere, participants will find insightful and educational workshops from comic drawing masterclasses to comic career tips!
Seats are limited, so be sure to sign up at the venue as it's first come, first served!
Thursday March 5 Workshops
A Life in Comics with Renee Witterstaetter
MEFCC will be having an in-depth public interview with Renee Witterstaetter - writer, colourist, editor, and agent for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos Quest, Jurassic Park, and more.
It's also a fantastic opportunity for artists as Witterstaetter will be reviewing portfolios at the table, so don't hesitate to bring your best work and your most pressing questions!
Cosplay Competitions with Kaoru Lily & Rei Suzuki
Learn everything you need to know about cosplays and cosplay competitions from past World Cosplay Summit winners Kaoru Lily and Rei Suzuki.
The professional cosplayers will give new and veteran cosplayers their tips and tricks on the basics of acting out your roles, how to prepare for your performance, what you can expect from competitions, and the best inspiration for your future cosplay shows.
Dynamic Drawing with Rags Morales
Join the seasoned artist for Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, and more in this hour-long extensive workshop where you can gain some insight on dynamic figure drawing.
MEFCC-goers will have the chance to learn directly from one of the best in the industry.
What It Takes to Work for Marvel and DC Comics
If you've ever asked yourself that question, then professional comic book artist Mostafa Moussa will be at Dubai Comic Con to answer it.
With 21 years of experience in the comic book industry, the vet creator will reveal how he was able to break into the business at just 18 years old, his career highlights, and more. He'll also be giving portfolio reviews, so artists - bring your best!
Friday March 6 Workshops
Storytelling and Acting in Comics with Emanuela Lupacchino
Find out how to give the perfect storytelling, gestures, and attitude at Emanuela Lupacchino's live guide on how to make your characters life-like.
The professional artist will help you explore the most important storytelling rules, facial expressions and dialogue, acting and attitude description of a character.
Cosplay Tips & Tricks with iCosplay
In this in-depth talk with Saudi cosplayer, iCosplay, the audience will receive a treasure trove of cosplay tips and tricks she's learned through the years, from working on cosplay props to techniques that will make it easier to complete your look.
Pitching Your Comic Book with Andrew Clemson
This workshop will explain how to best present your comic book projects to potential collaborators, publishers, and agents.
Learn how to put together an effective comic book pitch and help get your foot in the door of the comic book publishing industry. Workshop participants aren't required need to have a project ready for pitching, but if you have a portfolio ready, Clemson will be able to give his review and best advice.
Build Your Own Gundam with Otaku ME
Join Otaku ME, the region's biggest provider for gundam kits, for a fun hands-on experience building your first plastic Gundam robot! Without using paint or glue, participants will discover an exciting new hobby that develops creativity and understanding of mechanical principles.
Plastic model kits and tools will be provided at the workshop, and kids aged 10 and above are welcome.
The Simplest Rule of Thumb for Beginner Artists
Professional artist Bob Layton will explain the best way to turn a blank page of white paper into your friend, instead of a dreaded enemy. His simple "Rules of Thumb" will help all beginner artists at the workshop build more confidence when approaching their drawing process.
Saturday March 7
Drawing Spiderman and Venom with Sam De La Rosa
De La Rosa's panel will present and discuss his work and experience as a finishing artist for Marvel and DC, along with other comic book publishers.
The veteran comic book artist, who has been in the industry since 1982, has worked on popular favourites like Spider-Man, Venom, and Batman.
This is the must-attend workshop for fans who appreciate artists with a wide range of art credits and history.
How to Bring Comics into School, the Right Way!
Parents, students, and school professionals are invited to take a comprehensive look at the ways to choose graphic novels for a student library, building comics resources for students, running comic book school clubs, and even how to throw a school-wide comic con.
Join comics educator and art designer Bob Hoffman as he walks students, teachers, and curious convention-goers through the steps of properly introducing comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels into a school or university curriculum.
Hoffman will be providing educational handouts and links, and giving out prizes as he opens up the floor to participants eager to ask questions or share their own experiences.
How To Make a Short Docu-Film in a Language You Don't Understand
Sounds very specific, but videographers and filmmakers may have been there before.
This insightful workshop with Waleed Al Madani will focus on the production process of short documentaries, specifically documentaries where directors don’t understand the language of their characters or the regions they are filming in.
Pictured: Waleed Al Madani (L) | Rodney Ramos (R)
The Art of Inking for Comics with Rodney Ramos
Rodney Ramos has inked for almost every Marvel comic title out there. If you want to find out what an inker does to bring comics to life, the 1-hour panel will discuss tips and tricks, as well as answer audience questions.
Bringing a Universe to Life with Georges Jeanty
Comics professional Georges Jeanty has brought the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe to life via his artwork. At this hour-long workshop, he'll be working on a piece from start to finish, answering questions about the comics, his career, and more.
Costume Making with Cavin Creations
Hong Kong-based cosplayer from Cavin Creators is returning to MEFCC to bring you some stellar hacks on costume making, especially for a Spider-Man piece!
In this workshop, Dubai Comic Con-goers will be able to learn about techniques on puff painting your fabric and how to assemble your Spider-Man lenses to fabric, etc.
The Art of Colouring with Michael Watkins
Artist and businessman Michael Watkins uses coptic markers and watercolours to tell a story. At his special panel, audience members will learn how important colours are to your storytelling.
Watkins will also talk about the skills it takes to be a freelance artist, and will also discuss developing your own business model, so bring your questions!
Bringing Pop Culture to Life with Jeremy Clark
A Q&A featuring Jeremy Clark's career from indie publishers to the mainstream names. Clark has worked on titles such as Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles, and MEFCC-goers are welcome to bring their biggest questions about the industry.
Tickets on sale
Are you ready to experience the region's biggest pop culture festival? If you haven't booked your tickets yet, you're only one step away from getting access to all the epic action this year.
MEFCC tickets are available from PlatinumList, Virgin Megastore online, and any Virgin Megastore branch in the UAE.
Prices start from AED 115 for single-day tickets, with special family packages from AED 345.
VIP tickets are available in Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each giving you three-day access to MEFCC, free passes to at least one celebrity meet and greet, VIP swag bag, fast tract access to all zones, and much, much more!
For more information, visit: https://www.mefcc.com/