When the second Middle East edition of Comic Con hit Dubai last weekend, pop culture fans from all over the Middle East converged on the region’s biggest geekfest to show off their costumes and hunt for collectibles. Naturally, we couldn’t stay away!
One thing that makes Comic Con really exciting for us is that the event isn’t just for fans, it also provides a platform for artists and brings together the UAE’s creative community, especially designers and illustrators, in a section called Artists’ Alley. Like last year, David Macedo and Liz Ramos Prado set up stalls to present some of their illustrations and character designs.
Welcome to Artists’ Alley
Designer toy auction
Comic Con always hosts dozens of sub-events and workshops. For us, the MEGA toy auction was the most hotly anticipated one, as it featured toys created by our own Fantastic Four: David, Liz, William Navarro and German Fernandez. The auction was the culmination of Project: MEGA, which began earlier this year, when the organisers invited UAE-based artists to design customised versions of the Emirati-designed MEGA-figurine. The creative community loved the idea, resulting in an incredible range of more than 100 characters, ranging from the cute to the positively deranged, many complete with accessories and backdrops. The potential of making MEGA-bucks at auction obviously added to the excitement.
The group of MEGAs selected for the Comic Con auction included this miniature version of Boba Fett, created by William, who only reluctantly agreed to sell ‘Fetty’ to the highest bidder:
Liz came up with this wicked MEGA-version of Hayley Quinn, a villainous little creature, which was a hit with visiting fans:
And now, for the good guys: David’s MEGA was based on action legend Bruce Lee and packed quite a punch:
German’s rendition of Superman, on the other hand, was more geared towards cuddling than combat:
It was hectic, it was fun, it was exhausting. Dramatically capped off with a Tatooine-style sandstorm, this year’s Comic Con was a joy to visit and well worth participating in. David sums it up nicely: