Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) is back with a bang, promising to be the region’s grandest pop culture festival yet. From February 9th to 11th, 2024, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) will transform into a haven for fans of film, TV, sci-fi, anime, manga, gaming, comics, and collectables. This year’s guest lineup is nothing short of spectacular, with stars from the worlds of film, television, and comics converging in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the essence of pop culture.
The Star-Studded Guest Line-up
Taz Skylar: The Man Behind “Black Leg” Sanji
Taz Skylar, an Olivier-nominated actor with a diverse background, is set to grace MEFCC 2024. You may know him as the voice of “Black Leg” Sanji in the Netflix sensation One Piece. In 2023, One Piece took the world by storm as one of the most trending shows on global streaming platforms. Taz’s journey as an actor, writer, and producer has been remarkable. Before donning the role of Sanji, he made his feature film debut in ‘The Kill Team,’ directed by two-time Oscar nominee Dan Krauss. Furthermore, his play ‘Warheads’ earned him an Olivier Award nomination in 2020, highlighting his excellence in London’s professional theatre scene.
Iñaki Godoy: Bringing Monkey D. Luffy to Life
Joining Taz Skylar at MEFCC is Iñaki Godoy, the talented actor who brings Monkey D. Luffy to life in the live-action adaptation of One Piece. Together, they form a dynamic duo that promises to bring the magic of the Straw Hat Pirates and their quest for the One Piece treasure to Abu Dhabi.
Show Hayami: The Voice Acting Maestro
Voice acting enthusiasts, get ready to be awed by Show Hayami, the Japanese actor, voice actor, and singer. With a career spanning over four decades, Show is known for his deep and smooth voice, bringing many characters to life, from heroes to twisted sociopaths. His impressive repertoire includes characters like Father Remington, Maximilian Jenius, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Sōsuke Aizen, Muraki Kazutaka, Enrico Maxwell, and League of Legends champion Jhin.
Frank Welker and Peter Cullen: The Voices Behind Transformers
For classic animation fans, MEFCC 2024 presents the opportunity to meet legends in the voice-acting industry. Frank Welker, the iconic voice behind Transformers’ Megatron, Garfield, and Scooby Doo, will be in attendance, alongside Peter Cullen, known for giving life to Optimus Prime, the beloved protagonist of Transformers.
Ivan Reis: A Comic Creation Legend
Comic book enthusiasts are in for a treat as MEFCC welcomes Ivan Reis, a legendary Brazilian comic creator known for his exclusive work with DC Comics. With an illustrious career spanning nearly two decades, Ivan has contributed to iconic titles such as Green Lantern, Aquaman, Superman, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and Justice League. Recently, he became the tenth creator to join the Ghost Machine Collective, publishing creator-owned comics through Image Comics.
The Comic Creators’ Club
MEFCC is not just about meeting your favourite stars; it’s also a haven for comic enthusiasts. The Comic Creators Club offers fans a unique opportunity to get personalized commissions from talented artists.
The Artist Alley
The Artist Alley showcases local and regional emerging and established artists, presenting their latest work. It’s a perfect place for art lovers to explore and purchase unique pieces.
Gaming Arena: Level Up Your Gaming Skills
For gamers, the Gaming Arena at MEFCC is where the action unfolds. Challenge yourself with the latest games and competitions, and test your skills against fellow enthusiasts.
Main Stage: Where Celebrities Shine
The Main Stage at MEFCC is the hub for celebrity panels, interviews, community sessions, and fan screenings. Get up close and personal with your favourite stars and hear their stories.
Festival Plaza: Entertainment Galore
The Festival Plaza provides live entertainment, music, activities, and delectable food and beverages. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
Japanese Village: A Taste of Japan
Making its debut at MEFCC this year is the Japanese Village, offering a taste of the Land of the Rising Sun right in Abu Dhabi. Experience traditional activities like Yukata tryouts, origami, calligraphy, and live performances.
Ultimate Fan Experience
MEFCC 2024 is more than just a convention; it’s the ultimate fan experience. With a 12-year legacy of celebrating pop culture, this year’s event promises to be the best yet. Spoil yourself with attractions like ‘Meet the Stars,’ the ‘Comic Creators Club,’ the ‘Artist Alley,’ and the ‘Gaming Arena.’ Whether you’re a film, TV, gaming, or comics fan or simply want to immerse yourself in pop culture, MEFCC has something for everyone.
Q: When and where is MEFCC 2024 taking place?
A: MEFCC 2024 will be held from February 9th to 11th at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Q: Who are the notable celebrities attending MEFCC 2024?
A: The guest lineup includes Taz Skylar, Iñaki Godoy, Show Hayami, Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, and Ivan Reis, among others.
Q: What can I expect at the Comic Creators Club?
A: The Comic Creators Club offers fans the chance to get personalized commissions from talented artists.
Q: Tell me more about the Japanese Village.
A: The Japanese Village at MEFCC brings a taste of Japanese culture to Abu Dhabi, featuring traditional activities like Yukata tryouts, origami, calligraphy, and live performances.
Q: How can I get tickets for MEFCC 2024?
A: You can purchase tickets for MEFCC 2024 on the official MEFCC website or at the event venue.
Q: Is there an age restriction for MEFCC?
A: MEFCC is a family-friendly event, but certain panels or activities may have age restrictions, so check the event schedule for details.
Middle East Film & Comic Con 2024 is set to celebrate pop culture like no other. With an incredible guest lineup, a range of activities for fans of all ages, and the debut of the Japanese Village, MEFCC promises an unforgettable experience for attendees. Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in film, TV, gaming, comics, and collectables at this year’s MEFCC in Abu Dhabi. Get your tickets and get ready to meet your favourite stars, discover unique art, and level up your gaming skills!