Middle East Film and Comic Con 2015 Targeting Attendance of Over 50,000 Fans
February 9, 2015

 Announce William Shatner as headline guest alongside new strategic partners for 2015

February 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —The Middle East Film and Comic Con (http://www.mefcc.com) continues to grow significantly with a target of over 50,000 visitors for the 2015 show and an additional 35% of space booked at the Dubai World Trade Center, with organisers looking to elevate the Dubai based event to the next level.

The headline guest for the 2015 edition which is scheduled for April 9th to 11th will be all-round legendary performer William Shatner, recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk. A number of other guests have also been revealed as well including Karl Urban, well known as Éomer in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in “Star Trek” (2009), and Judge Dredd in “Dredd” (2012); along with another sci-fi legend, Sam Jones, best known for his iconic role as Flash Gordon, who made one of the most talked about cameos in recent years in the smash hit “Ted”. Image Comics, the publisher of huge hits like “The Walking Dead”, will also be exhibiting for the first time with more guest and content announcements promised in the coming weeks.

More Strategic Partnerships

MECC1With a number of new partnerships to deliver the best pop-culture content from around the world, MEFCC are thrilled to be working in collaboration with Live Nation to feature fan favourites Thirty Seconds to Mars on Friday 10th April. They have sold over 5 million albums worldwide and hold the Guinness World Record for the most concerts in a tour. The band is noted for its energetic live performances including their #1 hit singles “From Yesterday”, “Kings and Queens”, and “This Is War”. The concert is sure to be a hit with convention and music fans alike. Concert Tickets on-sale from Wednesday February 11th at 12pm from http://www.ticketmaster.ae. For more information please visit http://www.MARSinDubai.com

Another key strategic alliance announced is one with LINE, the world’s leading life platform with 181 million monthly active users. It offers free text and voice messaging, voice and video calling and group chat with up to 200 people, integrated with various interactive elements such as Stickers, Timeline and Official Accounts. By opening a dedicated Official Account, LINE will offer fans at the show up-to-the-minute live updates of activities, promotions, signings, workshops and exclusive offers, ensuring that they don’t miss out on the jam-packed weekend of activities.

“Partnering with MEFCC was a natural choice for LINE given the creative, artistic and tech-savvy crowd that the exhibition has been attracting over the years. I’m sure our dynamic messaging platform and the wide array of LINE Family apps will appeal to the youth attending the event and we look forward to interacting with them at the event,” said Minho Goh, Head of Turkey, Middle East and Africa at LINE Business Development Division at LINE PLUS Corporation.

“Our promise is always Bigger, Better & Crazier than Ever,” said Managing Director, Ben Caddy. “With the overwhelming support of both our industry partners and the fan community, whether they are artists, exhibitors, sponsors or fans, people feel that they have a stake in this event and the platform it provides,” he added, “and it’s that enthusiasm which is driving the growth of the event.”

This year Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is also playing an even bigger role in promoting the event as a global attraction. Sally Edwards, Director of Dubai Calendar, a department of DTCM said: “A unique and intriguing event, Comic Con is a key diary date for Dubai’s year-round calendar of internationally acclaimed arts, entertainment and community events. With additional space confirmed for this year’s edition, it’s fantastic that the event will be even bigger and better than Comic Con 2014, which was a resounding success. We look forward to seeing Comic Con’s popularity continue to grow in the coming years, as we welcome the who’s who of the worlds of comics, TV, film, anime and so much more to enjoy all that our Emirate has to offer.”

MEFCC will continue to give fans from around the region the chance to celebrate a shared love of pop culture, meet international celebrities and artists, learn from industry professionals, express their own talent and enjoy a feast of activities ranging from gaming to music, art, technology and beyond.

Tickets Now on Sale

With more announcements to follow, tickets, are now on sale Online and at Virgin Megastores outlets across the GCC, with new categories and benefits this year, more information can be found at http://www.mefcc.com/tickets

Middle East Film and Comic Con will be held from the 9th to the 11th of April 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Center, Zabeel Halls 1, 2 and 3.

About MEFCC

The Middle East Film and Comic Con is the region’s largest popular culture festival showcasing Film, TV, Sci-Fi, Animation, Gaming, Manga, Comics, Collectables and more. Fans can meet celebrities, buy exclusive merchandise, take part in creative workshops & competitions, compete in gaming tournaments or just relax with friends and family.

The Insider

For more information on the event please visit http://www.mefcc.com and join http://www.facebook.com/mefcc.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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