👨‍💻 Workshops 👩‍💻

GET EXCITED COMIC FANS

MEFCC is back with full force bringing you some AWESOME WORKSHOPS covering a wide array of all your favourite topics in the comic and pop culture sphere! From comic drawing master classes to comic career tips!

Our workshops will take place within MEFCC in dedicated classrooms outside the Main Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre (precise rooms to be confirmed) EVERY DAY of the con.

Places are limited, so be sure to SIGN UP ON SITE – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. Visitor Tickets are required for access.

Stay tuned for more information on our wonderful workshops – DON’T MISS OUT!

THURSDAY

TALAL ALASMANI, IMAGE NATION

"BUILDING STORIES"

Understanding the essential building blocks you need to tell a narrative story. Talal Alasmani is a film and television executive from Abu Dhabi. Although his interests in filmmaking began at school, it was at the American University of Sharjah where he formally studied it and made short films. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010, to obtain his Master’s degree in filmmaking. He joined Image Nation Abu Dhabi, after returning home, and is proud to still be part of the effort in helping to build a sustainable film industry in the region.

ANDREW HENRY

"CREATING A VILLAIN FOR YOUR COMICBOOK"

Ever wanted to create the perfect villain for your original character and you don't know where to start or how to do so? Always wanted to have your own deadly dangerous Joker type character for your book but you only get your hair falling from scratching your head? Look no further! Together we will fix that part to get your indie comic book into publicity.

YASSER ALIREZA & ZAID ADHAM

"KICK-OFF:A GUIDE TO STARTING YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK"

Learn all you need to know in order to kick-off your first comic book. Follow Zaid and Yasser’s journey with their first comic book series, Wayl in a step-by-step presentation. Gain from a live working session where you will work in a team to write and draw your own one-page comic.

What’s more? Enter a 24-hour creative challenge to win the award for best one-page comic voted on by international and local industry leaders.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the 3-day workshop.

CAVIN LAM

"IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU"

How to get into making your own professional cosplay costumes. Cavin Lam is  a cosplayer, costume designer, engineer and a prop maker based in Hong Kong. He started cosplay in 2014, and didn't have any experience in costume making and prop making. To date, he has created a number of Spider-Man suit and props.

He has studied different kinds of fabric and screen-printing techniques to replicate the texture on the Spider-Man: Homecoming suit. During his final year of education, he started his own workshop and started to produce movie-grade Spider-Man suit and props.

STREETFIGHTER CHALLENGE

"STREETFIGHTER ARTIST SPEED DRAWING CHALLENGE: FIGHT!"

Join UDON/StreetFighter artists Long Vo, Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz and Edwin Huang as they compete to see who can draw crowd requests under the gun within the time limit. The competition will be followed by a Q&A session where aspiring artists and fans can ask any questions to each of the artists.

FRIDAY

MICHAEL O'BRIEN

"COOL OF CTHULHU"

“No swords. No wizards. Just regular humans, in way over their heads as they work to uncover the mind-shattering horrors of the Lovecraftian mythos. That's the promise of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and over 30 years later we're still coming back for more.” Gold ENnie award-winning game designer Michael O'Brien, vice president of Chaosium Inc, discusses the popular appeal of the Cthulhu Mythos, and the part the Call of Cthulhu RPG has played helping bring H.P. Lovecraft's creations into the mainstream imagination.

MATT SMITH

"DRAWING COMICS 101 WITH CARTOONIST MATT SMITH"

Canadian/British cartoonist and comics educator Matt Smith (table C.F01 in Artist Alley) will show you everything you need to know to make your first comic!

Learn how to create expressive characters, show movement and draw sound. Everyone is welcome, but this workshop is perfect for kids age 7 and up! No previous drawing experience is necessary and all materials are provided. 45 minutes. 

BOB HOFFMAN

"COMICS CLASSES AND COMIC CONS IN K-12 SCHOOLS"

Attention: teachers, students, and fans of all things Comic Con! In the Fall and Winter of 2018, an after-school comics class at the Our Planet International School in Muscat, Oman, evolved into a school-wide comic con for hundreds of students, parents, and staff members. The very next term, “comics class” overtook football to become the most popular extracurricular activity at the school. Join comics educator Bob Hoffman to hear about how a comic convention was planned and executed in a short timeframe, and how you can build a comics class or comic con that matches the philosophy of your own primary, middle, or high school!

SOPHIE CHAN

"A MANGA ARTIST'S INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY  - DREAMS AND CHALLENGES"

Pick up that old sketch book you hid away in high-school with your Manga ideas and take this inspirational dose by the Manga artist and YouTuber Sophie Chan, who made it into the Manga industry without studying art. The Author of Ocean of Secrets Manga series Published by TOKYOPOP and Manga Workshop Characters book will present her story, challenges and provide tips and advices for upcoming Manga artists.

HEATHER SHIPMAN & Darren Herbert

"FUN WITH FACES CARICATURE WORKSHOP"

Learn to draw cartoony pictures of your family and friends! In this workshop you will learn the difference between distortion and exaggeration; a caricaturist looks for the unusual features of a person and then makes those features even more unusual.

What should you look for when drawing the shape of the face? How do you draw cartoon hair? What makes a young person look young and what makes an old person look old? How do you show someone’s personality?

Learn these tricks and more at our fun workshop that is guaranteed to get some laughs!.

YASSER ALIREZA & ZAID ADHAM

"KICK-OFF:A GUIDE TO STARTING YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK"

Learn all you need to know in order to kick-off your first comic book. Follow Zaid and Yasser’s journey with their first comic book series, Wayl in a step-by-step presentation. Gain from a live working session where you will work in a team to write and draw your own one-page comic.

What’s more? Enter a 24-hour creative challenge to win the award for best one-page comic voted on by international and local industry leaders.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the 3-day workshop.

NICK REGO & ISLAM IBRAHIM

"GAMING JOURNALISM 101: WHAT IT TAKES TO WRITE ABOUT VIDEO GAMES"

Ever wanted to play and write about video games as a full-time job? The world of gaming journalism is an exciting one to pursue, but it’s dangerous to go alone! Attend this workshop hosted by Nick Rego and Islam Ibrahim from IGN Middle East to find out everything you need to know about video game journalism, including how to get started with writing reviews, what it takes to review a game, and how to pitch story ideas to gaming publications. 

TALAL ALASMANI, IMAGE NATION

"BUILDING STORIES"

Understanding the essential building blocks you need to tell a narrative story. Talal Alasmani is a film and television executive from Abu Dhabi. Although his interests in filmmaking began at school, it was at the American University of Sharjah where he formally studied it and made short films. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010, to obtain his Master’s degree in filmmaking. He joined Image Nation Abu Dhabi, after returning home, and is proud to still be part of the effort in helping to build a sustainable film industry in the region.

SATURDAY

DES TAYLOR

"PUBLISH YOUR DIGITAL COMIC… WITH MADEFIRE"

Madefire provides creators and publishers the cutting edge publishing platform, ‘MOTION BOOK PUBLISHER’, which enables a digital- first

approach to publishing cross platform in multiple formats and a reading experience with added interactivity, sound and motion.

International Artist Des Taylor will be giving a demonstration of the Madefire App to prospective publishers and comic artists at MEFCC,

showing video on how YOU can build your own universe on the platform and giving you an insight into MIXED REALITY comics.

MICHAEL O'BRIEN

"KICKSTARTING YOURSELF TO DEATH - CHAOSIUM'S CAUTIONARY TALE"

Chaosium's status among RPG publishers is iconic: over 40 years producing such groundbreaking games as RuneQuest, Pendragon, and the enduringly popular Call of Cthulhu. But two wildly successful Kickstarters in 2012-13 almost did the company in. Awash with Kickstarter cash, what went wrong? And how did the company bring itself back from the brink of disaster? The new Chaosium leadership offers a salutary lesson for game publishers and developers everywhere... with Michael O'Brien, vice president of Chaosium Inc.

ANDREW CLEMSON

"YOU ARE YOUR AUDIENCE. - WRITING A COMIC PEOPLE WILL WANT TO READ"

In this workshop learn how to go about finding the right concept to focus your creative efforts on and how to bring those ideas to fruition as part of a larger creative team. Andrew Clemson is a Dubai based writer of comics such as Sci-Fi comedy “Star Bastard” from Scout Comics, along with self published titles Bete Noir and Child of the Machine. 

SANA TAKEDA

"MONSTESS OF IMAGINATION"

Meet the Hugo and Eisner Award winning artist behind Monstress, Sana Takeda and learn about how she developed her talent followed by an intimate Q&A. 

DAVID ANGELO ROMAN

"HOW TO DRAW RICK AND MORTY"

Learn to draw the weirdest characters in the universe from the guy who does it for a living, David Angelo Roman!

David Angelo Roman is a classically trained artist, having studied in Spain and Italy. Roman began his professional career as a mural and fresco artist, with emphasis in photo-realism and illusions. Always being a fan of comics, it was only a matter of time before he applied all his skills towards comic art.

Currently Roman is a Rick and Morty cover artist, creating art for the Oni – Adult Swim – Rick and Morty comic book and the Cryptozoic trading cards. 

YASSER ALIREZA & ZAID ADHAM

"KICK-OFF:A GUIDE TO STARTING YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK"

Learn all you need to know in order to kick-off your first comic book. Follow Zaid and Yasser’s journey with their first comic book series, Wayl in a step-by-step presentation. Gain from a live working session where you will work in a team to write and draw your own one-page comic.

What’s more? Enter a 24-hour creative challenge to win the award for best one-page comic voted on by international and local industry leaders.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the 3-day workshop.

TALAL ALASMANI, IMAGE NATION

"BUILDING STORIES"

Understanding the essential building blocks you need to tell a narrative story. Talal Alasmani is a film and television executive from Abu Dhabi. Although his interests in filmmaking began at school, it was at the American University of Sharjah where he formally studied it and made short films. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010, to obtain his Master’s degree in filmmaking. He joined Image Nation Abu Dhabi, after returning home, and is proud to still be part of the effort in helping to build a sustainable film industry in the region.