Keep Calm And Comic Con

April 2, 2014
Men are suckers for nostalgia. For those of a certain age, Star Wars will always have a place close to their hearts. For others, it is Batman or Lord of the Rings, or Doctor Who, or Betamax tapes or their first Atari. Whatever it is, popular culture – good or bad – is something to be celebrated. The annual pop-culture convention, Comic Con, normally gets a bad reputation for being exclusively for people dressed up like obscure Manga comic villains rehashing the same old Captain Kirk versus Captain Picard debate, but – now a worldwide phenomenon – it has become so much more than that. This month’s event at the Dubai World Trade Centre will not only be a haven for all things comic, but also host a series of meet-and-greets with pop culture celebrities; a live Q&A with the creator of Marvel Comics Stan Lee; and an impressive Art Wars exhibit (pictured) displaying customised works – including one by Damien Hirst, the world’s richest living artist – of Star Wars’ iconic storm trooper helmet. For collectors out there, the convention will also have on display a rare collection of vintage comics worth over AED 10 million, including the first ever issues to feature Batman and Superman. Details: Middle East Film & Comic Con, Dubai World Trade Centre, April 3 to 5. For more visit