Saturday , December 15 2018

COMIC-CON KUWAIT – From games to anime … and everything in-between

Coming back for its second year-round, Comic-Con Kuwait 2018 opened its doors to flocks of fans from every corner of the pop-culture industry.

Inaugurated by the Head of Amiri Protocol, Sheikh Khaled Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah alongside the Ambassador of Japan to Kuwait Takashi Ashiki and Ambassador of the United States of America Lawrence R. Silverman, the convention witnessed an approximation of 24 thousand visitors, indicating that the number of pop-culture fans is on the rise.

During his speech, Ambassador of the United States of America Lawrence R. Silverman asserted his admiration to comics and the superheroes in these fictional worlds, as he himself used to read them. He mentioned that creating such characters and their stories requires a high level of creativity, and in order for these artists to continue delivering such content, their ideas must be protected, asserting the importance of the protection of intellectual property. For this reason, the embassy has set up a booth for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for individuals seeking to learn more about intellectual property protection.

The three-day convention enjoyed the presence of celebrities like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the King-Slayer himself, Jamie Lanister from the hit series Game of Thrones and Michael Fassbender, Academy Awards Nominee who filled the role of everyone’s favourite X-Men villain Magneto/Erik.

On the other hand, gamers were not let down as Comic-Con Kuwait 2018 invited celebrity voice actors such as David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake. Nolan North, the person behind giving life to Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the Uncharted series. As well as Cara Theobold and Fred Tatasciore, the voices behind Tracer and Soldior 76, characters from the competitive Blizzard game that took E-Sports by storm Overwatch.

All the celebrities took to the stage to meet their fans and answer some of their questions regarding their line of work and the characters they play, while asserting their absolute pleasure of being in Kuwait, as for some of them, it is their first time in the Middle East.

Furthermore, professional cosplayers such as Thomas DePetrillo and Wheeljack were also amongst the visiting guests, showcasing their creations and inspiring local talent to aim bigger.

There was a time when conventions like these were only attended, or at least thought to be for kids only, but as evident by the numbers of visitors and participants of all age, comics, games, anime and everything in between is for all.

Story and photos by – By Ahmed Al Naqeeb – Arab Times Staff


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