This weekend, my family and I took a drive up to Dubai to attend the MEFCC. We went on Friday, stayed the night, and went to the beach on Saturday. It was all of our first comic conventions, and I have to say, I think we were a bit underwhelmed. We got there when it started and didn’t have to wait in line too much before getting inside the hall. These guys knew what they were doing though and brought their own entertainment for the wait.
The area itself was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, but no worry. We were planning on spending a long time there, and figured we’d at least be able to see everything. Including some sweet Iron Man armors.
And we did. Most of the space was taken up by stalls selling things, which we expected. There was a huge area selling graphic novels at prices above Amazon and a few selling very expensive t-shirts and statues. No problem for us. After all, that’s what the internet is for. I don’t need to spend tons of money on stuff like that. There were also Legos for sale and man oh man, I wanted that Death Star soooooo bad!
The $800 price tag made me change my mind though. We continued on and wandered through the artist alleys for a while. They were the most interesting for me and I loved to see the different styles and mash-ups that people created. Some of the stuff was quite good, but again, rather expensive. I like the art, but I had to factor in what I’ll be able to bring back to the US when we move home this summer. So although we didn’t buy anything, my wife took some shots of a couple cool items.
There was also a large gaming area, where people sat around televisions, rolled 20-sided dice, or played some cards. If I had gone alone, I might have been more interested in participating in those things, but I know my girls didn’t want to sit around and watch me do that. There was a space for the celebrities. Now the celebs in Dubai were not exactly the ones I was chomping at the bit to see. The only one I really missed was Seth Green, but again, being the cheapskate I am, I wasn’t going to pay to get my picture taken with him (although the height difference would have been funny) or his autograph. Now if I had brought a Robot Chicken DVD or, better yet Idle Hands, I might have had to do that.
I must say, the highlight of the event was meeting one comic book artist. There were two there that I had heard of, but unfortunately, I didn’t have any of my comics, and Humberto Ramos never seemed to be at his table very long anyways. But that doesn’t matter because I met David Lloyd! Here I am looking on in awe as he sketched for me.
He was a great guy and very easy to talk to. He had no line (to my astonishment) but was very friendly and asked a lot about me. He was promoting his website Aces Weekly, which I will be checking out and reviewing hopefully this week. He described it as a series of stories, done by many different writers and artists which were created for electronic viewing. For a very small fee, I got a code to buy an entire volume of it and got a signed sketch!
I was blown away. He didn’t seem to mind that I only knew him from V for Vendetta, and was eager to share his other work. That one part of the day made the whole trip worth it for me.
The main reason that I was a bit disappointed by the MEFCC was summed up by my daughter. “I thought that there would be more comics.” I was hoping to find some cheap back issues or some reasonably priced ones to add to my collection. There were two (2!) people I saw selling issues. One had maybe 20 or so, going back to the 90’s and all priced at about $10 each. The other was selling very rare, early comics, for thousands of dollars. Neither one made me reach for my wallet, but mostly because I couldn’t afford the old gems.
I got some good pictures of some of the cosplayers, of which there were not too many that I saw, and got a few people to do a quick survey for the site. I will be posting those pictures and survey results in parts 2 and 3, respectively, very soon. All in all, I still had a good time. I’m looking forward to the Boston Con even more now though, and am hoping that it will be even better. At least there I know I will be getting some of my actual comics signed, so that will be great. Thanks MEFCC!