In pictures: IGN Convention in Dubai
July 5, 2013
Hundreds of cosplay fans, people who like to dress up as their favourite game, film or comic book characters, donned pink wigs, angel wings and latex body suits yesterday to celebrate geek culture.
The IGN Convention, at Dubai’s Meydan IMAX, featured stands from video game companies, comic book art and model war gaming, but it was the cosplayers who attracted the most attention.
One of the favourites was Jason Al Moalla, an Emirati dressed as comic book hero Spawn, in a full-body latex moulded suit it took him six months to make. “I am breathing through my eyes,” said Mr Al Moalla, his voice muffled behind a full-face mask.
“We’re essentially creating a paradise for video games, film and comic book aficionados,” said Abbas Jaffar Ali, director at IGN Middle East.
“The IGN Convention is a big festival with local and international celebrities, heaps of amazing content, and activities for the entire family," said Abbas Jaffar Ali, director at IGN Middle East.
Dianne Joy Benedicto, 21, from the Philippines, went the moderately easier route of taking fabrics to the tailor to make her costume. “Most tailors are shocked,” she said. “Instead of having to explain what it’s for, I just tell them it’s for sc???