x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Marvel legend Stan Lee hit at comic fest

Among the stars taking part was Gianluca Esposito, who played Gus on Breaking Bad.

Giancarlo Esposito. AMC, Ursula Coyote / AP photo
Giancarlo Esposito. AMC, Ursula Coyote / AP photo

DUBAI // Dubai was awash with celebrities as the festival rolled into the World Trade Centre for its annual celebration of all things geeky.

Among the stars taking part was Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus on Breaking Bad.

He drew applause from fans at the event after demanding that organisers invite more female celebrity guests to next year’s festival.

Esposito made the remarks after discovering that no female guests were present at the opening press conference.

“Why are there not more women on the stage? Because they didn’t get them. So, next time, ask them. I’m going to apologise because we do not have more women up here, and I am going to talk to the organisers, and make sure that there are more females up here next year,” said Esposito, who received a standing ovation in the process.

The Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy, who appeared in The Hobbit films, was another guest who proved to be a popular draw.

The former Dr Who star reeled off anecdotes from his long-running career, whether during his questions-and-answers session, chatting with fans around the halls, or catching up with fellow celebrities in the VIP lounge.

“I was at a convention in Germany recently,” said McCoy.

“And about 85 per cent of the attendees were women. They’d all come dressed as dwarves and wizards for some reason, and I spent the whole weekend being hugged by bearded ladies.”

Seth Green, the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, remarked on the changes he had seen in Dubai since his first visit in 2009.

The weekend’s biggest draw, however, came in the form of Marvel legend and Spiderman creator, Stan Lee.

Although only able to take part in a questions-and-answers session over Skype, visitors packed into the venue’s cinema to listen to Lee.

“It’s great to be here, and I wish I could be there in person, but since I can’t, this is the next best thing,” Lee said.

The event raised more than Dh50,000 for charity.