Comic Con Arabia to bring best of pop culture to Riyadh

Comic Con Arabia is asking the region’s artists to create a mascot fit for the brand.
Updated 27 November 2017
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Comic Con Arabia to bring best of pop culture to Riyadh

JEDDAH: Popular culture convention, Comic Con Arabia, is coming to Riyadh for the first time from Nov. 23-25.
The event, organized by Panache Middle East and Events Oasis, will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The three-day multi-genre celebration will provide spectators with the opportunity to meet “Game of Thrones” and “Justice League” star, Jason Momoa, regional rapper Qusai and many more.
“Comic Con Arabia’s audience will be entertained with an eclectic selection of activities including two cosplay competitions, challenging e-sports tournaments and food from a delicious medley of food-trucks, and shop for some exclusive collectibles inspired by the exhilarating world of anime, manga, graphic novels, video games, toys, TV shows and films,” organizers said in a press statement.
The region’s best cosplayers will have the chance to compete against each other in male and female cosplay competitions, for a cash prize of SR7,000 ($1870) each.
The competitions will be judged by international celebrity cosplayers who are experts in costume creation and whose creations have been used in Hollywood movies.
Additional features of the event include stimulating discussion panels and make-up workshops for women from professional make-up artists. Talented regional artists will adorn the Artist Alley with their creations and avid gamers can display their skills at challenging eSports tournaments.
Apart from the cosplay competitions, Comic Con Arabia will offer numerous opportunities to win prizes including a fully paid trip to Spain and other giveaways from social media competitions.
Comic Con Arabia is also asking the region’s artists to create a mascot fit for the brand.
The crowd-sourced mascot competition will see one highly creative individual take home a cash prize of SR5,000, unlimited access to all of the coming Comic Con Arabia events and more.
Additional prizes will be provided for the winners of the eSports tournaments and competitions.
Tickets are available through Virgin Megastores or at the door.
Picture gallery of the Comic Con Arabia


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.