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Make Mine Ms Marvel: Sana Amanat in Conversation

Event 167 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Sana Amanat
'Sana's a real-life superhero.'' – President Barack Obama

As Marvel’s Director of Content Development, Sana Amanat is charged with developing new characters and content for a diverse audience of comic readers, young and old. And as co-creator of Kamala Khan, the instantly-beloved Muslim superhero Ms Marvel, she has already made a Hulk-sized impact!

This is a chance to learn more about Sana, Kamala, and the latest exciting developments in Marvel’s all new, all-different superhero universe.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 12-Adult

Make Mine Ms Marvel: Sana Amanat in Conversation

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KAPOW! Comics and Animation: Culture Strikes Back!

Event 166 Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“When Freej by Mohammed Saeed Harib came out, it kind of broke a lot of rules.” – Khaled bin Hamad

Can comics and animation embrace tradition while still breaking new ground and achieving popular success? Our three panellists discuss the new dawn of culture.

Sana Amanat’s experiences as a Muslim growing up in New Jersey shaped Marvel Comics’ new character Kamala Khan, and changes in American culture are being reflected in America’s superhero comics.

Khaled bin Hamad and Mohammed Saeed Harib are responding to Dubai’s sudden metamorphosis from quiet trading town to global megacity. Harib’s animated series Freej depicts the generation of women who witnessed this change and its effect on their traditional neighbourhood; while bin Hamad’s graphic novel Nasser’s Secrets and his forthcoming anime Empire of N examine the science-fictional nature of the new UAE – and are influenced by the years he spent studying in Japan.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

KAPOW! Comics and Animation: Culture Strikes Back!

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Who Runs the World?: Diversity in Entertainment

Event 42 Saturday 4 March, 11:30am-12:30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

'Diversity is not a trend, it is simply life.'' - Sana Amanat

A new generation of women are making waves in interactive media and entertainment, and diversifying the sorts of stories and characters we see on screen and page. Women like Marvel’s Sana Amanat, who is leading change in American comics, rising Emirati filmmaker Eman Talal Alsayed and innovative Emirati artist Maryam Alzaabi.

Eman Talal Alsayed is a rising star of the Emirati film industry, whose script for the film Blanket won top prize at the Arab Film Studio Scriptwriting Competition and Best Film in the AFS Narrative Program.

Maryam Alzaabi is an Emirati artist whose original works and interpretations of pop culture icons have drawn acclaim at the Middle East Film and Comic Con and elsewhere.

Sana Amanat is the Director of Content and Character Development for Marvel, well-known as the co-creator of breakout star Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Who Runs the World?: Diversity in Entertainment

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Creating and Publishing Your Comic

Event 833 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-8pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Khaled bin Hamad is passionate about comics and he works hard to encourage young people who share his interests to develop their own skills. In this masterclass he will talk about all aspects of his work in the comics and animation business and answer your questions on how to make your own comic – and how to make it a success!

After an introduction and team building, he will look at the unique nature of comic book storytelling and how to tell a story successfully. He will follow this with an introduction to the business side of comics, how to get published and how to stay successful once you’re there!

The tutor: Khalid bin Hamad has loved drawing manga since his childhood – he started out drawing on walls, tables and books, and eventually left his job to travel to Japan to study manga and obtain a master’s degree in marketing. The result was Nasser’s Secrets, a graphic novel that combined Emirati and Japanese influences to tell a unique sci-fi story.

In 2014 he put his skills to use and established his own animation and design company, Moving Reflection Productions, and started to pursue his dream in creating his own characters. He is currently working on launching an Emirati Sci-Fi anime, Empire of N.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 16+

Creating and Publishing Your Comic

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