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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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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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Student Session: Sana Amanat

Event 705 Monday 6 March, 11am-12pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“Sana’s a real-life super hero.” – Barack Obama

A household name among fans of comic books, Sana Amanat is best-known as the co-creator (with G. Willow Wilson) of Kamala Khan, the instantly beloved Muslim super hero, Ms. Marvel. As Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development, Sana oversees Marvel’s continued efforts to expand its vast library of characters across the companies various platforms into the hands of global audiences. In addition to her Director position, Sana continues as an Editor on comic books like Captain Marvel and Hawkeye.

In this fascinating session, discover how Sana brings inspiring new characters and their narratives to life, and all about the creation of the first Muslim super hero.

Language: English

Student Session: Sana Amanat

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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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