High Score Con, a free pop culture gathering, returns to Dubai’s Times Square Center. The event will be held from October 14 to 16 and will bring together more than 50 local artists and designers from the region.

Spanning eSports, video games, cosplay, industry roundtables, live music, and board game tournaments, High Score Con has something for everyone.

The event will also celebrate the Emirates by embracing the UAE’s pop culture community while emphasizing local talent.

Guest speakers at the panel discussions include Emirati children’s author Qais Sedki, who also owns the unique hobby store Otaku ME; Rashid Al Farooq, owner of Speedy Comics; and Nancy Ozbek, Executive Director of Times Square Center.

Other notable guests include Somaya Soeryadiredja and Arafaat Ali Khan, founders of Middle East Film and Comic Con; Abdulla Allouz, Emirati entrepreneur and founder of Uprizing Events; and Mohamed Al Qadi, Emirati board game designer and creator of Conqueror: Final Conquest.

There will also be a special Speedy Comics Vault Museum exhibit that will unveil a selection of ultra-rare and valuable comics that will be on display throughout the event.

Some comic book issues were published nearly a century ago or feature the first appearances of famous people. There will also be memorabilia signed by actors and creators.

One of the comics to show features a fourth issue of the classic Avengers series from 1964, signed by Chris Evans, who played Captain America in the Marvel films. It is valued at 50,000 Dh ($ 13,614).

There will also be a Star wars comic book signed by Carrie Fisher and David Prowse, who played Princess Leia and Darth Vader respectively, in the film series, as well as a German edition comic that features Iron Man’s first appearance and was signed by Stan Lee.

High Score Con is open to visitors of all ages and admission is free, but ticket reservations are required.

More information is available at timessquarecenter.ae

Update: October 7, 2021, 10:34 a.m.