Abu Dhabi has launched a devoted comics studio, the primary of its type within the emirate, referred to as Sandstorm, positioned on the Yas Artistic Hub.
A part of Abu Dhabi’s Dhs30bn Tradition and Artistic Industries (CCI) technique, Sandstorm encourages aspiring creators to submit their proposals for comics or graphic novels masking any style, theme or model.
The fee program’s first open name cycle has opened via its web site, with any UAE nationwide or resident eligible to use. Purposes should embrace a journal, a concise plot abstract, three to 5 items of idea artwork, and extra info, with acceptance on a rolling foundation.
Sandstorm Studio launched to determine a dynamic comics trade within the UAE as a part of the #AbuDhabiAED 30 billion Tradition and Artistic Industries Technique. The studio will assist creators to publish their work and construct sustainable careers. pic.twitter.com/gvL2UlELEM
— Abu Dhabi Media Workplace (@admediaoffice) March 1, 2022
Sandstorm will then choose probably the most promising concepts to show into comics, with the potential to be revealed internationally.
The studio will reportedly join authors with editors and mentors from world studios, who will practice them to assist create high-quality remaining merchandise.
Business veterans Matt Hawkins and Kuo-yu Liang have been employed as content material advisors for Sandstorm.
Hawkins has over 20 years of expertise within the comics trade, creating and writing over 30 new franchises for High Cow and Picture Comics, together with Suppose Tank, The Tithe, Necromancer, VICE, Woman Pendragon and Aphrodite IX. In the meantime, Liang is a worldwide popular culture advisor who has held govt roles at Penguin Random Home, Diamond Comedian Distributors and ReedPOP.
“Abu Dhabi is taking daring steps in accelerating the expansion of CCI, empowering individuals to observe their passions and share their inventive visions with the world. Sandstorm will contribute to this imaginative and prescient by offering alternatives that allow native expertise to construct sustainable careers within the comics trade and by offering the area people with a strong platform to precise and share their ideas,” mentioned Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Division. of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi is ready to host the tenth version of the Center East Movie & Comedian Con (MEFCC) from March 4 to six. It’s the first time the emirate will host the occasion and it’ll happen over three days on the Abu Dhabi Nationwide Exhibition Middle (ADNEC).
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