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Nobody gave Ahmed al-Dainiy a second glance Thursday as he walked among the youthful crowd on the opening day of Saudi Arabia's first Comic-Con event, wearing a horse-head mask.The three-day festival of anime, pop art, video gaming and film-related events is part of a government initiative to bring more entertainment to Saudi Arabia, a country which bans alcohol, public cinemas and theater.Comic-Con had different male and female entrances but inside the darkened hall, where conversation was drowned out by rock music, there was barely room to move, and men and women were side-by-side.Comic-Con began in 1970 as a convention of a few dozen geeks who swapped superhero magazines in the United States.The government's General Entertainment Authority has said it supports the event, organized by Saudi firm Time Entertainment, because of Comic-Con's "strong family appeal".
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