Right around the corner, meaning in just three meager days, Salt Palace Convention Center is hosting the Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX 2017! As always, nerds everywhere are very excited and for good reason. What seemed to start out as a small convention has blown up and people everywhere are flying in just to have a fantastic comic con experience.
Initially it started in 2013 and it was produced Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg. Salt Lake is now known for holding two events during the year; one every September which is Salt Lake Comic Con, and another one at the beginning of the year, the Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience. Since it was pretty late into the game as far as cons go, it was a huge surprise when in 2014 it completely sold out and had over 120,000 attendees. This threw Utah in the spotlight for nerds everywhere and the whole team had to step up their game to make Salt Lake a big league player in the comic circuit.
SLCC has yet to disappoint as far as providing quality content to fans everywhere. One of their first events the team was invited to meet the governor of Utah because the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con was the largest inaugural Comic Con in North America and the largest convention ever held in Salt Lake City. Following that, in April 2014, FanX had over 100,000 guests breaking their own attendance records and making it the third largest Comic Con event in the U.S. and number one in North America per-capita. The numbers continue to rise as years go on, and show no signs of changing. The team in Salt Lake has had to overcome a few hurdles because there are so many people, but they have made it as affordable and jam-packed with fun as possible.
There are so many things one can do during these conventions, that you need to plan out your day to make sure you get everywhere you can. From meeting celebrities, attending panels, buying merchandise, meeting artists and authors, getting autographs, going to workshops, cosplaying, playing video and board games, being in competitions, and attending special events, the list goes on and on. There is something for everyone and for every age. There is even an app you can download to make sure you get to everything that you can.
Not only does this convention have a bunch of events going on, but it has gained popularity as well. Stan Lee famously said in 2014, “You people have the greatest comic con in the world!” He is planning on returning this week as long as his recent health issues have cleared up, and it is confirmed that this will be his last trip to to Salt Lake. SLCC has also hosted other big celebrities like Mark Hamill, Chris Evans, Buzz Aldrin, four Doctors from Doctor Who, as well as broken several world records. More recently, they broke the record for the most costumed comic book cosplay characters in one location having 1784 people, and also having a back-to-back panel with over 10,000 people becoming the largest attended panel at any comic con in history.
If you are wanting to attend this weekend it’s not too late! Ticket sales are still going on, and this is the cheapest FanX has ever been. For all the information on what is going on, what to do and who to meet; all of your questions can be answered by going to www.saltlakecomiccon.com