Review of Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2015, Day 1

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Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 1, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

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The press conference kicked off day one of Salt Lake Comic Con FanX. Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, the founders of Salt Lake Comic Con, led the press conference. They have utilized a new system for getting into the building in an effort to reduce lines significantly. They reduced ticket sales from last year’s FanX to make a more intimate and exclusive experience. IT was also mentioned that there are over 40 organizations that SLCC has donated to. This is in the form of cash and in-kind donations. There are 150 hours of panels planned for the convention. The cosplay is going to be the best yet. The competition is going to be top-notch. There are professional cosplayers as the judges.

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Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City gave praise to Salt Lake Comic Con for the way in which they have brought such an amazing event to Salt Lake City, Utah. He read a proclamation stating that January 29, 2015 is the Salt Lake Comic Con’s Day of Heroes in Salt Lake City.

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Doug Osmond spoke on Operation Underground Railroad, which is a group of individuals that saves children that have been taken into the human trafficking network. They have saved 200 people in the past year. Rob Pryor is an ambidextrous painter that had 12 minutes to paint a picture of the Batman. The finished painting will be auctioned with the proceeds going to Operation Underground Railroad.

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Salt Lake Comic Con FanX celebrity attendees include Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Billie Piper from Doctor Who, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney and Laurie Holden from The Walking Dead, Carrie Fisher, and Ray Park from Star Wars, Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek, Paul Wesley and Phoebe Tonkin from The Vampire Diaries as well as Mark Pellegrino, Glenn Morshower, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Tom Felton, Christopher Lloyd, Anthony Michael Hall, Brandon Routh, Felicia Day, Ralph Macchio and Alaina Huffman.

Several of the celebrity guests spoke at the press conference. Many of them mentioned how they have heard great things about Salt Lake Comic Con and the great things that the con has done in such a short period of time.

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All of the comic con staples were in force on day one of FanX. The vendor area is smaller than it was for SLCC 2014, but the vendors are more concentrated in nerd and geek culture. In this regard it was nice because it seemed that every vendor you walked by was interesting and making you want to stop and look at their wares.

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The Salt City Strangers booth is back at FanX and they are better than ever! They have all three of their games as well as their comics at booth white 23 in Artist Alley. If you are at FanX, check them out! If not, check them out at Saltcitystrangers.com and Touchpaperpress.com.

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Another booth that caught my eye was Rainbow Ribbon Anime at booth 1619. It is an anime-related booth with a wide variety of anime goods. Check them out for all your anime needs!

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The Kid Con is back at FanX. The Lego group is also back with new exhibits. The Delorean has made it back into town. Speaking of time travel, the TARDIS is also at FanX. In addition to all of this, the gaming area made a return to FanX. This area has a wide variety of board and card games that can be checked out and played to your heart’s content.

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Mark Pellegrino hosted the first celebrity guest panel. You may or may not know him as Lucifer from Supernatural. He was personable and charming during his panel.

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Karen Gillan was next as the celebrity spotlight. She is known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who. She also played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. She was just as wonderful in her panel as she is in her acting.

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There was a Nerd Poetry Slam near the end of day one at the convention. The nerds chose a discipline, had to answer three questions about their discipline, and then read their nerd poem. The disciplines included: Star Wars, Scott Pilgrim, Harry Potter, Justice League, and Supernatural. There were also discipline masters that thought of the questions. One of the discipline masters was Michael Ricks of The Closet Geek Podcast. You can find their podcast at TheClosetGeek.net.

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The convention held true to what the organizers were trying to do with it being a smaller, more intimate setting. The convention introduced Radio Frequency Identification technology for wristbands to enter and exit. The guests use wristbands to tap in and out of the convention center. The new system appeared to work effectively on day one by eliminating lines. I like what the organizers did with the panel rooms by making many of the rooms larger, allowing for more people to sit in on the panels.

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Photos courtesy of Breanne Evans. Feel free to share photos, but please give credit to Fragglepuss.com.

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