Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah
Friday March 17 – Saturday March 18, 2017
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Salt Lake Comic Con (SLCC) FanX 2017 was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Guests included: Stan Lee, Jason Momoa, Weird Al Yankovic, Zachary Levi, Bonnie Wright, John Rhys-Davies, Cary Elwes, Dule Hill, James Roday, Emilie de Ravin, Holly Marie Combs, Danielle Panabaker, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christopher Lambert, Judge Reinhold, Sean Maguire, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon, Greg Grunberg, Verne Troyer, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Adrienne Wilkinson, Brian Krause, Adrian Paul, Jennifer Hale, Jess Harnell, Amy Gumenick, Jeff Bennett, Sam J. Jones, and RJ Mitte.
FanX was more intimate this year than in years past. The convention space was limited, resulting in less room for panels and vendors. Even with the small space the panels that made it into the lineup were top notch and the vendor space had a variety of wares for purchase. Maybe I just paid more attention this con, but I found a wider variety than usual. There was a booth that specialized in vintage anime, including cels from Studio Ghibli films. If I had an extra $2,000 lying around I would have bought one to take home and cherish forever. Alas I do not, so the beautiful Nausicaä cel remains in someone else’s possession.
Thanks to Salt Lake Comic Con for having us again this year and thanks to everyone that attended our “Studio Ghibli: Anime that Appeals to Everyone” panel. Thanks to Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Starke, and Alec Unsicker for all the panel preparation to ensure it ran smooth. We had a blast presenting and hope you all had a fun time rekindling your Ghibli love.
I was also glad they brought back the TARDIS, Han Solo in Carbonite, Iron Throne, Rocket Raccoon, Silver Surfer, orcs, Gandalf, and other photo opportunities. I spent some time at the “Salt Lake Gaming Con Lounge” that had video games and board games free to play. That was good times.
I’m a sucker for cosplay and it was impressive at FanX. Pokemon was out in full force, the multiple Deadpool variations that always make me laugh, MARVEL in all its forms, Studio Ghibli… People are just so imaginative and talented with their creations. I absolutely love all the Overwatch cosplay that has come onto the scene.
Photos courtesy of Breanne Evans. Feel free to use, but please give credit to Fragglepuss.com for taking the photo.