People of Salt Lake City rejoice! Comic Con is coming to your town September 5-7!
The First Annual Salt Lake Comic Con has been building up momentum over the past few months since it was first announced, and it’s looking to be one of the biggest Comic-Con launches yet!
While speaking with show producer Dan Farr about the upcoming Con, he himself has been completely impressed with the projected turn-out already.
“When we first started talking about it, with a launch like this, attendance of 10,000 is optimistic,” Farr explained. “Now, we’re conservatively looking at 40,000.”
It’s because of these projected attendance figures that a change of venue seemed almost mandatory. Originally slated to be held at the modestly sized South Towne Expo Centre, the Salt Lake Comic Con is now going to be held at the much more accommodating Salt Palace Convention Center in Downtown Salt Lake City.
The reason for the impressive attendance figures? The guests, of course!
Slated to appear during the September 5-7 run include (but certainly not limited to) William Shatner, Adam West and Burt Ward, Ray Park (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace), Claire Coffee (NBC’s Grimm), Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Dirk Benedict (The A-Team), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Lou Ferrigno (TV’s The Incredible Hulk), and Brian Krause (Charmed).
Recently, it was announced that the Salt Lake Comic Con will have the WETA Workshop there as well, where attendees will be able to meet the artists and craftspeople responsible for the incredible makeup design for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and can see other art created by these talent individuals as well.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Comic Con without the comic books, and comic artists such as Arthur Suydam, Derek Hunter, Jake Black, and Scott Harben (among others) are scheduled to appear.
For a full list of scheduled guests, check it out here.
Salt Lake Comic Con will also have cosplay contests, a film festival, several Film/TV panels, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, and a “Zombie Walk”, as well as other various games to ensure the fun never stops.
“Comic Con is not just about comics anymore, and certainly carries a weight about it,” Farr said about the gravity of holding such an event. “To ensure a success on future events, we needed to start the momentum from the beginning and keep it going, to start big and get the word out.”
From the looks of it, it certainly seems to be starting big from the start.
For a list of events, ticket prices, and all the news of the Salt Lake Comic Con, take a look at the website here or on the official Facebook page here.