Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 6, 2013
Salt Lake City’s inaugural Comic Con is this weekend, and I’m joining the 40,000 other people who are descending upon the Salt Palace to get their geek on. I’ve never been much of a con-goer, to be honest. Visiting the Game Developer’s Conference back in the day, and my attendance at Brigham Young University’s Fantasy & Science Fiction Symposium while I was going to school there, was about as close as it ever came for me.
It was generally a time and expense thing for me. But when something like this is happening practically in your back yard, there’s not much excuse not to go.
According to the papers, the number of tickets sold far exceeded expectations, and this is now the biggest first-year Comic Con opening ever, and also the largest convention Salt Lake has ever hosted. Thanks to late ticket sales, the number is finally tipping 40,000 tickets. That is a lot of people. I missed the first day due to work, but I hope to catch most of today and Saturday.
The visiting guest list is about as long as my arm… the special guest list alone is pretty impressive, and then there are icons like Stan Lee, William Shatner, and Henry Wrinkler. I’m also looking forward to saying hi to some new friends and old at various panels and booths. John and Brenda Romero plan to be there – at least on Saturday, and I look forward to hearing Ed Fries offering his perspective on the video game industry. Then there are authors Dan Willis and Tracy Hickman, and some folks from Salt City Steamfest I’m looking forward to meeting again.
I expect it will be scarily crowded, but otherwise, a good time. I’ll be sure and tell you folks how it went next week.
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