Salt Lake Comic Con 2017
September 6–8, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT
This was an extremely large comic con for being so young. Only four years old, this convention already books major guests like Patrick Stewart, Nathan Fillion, Dick Van Dyke, Val Kilmer, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Zachary Levi, Eliza Dushku, Will Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, and numerous other big names from movies, television, cosplay, literature, and artistry. They had numerous tracks for fandom and a mini-con for kids! There were short mini-panels, question and answers sessions, and craft areas for the kids to enjoy.
Yes, you can start your little cosplayers early and let them get their pictures taken with Picachu, Malificient, fairy princesses, Bob the minion, the Red Queen, and many others.
For adults, they had a wide array of the usual booths featuring your favorite authors, book sellers, gamers, artists, t-shirts, and all sorts of vendors to meet your fandom paraphenalia and costuming needs. As a new-to-me addition, they provided a speed-dating room every day. You could go in as yourself or in your costume and have fun meeting people. All of this was in addition to Celebrity Row, where you could get your favorite actors’ autographs, selfies, photo-ops, and generally spend a little time with some of your favorite famous people. The feature presentations with one or two celebrities were well organized and interesting. Most were pretty funny too. Jokes ran rampant.
There was also a Delorean from Back to the Future available for photo-ops (all proceeds went to charity) and Baby, the 1967 Chevy Impala from Supernatural. And these are just a few of the attractions that were available.
I attended a number of the writing panels and found them very well put together and informative. Panels covered everything from generating story ideas to characterization to how to talk to editors and how to publish or self publish. They discussed writing short fiction, long fiction, comics, and screenplays—providing a sampling for most everyone and appealing to most everyone’s writing level. Writingexcuses.com recorded a few episodes during the convention as well. Sorry, but no spoilers here. They’ll publish it all next year for everyone. Don’t worry. It’s worth the wait.
There was also a gaming section, but next year will be the start of Salt Lake Gaming Con in connection with the Comic Con. Hold on tight. These folks are expanding quickly. Can’t wait to see who they attract for this.
All in all, it was a great convention. Reportedly, over 60,0000 people attended. But where else can we all get together and give directions like “just walk about a hundred yards, take a left at the TARDIS, and when you see the Orc statue you’re there!” It’s well worth a trip out to Utah. As the convention has been held at the Salt Palace, it lies right in the middle of Salt Lake City, with numerous hotels, restaurants, and other attractions in walking distance. Just in case you want to stay an extra day and check out the city.