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Salt Lake Comic Con FanX kicks off with a bang

Salt Lake Comic Con bows at the Salt Palace April 17 to April 19
Salt Lake Comic Con bows at the Salt Palace April 17 to April 19
Courtesy of City Weekly

If the inaugural Salt Lake Comic Con taught us anything, it's that starting off with a bang is key. With over 75,000 attendees last September, being not only the biggest convention in Utah's history, but the biggest inaugural Comic Con in U.S. history, Salt Lake Comic Con defied all expectations and looks to only be getting bigger.

The First Annual Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience, or simply FanX, is already proving to be bigger and better than its predecessor. With an expected 100,000 attendees and (as of April 16, 2014) pre-sales reaching over 40,000, FanX is certainly bigger. And with guests like William Shatner (who also attended last September as a special guest), Nathan Fillion, and Karen Gillan, it's certainly looking to become better as well.

Hosted at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, show producer Dan Farr opened up the inaugural FanX for the press conference, joined by local policemen, firefighters, several members of the local Armed Forces, and Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, all on the Ballroom stage, which was decorated to look like the U.S.S. Enterprise's bridge (complete with Captain Kirk swivel chair).

“While our focus is often on what makes Superman or Spider-Man so heroic,” Farr talked about, “what so few of us ask is 'What can I do to become a hero to my children or my community?', and that's what makes these brave individuals in back of me so special”

“It's amazing to see all the superheroes here at this convention, as well as all the real heroes on stage with us,” Governor Herbert said, right before proclaiming April 17, 2014, officially “Heroes Day” in Utah.

In attendance for the press conference were The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs, The Monkee's Mickey Dolenz, Charles Fleischer (the voice of Roger Rabbit), Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas, and X2: X-Men United's Kelly Hu, among others, all of whom expressed their elation and eagerness to meet their fans.

FanX runs from April 17 to April 19 at the Salt Palace. Stay tuned for more coverage. As of this publication, tickets are still available.

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