By Kelley Lindberg
|Me and my son — I mean Link — at Comic Con.
Last week was the first Comic Con ever held in Salt Lake City and the first I’ve ever attended. Comic Con is a giant convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy held at numerous cities across the country every year. Although I think they started originally as conventions for comic book fans, they now cover a lot more territory: comic books, books, movies, TV shows, video games, board games, animation, robotics…if you love it, it’s there. At this one, there were panel discussions on everything you can imagine SF/fantasy geeks might want to discuss, talks from icons like William Shatner and Stan Lee, and an exhibition hall where vendors offered everything under the sun to keep your fan-heart thumping.
|40,000 of my closest friends
Estimates range from 50,000 to 80,000 tickets sold for Salt Lake’s 3-day Con, with more than 40,000 showing up on Saturday alone. They ran out of wristbands, swag bags, and other items after the first 2 days, and on Saturday the fire marshals weren’t letting new hordes in until old hordes left, even if you had pre-purchased tickets. They apparently turned away thousands of hopefuls who hadn’t yet purchased their tickets. I was there Saturday, with my teenage son and some friends. Yes, I’m still recovering!
Things I learned at Comic Con SLC 2013:
|William Shatner, live and larger than life simultaneously
|R2D2 gets a little maintenance. I kept waiting
for a hologram projection to appear. It didn’t.