Before we get into the details of the 1st Annual Salt Lake Comic Con, I have an important roasting announcement from the one and only topical Irish islander superhero dude, Mark "Madman" Koopmans:
Wow! It’s been a year already and we are about to launch Cheers! 2.0. Here’s some basic info - should you feel led to share:
What: CheersFest! 2.0. Someone deserving will be roasted like a little, brown coffee bean.
When: December (Exact date TBD)
Who: One person will be roasted via popular vote. This someone is a constant presence, is positive, possesses integrity, is involved in the online community (participating and hosting), is supportive of others and is a major force in the blogging community.
How: Once launched, each host has seven days to review comments and the selections made via their comments and pick one. We then present our selections and the co-hosts vote. The recipient (Roastee) is announced at least two weeks out and folks can join a Linky ahead of their roasting posting. Logistically, we have five co-hosts this year:
Save the month! Watch for more details coming your way soon!
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Few events have happened in my life that have taken me by surprise; Salt Lake Comic Con is one of them. I've always wanted to go to a comic con. Growing up in LA, you would think I would've gone to San Diego long before now (didn't have the money). I then moved to Utah and wound up with a good job and a hot wife, but not much money to leave the state for a comic con (I'm cheap). And then this con happened. The guests were impressive, but I didn't think it would amount to much more than other local conferences I've been to.
Man, was I wrong!
According to fire marshals, some 70K to 80K people showed up on Saturday, making Salt Lake Comic Con the largest cultural event in the history of Utah AND the most attended first year convention in the nation - and I was part of that ... like taking a bite of history!
Tasty, tasty history ...
While I wasn't able to get a photo with either Stan Lee or William Shatner (sold out - and I'm cheap), I was able to let my inner geek out and enjoy the sites and sounds of an enormous crowd. I also got to hang out with some great writers, including some of my heroes like James Dashner, Brandon Mull, Larry Corriea, and others. Having my co-author with me made all the difference - rock the buddy system!
Now, as some people say, "photos or it never happened," so instead of telling you what I saw at Comic Con, I'll SHOW you. Here we go!
Salt Lake Comic Con: 2013
Bonus points if you know these characters!
Who you gonna call?
A legendary trio!
Nice ... jacket ... (run!)
A Mighty and Amazing Widow Sandwich!
Genre bending, perhaps?
That costume is SMASHing!
They're taking the LEGO hobbits to Isengard!
To the second floor, please?
Gotta catch'em ... MATH!
Why's the rum gone?
Impressive ... MOST impressive ...
I guess Ariel IS a water bender ...
The next generation of Ecto!
Black Cat - enough said ...
The casting search for Wonder Woman is OVER!
The joke's on Master Chief ... tee hee ...
Rockin' the western steampunk!
... this dude made a kid cry ...
Livin the vida Loki!
Best couple award!
No soup for me!
I can't tell what these guys are saying ...
Get to da choppa!
Brandon Mull signing - Series accomplished!
They should move the conference into that Tardis ...
Most complete ensemble!
Who needs X-Men when you have X-Women?
Vintage ... got a couple hundred bucks?
Robin just got Riddled!
And for the grand finale ...
The Godfather of comics - Mr. Stan Lee!
I think this is the beginning of a new and beautiful tradition. I have no other comic con to compare this with, but given a few hiccups, I say the SLCC team did a great job. Take that learning curve and make next year an even better one! And me, with a better camera ...
If you couldn't make it this year, I hope you found enough in this post to participate vicariously. And until next time ... Excelsior!
Oh, and if you comment today, you could win a signed book!
Winner to be announced this Wednesday
Did you make it to the con and I missed you? Are you thinking of going next year (it'll be bigger!)? Who's down for some lunch?
I'm David, and Dean says "Hi!"