Are You Getting Excited for Salt Lake Comic Con?

Salt PalaceWe are just over a week away from Salt Lake Comic Con. From September 4-6, more than 100,000 geeks and nerds like myself will descend upon the Salt Palace convention center for yet another gathering of super-powered goodness. It seems like not that long ago that we were doing this… Oh, wait. That’s because it wasn’t that long ago. In April, we were treated to Comic Con Fan X (basically the same thing, but with different guests) and in July we had Fantasy Con (not affiliated with Salt Lake Comic Con, but totally for the same fans). Despite the deluge of geekery here in Salt Lake, I’m still excited to do this all over again. The panel schedule was just posted on Here are just a few things that I’m personally looking forward to at the Con.


Alan Tudyk SLCCAlan Tudyk

Did you watch Firefly? No? Then why are you reading this website. You don’t belong! Ok. I guess you can stay. But seriously, check out Firefly. But that’s not the only thing that Alan Tudyk is famous for. That is just what he is worshiped for. Did you know he was the voice of the Duke on Frozen? Tudyk is a very funny guy and I’m excited to see him on a panel.


Bruce Campbell SLCCBruce Campbell

Campbell is a great Con guest and he has attended more than most celebrities. He’s a pro at this. So you can expect him to come with all cylinders firing. He’s hilarious and he’s been in a million things, perhaps most notably The Evil Dead series. Expect his panel to be hilarious.


Giancarlo Esposito

I don’t really know how Esposito will be as a panelist. He’s not your typical Comic Con guest. However, his portrayal of Gus Fring on Breaking Bad was amazing and I just love that character’s demeanor and voice. So I’m interested in listening to him just based on how much I respect him in that role on one of television’s finest shows.


Magic: The Gathering Tournaments

I recently fell down the Magic rabbit hole and it is DEEP! I’ll be sharing my experience with Magic: The Gathering on the site soon, but just know that it has grabbed hold of me tightly. I’m interested in checking out the gaming events at Comic Con, most notably Magic. These tournaments at Cons are a great way to meet people, learn more about the game, and maybe walk away with some new cards or even prizes.


Video Games Live SLCCVideo Games: Live!

In conjunction with Comic Con, Video Games: Live! will be performing two shows on Saturday. This is an immersive light and sound event where a professional orchestra and choir perform popular video game songs. This is a separate ticketed event from Comic Con, but it would be well worth your time whether you’re a gamer or not. At the end of the day, it’s just an amazing concert. But I lerv, lerv, LERV games, so this is totally my cup of tea.


IMG_1412Cosplay Panels

The Comic Con panels about Cosplay 101 and Creating Your First Cosplay are some of the best panels you can attend. The panelists are always amazing and it’s a great way to meet new people. Some are veterans of the hobby, some are there because they just want to dip their feet in the cosplay world for the first time. You always get great tips, but it’s also fun to see all the cosplayers who show up at the panel in full costumes. Just fun all around.


The Exhibit Hall

This is a weird one for the list because it’s so broad, but walking the Exhibit Hall is an event unto itself. We are walking around taking photos of cosplayers for the website, but it’s so much fun. This is a great way to see the amazing outfits and you always run into booths or exhibits that you weren’t aware of. There are photo opportunities all over the place. And you can look for Magic: The Gathering stuff! (I told you. It’s a real problem.)


Let us know if you’re going to Salt Lake Comic Con and what you’re anxious to see. We’d love to see you there. It’s such an amazing atmosphere and I truly feel like I’m with “my people.” In fact, I’m always a little depressed when it’s over. And by a little, I mean A LOT.



Tim Bennett
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Quite frankly, Tim is a 17-year-old trapped in a 30-something-year-old’s body. He loves good TV – by which he means something with a good serialized storyline – and movies, and spends many of his nights immersed in a gloriously complex video game. He’s a firm believer that Lost was the greatest show ever made, and that includes the ending. Oh, and Tim is a staunch defender of the Ewoks and their place in the Star Wars canon. You can listen to Tim on the Whatever Makes You Weird podcast, check out his opinions about upcoming movies in our Trailerpark Tuesday segments, and find his reporting about cons and all things nerd-ish on Comic Con Tips.