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Geek Out at SLC Comic Con Fan X

Chloe Bruderer

I'm a Utah girl in love with Salt Lake City and everything going on here.

Feb 8 6 minutes read

What is Comic Con Fan X? The Fan X experience is catered around your favorite celebrities, stars, musicians, comics, authors, astronauts and more! You’ll have a fan filled experience, getting to know more about them and their experiences. The main difference between regular Comic Con and Comic Con Fan X is the spectrum that’s focused on. Comic Con reached a broad spectrum of fandoms that have to do with comic books, super heroes, science fiction, and fantasy. Fan X goes beyond this using comic books as a foundation and expanding beyond that genre. It really takes the attendees to the next level. Some fandoms that have been included are Star Trek, Space, Boy Bands, The Next Generation, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, and Doctor Who.

This year Comic Con Fan X will be two days instead of three, but with pre admission activities like a screening of Beauty and the Beast on Thursday night. The main event is Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18. This year Comic Con Fan X is dedicated to the great Carrie Fisher. Take a look at the full schedule here!

If you really want to meet your favorite celebrities and get the full experience, we recommend checking the VIP or golden ticket options out. Our friends at Comic Con have made a huge effort at making the experience cheaper for everyone. With the VIP ticket, you’ll receive a collectible VIP badge, a unique collectible print, an express line to wait in at panels/autograph/photo lines, two prepaid autographs, and even two general admission tickets for children 8 and under. With your Golden ticket you get similar perks like a badge, one prepaid autograph, and general admission for two under 8. With a multi day pass you get access to both days, all panel programming, and access to the vendor floor. If you just want to enjoy one of the days you can get single day passes as well. Don’t forget your 15% discount if you’re a teacher, student, military, senior citizen, or first responders. More ticket info here

Ok you’re probably wondering who is going to be there. Some of the most exciting fandoms will be the cast from Psych, The Princess Bride, and The Walking Dead. Actors and performers like Weird Al Yankovich, Emilie de Ravin, John Rhys-Davies, Judge Reinhold, Tara Strong, RJ Mitte, Sean Maguire, and more will be there. Meet artists like Robert Bruno, Rob Prior, Thomas Estrada, and Mat Nastos. Tell authors like Tracy Hickman, David Farland, and Brandon Mull how much you love their stories! See the full list here

An autograph is the best way to remember a good day and honor your favorite characters, celebrities, musicians, stars, actors, authors, and more. Always remember your exciting day and keep a special part of that star with you. You can get autographs from some exciting stars like Adrian Paul, Amy Gumenick, Jess Harnell, and Verne Troyer. You’ll receive an 8 x 10 photo of the star with their autograph included. About half of the stars have been sold out, so make sure to buy now if you’re interested! Check out the full list and buy tickets here. Remember VIP and Gold Ticket members automatically receive autograph vouchers! 

One of the most exciting parts of Comic Con Fan X is the panel programming! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ask your favorite stars about their lives, feelings, and experience surrounded by those with similar interests. You could even take this as an opportunity to really geek out and find out more info on your favorite topics. See if you can get them to tell you a behind the scenes story or hear other funny stories. Panelists include Taylor Hunsaker, Matt Martin, Debra Johnson, Holly Frey and more! 

Hundreds of geeky topics will be covered and discussed during this. Go even deeper by participating in writing workshops, sing-a-longs, or the other activities that will be going on! This is the best opportunity to meet new people in the community that love the same things as you! It's also a wonderful networking opportunity. 

You can’t forget cosplay! It's one of the things that makes a Comic Con successful.  If you’re a cosplayer make sure you get a chance to meet or hear from some of the best like Brit Bliss, Cecil Grimes, The 501st Legion- Alpine Garrison, and Anarchy Girls Cosplace. 

Cosplay created by Anthony Roman 

Are you a gamer? There’s are fun opportunities for you! Take advantages of your gaming skills by participating in games and competitions in the South Lobby of the Salt Lake Convention Center. Playing is 100% free and you can play to win swag and perks for Comic Con and even Gaming Con! You’ll get a chance to play your favorite games like Overwatch, Super Smash Brothers Wii U, Mario Kart, Street Fighter V, Rocket League, and even more! 

Don’t forget to check out the vendors that will be there as well! There will be brands and companies selling good like art, games, comics, DVDs, T Shirts, collectables, and more! Check out the full list here. DOn’t forget to pick up something for the friends who couldn’t make it and yourself for the sake of remembering good times! There’s no easier way to make friends than by rocking a tee shirt of your favorite fandom. There are literally hundreds of vendors to explore so don’t miss out! 

As you can see, it's pretty impossible to be bored at Comic Con Fan X this year. We hope to see you there! Check them out on facebook, instagram, and their website. 

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