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‘Fan X’ Brings a Unique Experience to SLC

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know that Salt Lake City recently hosted the Comic Con Fan Xperience. ‘Fan Xperience’ is a 3-day fan convention featuring the best in movies, television shows, games, and of course, comics. Although it uses the name as Comic Con and is put on by the same producer, it expands into the pop culture experience of the Con but also includes the fan worlds of television, wrestling, music and live entertainment. This ‘pop culture experience’ included an impressive list of special guests from attendee’s favorite television shows and movies.  The list included stars from the Walking Dead, Star Trek the Next Generation, Firefly, Star Wars, Power Rangers, Battlestar Galactica, and many more. Even the legendary William Shatner came back to Utah along with Patrick Stewart.

A view of the crowd from Garrick Dean's panel on Comic Book writing at the Comic Con Fan Xperience.

According to a press release from organizers, more than 100,000 attendees showed up during the three day event, making it the biggest convention in state history and third-largest comic con in the entire United States! But despite the success there are more than a few comic fans who do not seem as enthusiastic about the Con as the press would lead you to believe.

Garrick Dean, program chair of comic and sequential art at BEAU, organized a panel during the ‘Fan Xperience’ and heard many different viewpoints. While Garrick was impressed with the Con, especially how organized it was compared to last September’s convention, he seemed less than impressed with the event’s scheduling. Fan X was scheduled for the same weekend as Wonder Con, another Con held in Anaheim where a lot of agents, editors and other essential contributors to the comic book industry meet. 

It seems that with the splash of Comic Con, the organizers might not be as mindful of when other events are scheduled. With that said, BEAU’s past participation in the event has been great, and it is great to see like-minded individuals come together to celebrate comics and pop culture.


Content Contributed by Game Art Program Chair Mark Sorenson