Salt Lake Comic-Con preview

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By Cameron Simek Life Editor


The time is near. On September 5-7, Salt Lake City is getting its very own nerd Mecca, or at least as close as we can come to one—we are a flyover state after all.


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is a Comic-Con coming to Salt Lake.


A couple of years ago an event called Geex happened at the Southe Towne Exposition Center in Sandy.. It was a simple, but well-received convention hosting local technology and game companies. This convention is what brought together the people who have started what will hopefully become a yearly staple in the northern valley.


This inaugural year looks to bring a lot of geek and nerd icons to the valley. Headlining the convention is William Shatner, of Star Trek fame, although if that needs to be said then this may not be the event for you at all.


Among the attending celebrities are Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman and the Boy Wonder, respectively. And joining them are other pop icons such as 70’s small-screen stars Lou Ferrigno of “Incredible Hulk” fame, and Richard Hatch from the original “Battlestar Galactica.”


For fans of more recent pop culture, the lineup is also set to include actors such as Tia Carrere who most famously starred in “Wayne’s World,” Cerina Vincent, the Yellow Ranger Maya in “Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy,” and martial artist Ray Park whose performance as Darth Maul has been tricking young audiences into enjoying “Star Wars: Episode 1.”


That isn’t all, though, as the lineup also includes a mix of authors, such as local favorites Larry Correia, Tracy Hickman, and Howard Taylor, and also a myriad of talented illustrators including Sal Velluto and Derek Hunter.


The star studded attendance list is chock full of favorites, and you can see all the celebrities attending as well as an event list online at


The celebrities aren’t the only thing to look forward to, though. The convention will host a few fun events, like a cosplay contest, film festival, sci-fi speed dating and a zombie walk/run. The events schedule is up on the website to check out as well.


It looks to be an exciting event, and hopefully Salt Lake will become a regular convention stop. Most geeks probably wouldn’t mind that at all.


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