Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience breaks 100,000 Attendees
Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience (FanX) had more than 100,000 attendees and is claiming the mantel as the third largest Comic Con in the United States, the largest convention in the state of Utah and the largest Comic Con in the North America per capita. Salt Lake Comic Con’s Facebook page reached 2.5 million people in one week surrounding the convention.
Dan Farr, Show Producer and Founder of Salt Lake Comic Con said in a release:
I’ve said all along that we have the best fans in the world right here in the Western United States and they proved it again with their support and attendance at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX,. We set our sights high with a goal of 100,000 attendees and because of the tremendous backing and encouragement from the fans we knew that we could achieve this lofty achievement. We’re excited for the Comic Con this September and have some very exciting announcements coming soon. We plan on taking our next event to a whole new level.
Salt Lake Comic Con FanX was created to satisfy the intense demand of fans and to provide a wider range of entertainment options for attendees. The convention included double the floor space, stellar guests such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Karl Urban, Chandler Riggs and Nathan Fillion, expanded hours, a new world record for the largest balloon sculpture by one man and Kid Con that focused on entertainment and activities specifically designed for families and children.
Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-founder and VP of Marketing added in the release:
The fact that we exceeded attendance expectations proves that Salt Lake City is a focal point for Comic Con and pop culture and is further proof to the Comic Con world that Salt Lake is a major player in the industry. The increased success will serve as evidence moving forward that will attract celebrities, vendors and production companies, which in turn will help increase the overall fan experience as well as the visibility of Salt Lake Comic Con and Utah in general. Our aim is to offer a complementary convention to the annual San Diego Comic-Con International.
FanX included a last minute coup in securing Sir Patrick Stewart to the convention’s already star studded lineup that also included cast members from Star Trek, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Firefly, X-Men, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and Power Rangers, as well as comic book artists and authors from both Marvel and DC Comics.
The second annual Salt Lake Comic Con will be held September 4-6, 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Similar to FanX, the September Comic Con will encompass the entire Salt Palace show floor but will expand to neighboring convention space. Tickets for the September Comic Con go on sale May 2014.