An eventful Day 1 at Fanx 2015.

Home and tired, so let’s get right into it, Shadow-dwellers!

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To begin, there was zero trouble entering the venue. The RFID system seemed to go off without a hitch based on what I am hearing, so Kudos to Bryan Brandenburg and his crew for implementing the system.

Apparently, the only lines for people getting to the Salt Palace were at the tables to collect Gold/VIP swag bags.

Shocking.

Speaking of the swag, VIPs got another incredible print by Rob Prior. This one is of Doctor Who, and while it doesn’t quite have the gravitas that last year’s Karl Urban themed FanX print does, it’s still totally kick-ass. Guy is stupid talented (as if somehow my saying it actually makes it so. Dude paints with both hands….at the same time!)

Overall, the floor-space in the Salt Palace seemed more than adequate to support the reduced crowd this time around. While still well-populated with vendors and artists, there was plenty of room to move around on opening day.

I kind of miss the dedicated concessions area, however. The various food vendors are spread across the floor, which leaves no designed place to sit, refresh, and refuel.

Cosplayers were present in abundance, as usual, and as soon as I can convert the photos, I’ll post some of them.

A pleasant discovery in the Vendor’s area, though. One I’ve never seen before: a vendor offering buy 1 get 1 free for VIP pass holders. “Tinker’s Treasury.” Jewelry that my wife thought was fantastic! They thought that since VIP folks had already paid so much to get in, they deserved a little love. They were surprised that no other vendors did that.

Wow. To say the least.

I attended a very interesting panel on Marvel Comic Books on Television. Jimmy Martin of The Big Movie Mouth Off was one of the panelists, and although I didn’t agree with all of their conclusions and opinions about the Marvel Comics Universe and its constituent Movies and Television shows, I don’t appear on TV or well-known podcasts, so who the hell am I to say that they’re full of crap? (Which they aren’t, by the way, but it makes me feel better to assume that they are so that I can stew in my own mediocrity, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about.)

On the down side, there was one issue that really brought me back to the early days of Salt Lake’s Comic Con experience: communication.

Sadly, Morena Baccarin, star of Firefly, V, and now appearing on Gotham, had to cancel her appearance. Lots of Utah Browncoats and other fans (including this one) had purchased photo-ops with her, and there was some confusion about how to get refunds for those.

After several back-and-forths between the FanX folks and the people at Epic Photo Ops, I was able to get a refund from FanX. A bunch of trouble just because there was not a system in place to handle this. Kudos to Rebecca at FanX support for trying to help; I’m sure I annoyed her on several levels. More kudos to the folks at Epic, who desperately wanted to help but who hadn’t been informed by the FanX folks about what was happening.

Communication.

I harped on it during my coverage of the early Salt Lake Comic Con events, and I stand by my simple assertion that “I don’t know” is never an acceptable answer to a problem. Maybe that’s the Senior NCO in me.

Regardless, I was able to get my refund, I may have kick-started the process of handling the countless others in the same boat, and I paid for a photo op with the incredible Felicia Day, to boot.

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Overall, a very good day, even with that one glaring oops.

Whatever else you might take from this, know that I am looking forward to the rest of a really fun event.

And by the way, if you don’t follow me on Twitter, you can find me @MWWoodring. I throw up some tasty tidbits from the floor of events like this.

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