FanX 2015 – A Final Look

Okay, so now that it’s been a week since FanX ended, and people have had time to breathe, sleep, eat, and relax, it’s time to take a look back at the overall experience of this year’s FanX!

First of all, let’s give credit where credit is due, and tip our hats to the organizers, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, for lining up a slate of guests including (but not limited to): Anthony Michael Hall, Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Carrie Fisher, Karen Gillan, Felicia Day, Ralph Macchio, Christoper Lloyd, Emily Kinney, Glenn Morshower, Steven Yuen, Laurie Holden, Nichelle Nichols, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau…

I could go on, but you get the idea. Stars from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Star Wars, and countless other classic and modern pop-culture figures, artists, and writers, converged on the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City for 3 days of fanboy- and fangirl- ing.

And there was much to be found. Cosplay aplenty. Panels on topics ranging from Celebrity interviews to discussions of Young Adult writing, to Month Python filled the panel rooms and brought crowds of all ages to share in their love of all things geek/nerd/dork/awesome.

The much-ballyhooed smaller crowd this time lent itself to a more intimate feel for the event, though with the reduced space reserved for FanX, it felt just as full, and in many ways more disjointed than when the full space is available. But, if this format is followed again, I’m sure that the lessons learned this time around will be remembered and corrected.

Finally got my photographer’s pictures converted (issues on my end, not hers), so let’s backtrack a bit. Any photos in this post belong to Kelsey Rae Media, unless I say otherwise (which means that I took them. Credit where credit is due, after all, and most of the credit is hers). Any editing has been done by me, so remember that I’m a words guy, not a visual guy. If you want to see her versions of these pictures (and more), go to her website when she finally gets them edited to her satisfaction.

First, let’s start with the kick-off press event on Thursday morning, at which Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker proclaimed January 29, 2015, to be Salt Lake Comic Con Day.

KRM - Mayor Ralph Becker - Comic Con Day Proclamation

Note artist Rob Prior (lower left) painting his portrait of Batman that went up for auction.

Just a few of the celebrities that showed up to the press event were Mark Pelligrino and Glenn Morshower:

KRM - Mark Pelligrino KRM - Glenn Morshower

A lot of cosplayers also happened to have press credentials for this event, as well:

KRM - TheJoker and Ash KRM - Cinderella and MJKRM - JediKRM - Green Lantern and Spiderman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading over to the Salt Palace, we were greeted by the new Comic Con Audi. It is sooo nice:

KRM - Salt Lake Comic Con Audi

And a nice view of the exhibitition hall floor:

KRM - FanX floor

Here’s a look at the Monty Python and the Holy Grail 40th anniversary panel (pics by the Shadow):

Monty Python Holy Grail panel 3    Monty Python Holy Grail panel 4

Very entertaining, though it did devolve kind of quickly into a purely fan-boy discussion. I found some points valid, and some just silly. You know: typical con panel stuff.

And here’s just a few of the thousands of cosplayers that showed up at FanX:

KRM - Daenerys 1 KRM - Daenerys 2 KRM - DSC_0386 KRM - DSC_0410 KRM - Pyramid Head

KRM - Ramona  KRM - Star Lord

Here’s one of the army of volunteers that helped make FanX happen. This gentleman was working over in the photo-op area.

He was both serious in his desire to help:

KRM - Volunteer thoughtfuland entertaining:

KRM - Volunteer playful

And another picture from the Red Carpet event on Friday night: Cinderella and her Prince Charming:

KRM - Charming and Cinderella

How about a panorama of the crowds in the celebrity autograph area?

Okay!

Celebrity Autograph panorama

What? You want to see a montage of how many different faces Billie Piper can cram into a panel interview?

Okay!

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How about a shot of Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, lounging on a couch with her dog, Gary?

Sure! We’ve got one of those!

Carrie fisher corrected

So, overall, everybody seemed to have a pretty good time. Great fans, lots of cosplay, good panels.

Now, the bad stuff.

Apparently, sometime on Friday, guest Russ Adams, from the Syfy show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge was asked to leave the event. By asked, of course, I mean that his credentials were taken and he was removed from the Salt Palace.

KryptonRadio has an article on the original happening HERE, but I need to find the broadcast/podcast of the Event Horizon where they perform a follow-up interview with him. I have an approved request to speak with Russ myself, but we are having trouble lining up our schedules.

Apparently, Russ made a discreet inquiry about green-room space for his teammates Lexx Rudd, Ivonne Escoto, and (highly respected and Emmy award winning) Kirk Thatcher (no relation to Maggie). The whole fiasco involves “tiered” celebrities, their green-rooms, information given/not given, promises made and not kept….suffice to say: it’s ugly.

Regardless, the folks over at Salt Lake Comic Con are coming off a bit stinky in this matter. I hope they speak up and clarify what did or didn’t happen soon. This is the kind of stuff that festers with fans.

IHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHopeIHope that any negativity surrounding FanX is taken care of before the push for this September’s “Comic Con 3: The Magic Underwear” starts in earnest.

Because I, for one, am looking forward to it.

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