Salt Lake Comic Con 2016, Day 1.

What is clear after the first day of Salt Lake Comic Con 2016, is that interest was spiked to unprecedented, probably due to the presence of Mark Hamill.

The vendor floor was busier than I have seen on a day one in a very long time at any convention. Vendors were busy, merchandise was flying off the shelves, the artist’s alley was clogged with people admiring the wares of the various talented individuals there, and cosplayers were present in great abundance.

It has been a very long day for me, one that started at 6 a.m. and has progressed now to nearly 11 p.m. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot to some people but if you spend it in a Convention Center surrounded by fifty thousand of your closest friends, then you might consider it a bit exhausting as well.

All in all it has been a very fun day, and I hope that fun will continue tomorrow and Saturday.

My daughter got an excellent autograph and photo opportunity with Stefan Kapicic, who played Colossus in Deadpool, and he was very excited by her cosplay of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (yes, sir: that was my daughter).

But the highlight of the day was clearly the Mark Hamill panel at Vivint smart home arena which, while not filled to capacity, easily surpassed any other Comic Con panel known to man.

Hyperbolic perhaps? Maybe, but it’s still really, really cool.

That was a great way to start the day.

I am too tired to download photos and videos, so I will do that tomorrow, when my day has not been so incredibly draining.

But in the best possible way.

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