By Utah Correspondent Mark Avo
The local Salt Lake Comic Con comes twice a year. The first is really just a small convention as a kind of teaser or a fun time for those in need of some winter relief. The winter/spring event is called Salt Lake Comic Con FanX and this time the FanX is expecting half the attendance of the previous year’s main convention which drew in over 100,000 visitors. That means there isn’t as much news but there were a few indie films with premiers, some zombie laser tag events, and of course the obligatory cosplay.
What I find amazing about the cosplayers in the usually conservative state of Utah is that they’ll throw themselves fully into their characters. The day one Cosplay was a blast to capture for everyone outside of the state no one thought could draw crowds as big as has and continues to. The event is family friendly with two kids under the age of 10 free with each adult pass. That means there is some wonderful family friendly cosplay and some eye-catching, head turning, jaw dropping cosplay as well. Consider Day 1 a tease for the content yet to come.
Some personal favorites of mine were Cosplayer Vegas PG, Heavy Metal Thor, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes at the Deathray Comics booth, and comedian Jay Whittaker dressed up as Deadpool.
If you’re at the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2015 event, look for me with a burly beard, a samurai pony tail, and an obligatory “adult” beverage in hand as I wonder the halls of the Salt Palace. For everyone else, hit me up on Twitter @MarkAvo.
Mark Avo can usually be found behind a keyboard coding for databases or reviewing comic books. He can also be found writing and inking The Salt City Strangers comic book or pretending he’s an expert on their Indie Publishing podcast The Undead Soup. You can delight or even heckle him with your tweets @MarkAvo and he’ll be totally thrilled. The photographer, Brandigirlio, can be found on Twitter @Brandigirlio and making sure I remove bits of food from my beard.