BOUNTIFUL - Superheroes, space travelers and Time Lords, oh my!
This year’s Salt Lake Comic Con, which kicks off today at the Salt Palace Convention Center, gives Davis County residents a chance to meet plenty of famous faces from their favorite movies and television shows. Comics legend Stan Lee will be making a return appearance, along with first-time visits from figures such as Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,”) Colin Baker (“Doctor Who”) and more.
“These are hugely popular actors with our attendees and they’ll be excited to meet and spend some time with them,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder and show producer.
Other well-known figures include John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Torchwood,” “Doctor Who,”), Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead,” “Army of Darkness,”) Simon Helberg, (“Big Bang Theory”), Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,”) Eliza Dushku (“Buffy,” “Dollhouse”) and more.
Several well-known comic book artists and authors, as well as fantasy and science fiction authors, will also be on hand to interact with fans.
“We’ve got over 200 guests and panelists,” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder and chief marketing officer. “We wanted to take things to the next level.”
There’s more to see than just a roster of well-known actors, artists and creators however. The convention will kick off with a costume parade, and there will be a non-cosplay costume contest Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.
There will also be a Salt Lake Comic Con Film Festival, and the festival will play host to Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. “Evil Dead the Musical 4D” will be performing live Sept. 5-6 at 10 p.m. at the Fallout Event Center.
For those who’d rather get involved in the story, ghost hunts might be a better option. Salt Lake Comic Con is hosting two, with the first set for Sept. 4 at 9:30 p.m. at the Off Broadway Theatre, and a second one at Fear Factory on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m.
For tickets and more information about meet-and-greet opportunities or other events, visit saltlakecomiccon.com.