Residents from all across Davis County flocked down to the first-ever Salt Lake City Comic Con, held Sept. 5-7 at the Salt Palace. They joined crowds of more than 30,000 people, all gathering to celebrate fantasy, science fiction, pop culture and the joys of being a geek.
“I lived in L.A., but I never had the chance to go to the San Diego Comic Con,” said Susan Schult, who attended the convention with her three sons. “I’m loving this.”
Some visitors enjoyed the chance to interact with authors, comic book creators, and actors who were involved in their favorite movies and TV shows. Stan Lee drew the convention’s largest crowds when he made an appearance on Saturday. William Shatner was on hand for both Friday and Saturday, as were Adam West and Burt Ward from the original “Batman” TV series.
Clinton resident Wendy Holloway got her picture taken with Walter Jones, who was on the original “Power Rangers” TV series.
“That was pretty cool,” she said. “The Black Ranger is the best.”
Fans who came in costume received plenty of attention as well. Syracuse resident Shane Davis dressed up as Master Roshi, a character from the anime series “Dragonball Z.”
“I can’t go 10 feet without someone wanting to take a picture with me,” he said.
Many attendees, however, just enjoyed the chance to be among like-minded people.
“When I was growing up, science fiction and comic books weren’t this popular,” said Layton resident Josh Mikkelsen. “Now, to see how many people are just as big of a nerd as I am.... It warms the heart.”
As the convention drew to a close, everyone was already marking their calendars for 2014.
“I think next year will be even better than this,” said Bountiful resident Spencer Stapleton. “As long as they keep doing it in Salt Lake, I’ll be there.”