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Dispatches from Salt Lake Comic Con: Getting Chris Evans and Chekov versus Bester
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Sep 24, 2015 | 4647 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marina Sirtis (pictured with Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg) during the Salt Lake Comic Con 15 opening press conference. 
Photo by Rachel Collings | Davis Clipper
Marina Sirtis (pictured with Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg) during the Salt Lake Comic Con 15 opening press conference. Photo by Rachel Collings | Davis Clipper
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- The crowd was even bigger than usual for this year's kickoff press conference, since VIP pass holders were allowed to fill in the back of the grand ballroom (nearly double the size from any panel room in previous years. The new combined space holds 4500 people, and organizers are still expecting to have to turn people away from the Chris Evans panel Saturday morning. According to organizers, Salt Lake Comic Con is the first-ever fan convention Evans has attended on an individual basis to do things like individual panels, autographs, and photos with fans.

- It turns out that Marina Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and will be narrating the Utah Symphony's Sci-fi concert Friday night, may be at least partially responsible for Evans' appearance. According to Salt Lake Comic Con Co-founder Dan Farr, he was talking to Haley Atwell's manager (who is also Evans' manager) at the Houston comic con when Sirtis walked by and said that Salt Lake was a great convention and they should do it.

- According to Farr and co-founder Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con is the third largest con in the U.S. according to attendance, and the largest con in the U.S. per capita. It also keeps setting new records for the largest convention in the state, breaking its old ones every year.

- Though Emma Caufield (Anya from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") cancelled at the last minute, plenty of other celebrities held panels today. One was Walter Koenig, who played both Chekov on the original "Star Trek" and Bester on "Babylon 5." Though he said he's grateful for his experience with "Star Trek," he said that playing Bester was a more "rewarding" experience.

"It makes me feel good that I could create a character that was engaging in his own right instead of one that just road on the coattails of 'Star Trek,'" said Koenig. "It was a more dimensional role – people were drawn to him."

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