Salt Lake Community College is going to Salt Lake Comic Con 2014, showcasing what the school has to offer as well as offering an opportunity for attendees to have their pictures taken.
Comic conventions have been around for years, giving fans and spectators a way to appreciate the world of comics and characters.
Many people dress up in costume when attending the event, often being stopped and asked for photos like celebrities.
SLCC is offering people attending the event an experience much like that, where they can be the focal point.
The photo booth will allow anyone to choose a backdrop and pose for photos. Photos taken will then be edited and uploaded to a free share site. Attendees will need to sign up to receive information about SLCC and are then able to access the photos.
The booth will have several different backdrops, all of which display some aspect of SLCC. Photo-Op backdrops were created by Jill Sullivan and provide a comic strip twist to match the theme of the event.
The work will be done by students from the Photo Lab. This gives these students a unique opportunity for hands-on learning in their field of study.
“We teach them these things, we talk about theories around how you might approach photography,” says Melanie Hall, marketing manager for SLCC. “They get to work on labs here at our campuses but this is kind of a really live and interactive experience.”
Photo lab students are not the only ones participating. The Grand Theatre will be using one of their backdrops as well as a couple props from their set for Little Shop of Horrors.
This production is scheduled to run from October 16th through November 1st. They will be bringing with them a puppet of Audrey II and Seymour.
Brandon Stauffer, SLCC operations coordinator, is hoping that this will bring attendees interest to the booth and to their production.
“We have such a creative audience, we really feel like Comic Con is a great fit for us,” says Stauffer. “By taking Seymour and Audrey II we are hoping that we can create some buzz about our season.”
Audrey II and Seymour will be in the booth from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. everyday, but will also be wandering the conference. Aside from the photo booth, the school is also displaying demos during the event.
There will be presentations on special effect makeup, millinery and costume making, cartooning, and much more. The photo booth itself and the SLCC booth will be set up near the Cosplay area.
Hall hopes that at the very least that this event will “be a chance for us all to get out there and represent the college and have some fun.”