Salt Lake Community College can be proud of alum and former Bruins basketball player Dan Farr for the work that he and his team did on the first ever Salt Lake Comic Con (SL Comic Con).
Farr started planning the SL Comic Con five months ago and had no idea how large it would get. By the time Stan Lee arrived on stage 70,000 people had visited the Salt Palace making this the largest, first ever Comic Con in the nation.
SL Comic Con was well organized for a first time event, especially considering that when the planning started the convention was expected to be much smaller. The convention got a boost when William Shatner signed on and a further boost when Stan Lee announced that he was coming.
As a first timer, there are some things that I learned. First, as crowded as it was the people at SL Comic Con were awesome.
It was like a trip to Disneyland. People were happy and polite. Everyone was there to enjoy him or herself, which made for an atmosphere of camaraderie. There were several outstanding volunteers and employees that made the convention even better.
Second, if you go to one of these, you really should pay for the VIP. The shorter lines and priority seating make the VIP pass more than worth the price. Add to that the SWAG bag and discounts, and SL Comic Con has made you an offer that you shouldn’t refuse.
Third, there are far too few opportunities in life to experience joy, to learn something new and to let loose your inner geek.
Take advantage. Even if you can’t afford the VIP pass, an event like SL Comic Con should not be missed.
Not only do you get to interact with some of your favorite celebrities, but you get to meet and talk to people with the same interests you have, and there is no chance of them rolling their eyes when you start to talk about Battlestar Galactica or which character would win in a fight.
Skip work, skip school and take advantage of the opportunity to get together with like-minded people, especially on Thursday, which was the lightest day of the event.
If you did not get a chance to visit SL Comic Con this year, make your plans for next year and enjoy the online coverage provided by members of The Globe news team.