Stormtroopers guarded the Leonardo doors for Salt Lake Comic Con’s press conference on May 13.
Last fall, the convention shattered records as the largest first-year comic con in North America. At April’s Salt Lake Comic Con FanX, more than 100,000 geeks flooded the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Founders Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenberg were escorted to the podium by Boba Fett and representatives from the Empire. Before Farr and Brandenberg were to be encased in carbonate, they were given some last words.
Luckily, those words included six fan-favorite guests confirmed for the convention this September:
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow)
Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride)
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Spider-man)
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood)
Sam Witwer (Being Human, Battlestar Galactica)
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)
Of course, they didn’t waste any time hosting celebrity appearances. Daniel Logan, a New Zealand actor known for portraying Boba Fett in Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, met with fans and press at the announcement.
Local Walking Dead geeks ranted when Norman Reedus had to cancel his appearance at FanX, and so far, he has not been rescheduled for Salt Lake Comic Con. Farr says his team is trying to bring Reedus to the convention, or at least Salt Lake City, even if that means potentially building a new event around his appearance. “We would love to get him here,” he says.
Brandenberg said over 200 guests will be at this year’s comic con. “It’s about the people creating stories that make life enjoyable,” he says. Those include actors, filmmakers, comic book creators, authors and artists. He also mentioned Kids Con, which made it’s debut at FanX, and cosplay at will be “taken to the next level.”
Fans can also look forward to the premiere of Mythica, featuring Kevin Sorbo (if they meet their Kickstarter goal), the SLCC Film Festival, and maybe a parade. Salt Lake Comic Con will be held at the Salt Palace, Sept. 4–6.