If the numbers say anything, the recent Salt Lake Comic Con was a rousing success. With more than 120,000 attendees, more than 42 film and TV guests, 300+ hours of panels, and 400+ vendors, there was no shortage of things to keep those in attendance entertained over the three day convention. Yes, there were issues; however, from my perspective, those in charge did what they could to ensure that they were swiftly corrected. You can read more in the following press release from Yahoo Finance:
Salt Lake Comic Con SELLS OUT With More Than 120,000 Attendees
– Comicbook legend Stan Lee calls Salt Lake Comic Con the greatest comic con in the world –
SALT LAKE CITY, September 8, 2014 – Salt Lake Comic Con(http://saltlakecomiccon.com/) SOLD OUT by noon on Saturday, September 6, 2014 and shattered its previous attendance record with more than 120,000 attendees, which included over 15,000 tickets given away to charities, military personnel, first responders and sponsored schools.
VIP passes and vendor booths sold out weeks before the start of Salt Lake Comic Con. On opening day, more than 60,000 fans showed up to register and on the final day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, there were more than 90,000 fans attending the convention at the Salt Palace, Gateway film festival events and gaming tournaments at the nearby hotels.
“The response we got from fans was tremendous,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “I’ve said it before and I mean it, we have the greatest fans in the world. Our fans’ overwhelming support allowed us to give back over 15,000 tickets into the community, and for that, we are extremely proud. CW’s Arrow star Stephen Amell posted on his Facebook page on Saturday saying, ‘I don’t know if there are enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe the people of Salt Lake City. What a fantastic collection of friends I got to meet today.’ Word is spreading amongst the celebrities about how great our fans are and it’s making Salt Lake Comic Con a ‘can’t miss show’ for celebrities. ”
Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 included more than 42 film and TV guests including Leonard Nimoy, Stan Lee, Jason David Frank, Alan Tudyk, Simon Helberg, Bruce Campbell, Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Cary Elwes, Eliza Dushku, Jon Heder, Barbara, Eden, Manu Bennett, Danny Glover, Hulk Hogan, Charisma Carpenter, Erin Gray, Giancarlo Esposito and Patrick Warburton. In addition to celebrity guests, Salt Lake Comic Con also included more than 300 hours of panels and more than 400 vendors. It has taken Salt Lake Comic Con less than one year to become the third largest comic con in the United States.
“We want to thank our fans for helping us build Salt Lake Comic Con into one of the premier comic con’s in the country in just one year,” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “During his panel, Stan Lee, the King of comicbooks, called Salt Lake Comic Con ‘the greatest comic con in the world’. We know we owe that all to our fans and are committed to continuing to build upon this success to give our fans the best show possible moving forward. This year we had over 120,000 people attend our convention over three days. It’s important to have this kind of attendance to attract the high caliber guests that we want to bring for future events. Success breeds more success. ”
Salt Lake Comic Con returns to the Salt Palace Convention Center in September 2015. For more information on Salt Lake Comic Con including future event announcements, celebrity guest appearances, cosplay workshops and holiday discounts and various ticket specials visit the Salt Lake Comic Con website at http://saltlakecomiccon.com/.
ABOUT SALT LAKE COMIC CON:
Salt Lake Comic Con is organized by Dan Farr Productions in partnership with Media One of Utah, a joint operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and ABC4/CW30 of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Dan Farr Productions is an event and marketing group devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium celebrities and brands in the pop culture arena. Dan Farr Productions is dedicated to producing spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our consumers, fans, celebrity guests, vendors and partners. Find out more at: www.SaltLakeComicCon.com,www.mediaoneutah.com, www.abc4.com/.