Well, Salt Lake Comic-Con emerged from round two victorious. Not only was FanX bigger than September’s first con, but everything seemed to be running just a little more smoothly as well. Including the media team, which I was a part of. My main ALBUM IS ONLINE HERE.
Some of my favorite moments? Well, there were a bunch.
Taking photos of the excellent costumes people came up with, of course. Eric Hall, a local cosplayer, was there with several of his amazing costumes, including the best Borg cosplay I think I’m ever likely to see.
Seeing old friends, like James Morris, modeling here for Sketch Cabaret, an amazing local arts group that seems to be involved with just about anything interesting happening in the greater Salt Lake area.
Speaking of Sketch Cabaret, they didn’t just have sketching stations (which I thought were an excellent idea, by the way; I need to spend some time sketching at the next con, it’s a skill I’d like to work on). I also managed to catch some of the amazing aerial acrobatics performed by their talented performers. Amazing stuff!
There were also a number of animal and conservation groups present. I’m an ecologist, and those things are important to me. The newly rebuilt aquarium in Salt Lake had a booth, as did Creature Encounters (two booths, actually, in different parts of the con) and my new friends from Earthwings, a conservation group educating people about raptors and other wildlife. Here they are with one of their star avian models.
Finally, there was the volunteer community itself, of which I was a (very) small part. Here’s an image I shot Saturday night after the con ended. Yes, this is quite a few volunteers, but it’s certainly not all of them (and perhaps not even most! A lot had gone home by then!). While it does take a few paid staff to pull off an event like this, it’s really the volunteers that make the event. Without them, there wouldn’t be a Salt Lake Comic-Con.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to doing it all again in September. =)