SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a press conference today Salt Lake Comic Con (http://saltlakecomiccon.com/) kicked off its fifth annual event, featuring more than 60 TV and movie celebrities, authors, artists and more than 400 vendors. Salt Lake Comic Con has pulled out all the stops to make this event an epic pop culture celebration that fans will never forget.
In addition to celebrities, artists, comic creators, and authors, this year’s event will feature a number of new attractions to commemorate the Fifth Annual Salt Lake Comic Con, including:
- Magic the Gathering Pavilion. Magic the Gathering Pavilion is a trading card game where participants engage in games that represent battles between wizards known as “planeswalkers.” Planeswalkers employ spells, artifacts, and creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents.
- Worldbuilders. Worldbuilders is designed to unite the geek community into a massive force to fund education, opportunity, and sustainable self-sufficiency for families and communities worldwide.
- Super News Live. Pop Life Entertainment has partnered with Super News Live, a new video channel that broadcasts its fan-centric show live on Facebook Instagram and Snapchat. From Star Wars to superheroes, and gaming to SFX makeup, Super News Live creates a roster of shows where talented and passionate hosts discuss their fandoms in real-time to fans all over the United States. Super News Live will host a live broadcast from Salt Lake Comic Con this weekend.
“Every year we try to add something new and exciting for our fans, and this year will be no exception, with the addition of some thrilling new attractions that we’re sure will be fan favorites,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “This will be our best event yet and we owe it all to the wonderful fans and their undying support of all things Salt Lake Comic Con. Our fans are the real superheroes in all of our success.”
Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 features a star studded celebrity lineup including: Elijah Wood, Val Kilmer, Dick Van Dyke, John Cusack, Zachary Levi, Stephen Amell, Jon Bernthal, Christopher Lloyd, Wil Weaton, Michael Rooker, Rob Schneider, Catherine Tate, John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Joan Cusack, Elodie Yung, Sean Gunn, Michael Biehn, Eliza Dushku and Richard Dean Anderson.
“We’ve packed so much into this year’s event that fans will really have to plan ahead to make sure they get to catch everything they want to see. If the fans planned out every hour of every day, it still would be a fraction of the exquisite smorgasbord of activities, people, art, panels and people watching that is available this year.” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “Our fifth annual event will be epic in so many ways and will be one they’ll never forget. If you are looking, there are magic moments around every corner.”
Since its first event in 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con has established itself as one of the premier comic cons in the country while amassing some impressive accomplishments and records, including:
- September 2013 – Salt Lake Comic Con holds first ever event. Smashes record for largest first year comic con in North America.
- September 2014 – Holds second annual Salt Lake Comic Con event. Has more than 100,000 attendees. Establishes itself as the third largest comic con in United States.
- September 6, 2014 – Comicbook legend Stan Lee calls Salt Lake Comic Con the greatest comic con in the world.
- September 26, 2015 – Salt Lake Comic Con sets Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as comicbook characters, shattering the record previously held by China.
- March 14, 2016 – Salt Lake Comic Con and Pop Life Entertainment announce a global partnership for pop culture events, social media fan channels and merchandise. The deal broadens FanXperience’s reach in the United States and expands it into Greater China and South East Asia, with 5 new events in Asia.
- May 27, 2016 – Salt Lake Comic Con announces they have acquired a 50 percent ownership stake in Salt Lake Gaming Con and doubles attendance for SLGC 2017.
- September 1, 2016 – Salt Lake Comic Con sets record for largest QA panel in comic con history with more than 12,000 fans in attendance to see Star Wars legend Mark Hamill.