Update: A winner for the Salt Lake Comic Con Saturday pass has been chosen and contacted. Check your email to see if you’re the winner!
We moved to Salt Lake City the summer of 2014. Almost immediately, I started looking up geek things to do with my geeky little family, and one of the first things that popped up was Salt Lake Comic Con. They had two events before we moved into town, but were still new and somewhat unwieldy, from what I read online, but Paul McGann was on the guest list! I’m not saying that I had a super unhealthy obsession with the 8th Doctor in the early 00’s, but, let’s just say, I didn’t have very many friends in college.
So, my husband and I made plans to attend. We decided to go on a date that Friday night to the 21+ comic con party, and then take the kids on Saturday. The party was hilarious, we loved it.
There was a guy dressed up like the 9th Doctor who tried to mack on all the girls, to no avail. We watched him for hours, it was a train wreck, we didn’t want to look but we couldn’t look away. There was a hilariously bad DJ, and an even worse band. There was decent beer at the bar. We rooted for a shy Harry Potter to find love in the crowd (he finally went to dance with an anime girl). We saw Patrick Warburton from across the room.
It was everything we hoped it would be. I’m pretty sure this is what spawned my husband and I’s love for cosplay (not really wearing it, just making it), sitting there for hours drinking beer and cosplay watching.
Exactly three years ago yesterday, we loaded the kids up on the UTA Frontrunner (public transportation FTW), and went down to SLCC for the first time.
I don’t really remember it much. There was a long line wrapped around the convention center, it was hot and took a long time to get in the building. Penelope was 11 months old and wanted to nurse, constantly. The kids were overwhelmed by the crowds and lines. Eventually, I took the kids home and my husband went back to get Alan Tudyk’s autograph.
We’ve been to two Salt Lake Comic Con events every year since then, and they’ve gotten consistently better. The very next year they had implemented a RFID wristband ticketing system which eliminated the lines outside the building, and every year they figure out better ways to control the traffic and lines in the building. They have a quiet nursing area now (they may have then as well, I just didn’t know where to find it). The Kid Con area has gotten consistently better as well, although this year will be the first time we’ve taken the kids on a Saturday since that first year. I think we’ll survive this year…plus, the Kids’ Costume and Cosplay Parade is on Saturday, so we sort of have to go.
The only thing that hasn’t improved, at least in my option, is the Friday Night 21+ party. It used to be an awkward geeky party, now it’s basically just clubbing in costume. Not my cuppa, but if it’s yours, go for it. Plus, this year Jess Harnell’s band is going to be playing, so that makes it worth it!
If you’re interested in going to Salt Lake Comic Con, I have a Saturday pass to give away! Here are the deets: Up for grabs is an upgradable Saturday pass to Salt Lake Comic Con, good September 23rd, 2017 only. Contest runs from now until September 14th at Midnight. Entrants must be over eighteen years of age and either in Utah or willing to come here for Salt Lake Comic Con. Don’t enter if you’re not going to go, that’s super jerky. Winner will be chosen randomly, and notified by email the next day. You have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.