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Salt Lake Comic Con wants fans to choose upcoming guests

Published: Tuesday, May 20 2014 8:30 p.m. MDT

From left, Brittanie Larsen, Aaron Mead and Cameron John attend Utah's first Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Comic Con is asking fans to vote on which sci-fi and superhero celebrities they want to see at the next convention, and they intend to listen.

The city's homegrown comic book and pop-culture sensation released a poll Tuesday asking fans to vote on which guests they'd like in attendance when the convention reconvenes Sept. 4-6.

The extensive, star-studded list includes big-name celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, who reprised the role of Khan in "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and headlines the BBC series "Sherlock"; and Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the "X-Men" franchise, as well as a host of non-nerdy roles; along with Internet sensations like Grumpy Cat.

It may seem like a lofty list, but Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenburg says organizers are confident they can recruit the celebrities listed in the poll.

Salt Lake Comic Con has sent offers to celebrities such as "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, as well as Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth, from Marvel's "Thor" and "Avengers" movies, Brandenburg said.

The poll also asked fans which past Salt Lake Comic Con guests they'd like to see return. Marvel mastermind Stan Lee appeared at the inaugural Salt Lake Comic Con last fall, while April's FanX event featured "Star Trek: The Next Generation's" beloved captain, Patrick Stewart; and actor Nathan Fillion, who leads the ABC series "Castle" and starred in "Firefly," a short-lived cult favorite of sci-fan fans.

Both Stewart and Fillion were brought in specifically because of fan requests, Brandenburg said.

"When Salt Lake Comic Con fans talk, we listen," he said. "It's their show."

Salt Lake Comic Con expects to announce minor guests next week, and another headlining guest will be named in two or three weeks, Brandenburg said. The convention hopes to top its FanX roster, which featured 42 celebrity guests.

Six celebrity guests have been announced so far: Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters"), Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride"), Bruce Campbell ("Army of Darkness"), John Barrowman ("Doctor Who" and "Torchwood"), Sam Witwer ("Being Human") and Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future").

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