Salt Lake Comic Con

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's inaugural Comic Con convention, which ran from Sept. 57, didn't disappoint, with more than 50,000 people snapping up tickets to attend the event.

With the attendance numbers more than doubling what creators anticipated and big-name guests like William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk; Adam West, the first Batman; Lou Ferrigno, the Incredible Hulk; David Prowse, who played Darth Vadar; and Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, attending, Salt Lake's Comic Con could become a national player in the convention scene.

The event creator Dan Farr said similar established shows tend to grow about 20 percent to 40 percent annually, which is his goal for the Salt Lake event.

Farr said the show was profitable so profitable, in fact, that he is planning on one or even two more expanded events in the next 12 months.

Next year around the same time for sure, but there may be something sooner, he said. It would be another Comic Con-type event.

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