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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As now, and as for the latest Salt Lake Comic Con, it is apparent, that only the organizers and their closest allies, made as much money for themselves as was humanly possible,
and ignored the business interests of the merchandisers, the stars, and the artists(which was what Comic Con has traditionally been about for the last fifteen years, not only in San Diego, but other cities.) These artists, merchandisers and the stars were the only entities that made
comic con a reality in the first place. They were basically sold down the river.

The answer is yes. Not at Salt Lake Comic Con. It was a feeling that only the organizers
and their closest family members and allies made most of the money
get any of the economic benefits in other states? Someone needs to approach them
and negotiate for a fair distribution and a distribution of
the wealth of the ticket money. Without this, the Salt Lake Comic Con will fall.

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