Utah's FanX comic convention returning this year after skipping 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic

Utah's FanX comic convention returning this year after skipping 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic

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SALT LAKE CITY — FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention is back this year, and organizers promise it will be bigger and better than ever.

Utah's premier geek and pop culture fandom convention returns to the Salt Palace Convention Center from Sept. 16-18.

Like many events, FanX was forced to take a break in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. But convention organizers said celebrities are eager to get back out and meet the fans once again this year.

FanX founder and producer Dan Farr and other convention organizers celebrated Star Wars Day with a news conference Tuesday where they announced a few new events and happenings for this year's FanX.

"This is going to be our best convention yet," FanX MC Chris Provost said at the event.

A slew of new guests at FanX 2021 were also announced Tuesday, including "Mythbusters" star Adam Savage and "Doctor Who" actor Christopher Eccleston.

Other guests announced Tuesday include "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" actress Peyton List, "Cobra Kai" actor Jacob Bertrand, "Stargate" actress Amanda Tapping, "Once Upon A Time" actress Keegan Connor Tracy, Mickey Mouse voice actor Bret Iwan, "The Clone Wars" actress Ashley Eckstein, "Boy Meets World" actors Rider Strong and Will Friedle, "St. Elsewhere" actor William Daniels, and "Supernatural" actors David Haydn-Jones, Richard Speight Jr. and Misha Collins.

A handful of guests were announced before Tuesday, including "Family Matters" actor Jaleel White and voice actor Jess Harnell, a perennial FanX guest.

"The lineup is going to be unlike any lineup we've ever had before," Farr said.

Many more guests have yet to be announced for this year's FanX. The full list of guests so far can be found on the FanX website.

Also new at FanX 2021 will be a cosplay contest, for which the grand prize will be a motorcycle or $5,000 cash, Provost said. A cosplay lounge area will also be available at the convention, where cosplayers will be able to repair their costumes if something goes wrong, he added.

A workshop room will also be available where people can get advice from professionals in the industry for their own personal projects. If you're working on a novel, you'll be able to bring it to the workshop and talk to a professional author to get some help with the project.

A FanX Quest will usher conventiongoers through the Salt Palace on a scavenger hunt journey, and a kids area will give children a chance to have fun at the event, Provost added.

Bryan Brandenburg, Farr's former partner at FanX, was not at the press conference Tuesday and has stepped back from the event this year after starting his own company in the biosciences industry, according to Farr. Farr's new FanX partners are Jeff and Abby Wright.

Farr said the last year has been tough for FanX organizers, since last year's event was canceled, and one FanX staffer passed away from something unrelated to COVID-19. But now, since things are improving and the end of the pandemic is in sight, it's time to get ready for the convention's return, he said.

"We wanted to let people have a chance to actually see that things are getting better, that things are starting to loosen," Farr said in an interview with KSL TV. "It might have been hard if we would have really had our formal kickoff three or four months ago. People would say 'Well, how are we all getting together?' Now, we're seeing that light at the end of the tunnel and we can see how we can all get together again, and we're expecting a full crowd this time."

More information about FanX and how to buy tickets is available at fanxsaltlake.com

Contributing: Jay Dortzbach, KSL TV

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