This year Salt Lake Comic Con decided to do their Fan-Experience convention the last week of January. It took up my whole weekend. I slept almost the whole day today trying to catch up on rest. I don’t know why it got me so tired, but it did.
Overall, this Fan-X wasn’t as good as the previous one. At least, that’s what I think. The show floor was a ton better than last time, but the panels weren’t very good, and I mostly go for the panels. I love the show floor, don’t get me wrong, and I spent more money than I should have, but going around the show floor takes less than an afternoon. I need something else to do!
They did have some good wonderful actors come. I cried when I failed to obtain a ticket fast enough for the Doctor Who Ultimate Experience panel with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Billie Piper, but at least I got to see the two ladies in their own panels.
Oh! And I got to see Carrie Fisher and Nichelle Nichols. That was kind of big. So the actor panels were fine, although I would have liked to see more of them, but the rest of the panel selection was meh.
Also, since it was winter times the cosplays weren’t as great, and there weren’t as many of them. There were a few epic amazing ones, though. Here, have some pictures!
This girl had a Wheatley that moved his lit-up blue eye. I want one.
I think this might be one of the most adorable father-child cosplays ever. A Jedi Knight and a baby Ewok.
Okay, I don’t know what these cosplays are from, but they’re awesome. Just look at those wings! I bet they took forever to make.
And not only that, but the wings fold up!
A pretty good Astrid and another Toothless. Different person.
Samus from Metroid and Lighting from Final Fantasy XIII.
This lady had an amazing evil Elsa cosplay. I love it!
Look at that beautiful spiky staff and snowflake armor!
This person was a fantastic borg. I failed to get a picture of her from the front, but she had a spinning thing in front of one eye complete with LED lights. She looked just like the “real” thing.
It’s people from Up! The little boy was Russel, but you can’t see his little boy scout outfit in this pic. I was trying to get a good pick of the house stroller and his mother’s Kevin get up.
More awesome cosplay! Here we have Gamora and Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy, and some person I don’t know.
A gorgeous Princess Celestia! I think I saw her at the last convention, but was unable to capture a picture. I’m so pleased I was able to get her this time!
So there we have the bestest pictures I took of cosplays. There was also a guy dressed up as Deadpool pretending to be a missionary complete with missionary outfit, name tag, and “Book of Deadpool.”
Now I’ll share a couple pictures of celebrities from panels. Just a few.
She was so sweet and cute. I think she was my favorite actress panel.
Karen had a bunch of little kids ask her questions. She was very sweet to everyone and said everyone’s names back to them. She’s also perplexed by America’s 24-hour gyms. She plays many parts, but is most known and loved for her role as Amy Pond, the 11th Doctor’s companion.
Most known for her role as Uhura in Star Trek the Original Series, Nichell Nichols was also a sweet lady. She’s very proactive and supportive of women and space exploration.
Billie was a pop star, but always wanted to be an actress. She finally got her chance and broke into acting with the Doctor Who reboot as the 9th Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler. She was nice as well, but seemed a little tired. Probably because they kept her up late with the special Fan-X red carpet dance party until one in the morning the night before.
Princess Leia made sure our thirty minutes with her were as packed with fun as possible. She even started with a bang. The first thing she did was ask the audience for a Coca-Cola. Someone brought up a diet one and she whined. Then someone came up right behind the first guy and gave her a shiny red can. She made out with that guy. Not just a little kiss, a make-out kiss that went on for at least thirty seconds, maybe a minute.
About half-way through the 30 minute panel her dog came running up from backstage and sat with her.
I don’t remember what she was laughing about. She was pretty funny the entire time.
Her dog’s name is Gary. His tongue is twice as big as it should be and he’s missing all his teeth on one side, so it always hangs out. It’s pretty cute.
And now a couple random pics:
They had a giant Baymax out front.
They also had the Weta troll statues from the Hobbit.
Overall it was okay. I met a bunch of new art friends and bought some cool stuff. I got some awesome leather stuff from Crimson Chain Leatherworks, like a belt pouch with a cool clasp and a holster for my longsword! I can’t wait to see them again at Salt Lake Comic Con in September! I also bought a super cute Nightfury rose necklace from Carmendee Design. Go check out her stuff and give her money and love! She handcrafts the necklaces with a lot of dedication and love.
Oh yeah! And I went as a Gryffindor student on Saturday with my friends and took my sword along to be the sword of Goddric Gryffindor. It’s the first time anyone has asked to take my picture. That was pretty cool.