SALT LAKE CITY – Cosplayers take to the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, heading to the Salt Palace for the FanX convention.
The doors opened to the public on Thursday afternoon… with hundreds waiting outside and letting out a collective cheer as they rushed in.
They browsed dozens of vendor booths, attended panel discussions and, of course, had the chance to fangirl the stars of their favorite shows and comics.
Chris Miotku said he always comes for people.
“You see a lot of interesting people and then the signs are really fun,” he said.
This year’s lineup includes actors like Charles Martinet, the voice of the Mario Brothers. He said he had been lucky enough to do what he loved for 31 years and the fun continued.
“That’s what’s so beautiful, coming to FanX. You come here, you see people who just have the guts to dress up and be what they love to do, to follow their passion,” a- he said, “And you’ll meet other people from the Mario series, or from Star Wars, or from Star Trek. You will meet people and you can develop lifelong friendships.
Fans can also meet Mike Lookinland of The Brady Bunch. Lookinland said he lives in Utah, so he is lucky to meet fans back home.
“People will come up to me and say, ‘I loved your show. You’re probably sick of hearing that,'” he said. He continued, getting emotional as he spoke, “My response is that I never get tired of hearing that.”
Some attendees like Jarret and Joan Durant had never been to FanX before. The couple said they wanted to attend after watching The Big Bang Theory and hearing them talk about ComicCon on the show.
They found themselves lost in the sea of vendors, buying everything to make their inner geeks happy.
“You sometimes splurge on spending, you don’t realize it, and then they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s what you owe,'” Jarret said, looking down at a bag full of merchandise. He started laughing. “OK OK….we have to bring more money next year.
Sarah and Jason Gull brought their two-year-old son, Orion, for his first FanX experience.
They hoped he could see his favorite superheroes. The cosplayers did not disappoint.
“Have you seen Spider-Man today?” Sarah asked Orion. The toddler looked up and whispered, “Spider Man!” “Yeah, you like Spider Man,” the mother replied. “You said hello to him, huh.”