FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention: Looking Back on that Incredible First Year2 min read

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT

In 2013, Salt Lake City had its first superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy convention, and that thing exploded out of the gate. With an estimated 80,000 attendees, FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention had the largest-ever turnout for an inaugural convention of its kind. In commemoration, here’s a look back at the convention’s record-setting first year (photos by C.J. Jackson; video courtesy of KJZZ Movie Show; get info and tickets here).

On the History of Superman panel, I got to chat with the Man of Steel himself (Dean Cain, Lois and Clark).

There’s plenty of interesting things to see, including balloon-Hulk.

There’s plenty of interesting things to see, including balloon-Hulk.

There’s plenty of interesting things to see, including balloon-Hulk.

Dino was a hit with all ages.

Weta’s Workshop took us behind the Lord of the Rings.

While my brother-in-law embraced the Dark Side.

Ray Park, AKA Darth Maul from Star Wars, is actually a really nice guy.

Henry Winkler, “The Fonz” from Happy Days himself.

Hobbits aplenty…

… and Halo heroes.

They packed ‘em in for Spiderman, X-Men, and Avengers creator Stan Lee…

… who did not disappoint.

Vendors sold all sorts of things, and authors signed their work (ahem).

Trekkies welcome…

… along with Star Wars baddies…

…Batman characters…

…Street Fighters…

…Han and Padme…

… and assembled Avengers.

Kevin Murphy, of Rifftrax and MST3K, was just as funny in person.

If you've never been, you need to go! Bring the family. Even if you're not a “geek,” the energy, fun, and people watching make it more than worth the while. Learn more and get tickets at

Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. 

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