Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 Day 1 Press Conference
Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 opened with heroes of all types and a Who’s who list of stars, who emerged from the Tardis (which must be bigger on the inside). Lou Ferrigno made his return to the Salt Palace praising Dan Farr and his team’s efforts in putting together a great cultural event.
Vic Mignogna led the crowd of Make-A Wish families, first responders, military and press in a rousing round of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” He then told the crowd that when Farr approached him about Salt Lake Comic Con, Far said that he was putting something small and intimate together.
“He lied,” says Mignogna as Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 was the largest inaugural comic con ever. Projections have put Salt lake Comic Con at between 90,000 and 130,000 guests over the next three days.
According to Ferrigno, Salt Lake Comic Con has given out about 15,000 free tickets to various community groups and charities. Something that Ferrigno says no other comic con has ever done. Co-founder Bryan Brandenberg says that Salt Lake Comic Con loves doing those kinds of things is glad that the events are successful and profitable enough to allow those kinds of gifts.
Manu Bennett pledged the first $1000 that he made at this year’s con to Millie's Foundation, and he challenged every other celebrity to do the same.
Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 features over 300 hours of panel programming, over 450 guests and over 400 vendors.
Daniel Logan brought a cake to celebrate Jason David Frank’s birthday. The entire auditorium sang two verses of the song – one in zombie led by “Big Daddy” Eugene Clark.