FantasyCon 2014 Kickoff: Wooden Wisdom (Ft. Elijah Wood)

FantasyCon 2014 Kickoff: Wooden Wisdom (Ft. Elijah Wood)
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Starting out with the soundtracks to Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, it’s extremely clear that both Zach Cowie and Wood are quite familiar with and embracing of Wood’s nerd credibility. Have I mentioned that they also closed their set with a disco version of the Return of the Jedi Ewok dance? Spoiler Alert: That totally happened. … read more

FantasyCon 2014: FilmQuest @ The Gateway Megaplex 06.30 – 07.02

FantasyCon 2014: FilmQuest @ The Gateway Megaplex 06.30 – 07.02
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As an attendee of several locally organized film festivals, FilmQuest’s focus on films from the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres made it unique. It’s fun to sit in a darkened theatre with no idea what type of film might illuminate the darkened screen and take you along for a ride. Not all of the films were stellar, and many were downright bizarre, but here are a few that stuck out to me. … read more

FantastyCon 2014: A Tale of Two Hobbits

FantastyCon 2014: A Tale of Two Hobbits
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Lord of the Rings is easily the most recognizable fantasy franchise. Most of us have read one or two of the books and we all saw the movies—even if it was just that one time on cable when they were running a marathon and you had nothing better to do. The world that we were shown in the movies was massive and full of some great characters. FantasyCon has managed to round up quite a few of those beloved characters. Samwise Gamgee and Pippin: Sean Astin and Billy Boyd. … read more

FantastyCon 2014: Jed Brophy, Jonathan Rhys Davies & Panels Galore

FantastyCon 2014: Jed Brophy, Jonathan Rhys Davies & Panels Galore
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With all the panels and guests, it’s hard to decide which panels to go to. One of the first panels of Fantasy Con on Friday was with one of the memorable characters from Lord of the Rings – Gimli, the gruff, lovable Dwarf played by John Rhys-Davies. He’s a good six feet without the movie magic but he’s still got the gruff voice and he’s definitely lovable. … read more

FantastyCon 2014: Summer Glau, Cosplay, Sylvester McCoy & Fighting!

FantastyCon 2014: Summer Glau, Cosplay, Sylvester McCoy & Fighting!
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Friday, the second day of Fantasy Con, had the lucky opportunity to occur on a national holiday: Independence Day. The idea of a Con happening on a holiday where people should have nothing better to do had me worried. The floor would be packed. The parade, any parade in the valley, would make getting to the Con difficult, but deciding to stroll into the Salt Palace around mid-afternoon proved surprisingly easy. Salt Lake streets were empty, as everyone was busy (presumably) barbecuing and setting fires … read more

FantastyCon 2014: Simon Pegg, Mark Sheppard, Cosplay & Awards

FantastyCon 2014: Simon Pegg, Mark Sheppard, Cosplay & Awards
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My prediction that Saturday would beat Friday in terms of numbers was absolutely correct. What I was not expecting, however, was that the production and glitz aspect of FantasyCon would also beat the previous two days. The spectacle was bigger, as there was more audience to entertain. … read more

FanasyCon 2014: Larping, Simon Pegg, The Hall of Heroes & How It All Shaped Up

FanasyCon 2014: Larping, Simon Pegg, The Hall of Heroes &...
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The final day of Fantasy Con got off to a bit of a quiet start. The holiday hangover was in full effect, and the crowds on the convention floor were a bit thinner than expected, but that just made the aisles and halls easier to navigate and made everything more accessible. … read more