FanX 2014: Smash Bros Heats Up the FanX Game Room

FanX 2014: Smash Bros Heats Up the FanX Game Room
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Unless you look closely you wouldn’t know that there is a pretty intense scene focused around Super Smash Bros: Melee. These Smashers focus around 1 on 1 combat, perfecting their characters and tactics to bring their opponent to shame. I say shame because the intensity with which they play leaves the opponent disappointed and sad, with the victor exploding from their chair. … read more

FanX 2014: Day One At Salt Lake Comic Con

FanX 2014: Day One At Salt Lake Comic Con
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When 40,000 people descend upon Salt Lake City with the intent of showing off their inner passions you have to know that something incredible is about to happen. April 17 kicked off like Christmas at age 6 when I started my morning by wandering through downtown SLC towards the mecca of nerd, also known as Salt Lake City Comic Con: FanXperience. … read more

FanX 2014: Day One—The Calm Before the Storm

FanX 2014: Day One—The Calm Before the Storm
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As FanX opened its doors to the many-headed beast of Utah’s geek culture for day one of the three-day event, there was a subdued feeling in the air—not unlike the kind that settles in just before a storm rips through town, leaving nothing but smears of grease paint and empty Mountain Dew cans in its wake. … read more

FanX 2014: Day Two–A Little Bit Louder Now

FanX 2014: Day Two–A Little Bit Louder Now
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As I watched the crowd billow and swell throughout the avenues and boulevards of the FanX exhibition hall on day two, I wasn’t thinking about how many of them had driven from out of state to behold our fair convention. I wasn’t thinking about how wonderful it is to see so many geeks converge and let their freak flags fly. Instead, I couldn’t shake the thought that if just one of these people was bitten by a zombie, we would all be righteously screwed. … read more

FanX 2014: Day 2 Adventures

FanX 2014: Day 2 Adventures
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Salt Lake City lit up again today as roughly 14 quadrillion (that’s a real number) people descended upon the Salt Palace for day 2 of FanX. The beautiful thing about this con is the incredible range of activities available for everybody attending. No matter your cup of tea, it is still entirely possible to get lost in a sea of incredible cosplay and vendors offering everything under the sun. … read more

FanX 2014: Starcraft II Midwest Pro Am

FanX 2014: Starcraft II Midwest Pro Am
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After six hours of intense combat, Polt became the Midwest Pro Am champion, and the audience funneled out into the crowded convention hall. It is a rare occasion that Salt Lake is graced with gaming royalty, and an even better moment when our locals get to take a shot at beating them live. … read more

FanX 2014: Day Three–Gaining Closure

FanX 2014: Day Three–Gaining Closure
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The third and final day of FanX brought with it a sense of bittersweet excitement. Fans knew that today was the day that the convention was planning on bringing out the big guns, but they also knew that after the doors of the Salt Palace closed for the evening, they would have to make the long, somber journey back to the real world—at least until September’s convention rolls around, that is. … read more

FanX 2014: Chris Hoffman talks Salt City Strangers

FanX 2014: Chris Hoffman talks Salt City Strangers
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Unbeknownst to many comic book fans, the city of Salt Lake has its own band of superheroes who strive to defend our unique, Utahan way of life. Created by Chris Hoffman, Josh Butterfield and Jeremy Gates, the Salt City Strangers is a comic book series that chronicles the adventures of Utah’s own super-powered team of do-gooders. … read more

FanX 2014: Nilbog is Goblin Spelled Backwards — Darren Ewing, Deborah Reed, Jason Steadman on Troll 2

FanX 2014: Nilbog is Goblin Spelled Backwards — Darren Ewing,...
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In 1990, a ragtag Italian production team came to Utah to make a horror movie about a family that gets in over its head when their wholesome vacation plans get ruined by a pack of vegetarian goblins. The result was one of the most fantastic celluloid train wrecks in cinematic history. Despite the fact that Troll 2 has one of the lowest ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, it continues to unite movie fans all over the world with its unique brand of awesome awfulness. … read more