Out of the blue, Salt Lake City has become a sudden mecca for geekdom. Last year we had or first ComicCon and it was intantly the 3rd largest in the country. Last April we had a ComicCon redux called Fan-X which blew the doors off ComicCon. Then within a year of the first one, we had a third like thing called FantasyCon.
I know something of the history and structures of all these Cons. Fan-X and ComicCon are the same people. They exploded out of nowhere. FantasyCon has had billboards around the city for months and months and months. They had their promotion in order very early.
Everyone is wondering if the city can sustain three cons. Lots of electrons and paper has been spent talking about this. Check out this article in the Salt Lake Tribune.
I won't pretend to understand the economics of a convention. I will say however that I damn well hope they can stay because they're all freakin' great. Time spent at a convention like this is time well spent. Money spent there is money well spent. It is an experience and I hold experiences highly in my rank of what is about.
I had a great time!
Enough background. In the tradition of internet lists, here are
10 Awesome Things about FantasyCon 2014 in pictures.
6: Interactive play
10: Chillin' with my boys
Bonus –This kind of thing...