It is an old story by now: con sells, out, fire marshals get antsy and shuts down entrance for a while. What’s newish about these stories—but really almost unremarkable—is that it’s happening even in fist time shows in untested markets, like this weekend’s Salt Lake Comic Con. Headlining the nerdlebrity gods like Stan Lee—and the awesome Shatner/West showdown—the show drew 50,000, billed as a “record for a first time show,” although who is keeping the records we don’t know.
A final count wasn’t available Saturday night, but a Salt Lake Comic Con spokesman confirmed the newest comic convention had surpassed 50,000 tickets sold by 10 a.m. About five hours later, organizers declared the event sold out and a fire marshal limited entry into the Salt Palace, which was bursting at the seams.
Fans reported waiting in line for as much as four hours Saturday just to get into the front door to catch the last of the three-day convention.
The show spun out of the existing GEEX Gaming and Electronics Expo, so t wasn’t entirely a new show. The guests were heavy on the TV personalties, with a smaller comics contingent, but from the reports we got the show was quite well run and the usual circus of costumes, comics and celebrities.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.