Fabulous FanX

Posted by on May 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm :: 1 Comment

Utah was recently named the nerdiest state in the Union by Estately. I’ve never been prouder of my magical homeland. This epic announcement, fittingly, came only days after a record-breaking geeky gathering ended in Salt Lake City. Although Utah’s capitol hosted its first comic con just six months ago, the biggest inaugural con ever, a couple of weeks ago it shattered its own heroic numbers with Fan Xperience, a spring rendition of that costume-loaded convention. FanX’s over 100,000 attendees assured it a position as the third-largest comic con in the United States. Way to go my fellow Whovians, Trekkies, Dungeon Masters, Tolkienites, Pottergirls and LARPers!

Karl Urban got the girl and the gun.

Karl Urban got the girl and the gun.

Jason and I, of course, bought tickets to this fanatic affair months ago and have been debating our many apparel options for a while. We attended all three days in costume and I even went into work at 5:30 AM that Friday so I wouldn’t feel guilty about leaving early to touch Karl Urban.

I got to get in the actual Batmobile, talk on the Batphone and push some hood-popping buttons.

I got to get in the actual Batmobile, talk on the Batphone and push some hood-popping buttons.

The delights of this convention, for an all-purpose nerd such as myself, are too numerous to be itemized but allow me to relay a few. First and foremost, we met the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, minus LeVar Burton. Besides talking with them all over autographs and camera flashes, we saw them onstage at the Star Trek Ultimate Xperience, an evening entirely devoted to my favorite TV show of all space and time. The genesis of the Galaxy-class perma-grin I’m currently wearing can be traced to that very night. On a side note, the Enterprise’s stellar crew does not disappoint in person. Our interactions with them were entertaining and moving; their wit and warmth made it so.

Getting a picture with this many members of the Star Trek: TNG cast fulfilled an intergalactic fantasy of mine.

Getting a picture with this many members of the Star Trek: TNG cast fulfilled an intergalactic fantasy of mine.

Along with those star stars, we also encountered, i.e. got photos with and gawked at, Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, of Firefly fame, Karen Gillan, of Dr. Who notoriety, and Karl Urban, who needs no filmography index.

This could only happen in an alternate universe.

This could only happen in an alternate universe.

Check out newstarship.com to learn more about the refurbishment of this fine set.

Check out newstarship.com to learn more about the refurbishment of this fine set.

Our celebrity pursuits made FanX a strange mix of euphoria and listlessness. The lines for any sort of iconic contact seemed endless and self-replicating. On Saturday, between autographs with Patrick Stewart, pictures with the hunky boys of Firefly, and then pictures with Patrick Stewart, we were in line for most of the afternoon. But, given the choice, I, like Rory, would wait all over again.

The kids got their own TARDIS. I'm almost kid-sized but, apparently, I'm still too big to travel in short space.

The kids got their own TARDIS. I’m almost kid-sized but, apparently, I’m still too big to travel in short space.

I bought many geeky treasures in my wanderings on the convention floor. My acquiring tactics may have been a little too exuberant for rationality, I’d make a pathetic Ferengi, but my resulting stash is glorious indeed! I purchased an oil portrait of the Tenth Doctor painted by a local artist, piles of nerdy t-shirts, unique prints, Starfleet jewelry and steampunk accessories.

This shuttlecraft was lovingly made by The Seventh Fleet, a local fan club, over the course of a year.

This shuttlecraft was lovingly made by The Seventh Fleet, a local fan club, over the course of a year.

I have humbly offered much advice over the years regarding comic cons, from one geek to another, but allow me to give another insight: expect uninformed volunteers and disorganized lines to be as prolific at these conventions as Gangers in an acid factory. Be skeptical when a staff member tells you that “these aren’t the lines you’re looking for.” And definitely get confirmation before you jump out of a place you’ve been lingering in for a while, based on someone’s instructions, in favor of a new spot someone else randomly directs you to or you may find yourself in a temporal line-loop without a dekyon emission to save you.

This DeLorean was definitely a blast from the past...or the future?

This DeLorean was definitely a blast from the past…or the future?

Salt Lake FanX confirmed that a comic con of a slightly different name does smell as sweet. For FanX certainly smelled ever so sweetly of musty costumes, fangirl sweat, foam armor, waxed concrete and star-induced drool, all the odors of nerd paradise. Yes, as Utah has proven by outranking all those other so-called cosplayers and level-20 wannabees, nerdery’s roots go deep in Salt Lake City. With that in mind, I propose we stop calling Utah the Beehive State and start calling it the Borg Hive State. I’m just saying.

1 Comment

  • Jenny F says:

    So awesome! Especially the pic with the entire TNG cast! Can’t wait to hear all about it a bunco I hope!

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