6.Co-splay (costume play) and people-watching. For me, the true highlight of any convention is the creative and often impressive costumes worn by adults and children. Attendees of the Con will be surrounded by average people transformed into iconic heroes and creepy monsters. In fact, if you want, you could be one of them! Think of it as an early Halloween, except this time grown-ups are as likely to parade around in costume as the kids. What’s more, there’s a cosplay competition and, wait for it, a costume ball as part of the festivities. Even if you don’t want to dress up, the Comic-Con presents an opportunity for people-watching that is unparalleled.If you see a costume that blows your mind, be sure to complement its wearer and ask to take a picture with them. Trust me.
7.The vendors. Want to get your child an authentic lightsaber? Pick up a rare, out-of-print comic? Get your wife some Harry Potter jelly beans? Action figures, autographed photos, fan art, vintage collectibles, clothing, and much more are available to browse and buy. I myself will be there signing copies of my book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families, which you can purchase at the Con.
I’m beyond excited to have a Comic-Con in Salt Lake City. I went to Dragon-Con in Atlanta in 2008. I went almost against my will because I thought I was “too cool” for it. However, it ended up being one of the most contagiously fun events I’ve ever attended, so get your tickets in advance, grab the kids, and head on down to The Salt Palace on September 5-7 to make your own memories. I’ll be at the Cedar Fort Publishing booth, so come say hello! I’d love to shake your hand…or claw…or robotic arm…depending on what you’re wearing.
For more information on the Salt Lake Comic-Con, and to purchase tickets, please visit the official website. Be on the lookout for my interview with Comic-Con producer Dan Farr, coming soon to Meridian!
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples’ counseling and singles’ guidance (www.jdeckertherapy.com). He is the co-host of The KJZZ Movie Show and reviews Hollywood films from a Latter-day Saint perspective at www.mormonmovieguy.com. Jonathan’s book, 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families, will get a wide release on September 10 through Cedar Fort publishing.