Salt Lake Comic Con FanX Day 1

All of the FNL crew made it to the FanX, albeit at different times.

I went all three days and am proudly exhausted beyond rational thought. So, obviously, I should make a post.

I met my three favorite captains: Admiral Adama, Mal and Jean-Luc Picard. Yes…you read that last one correctly. Yes…I cried when I met him. And I can now check being called “dear” by an English knight off my bucket list. BOOM.

Day 1:
With FalseFlag

We arrived a little after noon when the con opened to the general public. We wandered around the general floor and bought a few art prints. I got a creepy ACEO of some deer/rabbit-headed creatures and a cute 8×10 watercolor print of a little Darth Vader. I’m especially jealous of the prints that FalseFlag purchased. He should edit this post later to include pics after this here colon:

In love with that artist.

We also got beer: Captain’s Lager. YES.

Then we decided to hit up a panel. One that interested us was “Religion and Sci-Fi.” I mean, we love Sci-Fi and the way religion is portrayed in the genre, so obviously we’d love this panel. Or….we’d awkwardly listen to seven Mormons and an Evangelical try to justify their devout religious beliefs with their passion for Sci-Fi.

Ok. Welp, onto the next panel: Boondock Saints. Can’t go wrong there! The panel consisted of Sean Patrick Flanery and Rocko. Holy hell it was funny. The dynamic of those two was comedy gold; Flanery was all amped up on his own awesomesauce and Rocko….was….just kind of Rocko. Man, he was strange. We heard some excellent stories about Norman Reedus and Christopher Walken from Flanery and would have heard some excellent stories from Rocko if he would have picked up a microphone more than occasionally instead of blankly staring at a couple hundred people wondering who the hell Mike was and why we were all shouting his name. Great panel, probably the best I saw.

Then the room filled up with Buffy fans and we went to the room next door for some BSG spoilers from Aaron Douglas, who played Chief. Douglas is pretty funny and very Canadian. He talked a lot about his interactions with other celebrities in the same way any one of us peasants would. He’s a total lovable nerd. We learned that in the boxing episode on BSG, The Chief and Adama were actually wailing on each other, and that Starbuck is actually a girly girl who would get upset over a ruined manicure. Kind of a good news/bad news chunk of information.

After that, the room cleared and we moved up to the third row for the Boba Fett panel featuring the old and the new Boba Fetts: Jeremy Bulloch (heh, Bulloch) and Daniel Logan. The panel was moderated by a guy I know, but he apparently doesn’t know me because he’s too busy interviewing celebrities to remember that we’ve met several times. Yet another reason I should be in Star Wars; the list continues. Anyway, this panel was cringe-mania. Logan is this young, energetic, kind of stoner-y, total bro from New Zealand and Bulloch is a classically trained English theater actor. This picture pretty much sums up the entire panel:

"Where was ah going wi' that?"

“Where was ah going wi’ that?”

Seriously, enlarge that and look at Bulloch’s face that says “What the hell happened?” It makes me laugh so hard. And then cry.

We went to the game area and perused some board games. I was interested in Tsuro of the Seas, since we like Tsuro so much. I was thisclose to buying a discounted Battlestar Gallactica game and having Aaron Douglas sign it, but I didn’t and am okay with that. FalseFlag bought Risk Legacy, which we have yet to play, but is currently sitting in my front room singing a siren song. So tempting.

This year I was determined to actually take photos of cosplayers, since last time I took my camera and never used it. I was proud of myself for asking people for photos….although looking back, they’re almost all of women. I guess I need to work up to talking to the men folk.

Those cheeks!

Those cheeks!

I loved this Kiki, not overdone and just perfect.

Gun purchased from ThinkGeek

Gun purchased from ThinkGeek

This Chell’s potato actually worked! I was like 5th in line to take a photo of her and she was obviously pretty damn sick of it by then, but I did it anyway! Haha! Take that introversion.

Who, me?

Who, me?

I liked this chick’s makeup, but she seemed suprised that I wanted her photo. I wish the conversation had actually gone like this:
“Hey, can I get a photo of your makeup?”
“No.” And I had put my camera down and walked away.

But, no, I took the damn picture. I still like it even if she didn’t.

After that we wandered around a bit more, saw a TARDIS, DeLorean, some mermaids and acrobats before heading to game night at my place. Overall a great first day.


  1. falseflag says:

    I felt obligated to watch Battlestar Galactica after seeing Aaron Douglas. I started on Sunday, and in ten minutes I’ll be starting S3E8. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.

    • falseflag says:

      Coincidentally, that was the Chief/Adama boxing episode.

      • naucum says:

        Such a good episode! Edward James Olmos told me that his favorite is the first episode. My favorite episode is the rescue from New Caprica….dat atmospheric jump….so fracking badass.