Deseret News: Salt Lake Comic Con welcomes Dick Van Dyke to September convention

(Deseret News) SALT LAKE CITY — Dick Van Dyke isn’t exactly the first person that comes to mind as an ideal guest for a comics convention.

He’s beloved by members of all generations, known for his comedy in “Mary Poppins,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Night at the Museum,” but it’s hard to deny that he seems a little out of place next to nerd icons like “Doctor Who” alumnus John Barrowman and “Firefly” star Jewel Staite.

But according to Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Dan Farr, he’s a perfect choice for the Utah convention.

“He kind of embodies everything that’s wholesome, in a way,” Farr said. “His characters really reflect loving and caring people, and I think that resonates really strongly with people in Utah.”

Farr has had an ongoing relationship with Van Dyke for about 20 years. He first met the actor at an entertainment trade show, where the two got into a discussion about 3-D computer graphics and “Halloween stuff.” The pair later collaborated on a book called “Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest,” which starred Van Dyke as the main character(…)