Valentine’s Day may be over, but the love just keeps on coming for fans (and potential future fans) of Salt Lake Comic Con, the highly popular Salt Lake-based pop culture convention.
Over the last few weeks, the event’s co-founders, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, have been using the convention’s social media accounts to tease potential future guest announcements, and Wednesday morning they showed the love by announcing one and offering a few more details on others.
Wednesday’s news was straight from the Justice League in the comic universe, with the announcement that Jason Momoa, also known as Aquaman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the upcoming Justice League movie, will be making an appearance at Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanXperience March 17-18 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake.
“It was kind of a synchronicity of events,” Brandenburg said in a phone interview Wednesday, following the announcement. “Obviously we have wanted him for a long time but he was schedule at another event, and we were able to get him.”
According to Brandenburg, the news is a perfect fit for the FanX guest line-up so far, with comic legend Stan Lee filling the need for Marvel comic representation and Momoa taking up the gauntlet for the DC Comics universe.
“FanXperience is our opportunity to kind of paint outside the box, and you know we have guests like Weird Al Yankovic and “The Princess Bride” cast, Judge Reinhold (of “The Walking Dead”) and guests like that, but we also wanted to keep with our core, with comics,” Brandenburg said. “With Stan Lee, Marvel is certainly represented, but we didn’t have anyone from the DC Comics universe and now we do.”
With just a month left until FanX, Brandenburg also took a few moments to give an idea of what’s on the radar for remaining guest announcements, including letting the Daily Herald in on one that will be coming later this week.
On Salt Lake Comic Con social media, word has spread about the announcement of a guest who holds the world record for most prolific video game voice actor in history. According to Brandenburg, that record belongs to Jennifer Hale, who has lent her voice to a wide variety of games, television shows and movies, including everything from “Mass Effect 3” and “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” to “Sofia the First” and “Xiaolin Chronicles.”
Brandenburg also mentioned that there is an “Austin Powers” guest announcement set for Friday with the potential for one or two more really big announcements before the show.
Momoa and Hale will be joining an already impressive lineup of guests spanning the genres of fandom, including John Rhys-Davies of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” Bonnie Wright of the Harry Potter film series, Dule Hill and James Roday of “Psych,” Emilie de Ravin of “Once Upon a Time,” “Holly Marie Combs and Brian Kraus of “Charmed” and a variety of Walking Dead and Princess Bride stars.