FanX17

Press Release: Salt Lake Comic Con Announces Celebrity Guests and Event Details for FanX™ 2017

New FanX17 guests include Stan Lee, Cary Elwes, Adrian Paul, Khary Payton, Judge Reinhold, Chris Sarandon, Tara Strong and “Weird Al” Yankovich

 

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at a press conference at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake Comic Con (http://saltlakecomiccon.com/) announced that Stan Lee, Cary Elwes, Adrian Paul, Khary Payton, Judge Reinhold, Chris Sarandon, Tara Strong and “Weird Al” Yankovich will be at Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2017 (FanX™) on March 17-18, 2017.

Lee co-founded Marvel Comics and together with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko created some of the most iconic superhero comicbooks, including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, X-Men and many other comicbook characters. He’s become a fan favorite for his cameos in Marvel movies such as The Avengers, Thor, Captain America; Civil War and the Iron Man trilogy.

Elwes is a Salt Lake City Comic Con alumni. He was a guest at Salt Lake Comic Con in 2014. He is best known for his role as Wesley in the Princess Bride, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Jerry in Liar, Liar and in a number of popular TV shows, including Saw, The X-Files and Psych.

Paul is a British actor who is best known for his role as Duncan MacLeod in the TV series Highlander: The Series. He starred as Ananias Dare in Wraiths of Roanoke, Sir Francis Drake in The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake and the voice of Patrick O’Brien in the animated Sci-Fi movie, War of the Worlds: Goliath. Paul will host his world-renowned “Sword Experience” at FanX.

Payton is an actor and accomplished voice actor. He plays King Ezekiel in Season 7 of The Walking Dead. He’s best known for his voice-over roles as Cyborg in Teen Titans, Drebin in the game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns and Patriots and Grimlock in Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

Reinhold has appeared in more than 60 feature films, including Beverly Hills Cop, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ruthless People, The Santa Clause trilogy as well as TV shows, most notably as the “close talker” in Seinfeld.

Sarandon is best known for his role as Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride, Joseph Curwen/Charles Dexter Ward in The Resurrected. He has also starred in a number of voice roles in animated films, most notably Jack Skellington in Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Strong is an award-winning voice actress best known for her roles as Dil Pickles in The Powerpuff Girls, as Upgrade, Blitzwolfer and Buzzshock in Teen Titans, Raven in Teen Titans Go!, Harley Quinn (with Salt Lake Comic Con alumns Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy), Batgirl and the singing voice of Meg Griffin in the Family Guy.

Yankovich is a singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is best known for his humorous songs including Eat It, White and Nerdy and I Love Rocky Road. He’s recorded more than 150 parody songs, sold more than 12 million albums and won four Grammy Awards and been nominated for 11 other nominations.

“We’re excited to announce these guests and the changes we’ve implemented to make FanX more fan-friendly and affordable,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “These guests are just the first round of film and TV guest announcements. We’ve got a lot of fun and exciting additions to this year’s FanX, and we’re sure our fans will love what we’ve got planned.”

Prior to today’s celebrity guest announcements, FanX 2017 organizers announced three guests late last year during the Loyalty Launch for fans. These guests included Wallace Shawn, Michael Cudlitz, and John Rhys-Davies.

Wallace is a screen actor, voice actor, comedian and playwright and is best known for his role as Vizzini in The Princess Bride and Ezra in The Haunted Mansion. His voice roles include Rex in the Toy Story franchise, Gilbert Huph in The Incredibles and Calico in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

Cudlitz played Abraham Ford in The Walking Dead and Sergeant Denver “Bull” Randleman in Band of Brothers. He’s also done voice work for video games, including Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare.

Rhys-Davies is best known for his role as Sallah in the Indiana Jones trilogy, Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Eventine Elessedil in the Shannara Chronicles. He’s also a voice actor and has been the voice of Ent Treebeard in Lord of the Rings and Hades in Justice League.

FanX 2017 is designed to provide fans with a more intimate, fun, family-oriented, unique, and even more affordable FanXperience for attendees. With the new autograph fanXperiences that come with VIP and Gold, fans will get to meet more celebrity guests than ever before. FanX is the spring event for Salt Lake Comic Con with a focus on intimate fanXperiences including panels, celebrity photo ops, autographs, Artist Alley, Author Avenue, Cosplay, special events, merchandise, Kidcon and exclusive features like the Sword Experience, Tattoo Pavilion and official Stan Lee merchandise and collectible booth. Event organizers promise this will be the most affordable FanXperience to date.

“What really excites me about FanX 17 is the wide variety of guests that we’re able to book while making the convention more affordable for our fans. We’re really focused on providing fans the opportunity to spend more time with their favorite celebrities,” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “With our new autograph vouchers, fans will be able to get more one-on-one time with their favorite celebrities and we’ve made it the best value proposition ever. By cutting FanX back to two days and boosting the FanXperience we can deliver the best FanX ticket prices ever. We promised to make this the most affordable FanXperience yet and we will deliver on that promise.”