The Spectrum: Kings of Con: The men behind Utah’s Salt Lake Comic Con

(The Spectrum) Across America, there are at least 39 major comic book conventions in cities all over the country and many more vying for recognition among the ever-growing tide of pop culture events.

But one, in particular, took off like a shot, growing in just a few short years to become one of the most well-attended cons in the United States, with the biggest first-year opening ever in North America.

Salt Lake Comic Con has been a force to be reckoned with, drawing in both praise and controversy since its inception in 2013. It’s been host to some of the cultural greats over the years, including Adam West, Chris Evans, Jason Momoa, Mark Hamill, and Stan Lee, and since the Outdoor Retailer Expo parted ways with Utah, Salt Lake Comic Con is poised to be the biggest convention in the state.

Its immediate success has also sparked a legal battle against the seminal convention: San Diego Comic-Con.  And it all started with a plan that came together at the dining room table in the home of Dan Farr(…)