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Comic Con » Can’t catch ’em all? Here are the must-sees.
First Published Apr 12 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Apr 17 2014 12:11 pm

FanXperience — sort of a midterm Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center — plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 17-19, with an array of appearances and panels.

No one person can attend everything, because some of the events run concurrently. And not just because some panels run concurrently.

At a glance


The Salt Lake Comic Con, in its second iteration after a wildly successful debut last September, includes dozens of celebrities — William Shatner, Karl Urban, Karen Gillan, Adam Baldwin and Edward James Olmos among them.

FanX also will host more than 70 panels, ranging from tips on becoming a voice actor for film, television and games to the history of Batman’s sidekick, Robin. See saltlakecomiccon.com for full details.

When » Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19

Where » Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City

Tickets » From $10 for Thursday-only youth pass to $175 VIP pass; available at saltlakecomiccon.com.

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If you went to everything, your brain might explode.

But here are 15 panels/appearances worth checking out … along with a few topics of conversation.

(Note: Times and locations are subject to change.)

Sasquatch » The Legend of Bigfoot Meets Science: Boise State professor Jeff Meldrum insists there is scientific evidence that Bigfoot exists. Ask him why no one has ever found any remains.

When » Thursday, noon

Where » Room 255F

Micky Dolenz »The one-time drummer for the ’60s TV band The Monkees puts in an appearance. Ask him why he’s appearing at a sci-fi convention.

When »Thursday, 3 p.m.

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Where »Room 355F

Local ghosthunters »Nate Van Hulten, Cami Skousen, Russ Cook and Josh Elmer talk about their experiences. Ask them about the City-County Building. And the Salt Lake Cemetery. And the Shilo Inn. And so on and so on.

When »Thursday, 4 p.m.

Where »Room 250A

Chandler Riggs »Fourteen-year-old Riggs stars as young Carl in the hit series "The Walking Dead." Ask him if it’s hard to play a kid who annoys so many of the show’s fans.

When »Thursday, 6 p.m.

Where »Main stage

Evil Dead: The Musical » The cast talks about the process of turning Sam Raimi’s gross thriller into a stage musical that plays like a Gallagher concert — particularly for those sitting in the splash zone. Ask them if they’ll cover your dry-cleaning bill.

When »Friday, 10 a.m.

Where »Room 255F

James Marsters »Best known as the vampire Spike on "Buffy" and "Angel," Marsters has also appeared in everything from "Smallville" to "Torchwood" to "Warehouse 13." Ask him about how bleaching his hair to play Spike blistered his head.

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