Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss at Salt Lake Comic Con
By Sean P. Means
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Aug 30 2014 01:01AM
Making a schedule for Salt Lake Comic Con, which starts Thursday, Sept. 4, can be daunting — because no matter what you’re doing, there’s always something else you’ll have to miss.
Digging through the lists of hundreds of panels and celebrity appearances, The Salt Lake Tribune has picked five events that should be worth seeking out. They’re not necessarily the biggest draws, but they should prove to be among the most fascinating.
Colin Baker / Paul McGann • These two actors have portrayed The Doctor on the classic BBC series "Doctor Who": Baker, the Sixth Doctor, who piloted the TARDIS from 1984 to 1986; and McGann, the Eighth Doctor, who took the role in the 1996 TV movie. The tenures of both Doctors were brief but controversial (at least among Whovians), and having them together should shine a light on the show’s enduring popularity. (Thursday, 4 p.m., South Ballroom)
James Hong • With nearly 400 acting credits to his name, according to the Internet Movie Database, Hong is one of the most recognizable character actors around. The Minnesota-born, 85-year-old actor started in movies in 1955 and has worked steadily ever since. You may know him as the replicant eye designer in "Blade Runner" (1982), as Tia Carrere’s disapproving father in "Wayne’s World 2" (1993), as Ryan Reynolds’ earthly avatar in "R.I.P.D." (2013) or as the voice of Mr. Ping, Po’s noodle-making goose father in the "Kung Fu Panda" movies and TV series. His crowning role may be as David Lo Pan, the spooky villain in John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu homage "Big Trouble in Little China." (Friday, 2 p.m., room 250A)
"The Bechdel Test in Film and Television" • Despite geekdom’s reputation for being a male-dominated world, many of this year’s Salt Lake Comic Con panels tackle the depiction of women in pop culture — including examinations of leading female characters like Katniss Everdeen ("The Hunger Games") and Natalia Romanoff ("The Avengers"). This panel examines gender bias in media, using the famous Bechdel Test: Does a movie have a scene with at least two women having a conversation that’s not about a man? (Friday, 4 p.m., room 151G)
"The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?" • Tim Burton directing a "Superman" movie, with Nicolas Cage as the son of Jor-El — what could go wrong? Plenty, apparently. Enough for documentary filmmaker Jon Schnepp to make a movie about the aborted superhero epic, "The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?" Schnepp is still finishing the film, but he’ll come to Salt Lake Comic Con to talk about it. (Friday, 6 p.m., room 250A)
Stan Lee • The Man. The 91-year-old former president of Marvel Comics, Lee is credited with co-creating such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men — and for bringing a dose of realism and complexity to comic-book characters. Without him, there wouldn’t be any comic conventions, so show some freakin’ respect. (Saturday, 3 p.m., South Ballroom)