Though we haven’t heard the official attendance records from this past weekend’s Salt Lake City Comic-Con, news reports are coming in that the event broke records.
According to Desert News, Saturday had more than 90,000 people show up at the Salt Palace Convention Center. According to organizers, more than 120,000 tickets were sold for the event. That is up by almost 50,000 attendees from last fall when the show kicked off. The big question is whether or not there were more people that showed up for the Salt Lake City Comic Con than the San Diego Comic Con, which caps its attendance at 130,000 due to space restrictions at the San Diego Convention Center. IF the Salt Lake City event brings in more visitors than the San Diego Comic Con, SLCC will become the largest comic book convention in North America, which will really put the burn on San Diego’s event.
There has been a lot of back and forth between the two conventions over the last couple of months, with the San Diego Comic-Con going so far as suing the Salt Lake City Comic Con over trademark infringement. Major Spoilers will have more on that suit on this week’s Major Spoilers Podcast, where we sit down with a lawyer who has had time to examine the case.
To make matters worse, Stan Lee cancelled his appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic Con due to laryngitis, but did make it to the Salt Lake City Comic Con where the Marvel icon said, “I love Salt Lake City. They have the best comic con in the world.”
As soon as we have official numbers, we will share that with you.