FantasyCon made a very big announcement that actor/writer/producer - Simon Pegg will be at their convention - his first con appearance not as a panelist promoting a movie, but to meet and interact with fans. You may have heard of Pegg from his serious art house movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. He's also been in some other movies that you're probably not familiar with like Star Trek and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
How cool is it that Pegg wants to come out to an unconventional convention? I'm very thrilled, not only for Mr. Spaced, but because of the emphasis FantasyCon is putting on the fan experience. FantasyCon wants to bring the celebrities out from behind the tables. I love the organic nature of the idea.
How cool would it be to happen upon Pegg in a crowd of people, he sees your awesome shirt that say "Jar Jar Binks makes the Ewoks look like F@$&ing Shaft!"? He's gonna tell you how amazing that is and that you are a super nerd, then pull you aside for a selfie. He's gonna ask you where you got that shirt and if he can get one. Next thing you know, you're shirtless cause you just gave Simon Pegg the shirt off your back. Now that would be a story worth telling when you get back from FantasyCon!
Or, you find yourself in the battle arena with a foam sword in your hand and your opponent is giving you the fight of your life. After the bout is over he pulls off his helmet and his long black locks fall to his shoulders. "That was a great fight! I'm Royd Tolkien, who are you?" In your stunned silence you realize you've been wailing on the great grandson of J.R.R Tolkien.
It may be hard to actually create these particular scenarios, but with all of the great celebrities and artists on the floor it would be hard not to bump into one. Some of the other celebs attending include Billy Boyd, Doug Jones, John Rhys-Davies, Mark Sheppard, Rose McGowan, Sean Astin, and Sylvester McCoy, and those are just a few that will be at FantasyCon.
Josh Patel, the man who is making FantasyCon a reality, spoke about how he wanted a convention that lets everyone make their own adventures.
"One thing that is really neat about fantasy and science fiction and imagination and creation, it doesn't matter your politic beliefs or religious views, all that matters is that we love it and that we can lose ourselves in that world for a time"
The closer we get to FantasyCon the more excited I get about losing myself in "that world"!
FantasyCon will take place July 3rd, 4th & 5th at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, UT.
Be sure to visit fantasycon.com for a full list of events and guests and to purchase your tickets.