FanX 2022 Recap

FanX 2022 Recap

FanX 2022 Recap

0 comments 📅27 September 2022, 12:40

Well another year of FanX in the book, and this year was a blast! This year felt more like the conventions I have grown accustomed to; seeing some awesome vendors, friends, and celebrities. I will go through all of my experiences for each day in a little bit, but honestly it was just refreshing to bring back a little normalcy to everything and kind of recharged my nerd battery.

So let’s start with Thursday. I was scheduled to be on two panels that day, first off I had a really interesting panel with Dustin Hansen and Michael Bacera. We talked all about story telling and video games, Dustin was a fount of knowledge when it came to telling stories and using the medium of gaming to tell those stories. We talked God of War, Destiny and a few other games that we thought were good examples of effective story telling. My second panel was one near and dear to my heart, Dragon Ball. We were all set to go Thursday evening when we discovered a schedule conflict. But after a bit of discussion with panel programming we were able to move this to Saturday so stay tuned for the recap!

On to Friday! This was special for me because I was able to bring my daughter with me and it was her first time doing an entire day in a costume she picked out! She went as Nezuko from her favorite anime Demon Slayer. I was worried that the wig would bother her and she would want to take it off but she powered through like a champ! The first panel of the day was the 60th Anniversary of Spider-Man. These are my bread and butter panels, I love comics and I love history so jumping right into the convention talking about what I love is the best. I am going to mention my fellow panelists on these recaps because I feel like they deserve all the love in the world, so on this panel joining me were Chelsy Bloomfield, Robert Easton, Andrew Malin, Chris Hoffman, and moderated by Dane Johns. We started out running down the history of Marvel comics up until the introduction of Spider-Man and went in from there. We talked villains, Mary Jane and Gwen, and a whole lot more. And at the end we had some killer questions from the audience at the end.

My last panel of the day was all about Amazon’s The Boys. Joining myself was Chelsy Bloomfield and Noelle Faen from the Go To Hell Podcast, as well as Christopher Husberg, Thomas Paden, and Kay-B. I had a great time on this panel, even rode the storm of my badly worded opinion! Noelle had some really deep cuts about the show and how it reflected real life and it was bad ass! Also getting to get a little bit of the behind the scenes stuff from Kay-B was really interesting!

Finally the last, and busiest, day of the con. I started this day off with anothe comics history panel. This time we had the team back together (Chelsy Bloomfield, Dane Johns, Andrew Malin, Chris Hoffman, and Robert Easton) along with Joseph Darowski. Again Dane brought us in with an catch up on Marvel up to the release of Thor/Hulk and we jumped in there. We talked about Hulk villains, Loki, the Banner-verse, and a lot more. I really do love when you get a group of panelists that have a good working chemistry up there. Conversation seems to just flow easier and it makes for a better experience all around.

Next was my panel on Dragon Ball that was moved to Saturday. This one was jus Stephan Watson and myself, and as small as it was for panelists it started out equally small in attendance. I feel like this was mostly due to the voice actors from Dragon Ball being on the main stage at the time. But we just rolled with it, we invited the audience to speak up and chime in and be a part of the discussion and it ended up being a hit. We talked intro to Dragon Ball, our favorite sagas, transformations, and how it has effected us. To the point Stephan, who is a voice actor, stood up and threw out his lines in the form of the Great Saiyaman!

Third panel of the day was Video Game Adaptations with a bunch of peeps from Age of Geek media. We had Adam McDonald, Colling Farmer, Lady Scarlett Rose, Steph Lisman, and our moderator Marlee Black. This panel was a blast! I had such a great time, the conversation flowed, we had great questions, and I got to talk about Sonic. We talked our favorite and not so favorite video game adaptations, as well as games we would like to see made into movies or TV. Oh and apologies to Tom Holland IYKYK.

My final panel of the convention was about the captains of Star Trek. This panel featured Dan Wells, Eric Stone, Quinn Rollins, Susan Phelan, Tom Durham, and moderated by Captain Sisko himself, Robert Neal. This panel was a lot of fun as well, we were able to talk about pretty much every iteration of Star Trek in this panel. We talked Kirk, Spock, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, as well as they newer captains such as Burnham, Pike, and Seru. I like to think that I brought a unique perspective to this panel as I usually view Star Trek from the view of an enlisted person in Starfleet looking up, likening it to my time in the Navy.

As I said before this con was a breath of fresh air, I had so much fun and was able (hopefully) bring entertainment to others as well. I honestly cannot wait until next years adventure and thank you Fan X for rekindling my nerd fire!

As I said before this con was a breath of fresh air, I had so much fun and was able (hopefully) bring entertainment to others as well. I honestly cannot wait until next years adventure and thank you Fan X for rekindling my nerd fire!

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Luke Hunsaker
Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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