SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Last year, the organizers of FanX made the difficult decision to postpone their annual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in two years, the convention will return to the Salt Palace Convention Center on September 16th, 17th, and 18th. Additionally, the convention will roll out new features, activities, and experiences including an immersive quest, pop culture workshops, a gaming room, and cosplay contest.

Some of the celebrity guests who are anticipated at this year’s event include William Zabka and Martin Cove from the Karate Kid and Netflix’s Cobra KaiAlan Ritchson from SmallvilleTitans and Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesHenry Thomas from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, and voice actors Jess HarnellRob PaulsenTress MacNeille and Maurice LaMarche from the Animaniacs.

Rob Paulsen, voice actor and one of the celebrity guests scheduled for this year’s FanX, joined ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen on the CW30 News at 7 p.m. for an IN FOCUS discussion. He shared how his career began, his favorite part about being a voice actor, why he loves attending conventions like FanX, some of the favorite characters that he’s worked on, and his work with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

Mike Merseburg, CEO of Wild Bill’s Craft Beverage Company talked about his business, the products they sell, how it supports ownership and operation among veterans, why they love the traveling business model, why their beverages are so popular among Utahns, and where fans can catch them at the convention.

Dan Farr, founder and producer of FanX, discussed how the pandemic impacted their plans last year, which celebrity guests fans are most excited about, the significance of acceptance and identity among the FanX community, the new attractions that will be offered this year, and details about the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit FanX Salt Lake’s website.

To watch the full IN FOCUS discussion with Paulsen, Merseburg, and Farr, click on the video at the top of the article.

Catch IN FOCUS discussions with ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen weeknights on the CW30 News at 7 p.m.

Rosie Nguyen is an award-winning journalist who joined the ABC4 News team as a reporter in January 2018. In September 2020, she embarked on a new journey as the anchor for the CW30 News at 7 p.m. Although she’s not out in the field anymore, she is continuing her passion for social justice and community issues through the nightly “In Focus” discussions.