(DOUG JESSOP’S JESSOP’S JOURNAL – ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) The most attended convention in the state of Utah and the largest comic convention in North America per capita is called FAN X. It started with a chance meeting with the owner of a 3D software company, Dan Farr, at the National Association of Broadcasters convention.
“I was there with a friend of mine. We’re looking around and we say, “That’s Dick Van Dyke”. That was pretty cool. What’s he doing here? Let’s go over and say hi to him. So we meet him. Found out that he actually has a hobby. He’s really into the technology behind things. I think it started with Mary Poppins when he was dancing in front of a green screen. That was kind of the groundbreaking technology back then.”
Dan continued; “As a hobby, he had a room set up behind his house that he would render out 3D images. He was using some of the 3D software that was in our industry that we were familiar with. We talked with him and said Hey “why don’t we get you some 3D models to mess around with” he said, “sure I’d love it” So we sent him some. So that actually developed a relationship that later on we created a children’s book, that was a Christmas book, “Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest.” In the book, the character we created was Dick Van Dyke and we worked with him through the process. It was a book we published about sixteen years ago. That’s where that relationship started. Meeting at a convention (…)