This year Austin’s comic con started on a very special day.
“I Lee Leffingwell, mayor of the city Austin, Texas, do hereby proclaim Nov. 22, 2013 as William Shatner Day in Austin, Texas,” Leffingwell said.
Captain Kirk brought out some big-time Trek fans.
“Not only is the ridiculousness of the original series cannon, but the series couldn’t be alive without it and therefore Kirk is number one,” Alex Petrucci, a Star Trek fan said.
This year’s comic con gave dedicated fans and self-declared nerds the chance to get up close to dozens of movie and TV stars. Shatner said being indoors this weekend should help.
“It’s cold and it’s rainy and it will probably be like that tomorrow and Sunday, so the whole weekend is here with all these people, all here to make sure you have a good time,” Shatner said.
Christian Coleman owns Hive Gallery in Utah. He said conventions like this help him generate more connect with an even larger audience.
“The laughter starts in the first 15 minutes when they start letting people in the door,” Coleman said. “It’s a lot of work setting up and tearing down, but it’s the best non-job you might ever have.”
For the event, people line up, dress up and pay up for the experience.
“You walk in and it’s an immediate convention feel and there’s something really special about that, that you only get at conventions,” Candace Weigand, another fan, said.
In the end, it’s all about the fun.
“Comic conventions are great fun, that’s the whole idea,” Shatner said. “The whole idea is to have fun, at a comic convention.”
Wizard World Austin Comic Con continues through Sunday at the Austin Convention Center.
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