Christmas came early for local geeks, as the organizers of Phoenix Comicon started announcing their lineup of guests for next year's event this morning. And if you're a fan of the original Star Trek (or T.J. Hooker, Boston Legal, $#*! My Dad Says, and egocentric bad sci-fi actors in general), the first announcement is a quite doozy.
William Shatner, the original Captain James Tiberius Kirk, will be setting course for the Valley during Memorial Day weekend next spring for the 2012 edition of Phoenix Comicon.
The iconic actor who made an art form out of slaying Klingons and slaying green-skinned babes (as well as delivering dialogue in ham-fisted fashion) will arguably be one of the biggest names headlining next year's convention, which runs from May 24-27.
Despite his laughably bad acting style, Shatner always seems to provide memorable moments whenever he's been on a movie screen, TV show, or convention appearance over the past few decades or so, whether it was his cameo from Fanboys or his appearance on the Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen earlier this year. (Check out his music career highlights on our music blog, Up on the Sun.)
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In addition to announcing an appearance by the great Captain Kirk, Phoenix Comicon's organizers are also in the process of selling admission to next year's convention. Full event memberships, which cover all four days of the event, are available for $35 until December 31. Single-day tickets are also available with prices varying. (Click here for more info).
Phoenix Comicon 2012 will take place from May 24-27 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street. Click here for more details.