Montreal Comiccon: it's not just for geeks anymore
This weekend's fifth edition of Montreal's Comiccon at the Palais des Congrès is a celebration of geek culture, which appears to have long ago left your parents' basement and made it well into the mainstream.
The event has grown in the last five years from a comic book convention drawing just 800 people to a weekend-long party that's expected to draw more than 30,000 people, both geeks and non-geeks alike.
"We`ve grown every year, by probably a good 50 to 75 percent," says event spokesperson and CHOM 97.7 DJ Jason Rockman.
Star Trek will be well represented. William Shatner, from the original 1960s Star Trek series, and Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner, from the 1990s Next Generation series, will be on hand. Shatner and Stewart, who played the captains of both series, will also be sharing the stage at a separate, ticketed event Saturday evening. "You can see the two of them do what they do best, and that's command an audience. They commanded the starship, and they're going to command an entire audience," Rockman says.
Also appearing at this year's event, actor Malcolm McDowell, of Caligula and Clockwork Orange fame, and cast members of the sci-fi series Warehouse 13.
For more info, visit the Montreal Comiccon website here.
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