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Trekkie (or Trekker) alert: William Shatner to join Leonard Nimoy at Dragoncon!

Fans of the original “Star Trek” are now falling over themselves twice over with excitement: DragonCon has added William Shatner to its lineup.

He joins fellow “Trek” castmate Leonard Nimoy is already set to appear. And this on top of first-timersPatrick Stewart and Kate Mulgrew.

It’s easily DragonCon’s biggest Star Trek draw ever. Shatner will only be there on Friday, Sept. 4, though. The pair are set to be together at a 10 a.m. session at Marriott Marquis. Nimoy will also do panel appearances at 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Both men will sign autographs at the Walk of Fame.

“It does my 48-year-old little Trekkies’ heart good,” said Eric Watts, who has been overseeing Star Trek events at DragonCon for 17 years as a volunteer. (Only two people are paid: the office manager and assistant office manager.)

This is the first appearance at this convention for either actor, Watts noted.

Nimoy, he said, has avoided scifi conventions for years to focus on his photography career but since he made that appearance in the latest “Star Trek” movie, he’s had a change of heart.

Trekkies, he said, are happy that the film has re-energized the fan base but wonders if it will last.

Watts’ only worry is about 2010: “How do we top this?”

Most other Trek alums have shown up before at Dragoncon, the most reliable being George Takei, who has been there at least three times.

Dragoncon chairman Pat Henry said he has seen a spike in sales since the Shatner announcement. The 10 a.m. joint appearance, he said, will be first come first serve. He anticipates weekend attendance to be comparable to last year, at 35,000 to 40,000, recession notwithstanding.

For folks who can’t make it in, DragonCon will videotape the session and air it all weekend in the four local hotel rooms. He said he has offered invites to Nimoy, Patrick and Shatner for many years and the stars aligned this year. “I’m excited,” he said.

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August 24th, 2009
7:34 pm

I thought for sure that Saint Simons and all the other reliable GT goobers from the sports blogs would jump in and exclaim with glee about being “first.”

Dragoncon is one sure place that those goobers will not have to worry about pretty girls seeing them doing embarrassing, childish crap.


August 24th, 2009
7:35 pm

How many of the visitors to GooberCon will be wearing their Coach Paul Johnson outfits this year?

I heard that the Chan Gailey outfits were a bit hit the year that GT hired him as the head coach.


August 24th, 2009
8:11 pm

“Dragoncon is one sure place that those goobers will not have to worry about pretty girls seeing them doing embarrassing, childish crap.”

You don’t have to worry about that at GT either.

Hayseed Dixie

August 24th, 2009
8:57 pm

You’re right, there’s a certain truth to your stereotypes, boys.

But you boys never seem to get that women dislike kegstands, daterape, DUIs, and domestic abuse more than Star Trek.

Oh well, whatever, you can’t teach you guys sh*t.

BTW, she lies about your landscaping/salesman/middle manager job.


August 24th, 2009
9:07 pm


August 24th, 2009
11:50 pm

god what did we ever do to keep getting hoardes of these dorks every year descending on atlanta?


August 25th, 2009
1:20 am

Dural: THANK YOU for the link. i’ve seen that sketch dozens of times and it still made me geek-snort with laughter.

atlBOY: to quote the mighty shat, “get a life!”

best. guest list. ever. i can’t wait.


August 25th, 2009
9:39 am

Cool – btw, pretty girls like Star Trek, too. :P


August 25th, 2009
9:40 am

How about inviting the guys from Torchwood.Yummmmmmmm


August 25th, 2009
9:44 am

atlBoy: You’ve obviously never been to DragonCon. Gorgeous women dressed in tiny costumes, enough Slave Leias to fuel fantasies for years, and a wonderful sense of community and friendship.

These “dorks” are smarter, more creative, and probably make more money than you ever will. Long live us dorks!

I’d post links to some of the ladies that go to con, but I’m afraid they’re NSFW. I suggest Googling to see what you’re missing. On second though, you and your buddies keep going to the football games or whatever it is you do that makes you think you’re “cool”, and we’ll continue to have a four day party without you.

Now, where are those costumers from “300″?


August 25th, 2009
9:52 am

I love science geeks!


August 25th, 2009
9:52 am

Is it me or do thee UGA fans sound like Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds (which came out in the 80’s)…
Being a nerdhater is so over in 2009. Get with the times….


August 25th, 2009
10:02 am

There’s a lot of hot Slave Leias walking around at DragonCon, but you’ve got some that look more like Jabba the Hut…


August 25th, 2009
10:23 am

There are always hotties at Cons… both men and women. There are some not as well… I won’t show up in a slave Leia outfit, because so many do, but I will rock some other costumes! Blood elf, anyone?

But in the end, I’d rather be there, and with people who don’t hate on me because of the fact that I know all the words to the all 3 of the original Star Wars and play World of Warcraft.

BTW — I have a “corporate” america job working for a fortune 500 company (HQ in ATL), and my straight laced coworkers who go to those football games don’t even talk that negatively about folks like us because they know me and don’t judge based on what they think being a geek/nerd/dork/trekkie/gamer is like.

I am proud to say that I <3 dork boys. ;) I’ve dated non-dorks, and it’s totally not fun. What’s the point if you can’t have all night gaming or LOTR marathons?


August 25th, 2009
10:25 am

sherrybaby: one of the guys from “Torchwood” is coming — Gareth Rhys Davies, who plays Ianto ;)


August 25th, 2009
10:29 am

I think it’s huge that Shatner is going there. You Have Kirk (Shatner), Picard (Stewart) and Janeway (Mulgrew) there at the same time. Throw in Mr. Spock and it it sure to be a nice convention.

And, people, lay off the insulting jokes about the “Dorks descinding on Atlanta.” I go to college football games and cheer with the best of them but I also am a sci-fi fan that loves Star Trek. So, I guess that means I can have my cake and eat it too.


August 25th, 2009
10:59 am

very exciting — too bad i won’t be there — especially love shatner and glad he’s going to be joining the others


August 25th, 2009
11:29 am

Wow, what’s up with the hate? Sure, some of the costumes seem silly out of context, and maybe even in it, but they’re there to celebrate a genre of entertainment they love, so let ‘em dress up and enjoy themselves. They’re not hurting anyone, and, in fact, are providing income for a lot of people in the hospitality industry. Leave them be.

As someone else said, a lot of these folks are smarter, more technologically adept and more creative than the average bear, and those are the qualities that make for a succesful person in the post-information age.

Might want to get on their good side while you have a chance.

James W.

August 25th, 2009
11:35 am

Beam me up Scottie.


August 25th, 2009
11:42 am

I am one of the proud “geeks” that will be at Dragoncon and I especially agree with what scarfyrre said. Dressing up in costumes and showing love for your favorite fandom is no different than fat guys wearing no shirts and body paint to support their favorite team. Except that we do it WAY better!!!


August 25th, 2009
12:47 pm

rather, Gareth David Lloyd… er


August 25th, 2009
5:00 pm

i love shatner in the travel spots on tv.


August 26th, 2009
7:12 am



August 26th, 2009
8:33 pm

No one will be safe until nerd persecution ends.


August 27th, 2009
7:45 am

well wish i could be there..all of the an old and tired passtime…people just want to have a nice time and enjoy what they like….

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August 29th, 2009
7:04 am

Ah, the neanderthals have come out to play….and someone’s taught them to type! How quaint. I’m sure I’ll enjoy attending Goobercon all the more knowing that it causes atlBOI and Doubldogg such consternation.

Enjoy the lint in your navel. I’ll be ogling the Leias (well, most of them, anyways)


September 2nd, 2009
5:54 pm

The list of guests coming this year is beyond amazing. I’m kinda hoping the economy has kept someone people from coming. Otherwise, it could get out of control this year.

The only way this could get better is if Kirk and Picard did a panel together. Can you imagine? I think my head would explode.