Thousands of fans of all stripes—Star Trek, Batman, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Evil Dead—descended upon Toronto ComiCon this weekend to take photos with their idols, purchase memorabilia and gawp at the superfans who arrive each year in full costume. This time around, the Trekkies dominated, coming out in force to meet nearly the entire bridge crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 72-year-old Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean Luc Picard, arrived in selvedge denim and a flat cap, and managed the double feat of commanding the highest prices for an autograph ($80) yet drawing the longest lines. (One fan described the snaking queues for photos and celeb Q&As as “the Hunger Games of nerds.”) Elsewhere, we saw a young
Vulcan Mintakan family gamely posing for photos, a friendly contingent from the Ontario Ghostbuster soliciting memberships and LeVar Burton beaming at awed autograph seekers. When it came to heartthrob status, however, Burton was bested by Sean Astin (Sam from the Lord of the Rings series and Rudy from Rudy), who drew squeals whenever he moved through the crowd.