SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The world of comic books and the thousands of fans who love them are descending on downtown Salt Lake City. Thursday was the first day of the Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience. It's bringing in several big name stars.
"If you come out to Comic Con one of the first things you'll notice is a lot of people dressed in costumes, so if you want to experience Comic Con the right way, do as the fans do," said Reporter Brian Carlson.
There's a lot fans do this year's Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience. Meet your favorite stars, get pictures with movie & comic book characters. Expect to see anything.
"How excited are you about Comic Con Fan Xperience?" asked Carlson.
"I'm like really excited," said one fan.
"We've been preparing for this for months and months," said another fan.
"The costumes, the vibe, it's so much fun, you gotta come down here," said a third fan.
Thursday night at the Salt Lake Convention Center, William Shatner and the cast of Star Trek Next Generation stole the stage. The convention's producer Dan Farr said Salt Lake's yelling screaming fans are reason why they're here.
"With them out so strong last time in September, everybody wanted to come to our event because they know the fans here are great," said Dan Farr, producer.
"They are the Salt of the Earth, if you'll excuse the expression," said Brent Spiner, actor.
"It's so big, so passionate, this is terrific, this is a terrific gathering of people, who are having a lot of fun," said William Shatner, actor.
As fun as this is for fans, Governor Herbert said it's a boost to Utah business.
"We have people come from out of the state here about 8,000 people it helps our economy so one many levels this is a great opportunity for Utah to be showcased," said Gov. Gary Herbert, (R) Utah.
"So if want to be part of the Comic Con experience you're going to have to fight the crowds, it only goes until Saturday night, so may the force be with you," said Carlson.
Comic Con organizers announced Thursday Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart will make an appearance Saturday night.
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