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There is always a bevy of characters at the Comic Book and Science Fiction conventions, paying tribute to Star Trek.
Many 'guest stars' and even walk-on actors from the original series and from virtually every single motion picture effort have made appearances, signing headshots or posing with rabid fans, at these conventions. Some have even made a career out of it. 'Fanboy' culture likely started with Star Trek fans showing up in garb decades ago (remember William Shatner on SNL? "Get a Life!" That was in 1986).
May 8, 2009, marked the official release and debut of the latest in the long-running saga. While the new Star Trek film has been crafted as a prequel to the original 1967 – 1969 Paramount Studios television series, it is still sure to be simply described as a “license to print money” for the studio: there is a built-in fan base that will scrape every last penny they have, stand in line for hours on end, and joyously banter with their fellow enthusiasts in eager anticipation in hearing those words, “Space … the final frontier …” hopefully fill their ears when the lights in the theatre, finally and gloriously, dim. The film will at finally begin to
Your Humble Narrator, of course, is speaking of the phenomenon that is Star Trek.
For over forty years, fans of the iconic science fiction franchise have attended these kinds of gatherings dressed in their alien finery, proudly marching into Convention Centers without fear of ridicule and with more than just a little admiration from their fellow conventioners. While the Star Wars universe certainly has an enormous following in its own right (who doesn’t absolutely love Darth Vader in his seven-foot leathers and masked, heavy breathing finery?), there truly is nothing on Planet Earth to compare with the creativeness, attention to detail and visual variety inspired by the old “wagon train to the stars” homage that was - and is - Star Trek.
For over forty years, fans of the iconic science fiction franchise have attended these kinds of gatherings dressed in their alien finery, proudly marching into Convention Centers without fear of ridicule and with more than just a little admiration from their fellow conventioners.
We’ve all seen them. Every major city in North America – and I highly suspect several across Europe, for that matter – has a hard-core following of extremely dedicated, somewhat over-the-top fans entirely devoted to dressing the part of their favorite characters from their favorite television and film series. Science Fiction and Comic Book Conventions through the Western World are generously populated by devotees donning tight spandex body suits, leathered body armour, latex facial “prosthetic” applications, full body paint (every ComicCon has a plethora of Orion slave girls) and, of course, high leather boots.
"What a strange power there is in clothing." ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer
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