William Shatner talks Captain Kirk at Comic-Con panel

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SAN DIEGO – Star Trek fans got a big treat during day one of Comic-Con with a special appearance from William Shatner.

The 84 year-old-actor, best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk, spoke during one of the hottest panels of the day to a crowd packed shoulder to shoulder.

“This is the big time – San Diego Comic-Con is where it’s at,” said Shatner. “I’ve examined the audience and I have begun to understand that people come to conventions to see each other. There is a sense of community here.”

His cameo for this year’s convention is to promote the book, “The Autobiography of James T. Kirk,” a memoir chronicling Kirk’s life from boyhood to his rise through the Starfleet.

“That human being that I was trying to portray…much of it was happening to me in my life,” said Shatner.

In his trademark demeanor, Shatner gave fans a sneak peek into the book by reading excerpts aloud.