Capt. James Tiberius Kirk is beaming down to Beantown for this weekend's Comic Con.
The Boston edition of the popular entertainment and comic arts festival gets underway Friday and runs through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This year's celebrity guests include "Star Trek's" William Shatner, best known for his role as Capt. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, and Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files."
Costumed role players brandishing light sabers and engaging in what's become known as "cosplay" got an early start by visiting young patients to cheer them up Thursday at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center's Pediatric Unit.
Organizers say the three-day gathering is expected to draw 45,000 people, many dressed as Batman, Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon and a host of other characters.