Phoenix Comicon 2017 will be bigger than ever in downtown Phoenix.


You don’t hear much about Q Scores anymore. In fact, just by mentioning them, we probably just lost 40 percent of our millennial readers, and a few of the younger Gen-Xers, too.

For those still with us, the Q rating measures famous people’s famousness (and likability), but it’s fallen off the public radar, most likely because we have so many other ways of doing that these days. Such as counting Twitter followers or Google searches. Or “Saturday Night Live” hosting gigs.

When it comes to celebs at this year’s Phoenix Comicon, however, we have an even more reliable measure: the law of supply and demand. So we checked the posted prices for photo ops to give you a who’s-hottest list that’s indisputable, because capitalism.

Phoenix Comicon 17 runs May 25-28 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Details:

1. Dick Van Dyke

Famous for: As the baby boomers already know, he played a comedy writer on the CBS sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the ’60s, although nobody remembers why he was already famous enough to get a show named after him. The onetime Broadway song-and-dance man also starred in the movie musicals “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and later returned to CBS in “Diagnosis: Murder,” which was basically “Marcus Welby, M.D.” meets “Murder, She Wrote.”

Twitter followers: 141K. Not bad for a 91-year-old.

Photo op: $100.


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2. Jon Bernthal

Famous for: Comiconners will be most interested in his roles on “The Walking Dead” (as Shane, Rick’s disloyal best bud, killed off in season two) and as the Punisher in the Marvel/Netflix series “Daredevil.” The latter character is getting his own series, which is expected to be released later this year.

Twitter followers: 466K.

Photo op: $70.

3. Karen Gillan

Famous for: “Doctor Who” companions are always a big draw at Comicon, and Gillan played Amy Pond on the BBC series from 2010 to ’13. In the Marvelverse’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, she is Nebula, the blue-skinned, cybernetic supervillain and sister to Zoe Saldana’s Gamora.

Twitter followers: 737K.

Photo op: $60.

4. Bonnie Wright

Famous for: She may not be a household name, but her signature character — Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” films — certainly is. She’s done some modeling and is now pursuing a career as a director. Go Gryffindor!

Twitter followers: 673K.

Photo op: $60.

5. Alan Tudyk

Famous for: Memorable characters on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” and “Dollhouse” assure him royalty status among sci-fi geeks. He also got stoned and naked (in that order) in the British film comedy “Death at a Funeral” and is a go-to voice actor for Disney.

Twitter followers: 386K.

Photo op: $60.

6. Danny Trejo

Famous for: He parlayed his menacing mug into a career playing heavies in numerous B-movies as well as hit titles including “Desperado,” “Con Air” and “Spy Kids.” A spoof trailer included in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse” double feature led to the ironical exploitation feature “Machete” and a sequel titled (naturally) “Machete Kills.”

Twitter followers: 312K.

Photo op: $60.

7. Gabriel Luna

Famous for: He’s the skull-faced, flaming-chain-swinging Ghost Rider on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which may be a guilty pleasure but is still way better than Nicolas Cage’s “Ghost Rider.”

Twitter followers: 20.7K.

Photo op: $55.

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Honorable mentions

Gen-X icons like Anthony Michael Hall and John de Lancie, aka Q from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” didn’t make the cut. And yes, we may be using the word “icon” loosely.

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