Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- January 7, 2014 –- Oscar® winner Whoopi Goldberg, will make her Wizard World debut at Philadelphia Comic Con, June 20-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. With dozens of television and film credits, including “The View,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Sister Act, The Color Purple, and a wide range of talents and accomplishments, Goldberg is known to millions as an actress, comedian, host, producer, author, activist, and singer-songwriter.
Goldberg began performing at age eight in New York with the Children's Program at the Hudson guild and the Helena Rubinstein Children's Theatre. Her successful Broadway show led to her being cast in Stephen Spielberg's The Color Purple, earning Goldberg the 1985 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture. She has also starred in such motion pictures as Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Burglar, Fatal Beauty, Clara’s Heart, Ghost, The Long Walk Home, Soapdish, and Robert Altman’s The Player.
Her TV career began with an appearance on a 1986 episode of “Moonlighting,” which earned her an Emmy Award nomination as Best Guest Performer in a Dramatic Series. Honored for many of her guest spots, Goldberg also earned acclaim for her recurring portrayal of the sentient bartender “Guinan” in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1988-1993.
Today, in addition to her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other worthwhile causes and charities, Goldberg has gained a fervent following as co-hostess of the daytime talk show “The View.”
At Philadelphia Comic Con, Goldberg will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event. She will appear on Friday evening, June 20, and the full event day Saturday, June 21.
“Our fans have put Whoopi at the top of their wish lists and have been waiting for this day, in many cases 25 years, to meet the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg. They will get that chance at Philadelphia Comic Con 2014,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “Whoopi’s appeal is broad, from those who loved her 'TNG' work to the many who have enjoyed her movies, TV shows, books and specials.”
Goldberg joins a standout roster of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con (June 19-22), including Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” Daniel Cudmore (X-Men, Days of Future Past), John Carpenter (Director, Halloween, Escape from L.A.), David Hasselhoff (“Knight Rider,” “Baywatch”), Alan Tudyk (“Serenity,” Wreck-it Ralph) and dozens of others. It is the second-largest and second-longest running of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, cosplay, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, June 19, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, June 20, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more on the 2014 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.
About Wizard World: Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
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