Wil Wheaton, super-geek icon, blogger and avid Tweeter, will be in Calgary this April for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.
Wil began his career in Hollywood by starring in such films as Stand By Me, Toy Soldiers and The Secret of NIMH. As a teenager, he gained notoriety as the child-genius Wesley Crusher in Star Trek’s biggest franchise Star Trek: The Next Generation. An accomplished writer and blogger, Wil has acquired a wide-spread cult following. Some of the publications to his credit include Dancing Barefoot and Just a Geek. He has also had a recurring role on the smash hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory and the gaming-centric web series The Guild.
“Wil Wheaton has developed a global following that is truly mind blowing,” muses Event Director Kandrix Foong. “He encompasses so much of what the Calgary Expo is about – a celebration of pop culture, art and creativity. He’s someone our fans can really relate to so a lot of people will be very excited to meet him.”
Apart from signing autographs and doing photo ops, he will also be involved in some special events and programming throughout the weekend. Details will soon be available at www.calgaryexpo.com.
The Calgary Expo is a non-profit organization that showcases the incredible talent of comic creators, artists, actors, voice actors, musicians, writers and pop culture icons from all over the world. Founded in 2006, the convention has grown rapidly having hosted guests from every genre including William Shatner, Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Hogan and Kate Vernon, Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes and Owly artist Andy Runton. The 2011 convention saw 30,000 attendees and is the second largest convention of its kind in all of Canada.
Guests for the 2012 Calgary Expo currently include Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG-1, Sanctuary), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Adam West (original Batman and Family Guy) and voice actor Tara Strong (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and The Powerpuff Girls), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Scream 4), Adam Baldwin (Serenity, Firefly, Full Metal Jacket), John Noble (Fringe and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Dave Prowse (Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange) Tom Felton (Harry Potter 1-8), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) and Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century).