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June 19, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
FIRST THINGS FIRST. Here in Philly, we spell our signature sandwich in one word, not two. We sometimes shorten it to "steak. " You, know, like "Angel. " Or Whoopi. (We don't call it a "Philly. " You shouldn't, either.) Steak slingers operate all over town. They ply their wares "wit" or "witout" sauteed onions, with cheese - usually sharp provolone or gooey goldish "Whiz," as in "Cheez. " Add hot peppers for free. Here's a list of where to find 'em, in order of closest to the Con.   Really close * READING TERMINAL Gotta get one for breakfast?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE FASTEST character being shown in Cineplexes this summer can't wait to zip into Wizard Con. "I'm super-excited to come to Philly," said Evan Peters, who has become a household name this summer portraying the mutant speedster Quicksilver in one of the biggest blockbusters of the season, "X-Men: Days of Future Past. " "I can't wait to meet fans and hang out," Peters continued. "I think it's going to be loads of fun. " Peters made it clear he also had fun playing the mischievous, super-fast mutant from the 1970s.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
MARVEL AND DC may dominate the comic-book market, but one of the top independent publishers is based in Horsham. It's Zenescope, started by Upper Dublin's Ralph Tedesco and Abington's Joe Brusha, which is celebrating its ninth year in business and the 100th issue of its flagship comic, Grimm Fairy Tales . Growing up, Brusha was the comic-book fan, while Tedesco wanted to be an actor. The pair had written screenplays, but it was when Tedesco was home from California for a wedding that Brusha asked him what he knew about comic books.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WIZARD CON PHILLY has a very special guest this year, as Philly's own David Boreanaz will make his first appearance at a Wizard show here. "Yeah, I'm excited," said Boreanaz, best known for major or lead roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and the still-going-strong "Bones. " "I'm looking forward to coming back home and spending some time with the fans that come out. And one of the things about Wizard in particular is not only is it great for fans of comic books, but I think they've evolved over the years to be more than just that.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
FROM LEGENDS like Trish Stratus and Lita to current stars like Natalya and A.J. Lee, popular Divas are nothing new to the wrestling arena. However, there has never been a Diva duo quite like the Bella Twins. The unique pair, Brie and Nikki Bella, are famous inside the ring for their "Twin Magic," in which one of them will disappear under the ring during matches and then appear miraculously "revived" - having in reality switched places with her twin. They are so popular, they also star in the E!
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WHENEVER JOHN CENA - "The face of the WWE" and holder of a record number of championships - is determined to do something, he simply does it. Nothing can stop him. What Cena says he wants to do this weekend is "have fun ordering out a cheesesteak" and then take Wizard Con Philly by storm. "I have an appearance there from 1 to 2:30 Sunday and then . . . I have a show that night," Cena said. "I'm happy to be able to do it. I'd love to do all day. " Cena says he is "flattered" by those fans who call him a hero and understands why despite a clean-cut image, he is a polarizing figure.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
HIS LIVING ROOM was a bit disheveled, the victim of last-minute haste. An enormous stack of silver and red sat in the corner. At the top was the square, metallic-blue helmet of Optimus Prime, overlooking the house with its antennae-like ears pointed upward. It was just four days until Wizard World Philadelphia and Eric "The Smoke" Moran was making the final alterations to his new lineup of costumes with the same fervor and excitement of a believer on Christmas Eve. In the basement of his Chestnut Hill townhouse, all four walls are covered with film posters, drawings and action figures - most still in their original packing.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
THE LATIN PHRASE "vox populi" translates to "voice of the people. " It's also the name of Sean Astin's political radio show, which urges bipartisan civil discourse. Astin, who's most recognized for his roles as the loyal Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson's epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Rudy, from the 1993 gridiron drama of the same name, considers himself an "active, engaged citizen" off the screen. The 43-year-old actor was a volunteer civilian aide in John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, and worked on Hillary Clinton's primary campaign in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
MARV WOLFMAN, a true legend in the comics industry, is coming to Wizard Con Philly 2014 this week. He's as excited to be here as fans are to have him. In fact, he wants to stick around - after his panel appearances and autograph signings at the con - to see the sites. "When I was a kid, I used to come down to Philly with my family and remember it fondly," he said. "Coming back, I think the city has fixed itself up and is now better than ever. " Wolfman also is looking forward to getting a cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market ("they have really good ones")
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
COLOSSUS is coming to Philly. Daniel Cudmore, best known for playing the mutant superman Colossus, most recently in this summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" film, is making his first appearance at Wizard Con Philly this year - and he's excited about it. "I've done the smaller shows here and there, but this is the first time I've done a show in Philly," Cudmore said. "I'm looking forward to soaking in the city . . . I've never had an actual Philly cheesesteak before, so I'm pumped to finally do that.
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