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."

"Heck," he added, "I remember from my days of doing 'Buffy' early on and going to San Diego and it was new and it was small."

When Boreanaz was 7 years old, the family moved to the Philly area after his father, Dave Roberts, took a job as a weather forecaster at 6ABC.

"How could I say no to Philadelphia," Boreanaz said. "It's my hometown."

"I'm very amped up, because it's my hometown and I'm going back to embrace that, where I went to grade school and high school and my parents still live there . . . . It's a great opportunity to embrace that. It's something I'm really looking forward to doing."

"It's a great experience to go home when I'm on hiatus or don't have anything going on," he added. "It's extra special to give back to people who want to talk about your career or how to get started in their own career. That's what I really like about it the most."

Boreanaz said he will be easy to spot at the show. He'll be the one constantly doing something.

"I'll be pretty busy," he said. "I'll be signing autographs for people and have the opportunity to do question and answer periods and seminars and stuff like that . . . They do a really great job of scheduling these things. It's gonna be a good time."

Part of the reason Boreanaz has been unable to come to Wizard Con Philly before this year is that since 1997 he has never had a year without having a major role on a TV series. First there was "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003), followed by the lead in the spinoff "Angel" (1999-2004) and then "Bones" (2005-present), which Boreanaz says is in no danger of ending anytime soon.

That's 18 years now with consistent TV work.

"Yeah," said Boreanaz. "It's very rare. Fortunately, it's been part of a great ride."

Though Boreanaz doesn't make a habit of looking too far ahead, he says one character definitely interests him.

"I would love to be Batman! That would be cool," he said. "I would love to do a superhero movie! But I think it would have to be the right thing for me."

"I'm always in the world of whatever is best at the time for myself and that's how I kind of look at it."