So this weekend see’s us off to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo up in LA. It’s only in it’s third year and while it doesn’t have the allure of Comic-con, if you are into comic’s then it is fun place to be. I tend to be a convention junkie, even the smaller conventions interest me. I love the art, costumes, displays and booth babes. Seriously though, it keeps me in touch with my creative roots and I always walk away feeling a little inspired. So if you are in SoCal and need something to do, you can’t go wrong with a day at Comikaze. Oh and they have a really cool octopus loge. Here is the website.
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I’ve been a gamer since I was a kid. I was very lucky to have owned the ps1, ps2, ps3, and soon the ps4. I also had NES, Genesis, N64, Gameboy (Original, Color, and Advance), Neogeo and the PSP Slim. My little brother had the Nintendo Gamecube and the Gameboy Advance SP. This video brings back so many memories but it also makes me feel incredibly OLD! What were some of your fondest memories playing games growing up?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Sherlock will return for season 3 on PBS Masterpiece starting on Jan. 19 at 10 p.m.
Video message from Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman shown at SDCC ’13 this past year.
What do you think? Are you ready for a sequel?
For a long time many people have been asking, “why is there no Wonder Woman movie?” This article explains.
“We’ve seen lots of Spiderman in recent years, plenty of Iron Man, as well as Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, Superman and Batman. We’re even going to see Superman and Batman together.” Click to read more:
Another Con has come and gone. Among people of every level of nerd-dom, ridiculously over priced food and hotels, and the absolute chaos that is the Gaslamp District in San Diego during ComicCon, I have arrived home relatively unscathed (until I check credit card balances, anyway).
Like years past, I purposely came out to San Diego without a badge (I DO NOT recommend doing this if planning on attending the Con, despite my three years in a row of successfully scoring one last minute) and was only in beautiful Southern California for one purpose: Nerd HQ.
Nerd HQ is the annual event hosted by Zachary Levi (of Chuck fame) and The Nerd Machine that strives to bring a little more intimacy to Con goers, while also serving as a great place to hang out, get your gaming and dance on, all while raising money for a hell of a cause: Operation Smile. The event is 100% free of charge to enter and guests can pre-purchase $20 tickets to celebrity hosted panels with guaranteed seats throughout the weekend. Some all-star panels headlined this years event including: Doctor Who, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, Tom Hiddleston, and Kick-Ass 2 as well as many others.
While the celebrity/charity aspect is one hell of an awesome experience (and worth going all by itself) there’s a slightly different reason I continue to head out to SoCal from Michigan every year. My NERD family.
Upon arriving to the towering skyline of San Diego three Cons ago I knew absolutely no one. Alone in the middle of nerd heaven and caught up in the maelstrom whirlwind of Comic Con weekend I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. Luckily there was Nerd HQ. With a few panel tickets secured (most notably Firefly and Scott Bakula!) I spent a large chunk of my time there, in a mildly run down bar on the corner of Fourth and J called Jolt N Joes. Not many knew of the “off site” event, and that gave it a kind of underground feel. But more importantly it allowed the people that did show up and stick around a chance to really get to know one another.
Far enough away from the shoulder to shoulder showroom floor and overnight lines provided by Comic Con, Nerd HQ offered a new way to connect with fellow nerds, in a place where any level of nerd-dom was not only accepted, but celebrated. It was a place where just about any nerd could feel at home. And it was where I fell in love with the whole Con experience.
This year saw a few changes, most notably the move out of the bar scene and in to the ginormous Petco Park (the home of the baseball team the San Diego Padres). This alleviated the bar crowd that plagued last year’s Block 16 located HQ’s night life. It also allowed for some fantastic ways to raise more money, with two panel locations and a whole baseball field to seat a screening of Serenity with guest hosts Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk. Even with the larger venue, Nerd HQ managed to maintain its intimate panels atmosphere by limiting the main panel room to 250 people (where its been cut off at every year).
Giveaways that included headsets, gaming keyboards, shirts, and i7 extreme processors took place, strangers bonded over drinks and video games forming connections that will last a lifetime, and celebrities from various fandoms helped raise thousands of dollars to help children the world over to live and smile. Nerd HQ is truly an amazing event, and this nerd can only hope it continues to grow and become a home away from home for many other nerds the world over.
With the announcement that the great Matt Smith was stepping down nerds everywhere have been speculating who the next Doctor might be and as of this weekend we have our answer. Meet Peter Capaldi also known as the 12th doctor, and he happens to be a huge Doctor Who fan. Okay, I have to say every Doctor seems to be a huge Doctor Who fan just like the cast of the new Star Trek movies seem to all be huge fans of the television shows. Ironically enough, some of you may recognize him from a stint on Torchwood in 2009. Anywho….here is his picture.
So another Comic-con has come and gone and already leaving a whole in my heart. To be honest I have mixed feelings about this one. For the first time ever I was not able to get into the panels I wanted to in Hall H, which was really disappointing. We got in line at 6 AM and just missed getting in. We were in the row right next to the four “chutes.” The next day we thought maybe we should get in line at 4 AM but around midnight heard people were already camped out across the street from Hall H. At that point we decided it wasn’t worth being exhausted all day. However, that did give me the opportunity to hit smaller panels and spend a lot of time on the sales floor, which is always fun.
I went to a couple of the creative panels and one on marketing and branding. They were fun and insightful and I forgot how much I like the smaller panels. I also spent a lot of time on the sales floor and I admit I had a hidden agenda. I spent the time networking with a lot of artists and small press publishers handing out copies of my book, Great Moments in OCD History. I also spent time handing out bottles of hand sanitizer to promote it as well, which most people thought was really funny.
I have to say it was really fun connecting with the indie/small press and artist. They tend to be be really nice and sort of have “we’re all in this together” mentality and their is definitely some quality work among them.
Overall, this SDCC wasn’t the epic experience of years past due to not getting into Hall H, but it was still fun. I love just being surrounded by that environment. The art, costumes, movies, comics and everything else. It always serves to remind me of my roots and refresh me creatively. And yes, I have decided that I am a Con junkie.
More pics after the jump.
This year at San Diego’s Comic Con 2013 (My 12th Con), yours truly (@Nerdoutburst) will be cosplaying for the first time as ‘Glenn’ from ‘The Walking Dead’- created by Robert Kirkman. Big thanks to staff writer ‘Tony Kim’ aka @Crazy4comiccon for putting this together. Make sure to instagram or tweet us while at the Con this year if you see us!