All of Empire Magazine’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD Covers!

Here are the Newstand Covers, Subscriber Covers and Posters for Empire Magazine‘s Thor: The Dark World issue out now! Now where the heck can I get one that doesn’t cost me an Asgardian arm or leg?

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Star Wars Celebration To Be Held In Anaheim April 16-19, 2015

SWCVII Announcement - Star Wars Celebration - Anaheim - April 16-19 - 2015 - DisneyThe Force” will be strong in Anaheim as Star Wars Celebration recently announced it will gather next at the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19, 2015.

“The Star Wars franchise has a tremendous following and fan base,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This pop culture phenomenon will meet here for the first time in Anaheim. We look forward to welcoming Star Wars Celebration to our destination.”

Attendance at previous Star Wars Celebration events reached in excess of 30,000 attendees. With the upcoming release of the next Star Wars film, Reed Exhibitions, which organizes Star Wars Celebration, anticipates that the attendance of Star Wars Celebration VII will be closer to 35,000. Reed Exhibitions estimates that the show typically generates $28 million to the local economy.

Tickets to the 2015 event are on sale now. For more information visit www.starwarscelebration.com.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions organizes 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed Exhibitions’ events brought together 7 million participants from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Events organized include trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. For more information, visit www.reedexpo.com.

About Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is Orange County, California’s largest destination marketing organization. It is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Anaheim/Orange County as a premier leisure, convention and meeting destination. For more information, call (714) 765-8888 or visit anaheimoc.org. Follow the AOCVCB on Facebook (AnaheimOC), Twitter (@Anaheim_OC) and Pinterest (AnaheimOC).

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Third Annual Nerd HQ Shatters Records, Raises $215,000 for Operation Smile

Nerd HQ - 2013 - Operation Smile - Conversations for a Cause - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park - HeaderThis Year’s Sponsors Included
Intel & ASUS, The FIAT Brand and Perfect World Entertainment


Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine returned to Comic-Con this year bringing with them Nerd HQ. This annual event, now in its third year, provided fans with a home base during the international comic book and entertainment festival. Guests experienced cutting edge technology with hardware provided by Intel & ASUS; gaming showcases including action-packed Neverwinter gameplay; a sneak peak at the all-new, electric FIAT 500e and several exclusive parties including the festival favorite, Levi’s annual Nerd Party.

Zachary Levi - The Nerd Machine - ShieldAlso back by popular demand was the very popular philanthropic panel series “Conversation for a Cause.” Guest who purchased tickets to these intimate panels of about 250 people enjoyed asking questions of their favorite entertainers in an un-moderated forum. This year’s panels included some of the most talked about films, television shows and celebrities including Riddick, “Cast from 300: Rise of an Empire,” Dr. WhoThe Maze Runner, Haven, I, Frankenstein, Orphan Black, PBS Masterpiece: Sherlock, Psych, “Stoopid Buddy with Seth Green,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour,” “Fannibal Meetup with Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and David Slade,” “Signing with the legendary Jim Lee of DC Entertainment,” “Adult Swim Panel featuring cast members from NTSF and Children’s Hospital,” “Kick Ass 2 Panel and Signing,” “Tiny Commando featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul and Zachary Levi,” “A Conversation with NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Rover” and “A Conversation with Zachary Levi and Mystery Guests” and individual panels with Evangeline Lilly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Joe Manganiello, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, and Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi.

With the addition several new fundraising efforts, such as photo opportunities with celebrities including Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, David Giuntoli, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Levi, an exclusive auction on eBay that featured one-of-a-kind artwork from Elevendy, a huge screening of fan-favorite Serenity on Petco Park‘s field, and a generous $10,000 donation from event sponsor Intel & ASUS, the event generated a record breaking $215,000 for Operation Smile or as Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi put it, 895 smiles.

ABOUT ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC(tm). ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.

ABOUT FIAT BRAND
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

Reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. The model’s unquestionable popularity is the result of the Fiat 500’s great ability to deliver unmatched personalization options with advanced solutions in terms of quality, engine and passenger comfort. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year and Best New Engine of 2010 (Fiat MultiAir® Turbo). In the U.S., the 2012 Fiat 500 was named “Best Buy” in the subcompact category by Consumers Digest and was deemed a “Top Safety Pick” by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The FIAT brand portfolio in North America continues to expand with the arrival of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio and the Fiat 500 Turbo. In 2013, the FIAT brand will launch the Fiat 500e, a full-electric version of the Fiat 500, and the Fiat 500L, a new five-passenger model that will expand FIAT’s brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.

ABOUT FIAT 500E
Designing city-friendly, environmentally responsible and fun-to-drive small cars is what the FIAT brand and its “Simply More” belief stand for. The all-new 2013 Fiat 500e electrifies the next chapter of the brand’s legacy by embodying the FIAT brand’s simple, purposeful and fun-to-drive values – through iconic style, engaging dynamics and an environmentally responsible zero-emissions design.

The all-new 2013 Fiat 500e arrives at FIAT Studios in California during the second quarter of 2013.

ABOUT INTEL
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

ABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World Entertainment has published a number of popular titles, including Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly acclaimed MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd., Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.com.

ABOUT OPERATION SMILE
Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns. To build long-term self-sufficiency in developing countries, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their own local communities, donates medical equipment and supplies, and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide Comprehensive Care Centers.

ABOUT THE NERD MACHINE
The Nerd Machine is a multimedia company dedicated in bringing its global clientele the best of apparel, accessories, software, hardware, music, and both long and short form video content. We not only put a premium on customer satisfaction and input but also collaboration, as we believe that some of the very best ideas may come out of the very community we serve. Our goal is to nurture an environment where community interaction thrives, creating the best and most forward thinking products available on the market. And, philosophically speaking, spearheading a “mission of redefinition” that changes the global perception of what a nerd is, and thereby allow everyone to celebrate the nerd in themselves. The question is: What are you nerdy about?

VIVA LA NERDOLUTION

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Comic-Con 2014 Volunteer Registration Info!

Comic-Con 2014 - Volunteer Registration - SDCC - HeaderComic-Con is now implementing a new program called the Volunteer Interest List. You can find this when you Log in to your Member ID Account. This does not guarantee that you’ll be volunteering for 2014, but it will give you an advantage. You’ll be notified via EMAIL when Volunteer Registration opens up… So just do it now if you plan on volunteering! Good luck!


Comic-Con uses over 3000 volunteers each year! The program is very popular and fills up quickly. Volunteer registration is done entirely online before the convention. We will not accept any volunteers on-site.

Volunteers who completed at least one assignment at Comic-Con 2013 receive priority in the online volunteer registration process and will be notified via email when returning volunteer registration opens. After returning volunteer registration is complete, online volunteer registration will open to the general public. At this time, we anticipate that volunteer registration will open to the general public in early 2014.

NEW THIS YEAR: COMIC-CON VOLUNTEER INTEREST LIST
If you did not volunteer in 2013 and are interested in volunteering for 2014, log in to your Member ID and look for the message “Click here to sign up for the Comic-Con 2014 Volunteer Interest List.” Once you have signed up, you will be notified via email when online volunteer registration opens at a later date. The registration date and time will not be published anywhere online, and you will only be notified via email. This information will not be made public on social media sites or to the general Member ID population. Being on the interest list does NOT guarantee that you will get in, but it will give you an advantage. Registration is filled on a first come, first served basis so please be sure to sign up with a permanent email account and check it frequently.

To volunteer for Comic-Con 2014, you must be age 16 or older by June 30, 2014 and you must have a valid Comic-Con Member ID. To sign up for a Member ID, click here. Member ID registration is easy and it’s free!

If you are accepted as a Comic-Con Volunteer, you may volunteer any or all of the days of the show. Your volunteer commitment is only 3-hours on any day you choose to volunteer and you will get a free badge for that day. You choose the day(s) you want to volunteer, we choose the time and the assignment.

Assignments do not require any special skills. When you are not on assignment, you are free to enjoy the show with same privileges as a paying attendee. We do not provide housing, travel, or meals to volunteers. As a Comic-Con volunteer you can expect to have fun being a part of our Comic-Con team and knowing that you helped make it happen. Oh, and the not-available-in-any-store-one-of-a-kind volunteer t-shirt!

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The Cost of SDCC (Start Saving Now!)

Great info for those wanting to see how much one should save up for a trip to Comic-Con!

Nerdophiles

Here’s the biggest thing to remember about San Diego Comic Con: start saving now.

Trust me, it’ll save you a lot of stress in the long run. The last thing you’re going to want to be thinking about when you get to the con is how much money you can’t spend because you haven’t properly budgeted up to this point. The rest of the Nerdophiles staff drove to Comic Con this year, but I’m from Maryland and I had to fly in – making for some unique challenges and some unique considerations when budgeting. I’m breaking down my expenses, so that you can better think about and plan for your own. After all, we’re less than a year away from San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Badge

The first thing you need to start your San Diego Comic Con adventure is your badge. If you were lucky enough to snag…

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Comic-Con 2014 Badge Pre-Registration

Comic-Con 2014 - Attendee Badge Pre-Registration - SDCC - HeaderGet your Member ID NOW! Comic-Con Badge Pre-Registration will take place some time between November 1st and December 31st, 2013 (it’s never known when it may occur). If you’re getting someone a gift of a SDCC badge, they will need a Member ID. Everyone who attends will need a Member ID. Good luck and don’t hold your breath until then. Just be prepared. Check your “opt in” notices, etc. within the Member ID account page. Make sure all of your information is correct. Good luck!


Comic-Con is working hard to improve the online registration system and will launch Comic-Con 2014 badge preregistration sometime between November 1 and December 31, 2013. Only those that have purchased a Comic-Con 2013 4-Day attendee or 1-Day attendee badge and have a valid Comic-Con Member ID will be eligible to participate in 2014 badge preregistration. 

If you attended Comic-Con 2013 as a child, but will be age 13 or older as of November 1, 2013, you must register for a Comic-Con Member ID to be eligible to participate in 2014 preregistration. Once you have registered for a Member ID, log in to your Member ID account after August 8, 2013 and follow the instructions to qualify for preregistration. You will need your Comic-Con 2013 badge to register as an eligible attendee.

Professionals, guests of professionals, exhibitors, exhibitor purchased attendee badges, volunteers, staff, and press will not be allowed to participate in badge preregistration. Open online registration for all categories listed above will occur at a later date.

Eligible attendees will be notified via email with badge preregistration instructions and information sometime in November 2013. The notification will be sent to the email associated with your Member ID account.

Please be sure to “opt-in” to e-mail correspondence to receive the badge preregistration announcement. To check your Member ID notification “opt-outs,” log in to your account here and select the option “Change my preferences/unsubscribe.”

We strongly suggest that you log in to your Member ID account and check your current “Membership Type.” If you are a senior or member of the military, please be sure to update your Membership Type before preregistration to be eligible for the reduced badge price.

Thank you very much for your support of Comic-Con, and stay tuned for additional 2014 badge preregistration details!

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Matty Collector’s MOST WANTED Sale Begins on 08/05/13 (Subscribers 08/02/13)

Matty Collector - Mattel - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - HeaderFor all those that were not able to attend Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego last month, Matty Collector is a having the’r “Most Wanted” Sale on Monday, August 5th starting at 9:00am. The Early Access for subscribers was today for 4 hours, so hopefully there are some items left for everyone else to grab if you missed out! Good luck!


Toy Fans,

The Con is gone, but here’s your chance at some of the awesome products we had at SDCC this year! All the details are right here…

Early Access: Friday 8/2 at 8am PT thru 12pm PT (subscribers only)
All Access: Monday 8/5 9am PT thru 8/12 11:59pm PT

Please note that all products are subject to sell-out to subscribers during Early Access* on Friday 8/2. Any remaining products will be available to everyone starting Monday 8/5 at 9am PT.

…and other stuff you may want!

Want an email reminder so you don’t miss special sales like this? Click here to register. Or, join me on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums and you’ll get reminders there, too.

–Matty

*Early Access is a subscriber-only benefit through our clubs. Subscriptions are closed for 2013, but if you want to make sure you have the chance to purchase many of our hottest items before non-subscribers in 2014, get your 2014 subscription today!