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

via The Nerd Machine

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!

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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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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!

Petco Star Wars Day YAPPY HOUR at Comic-Con 2013!

Petco - Star Wars - Yappy Hour - Invitation - HeaderWant to go to a special happy hour where you and your pet are welcome? It will be at the Hotel Indigo in Downtown San Diego on Friday, July 19 from 4-7 pm. The hotel’s address is 509 Ninth Ave. and their phone number is (619) 727-4000.


Comic-Con has gone to the dogs! Celebrate Petco‘s upcoming launch of their Star Wars Pet Fans collection—pet toys, apparel for your furriest fan—at a Yappy Hour where dogs are welcome!

Best of all, Darth Vader, Chewie and other favorites will be in attendance helping adoptable shelter dogs from the San Diego Humane Society find loving, forever homes.

You and your dog (if you have one with you) are invited to join us for:

  • The Star Wars Photo Experience for people and pets
  • Movie caricatures drawn of both of you
  • Complimentary treats and giveaways
  • A chance to win products from Petco’s Star Wars Pet Fans collection

Petco - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - Yappy Hour - Yoda - The Force - Stormtrooper - Rebel - Imperial - T-Shirts for Dogsvia Petco Press Release

FOX Fanfare is at Comic-Con 2013!

Fox Fanfare 2013 - Comic-Con - SDCC - HeaderVISIT “ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF: THE EXPERIENCE” UNDER THE GIANT 57′ “AXE COP” BALLOON AT ISLAND AVENUE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND AVENUES:

Take A Swing on the HIGH SCHOOL USA! Mini-Golf Course, Collect Limited-Edition 3-D Printed AXE COP Action Figures Daily, Grab a Slice of High-Def Pizza, Create Cutting-Edge GIFs and Take a Photo with AXE COP; RSVP Now For Friday Night’s Free Fan Screening of AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA!

FIND “SLEEPY HOLLOW’S” HEADLESS HORSEMEN AND SHARE IMAGES ON INSTAGRAM WITH #DONTLOSEYOURHEAD; MEET THE CAST AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FOR A SPECIAL TUMBLR MEETUP SATURDAY, JULY 20

RECHARGE AT THE “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” SAMSUNG SUPER-CHARGING LOUNGE IN THE PETCO INTERACTIVE ZONE

ALMOST HUMAN, SLEEPY HOLLOW, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, MURDER POLICE and ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF To Make Panel Debuts; THE FOLLOWING, BONES, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD and BOB’S BURGERS Return

FOX FANFARE Booth #4229 Features Appearances by FOX Talent and Producers, plus Giveaways of 2013 Poster Tubes, Collectible Mini-Posters and More

Visit www.fox.com/comiccon2013 for Panel and Autograph Schedule, Breaking News and Exclusive Videos and Photos

BOOTH #4229
The FOX FANFARE booth (new location; #4229) will feature an incredible lineup of talent on the convention center floor for star-studded autograph signings and exciting booth activities, including distribution of the exclusive 2013 FOX FANFARE poster tubes, collectible mini-posters, premium giveaways and merchandise sales.

FOX.COM/COMICCON2013 & FACEBOOK
Visit www.fox.com/comiccon2013 for all of your FOX FANFARE 2013 needs, including the panel and autograph signing schedule, breaking news from all of the panels, as well as exclusive video and photos. In addition, visit http://www.Facebook.com/FOXBroadcasting for a feed of all live tweets from each panel, FOX talent at Comic-Con and information from the press rooms, as well as the latest new videos.

ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF: THE EXPERIENCE

  • Where: Island Avenue between First and Second Avenues
  • When: Thursday, July 18-Saturday, July 20
  • Hours: Noon-8:00 PM daily

EXPERIENCE
The giant 57′ AXE COP balloon floating high above San Diego marks the spot for the interactive ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF: THE EXPERIENCE on Island Ave. between First and Second Avenues. Fans who visit ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF: THE EXPERIENCE will enjoy taking a swing on the nine-hole HIGH SCHOOL USA! miniature golf course; creating cutting edge animated GIFs via the Face-GIFer app to share with their friends; and collect all four exclusive figurines-AXE COP, GREY DIAMOND, LIBORG and ARMY CHIHUAHUA MAN–printed daily by 3-D printers.

HIGH-DEF PIZZA TRUCK
Want a slice of ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF? The ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF Pizza Truck will be open for business offering a free slice for fans, Thursday-Saturday (Noon-4:00 PM and 8:00 PM-Midnight) and Sunday (Noon-4:00 PM).

OUTDOOR FAN SCREENING
On Friday, July 19 at 8:30 PM, don’t miss the AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA! outdoor screening underneath the stars with free food, prizes, giveaways and some very special guests. Fans can register now for the screening by emailing FOXrsvp@cegny.com or show up at the screening, but note space is limited and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sleepy Hollow - Poster - FOX - Keep Calm and Don't Lose Your HeadSLEEPY HOLLOW
KEEP CALM AND DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD-LESS HORSEMEN

When you see Headless Horsemen in San Diego, Keep Calm and Don’t Lose Your Head! Instead share your photos on Instagram with #DontLoseYourHead. Find out where Headless will be throughout the weekend at www.fox.com/comiccon2013.

TUMBLR MEETUP FOR FANS WITH APPEARANCES BY CAST AND PRODUCERS

  • Where: Basic Pizza / 410 10th Ave
  • When: Saturday, July 20
  • Hours: 1:00-4:00 PM

Tumblr and SLEEPY HOLLOW are hosting a free fan meetup featuring a screening of the premiere episode, followed by a Q&A with executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, director/executive producer Len Wiseman and the cast. Fans can enjoy free pizza, pick up some cool swag and grab a photo with some surprise HEADLESS guests. Follow SleepyHollowFox.tumblr.com to see if heads will roll and RSVP to attend at SleepyHollowTumblrMeetup.splashthat.com.

Cosmos - A Spacetime Odyssey - FOX - PosterCOSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY SAMSUNG SUPER-CHARGING LOUNGE

  • Where: Petco Interactive Zone
  • When: Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21
  • Hours: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

Fans can recharge at the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Samsung Super-Charging Lounge! Follow the COSMOS planet balloons as they lead fans on a galaxy-like pathway to the Petco Interactive Zone, where they can charge up their Samsung Galaxy S4 and other devices, plus enjoy COSMOS content and pick up a free T-shirt or hat (while supplies last) at the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Samsung Super-Charging Lounge.

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION COMIC-CON ITEMS
Drop by the FOX FANFARE booth (#4229) daily to pick up the 2013 FOX FANFARE poster tube, as well as Exclusive and Collectible Mini-Posters from ALMOST HUMAN, AMERICAN DAD, AXE COP, BOB’S BURGERS, BONES, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, GLEE, FAMILY GUY, THE FOLLOWING, HIGH SCHOOL USA!, THE SIMPSONS and SLEEPY HOLLOW, among other FOX FANFARE properties.

Limited edition giveaways will also be distributed from the booth (while supplies last):

  • FOX FANFARE Poster Tubes
  • ALMOST HUMAN DRN Police Android T-shirt
  • Collect all FIVE of this year’s ANIMATION DOMINATION buttons, featuring:
    • “Homer” from THE SIMPSONS
    • “Stewie” from FAMILY GUY
    • “Tina” from BOB’S BURGERS
    • “Roger” from AMERICAN DAD
    • the police badge from MURDER POLICE
  • BONES Lanyard and Mini-Sharpie
  • COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Viewfinder with exclusive images
  • THE FOLLOWING Flat (Line) Brim Hat
  • SLEEPY HOLLOW “Don’t Lose Your Head” T-shirt

PANELS, SCREENINGS & AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE (by day)

THURSDAY, JULY 18

Panels:

MURDER POLICE 3:00-4:00 PM – Room 25 ABC
From co-creator/executive producer David A. Goodman and co-creator/co-executive producer/voice actor Jason Ruiz, this new animated FOX series follows a dedicated, but inept detective, Manuel Sanchez, and his colleagues – some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy – in a twisted city precinct. Panelists David A. Goodman, Jason Ruiz and voice actors Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio, Justina Machado and Phil Lamarr will unveil a sneak peek at footage, followed by a fan Q&A session.

THURSDAY Autograph Signing at Booth #4229
4:15 PM MURDER POLICE Cast & Producers

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Panels:

BONES 12:30-1:30 PM – Ballroom 20
Creator and executive producer Hart Hanson, executive producer Ian Toynton and stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel return to Comic-Con to discuss what’s in store for Booth and Brennan and screen never-before-seen footage from the upcoming season, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

THE FOLLOWING 3:15-4:00 PM – Ballroom 20
Become a follower and join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson and executive producer/director Marcos Siega with stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and Valorie Curry for a Q&A panel discussion.

SLEEPY HOLLOW 3:30-4:30 PM – Room 6A
Co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and director/executive producer Len Wiseman, will host an exclusive, not-to-be-missed world premiere screening of their highly-anticipated mystery-adventure drama, followed by a Q&A with fans, featuring series stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones.

BOB’S BURGERS 4:00-5:00 PM – Indigo Room Hilton
Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive and the always entertaining cast, including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy, will serve up hilarious never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

ALMOST HUMAN 4:00-5:00 PM – Ballroom 20
Step into the future with creator J.H. Wyman and executive producer Naren Shankar, plus series stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor and Minka Kelly, with an exclusive screening of the highly anticipated action drama, followed by a Q&A with the panel.

ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF 6:45-7:45 PM – Room 6DE
Get a first look at ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF’s new quarter-hour series AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA!, with executive producers Nick Weidenfeld, Matt Silverstein, Dave Jeser, Dino Stamatopoulos, AXE COP comic creator Ethan Nicolle and voice actors Patton Oswalt (AXE COP), Ken Marino (AXE COP), Rob Huebel (AXE COP) and Mandy Moore (HIGH SCHOOL USA!). Q&A panel to follow.

FRIDAY Autograph Signings at Booth #4229
12:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS Cast & Producers
1:45 PM BONES Cast & Producers
4:00 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF Cast & Producers
5:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW Cast & Producers
6:15 PM ALMOST HUMAN Cast & Producers

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Panels:

THE SIMPSONS 12:45-1:30 PM – Ballroom 20
Celebrate THE SIMPSONS’ 25th year on the air with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, consulting producer David Silverman, never-before-seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro and musical guests, “We Put The Spring In Springfield!”

FAMILY GUY 1:45 PM-2:30 PM – Ballroom 20
The Griffins are back at Comic-Con for another raucous panel and a sneak peek at Season 12, featuring Seth Green, Alex Borstein and executive producer Rich Appel, as well as surprise guests.

AMERICAN DAD 2:30-3:15 PM – Ballroom 20
Join the panel for an exclusive look at the new season, the world premiere of a song from the upcoming Christmas episode (featuring the return of Krampus!) and a Q&A with voice talent Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker and creator/executive producer Mike Barker, creator/executive producer Matt Weitzman and executive producer Steve Callaghan.

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY 6:00-7:00 PM – Indigo Ballroom Hilton
Take a seat on the “Ship of the Imagination” as it sets off on a voyage for the stars. Join host Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and executive producer/director Brannon Braga as they unveil a first glimpse at the new 13-part docu-series, followed by a Q&A with the panel.

SATURDAY Autograph Signings at Booth #4229
11:00 AM THE FOLLOWING Cast & Producers
NOON COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Cast & Producers
1:00 PM i Cast & Producers
4:00 PM FAMILY GUY / AMERICAN DAD Cast & Producers

FOX FANFARE 2013 AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE – BOOTH #4229

Thursday, July 18
4:15 PM MURDER POLICE Cast & Producers

Friday, July 19
12:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS Cast & Producers
1:45 PM BONES Cast & Producers
4:00 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF Cast & Producers
5:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW Cast & Producers
6:15 PM ALMOST HUMAN Cast & Producers

Saturday, July 20
11:00 AM THE FOLLOWING Cast & Producers
NOON COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Cast & Producers
1:00 PM THE SIMPSONS Cast & Producers
4:00 PM FAMILY GUY / AMERICAN DAD Cast & Producers

TWITTER
Fans can also receive updated announcements and information from each panel, the press room and other activities throughout Comic-Con, by following these series and joining the conversation by using #FOXSDCC and other hashtags as noted below:

Show Twitter Account – #Hashtag – Facebook Page

via FOX Press Release

www.fox.com/comiccon2013

BOOM! and Archaia Debut New Joint Booth At Comic-Con!

Boom Studios - Archaia Entertainment - Comic-Con - SDCC - HeaderBOOM! Studios and Archaia Entertainment are pleased to announce they will set up jointly at Comic-Con International in San Diego in a new location for both companies. The two Eisner Award-winning publishers will exhibit at booth number 2229 on the current show floor map.

This marks the first time the companies have exhibited together since BOOM! Studios acquired Archaia Entertainment on June 24th. Fans of BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, and Archaia alike will find all three brands represented individually, but sharing a new common space. The new booth will be positioned between Marvel and Sideshow Toys on the convention floor. BOOM! would like to extend a special thank you to Comic-Con International and Gallery Nucleus/Bolt City Productions for making the last minute change possible. Gallery Nucleus/Bolt City Productions will now be exhibiting at booth number 2743 (previously BOOM! Studios).

BOOM! and Archaia are also pleased to announce their now co-hosted 8th Annual Drink-Up at the Hilton Bayfront Odysea Bar on Thursday night beginning at 9pm. The Drink Up continues the tradition of the only open party at Comic-Con that welcomes fans, professionals, and creators alike to celebrate. BOOM! and Archaia are also pleased to share their panel times and descriptions. Please note that some panel descriptions and participants have changed since originally announced by Comic-Con International due to the availability of panelists.


BOOM! Studios

Scheduled Panels

Thursday, July 18, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

12:00pm – 1:00pm – ‘Editing Comics: The BOOM! Studios Way’ – Room: 28DE
Join BOOM! Studios creators Brian Stelfreeze (WEDNESDAY COMICS, DAY MEN), Paul Jenkins (WOLVERINE: ORIGIN, DEATHMATCH), and Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS) along with BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon and Editor Dafna Pleban as they look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing do’s and don’ts.

1:00pm – 2:00pm – ‘Gender in Comic Books’ – Room: 28DE
Join Ball State University professor Christina Blanch as she moderates a sincere discussion on the topic of gender in comics with Alexa Dickman (LADIES MAKING COMICS), Grace Randolph (SUPURBIA), Disney editor Janelle Asselin, BOOM! editors Shannon Watters and Dafna Pleban, Archaia editor Rebecca Taylor and Marvel editor Jeanine Schaefer.

Boom Studios - Archaia Entertainment - SDCC 8th Anniversary Drink Up - Comic-Con 2013 - Front9:00pm – ?:??am – BOOM!’s 8th Year Anniversary Party
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Odysea Bar, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Come one! Come all! Open invite to professionals and fans alike!

Friday, July 19, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

5:00pm – 6:00pm – ‘Breaking into Comics Right Now’ – Room: 32AB
If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, Avatar Press Vice President of Publishing and Managing Editor Jim Kuhoric, Oni Press Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones, and Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy as they give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now.

6:00pm – 7:00pm – ‘Rise of the Independents’ – Room: 32AB
Join Word Balloon host John Suintres as he moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comic publishing – including Image Comics’ Director of Business Development Ron Richards, Dark Horse’s Director of Publicity Jeremy Atkins, BOOM! Studios’ VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, and IDW’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood – on what they are doing to expand the market place.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm – ‘We Are BOOM!’ – Room: 24ABC
Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different from every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 is a transformative year for us. Join Founder & CEO Ross Richie, Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, and Vice President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik along with surprise special guests as they reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – ‘Adventure Time Comic Boom Panel’ – Room: 8
What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show and bestselling comic book published by KaBOOM! is bigger than ever in 2013! Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation featuring series writer Ryan North along with series artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, and writer/artist Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE).

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 10am – 5pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm – ‘All Ages Comics Have Arrived’ – Room: 24ABC
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old and everyone in between. KaBOOM! Editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation with all-ages creators including Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (AW YEAH! COMICS, TINY TITANS), Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR & THE KID), Raina Telgemeier (DRAMA), Mike Holmes (BRAVEST WARRIORS), and Dave Roman (ASTRONAUT ACADEMY, NICKELODEON MAGAZINE) about this phenomenal resurgence!

ARCHAIA

SCHEDULED PANELS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm – ‘The Editor – in – Chief Panel’ – Room 32AB
Comics may be experiencing a new Renaissance thanks to all the movies, TV shows, and transmedia properties that have brought in thousands of more readers, but to publishers, there’s much more to it than that: The stories are better, the art is better, and the production values are higher! In this rare opportunity, gain some valuable insight as the current editors-in-chief of some of the top comics and graphic novel publishers come together for a lively discussion on topics that include the state of comics publishing today, challenges they face in an ever-evolving marketplace, how the editors broke into the industry in the first place, and much more! Come prepared with questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Moderator Kiel Phegley (News Editor for Comic Book Resources) leads a discussion that includes panelists Stephen Christy (Archaia Entertainment), Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press), Chris Ryall (IDW), and Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics).

Friday, July 19, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm – ‘Cyborg 009′ and the Legacy of Shotaro Ishinomori – Room 9
Did you know that in 2008, the late Shotaro Ishinomori was named by Guinness World Records as the world record-holder for the most comics published by one author? It’s true! He created 770 individual stories that were collected into 500 volumes of manga, including Kikaider, Kamen Rider, and Cyborg 009. In a celebration of his legacy, Archaia Entertainment and Ishimori Production Inc. have teamed up to produce a groundbreaking, new graphic novel that re-imagines Cyborg 009 for a new generation! Moderator Stephen Christy (Archaia’s editor-in-chief) will talk with writers F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp, along with artist Marcus To (Red Robin, Adventures of Superman) about the process of bringing this new graphic novel to life while also diving into Ishinomori’s incredible legacy with manga/anime expert Deb Aoki (manga.about.com) and Masayasu Takigawa from Ishimori Production Inc. Every attendee will receive a free copy of the Cyborg 009: Chapter 000 preview issue.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – ‘The Thrilling Adventure Hour’ World Domination Tour – Room 32AB
Created in 2005 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, The Thrilling Adventure Hour (TAH) is a popular staged production in the style of old-time radio. It has since also become a much-downloaded podcast with Nerdist Industries, and—premiering here at San Diego Comic-Con—a stunning graphic novel anthology! Each show consists of a selection of genre-bending stories, advertisements from fictional sponsors, musical numbers, and more, performed by a core group of actors known as the WorkJuice Players, and featuring cameos by stars from Firefly, Doctor Who, Community, and many more! Last fall, Acker and Blacker launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a TAH graphic novel, and they set a record at the time for the fastest graphic novel campaign to reach its goal. Now, almost a year later and with award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment on board to publish the book, the graphic novel is ready to debut! Moderated by graphic novel editor Joe LeFavi, join Acker, Blacker, and panelists that include WorkJuice Players Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Autumn Reeser, Annie Savage, and Paul F. Tompkins, along with artist Joanna Estep, as they share fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about The Thrilling Adventure Hour show, podcast, and graphic novel! Whether you’re already a fan or just love great entertainment, this will certainly be one of the funniest, most lively panels you’ll attend!

Saturday, July 20, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

4:30pm – 5:30pm – ‘Archaia Entertainment Presents: Announcements, Sneak Previews, and What’s Next!’ – Room 8
Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment (Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Return of the Dapper Men), well known for its eclectic slate of stories and beautiful-looking publications, unveils the rest of its 2013 lineup, and there’s something for everyone! For fantasy fans, hear about The Reason for Dragons from writer Chris Northrop and An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp from artist Megan Hutchison. Like noir? Writer Matz is here all the way from France to tell you about his newest volume of The Killer! Sci-fi fans will be represented with a blast from the past by writer Andrew E. C. Gaska’s new collection, Space: 1999 – The Classics Remastered. We’ve also got exclusive sneak peeks of Giannis Milonogiannis’ follow-up, Old City Blues Vol. 2, and Archaia’s first-ever 3D graphic novel, The Joyners in 3D. Actress/producer Alyssa Milano is on hand to announce her upcoming, cyber-thriller, Archaia graphic novel! If you like horror, actor/writer/director Dan Fogler has got another volume of his anthology graphic novel series Moon Lake up his sleeve. And finally, titles that are all-age-appropriate include new volumes of Cow Boy; Spera; and Hopeless, Maine! If you’re an Archaia fan, or just love great content, don’t miss this panel! All attendees will receive a copy of Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover book!

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 10am – 5pm

11:00am – 12:00pm – ‘How and Why to Write a Great All-Ages Comic Book’ – Room 28DE
Join our debate as some of the biggest kids in comics discuss the present state of the industry and what steps are necessary to secure our place in the hearts and minds of the next generation. What are the benefits and challenges involved in writing all-ages comics? How are licensed comics playing a role in our future? How might webcomics, digital publishing, emerging technologies, and self-publishing change the landscape? And how can we ensure that more young readers today become readers for life? Moderated by all-ages comics writer and editor Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock), panelists include Andy Runton (Owly), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Neo Edmund (Jurassic Strike Force 5), Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal), and Royden Lepp (Rust).

3:00pm – 4:00pm – ‘Archaia Entertainment Presents: The Year of Mouse Guard’ – Room 28DE
After its debut, Mouse Guard has become one of the most popular, beloved, and honored stories in comics, and in 2013, creator David Petersen is not slowing down! This year will see the release of the Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe hardcover and the debut of the four-issue Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 miniseries (followed by the release of a hardcover that collects them) from Archaia Entertainment. In addition, from Skelton Crew comes collectible replica Black Axes, the first in a line of Mouse Guard replica weapons! Moderated by Mel Caylo (Archaia’s marketing manager), join the Eisner Award-winning Petersen and guests, including Jeremy Bastian, Eric Canete, and more to be announced as they give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all this Mouse Guard goodness, preview art from upcoming releases, and answer everything you wanted to know about Mouse Guard! Every attendee will receive a Comic-Con exclusive print of an original David Petersen drawing. Plus, one lucky audience member will win a free copy of the limited Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 Black and White Edition!

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey
Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS will be released as a feature film from Universal Pictures August 2nd, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s
HEROBEAR AND THE KID and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED.

About Archaia
Founded as a niche publisher in 2002, Archaia Entertainment, LLC has become the world renowned Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cowboy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, Spera, Mr. Murder is Dead, Lucid, Artesia, and An Elegy for Amelia Johnson. At the core, Archaia is known for its great content. From its unparalleled reputation for publishing innovative, imaginative, and indelible stories, to its numerous industry awards and nominations, Archaia has proven time-and-time again that it has built one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. This sentiment has also been shared by countless industry news sources, including Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, which all honored Archaia as “Best Publisher” of 2010. Additionally, Archaia has built unmatched co-development relationships with some of the most recognizable brands in

Hollywood, including The Jim Henson Company where Archaia has built an entire graphic novel product line, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. (archaia.com).

Boom Studios - Archaia Entertainment - SDCC 8th Anniversary Drink Up - Comic-Con 2013 - BackMedia Contact
marketing@boom-studios.com

via Boom! Studios Press Release

SEGA Arcade Returns to San Diego Comic Con!

Sega Arcade - Sonic - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - HeaderSEGA ® of America, Inc. today announced it will reprise its successful pop-up arcade and showcase its biggest titles during San Diego Comic-Con International 2013. The limited-time-only SEGA Arcade, located at 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120, will feature SEGA’s upcoming lineup including Sonic Lost World™, Total War™: ROME II, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse™ and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F™

Sega - Sonic Lost World - LogoSan Diego Comic-Con attendees and the general public will be able to be the first in the U.S. to play Sonic Lost World at the SEGA Arcade. Nominated for and winner of multiple awards at E3, Sonic Lost World puts Sonic up to the challenge as he faces his most powerful enemy to date – The Deadly Six!  Using his dynamic new parkour moves and Color Powers, Sonic must speed across a variety of unique terrains. The game will launch exclusively on Wii U™ and Nintendo 3DS™ later this year.

Sega - Total War - Rome II - LogoWinner of more than one dozen awards at E3 2013, including Best Strategy Game by the official E3 Game Critics and Best PC Exclusive and Best Strategy Game by both IGN and Game Informer, Total War: ROME II is poised to dominate this fall’s PC market with its highly anticipated release on September 3 rd. Destined to be the biggest game in the entire series so far, Total War: ROME II will sink players into dangerous political machinations as the head of the world’s first superpower. Attendees in San Diego will get their first hands-on with a thrilling battle between Egypt and Rome on the banks of the River Nile. Amphibious assaults, scythed war-chariots, African war-elephants… this battle has it all!

Sega - Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse - Disney - LogoCastle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, is a fantastical reimagining of the original Sega Genesis classic. With all-new HD graphics and gameplay, Castle of Illusion brings Mickey and his magical world to life. When the evil witch Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie, it’s up to Mickey to brave the dangers of the Castle of Illusion to rescue Minnie. Gather your courage and take on hordes of rebellious toys, traverse enchanted forests and navigate mazes of living books. The game will be available this summer for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®Network and Windows PC.

Sega - Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA F - LogoHatsune Miku: Project DIVA F, the ultimate rhythm game where players can experience a concert with the world’s most popular virtual singer at any given moment, will be available for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con. Attendees will be able to experience this phenomenon first hand and play the game at the SEGA Arcade.   Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F™ is slated for release on PlayStation®3 system and via digital download on PlayStation®Network in August 2013.

Sega Arcade - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - HeaderSEGA Arcade
The SEGA Arcade is open to the public and does not require a show badge to attend.

Location
200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92101

Hours
  • Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Thursday 12:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm

For more information, please visit www.sega.com and for press assets please go to www.sega-press.com.

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Nerd HQ 2013: Conversations for a Cause Panels On Sale TODAY!

Nerd HQ - 2013 - Conversations for a Cause - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park - HeaderWell today is the day! The Nerd Machine‘s Nerd HQ 2013: Conversations for a Cause panels go on sale TODAY at Noon! Good luck to everyone attempting to get a ticket!


Hey Nerds, here are the Conversations for a Cause panels that will be on sale tomorrow, July 11, 2013 at 12pm PDT.

Where is it:? Petco Park.
How much are tickets? $22 each.
How many seats? 250 seats.
How many tickets can I buy? 2 tickets per panel per order. You can order multiple panels at once (for example Psych, Sherlock, Haven).
Multiple orders are allowed.
Proceeds goes to @OperationSmile

You can purchase Conversations for a Cause tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Nerd HQ 2013 - Conversations for a Cause Panels - Round 1 - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park
And here is a peek at a few of the other panels we will have for sale later on…

Nerd HQ 2013 - Conversations for a Cause Panels - Round 2 - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park
Stay tuned and keep following our Twitter and Facebook for more #NerdHQ updates!

via The Nerd Machine

Engadget+gdgt Live is Coming to San Diego!

Engadget - gdgt - Live in San Diego - HeaderWhen: Friday, July 19, 2013
Hours: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Stingaree – 454 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Unlike trade shows and press-only events, Engadget+gdgt Live is the only tech event series in the country specifically designed to bring gadget lovers and tech brands together in a fun environment where they can get to know each other a little better.

We’ll have a bunch of great tech companies with us ready to show you their newest products and get your feedback.

Engadget+gdgt Live in San Diego is FREE to attend but you do have to be 21+.

There will be tons of great swag and chances to win some awesome gear. To win you have to know how to enter, so READ THE FLYER we give you at the door.

Below is the current list of the companies participating, but check back because we’re still adding more. Also, be sure to follow @gdgt and @gdgtevents for updates! The official hashtag for this event is #engdgtSD if you want to join the conversation.

Press Preview Hour
If you’re a member of the press, please email barry [at] gdgt [dot] com for details on the Press Preview Hour from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

Sponsorships
There’s still a little time to have your company become a sponsor and showcase your products and/or services at Engadget+gdgt Live in New York. Email barry [at] gdgt [dot] com for details.

Hope you can make it!

VenueMap - Stingaree - Downtown - San Diego

Platinum sponsors
  • Outlook
Gold sponsors
  • Cooler Master
  • Nokia
Silver sponsors
  • Cobra Electronics
  • ESCORT
  • GoGo
  • Incipio
  • iRobot
  • Logitech
  • Phiaton
  • Transporter
  • Western Digital

via Engadget+gdgt