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

Science Invades New York Comic Con with FIREFLY, ODDITIES and STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

– SCIENCE Presents NYCC Panels for BROWNCOATS UNITE: FIREFLY’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW and ODDITIES at the Javits Center on October 13 and 14, 2012 –

SCIENCE today announced that it will descend upon the East Coast’s ultimate comics and pop culture convention with three exclusive panels at this year’s New York Comic Con, taking place October 11 – 14. Headlined by the exclusive sneak peek of the definitive FIREFLY reunion event BROWNCOATS UNITE, the network’s appearance at this event features a star-studded lineup of top talent, producers and never-before-seen footage, along with numerous buzz-worthy surprises. SCIENCE also will present for a panel STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW with the Top 10 iTunes podcast kingpins, Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, who will investigate the magic behind comic book movies. New York’s favorite masters of the macabre ODDITIES also will make their mark with a show-and-tell NYCC won’t soon forget.

On Saturday evening, October 13, the IGN Theater at the Javits Center will be the place for all things shiny and the site of one big FIREFLY reunion party. Since making its debut on SCIENCE in 2011, the show has become an audience favorite, attracting an army of both new and veteran fans of the Joss Whedon series to the network. It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight and now SCIENCE will give New York Comic Con an exclusive sneak peek of BROWNCOATS UNITE: FIREFLY’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, which makes its world premiere debut on SCIENCE on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. From behind-the-scenes with those directly involved to never-before seen footage, SCIENCE is going to have something for both old and new fans alike.

STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW’s own genius generalists Josh Charles and Chuck Bryant make their freshman New York Comic Con appearance to record a live edition of their top-10 iTunes downloaded HOW STUFF WORKS podcast. Josh and Chuck will lead Comic Con’s fans in the 360-degree the History of Comic Book Movies with surprise guests and exclusive giveaways, and will also reveal hidden scenes from their upcoming SCIENCE series STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, premiering in January 2013.

NYCC was buzzing last year with the appearance of the cast from one of SCIENCE’S most popular shows, ODDITIES. This year, join Mike Zohn, Evan Michelson and Ryan Matthew as they open the door to their famed East Village antique shop, Obscura, for the most extreme form of show-and-tell. These purveyors of the peculiar will unveil a sneak peak of their upcoming season, holiday specials and reveal to fans some of their most bizarre finds exclusively to the New York Comic Con audience.

“We are the network that puts the “science” in “science fiction.” SCIENCE had a great experience at New York Comic Con last year and we’re turning up the volume with a mind-blowing lineup of smart, lean-forward programming and panels that will shake up the fans at NYCC,” says Debbie Adler Myers, General Manger and Executive Vice President of SCIENCE.

“This is a great line-up of guests and panels and we are grateful to SCIENCE for providing this awesome programming at our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President and Show Manager for New York Comic Con.  “The pop-culture universe is ever expanding and NYCC is intent on including everything that may be of interest to our fans. I am happy that SCIENCE sees so much value in our show and I look forward to making their participation a huge success. We will have thousands of fans eager to catch these great panels.”
For more information on this year’s lineup, please visit: SCIENCECHANNEL.com and New York Comic Con at http://www.NewYorkComicCon.com.

SCIENCE PANELS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2012
Friday, October 12
STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW With Josh & Chuck: The History of Comic Book Movies
Time: 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Location: 1A21
In the beginning, comic books that were turned into movies sucked. Fortunately for us, Hollywood’s motto when it comes to bringing superheroes to life is try, try again. What’s resulted is an evolution in sophistication of not just effects, but also a deeper understanding of the characters themselves. Join Science Channel and HowStuffWorks’ Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, hosts of the Top 10 iTunes podcast, Stuff You Should Know, as well as a few surprise guests, as they explore the campy beginnings of comic book movies, from Batman to today’s mind-blowing super-realism of Watchmen and The Dark Knight. Audience participation is expected – especially to collect limited edition New York Comic Con exclusive giveaways from Science Channel.

Saturday, October 13 
ODDITIES ANTIQUE ROAD SHOW
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM 1A08
Join the cast of Science Channel’s hit series Oddities, Evan Michelson, Mike Zohn, and Ryan Matthews as they appraise some of their most macabre, bizarre and obscure items. They will open the doors of their famed East Village shop Obsucra Antiques and Oddities, the Big Apple’s epicenter of the eccentric, pop culture’s Mecca of the macabre to New York Comic Con for the first time, to interact with fans to talk about what’s in store for their new season. Surprise guest appearances and exclusive footage as well as NYCC giveaways will be on hand. Join the purveyors of peculiarities Evan, Mike and Ryan, where weird is the new normal. [ODD FOLKS?]

Saturday, October 13
FIREFLY TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EVENT: FIRST LOOK!
Time: 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Location: IGN Theater
Capacity: 3000
It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in Joss Whedon’s short-lived but now infamous show FIREFLY. SCIENCE will give New York Comic Con an exclusive sneak peek at their 10th Anniversary Special Event making its world premiere on 11/11/12. From behind-the-scenes with those directly involved to never-before seen footage, SCIENCE is going to have something for both old and new fans alike. Captain ‘Mal’ Reynolds and the crew from the ship are calling all Browncoats to unite at the 2012 New York Comic Con. Special surprise guests and exclusive New York Comic Con giveaways are just the beginning. SHINY.

About SCIENCE
SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of “how” and “why not.” The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, SCIENCE looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. SCIENCE and the SCIENCE HD simulcast reach more than 68 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.comfacebook.com/ScienceChannel and twitter.com/ScienceChannel.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 200 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 140 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

via Science Press Release