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On the heels of last year’s monumental, first-of-its-kind event, Course of the Force, the lightsaber run that captivated the attention of Star Wars fans around the world, is returning July 9th – 16th, 2013. Kicking off at the famed Skywalker Ranch, participants will continue the relay run down through San Francisco with several stops along the California coastline before reaching the finish line— arriving just in time for the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International convention. Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick will be back to host the event, with city-stops along the way featuring “Conivals” where fans can celebrate their love of the Saga with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and much more.
“Our plan to run at Comic-con screaming with a lightsaber worked beyond our wildest dreams. People showed up! Lots of them! In cosplay! And we were able to grant more than 1000 wishes for Make-A-Wish!” said Chris Hardwick. “Last year we started in Santa Monica, this year, Marin, and hopefully next year Tatooine.”
Course of the Force has reteamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters of Greater Bay, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego with 100 percent of all runner registration proceeds benefiting the charity. In 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation had a strong presence during the inaugural event, with Make-A-Wish kids participating in the opening and closing ceremonies of Course of the Force and running in the event.
Given the overwhelming response to the 2012 relay, this year’s event is expanding and will cover nearly 500 miles; at the end of the route, Course of the Force will be hosting activities at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18th – 20th.
Highlights from last year’s 136-mile Course of the Force lightsaber run featured a caravan of costumed runners, Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge and two Yoda-fied RVs traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway.
In addition to helping grant wishes, participants of Course of the Force will run quarter-mile segments down the California coast, passing off the official Course of the Force lightsaber. Registration is now open at http://courseoftheforce.starwars.com/register. Each relay spot is $150, which includes a customized Hasbro lightsaber, exclusive Course of the Force swag bag and the experience of a lifetime. Runners are encouraged to be creative and wear their best Star Wars gear.
G4 IS LIVE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, WITH 3 DAYS OF CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS, BREAKING NEWS AND EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR
Chris Hardwick Tapped as Special Guest Host For “Attack of the Show! Attacks Comic-Con” from the Show Floor on Friday, July 13; John Barrowman Joins “Attack of the Show’s” Candace Bailey Saturday, July 14 for Four Hours of Live Coverage During G4’s “Comic-Con 2012 Live”
LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2012 – This July, G4 takes on San Diego’s Comic-Con convention, the legendary show that gives more than 100,000 passionate fans a first look at the next global blockbuster films, critically acclaimed comic books, hottest TV series, biggest stars and all things pop culture. As the only network to present an insider’s look at this highly anticipated event, G4 brings viewers the news headlines, exclusive premieres, panel discussions, celebrity appearances and outrageous fans LIVE from the Comic-Con show floor. G4’s six hours of live coverage starts with “X-Play All Access: Comic-Con” on Thursday July 12th at 7:00 PM ET/PT, “Attack of the Show! Attacks Comic-Con” on Friday July 13th at 7:00 PM ET/PT culminating with “Comic-Con 2012 Live” on Saturday July 14th from 4 – 8 PM ET/PT.
“Attack of the Show!’s” Candace Bailey, Sara Underwood, comic book maven Blair Butler and Jessica Chobot along with “X-Play’s” Morgan Webb, Blair Herter and Kristin Adams will report directly from the show floor all three days, giving fans unprecedented access to everything that makes Comic-Con unique. Plus, special guest hosts Chris Hardwick and John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”) will be LIVE on G4 Friday and Saturday respectively with their own take on all the news and scoop from this year’s event. The biggest names at Comic-Con who will appear during G4’s coverage will be Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”), Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), as well as the casts of “NTSF: SD: SUV::”, “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” “Fringe,” “True Blood,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Doctor Who,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Arrow” and many more.
Additionally, G4 is offering comprehensive coverage via its website at http://g4tv.com/comiccon, featuring web-exclusive video interviews, the latest movie and TV trailers in HD, photo galleries and cosplay coverage from the show, live-blogs from the biggest panels including both the “Attack of the Show!” and “X-Play” panels, game previews and all the latest news. G4tv.com will stream two one-hour, live versions of its award-winning weekly talk show “Feedback” from outside the convention center. Hosted by “X-Play’s” Blair Herter, these special live versions of “Feedback” will air Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th at 1pm ET/10 am PT at G4tv.com/Feedback. The show will feature special guests talking about the biggest news of the convention and live questions and reactions from G4’s Facebook and Twitter audiences.
Comic-Con content will also be available as a Podcast on the “Attack of the Show!” feed and on the G4 iPhone app at http://g4tv.com/app.
G4’s Comic-Con coverage includes:
“X-Play All Access: Comic-Con”
Thursday, July 12th, 7 pm ET/PT
“Attack of the Show! Attacks Comic-Con”
Friday, July 13th, 7 pm ET/PT
“Comic-Con 2012 Live”
Saturday, July 14th, 4 pm – 8 pm ET/PT
G4’s on-site events for Comic-Con attendees include:
Candace Bailey, Blair Butler, Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, Jessica Chobot, Sara Underwood and Kristin Adams will all be participating in signings at the G4 booth throughout the convention.
Thursday, July 12th
X-Play’s Official Comic-Con PANEL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
G4’s “X-Play” is the longest running and most watched video game show in the galaxy.* Each episode is packed with brutally honest reviews, live demos of the biggest games and of course intern humiliation.
Hosts Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, Kristin Adams and Executive Producer Wade Beckett make their triumphant return to Comic-Con and promise a no-holds-barred live panel. They’ll take questions from the audience, debut a brand new comedy short, and give out prizes to a chosen few. This hour of reflection and finger pointing is guaranteed to be a life changing experience.**
Friday, July 13th
“Attack of the Show!” Cast Autograph signing
11:30 am – 1:00 pm PT
Autograph Area 3
Fans attending Comic-Con are invited to meet Candace Bailey, Sara Underwood, Jessica Chobot and comic book expert Blair Butler.
Saturday, July 14th
“Attack of the Show!” Official Comic-Con PANEL
10:00 am – 11:00 am PT
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel
G4’s “Attack of the Show!” is your ambassador to the information age – from the technology you want to what you watch, listen to and play to what the world is talking about RIGHT NOW.
Join Candace Bailey, Sara Underwood, Matt Mira, Blair Butler, “Attack of the Show!” Executive Producers Vinny Rutherford and Joshua Brentano along with special guests as they bring you the closest thing to being on a LIVE “Attack of the Show:” an interactive Comic-Con panel!
You’ll also get a chance to grill the hosts and producers of the show and discover the dirty secrets and television tricks behind “Attack of the Show!” With more than 1,000 shows to choose from, their knowledge is deep!
1:00 – 5:00 pm PT
“Comic-Con 2012 Live” (Four Hours of Live Coverage)
Candace Bailey and special guest host, John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”) will be joined by comic book maven Blair Butler, correspondents Sara Underwood and Jessica Chobot and others, to deliver some of the most exciting news from the convention.
Sunday, July 15th
11:30 am PT
In-booth Trivia Challenge hosted by G4’s Kristin Adams with prizes provided by G4.
G4 offers the Last Word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity and “geek culture” for the male 18-34 demo. The network, which is available in 59 million cable and satellite homes nationwide, has given young guys of today’s digital generation a television home. G4tv.com is a top web destination for video game news and information. The network’s popular original programming includes “Attack of the Show!,” “X-Play,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan.” G4 also continues to expand its live event coverage at CES, Comic-Con, E3, Tokyo Game Show and more. G4’s digital platforms include G4tv.com, G4 Mobile, G4 Podcasts, G4 on Demand, G4 Video Player, G4 Wii Portal and G4 PS3 Portal. G4 is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
Via Nerdist News:
The lineup for this year’s WonderCon is simply conbelievable! Puns notwithstanding, we put together a programming guide for the discerning nerd, so you can relax and set your phasers to “fun.”
Penned-Up Aggression– Like the X-Men in Arcade’s death mazes, so shall three of the fastest cartoonists alive fall prey to the whims of taskmaster Mark Evanier in the standing-room only Quick Draw (2:00-3:00PM, Room 204)! Saddle up as Scott Shaw (The Simpsons), Floyd Norman (Disney), and a third mystery cartoonist take twenty paces, then draw like they’ve never drawn before.
Happy Trails – Don’t miss Saturday’s Trailer Park (12:00-12:30, Third Floor Ballroom) to see the latest and greatest trailers for movies coming to a theater near you. Plus, we all know that everyone’s favorite part of the movie is loudly saying whether or not you’d go see the film immediately after the trailer ends.
QMXceptional – We want you to have as good of a time as we always do, so head over to our friends at QMX (booth #463) and tell em’ “Nerdist sent me” to score 10% off all non-artisan goods. Considering what they’re packing (Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Horrible and more), you’re gonna need every penny.
Koto-a-Go-Go – Our friends at Kotobukiya are renowned for their model behavior, so it figures that the figuremakers would reward you for speaking that self-same phrase if you stop by booth #563: you will automatically be entered to win their unreleased Marvel Fine Arts Magneto statue, a must for any would-be homo superior, and the first 40 people will get a Mass Effect 3 Omni-Tool, real-life DLC for free!
One Nerd To Rule Them All – Whatever you do, make sure to clear your schedule at 5:30 PM on Friday for Nerdist Industries Live!, in which Chris Hardwick, alongside awesome guests from your favorite podcasts and the upcoming Nerdist Channel on YouTube, will take you on a journey into the heart of nerd-ness. Stick around afterwards to get prime real estate for the world premiere of Superman vs. The Elite and turn your enjoyment meter up to eleven.
Whatever you do, consult our full WonderCon coverage first to make sure your weekend kicks ass, takes names then asks those names for an autograph.
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Chris Hardwick films his stand-up special at NYU’s Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC, NY) on Friday, February 17th 2012. Two Shows – 7:15PM and 9:15PM
Click here for tickets! They’re Free!
Chris Hardwick is a professional stand-up comedian, author, TV personality and a self proclaimed nerd. You may know him from his frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and most notably as the current host of AMC’s first live after show “Talking Dead,” which airs as a platform to discuss the network’s highly rated show “The Walking Dead.” In 2008, Chris founded Nerdist, which merged with GeekChicDaily in 2011 to form Nerdist Industries, a multi-platform creator of genre and popular-culture content, where he serves as Chief Creative Officer. Chris recently penned his first book “The Nerdist Way” (Penguin) as a full-fledged self-help book for nerds and his Nerdist Podcast, often found at #1 on iTunes, was named one of the top comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone and GQ. Have no fear, Chris has pioneered the twitterverse garnering a mind-altering 1.5 million followers, which is why Time Magazine named him one of the most influential people on Twitter. Don’t miss his Comedy Special live in New York.
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Chris Hardwick and special guest Wil Wheaton appear at Meltdown Comics on Monday January 23, 2012 at 7:30pm.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Chris Hardwick signs at Powell’s Books on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30PM!
Through his website, Nerdist.com, Chris Hardwick garnered a fiercely loyal following of nerds from across the country. Now, he offers readers the hilarious and life-changing The Nerdist Way (Berkley), a productivity book for nerds on how to harness their power for good, not evil, and to live up to their potential, thereby becoming fully realized Nerdists.
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR
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Seth MacFarlane and the cast of American Dad! appear on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00PM!
Good morning, USA! The animated Smiths of 43 Cherry Lane, Langley Falls, Virginia, led by patriarch Stan Smith, a rabid but clueless CIA agent, are just your typical American brood: devoted wife, dorky son, political-activist daughter, plus a sardonic alien and an anthropomorphic goldfish with the brain of a German Olympian—understanding of course that they inhabit the twisted terrain of Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, and two former writers from that show, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. Blending satire with good old-fashioned (and not) family comedy, American Dad! has been described by MacFarlane as “sort of a Family Guy meets All in the Family kind of show.” Whatever it is, it’s working; American Dad! is a legit cult hit about to embark on its seventh season on Fox. Join us for a preview screening and chat with the voice cast and creative team.
Tweet questions to Seth and team for the event with #hululive.
Seth MacFarlane, Executive Producer; Voice of “Stan Smith” & “Roger”
Mike Barker, Executive Producer
Matt Weitzman, Executive Producer
Kara Vallow, Producer
Wendy Schaal, “Francine Smith”
Scott Grimes, “Steve Smith”
Rachael MacFarlane, “Hayley Smith”
Dee Bradley Baker, “Klaus”
Moderator: Chris Hardwick
Tickets available here ($15 for members, $20 for non-members)
The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira perform the Nerdist Podcast Live at the Iron Horse Music Hall on
Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM! Date moved to Tuesday 11/8 because of a tv scheduling conflict. All tickets will be honored for the new date.
Date moved once again to November 30, 2011. All tickets will be honored for the new date.
Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center St, Northampton, MA 01060
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Felicia Day and the Guild appear on the Nerdist podcast on September 6, 2011 at 7pm!
It’s going to be a Nerdstravaganza as Chris, Jonah, and Matt welcome the cast and creators of The Guild! Join us at 7pm for a screening of an episode or two, then stay for a MMORPG-style live Nerdist podcast with The Knights of Good at 8pm! See why Rolling Stone called The Guild one of “The Net’s Best Serial Shows” before the premiere of Season 5!
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7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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The Nerdist podcast welcomes Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, stars of Doctor Who, for their Comic-Con International show! Join hosts Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira on Saturday July 23rd at 8pm at 4th and B as they bring The Doctor and Amy Pond to San Diego! More special guests to be announced!
Tickets are $34.00 (21+ only) Get ’em while they last!
4th and B
345 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101