Her Universe Teams with Course of the Force as Official Apparel Merchandise Partner

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Star Wars™ fans are preparing for yet another epic journey this year as the 2nd annual Course of the Force lightsaber relay prepares for its launch July 9th through the 16th. This time, Her Universe™, a leader in female genre merchandise, and founded by actress and voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ashley Eckstein, will be the apparel merchandise partner for the event. Her Universe will be selling this brand new merchandise for both men and women at the COTF “conival” events in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Huntington Beach and Oceanside Pier as well as at the Her Universe booth at San Diego Comic-Con International where the relay concludes. $5.00 from the sale of each shirt and $10.00 from the sale of each hoodie will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Course of the Force is an Olympic torch-style relay that all aspiring Jedi Knights can take part in. The week long journey, which begins in San Francisco and ends in San Diego, benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundations of California. Renowned artist Russell Walks designed the 2013 look for Course of the Force that is featured on the merchandise.

“Since I began working as an artist with Lucasfilm, a lot of my childhood wishes have come true,” said Walks. “Designing the key art for the Course of the Force relay allowed me, in a very small way, to help some kids realize THEIR dreams, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and I consider myself very lucky to have been asked to help.”

In addition to providing the apparel for this year’s Course of the Force, Eckstein is also returning, for the 2nd year in a row, as co-host with The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick and other talent for the exclusive coverage of the relay.

“It’s an honor to return as a co-host and merchandise partner for Course of the Force,” said Eckstein. “This is truly a magical and Force-filled event. It was also a pleasure to work with Russell Walks. We are so lucky that he donated his time and talent to create this amazing design!”

You can still sign up for Course of the Force, the lightsaber relay from Skywalker Ranch to Comic-Con International in San Diego July 9-16, 2013 benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, by clicking here:

About Her Universe
Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica and with BBC America for Doctor Who and with CBS Consumer Products for Star Trek. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Facebook (facebook.com/HerUniverse) and Twitter (twitter.com/HerUniverse).


About Russell Walks
Illustrator Russell Walks began drawing before he could speak. He lives in Montana, where he spends his days drawing, painting and counting himself lucky that he actually gets paid for doing what he loves. twitter.com/russellwalks russellwalks.tumblr.com

Course of the Force Announces Partners for 2013

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Nerdist And Lucasfilm's Course of the Force Charity Run Attracts Exciting Array Of Partnerships (via PR Newswire)

Qualcomm, Ford, Cinemark, Real D, State Farm, Otter Pops, Virgin America, Rubie’s Costumes and Hasbro Among Brands Sponsoring Lightsaber Relay Run SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Course of the Force (COTF) – the Olympic-style lightsaber relay run is returning for a 2nd epic journey, …

NJ – The Nerdist Way Signing

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Chris Hardwick appears with moderator Adam WarRock at Rutgers University on April 16th at 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center as part of Geek Week!

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7:30 PM- Book Signing (books will be available for purchase at the event through Barnes and Noble)

8:30 PM- Event begins

Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center

Chris Hardwick is coming to Rutgers! The creator of The Nerdist podcast network, one of Time Magazine’s 140 Most Influential People on Twitter, author of The Nerdist Way, and perpetual nerd and geek advocate, will share stories and insights from his book and his career. Moderated by nerdcore hip-hop artist Adam WarRock, this is the keynote speaker of Rutgers University Geek Week, and an event you do not want to miss! The event will also include a book signing. Chris’s book, The Nerdist Way, will be available for purchase on site from Barnes and Noble.

Tickets are free to Rutgers students and will be first-come, first-served. More details on ticketing coming soon.

Course of the Force Strikes Back

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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.

All Course of the Force video content will be distributed via Starwars.com  at http://courseoftheforce.starwars.com and hosted on the Nerdist YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/Nerdist.

SF – Nerdist Writers Panel

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nwpMichael Chabon, Erik Larsen, Glen David Gold, and Joshua Davis join host Ben Blacker for a special edition of the Nerdist Writers Panel at Wired Magazine on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Click here for tickets ($30)

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Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Telegraph Avenue), novelist Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil; Sunnyside), comic book writer/artist/publisher Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), and journalist and Wired contributing editor Joshua Davis (The Underdog) as they talk with moderator Ben Blacker (co-creator, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) about the process and business of writing.

Proceeds from the live panel benefit 826Valencia, the non-profit tutoring program founded by Dave Eggers.

The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you’d care to hear.

The Nerdist Writers Panel podcast is available via Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist network and is consistently a top TV/Film podcast on iTunes. Previous panelists have included Vince Gilligan (creator, Breaking Bad), Matthew Weiner (creator, Mad Men), Damon Lindelof (co-creator, Lost), Bob Odenkirk (co-creator, Mr. Show), and many, many more.

The Kitchen at Wired Magazine
520 3rd Street #305, San Francisco, CA 94107

NYC – Thrilling Adventure Hour in the Club

Ben Blacker & Ben Acker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) appear on the Comic Book Club podcast with hosts Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben on Tuesday October 2, 2012 at 7:00pm! Admission is free!

Fontana’s
105 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

CA – The Mutant Season LIVE

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THE MUTANT SEASON is a Nerdist Industries podcast where grade-schooler Gil Dominguez-Letelier talks to adults who have cool jobs and shares the awesome things he likes with you, the listeners at home! (Like, did you know that the raddest animal ever is a Cat-zilla? That’s a fact!)

On Tuesday, August 7th at 6pm, THE MUTANT SEASON will record its first ever podcast in front of a live audience. It also happens to be Gil’s 10th birthday, which means it’ll be a great time since THERE WILL BE CAKE!!!

So, come on down to The Nerdist Theatre at Meltdown Comics to celebrate with Gil, sidekick Mo Fathelbab, producer Katie Levine, a myriad of special guests, and of course CAKE!!! It’s fun for the whole family.

Guests scheduled to appear include:

Pete Holmes

Geoff Johns

Jonah Ray

Matt Bennett

Justin Willman  

Tickets available HERE! JUST 5 BUCKS!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Nerdist Schedule for WonderCon 2012

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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.

NYC – Nerdist Stand Up

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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!

Press Release:

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.

CA – The Nerdist Way Launch Party

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Chris Hardwick and special guest Wil Wheaton appear at Meltdown Comics on Monday January 23, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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