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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Press Release:

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)

Press Release:

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!

105 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

CA – The Mutant Season LIVE

Press Release:

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

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.

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

OR – The Nerdist Way Signing

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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.     

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR


White Space Launches at NYCC 2011

September 16, 2011 by  
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ReedPOP has today announced the launch of WHITE SPACE, an exclusive invitation-only summit tailored to influencers and decision makers who help shape the direction of the business of popular culture.  WHITE SPACE will take place on the afternoon of Thursday October 13th, 2011 at the Javits Center in New York City just hours before the doors open for the 2011 New York Comic Con.  Conceived as a think tank for 100 masters and innovators in the fields of TV, film, comics, games, technology and advertising, WHITE SPACE is not a traditional conference, but is designed to foster open, transparent discussion between industry leaders. It will be kicked off by brief talks from three masters of media followed by small group discussions led by influential moderators.  A drinks reception will conclude the summit meeting.

WHITE SPACE is set to be an annual event co-located with New York Comic Con with an evolving format to grow in size and scale in 2012.  The concept is a joint venture with MIPTV, the world’s leading market for creating, financing and distributing TV content in all its forms.  MIPTV, which takes place annually in Cannes, France, is owned and organized by Reed MIDEM, part of Reed Exhibitions, which also owns ReedPOP.  GeekChicDaily and Nerdist Industries, the cross-platform producers and publishers of popular culture fare, are strategic partners to WHITE SPACE and will aid the effort to curate a varied and unique constituency of attendee and also will assist in the programming of the day.  GeekChicDaily and Nerdist are backed by industry notables such as Legendary Pictures, Mandalay Entertainment, Joe Roth and Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise.

“Just as New York Comic Con showcases what is new in TV, movies, games, toys and comic books, WHITE SPACE will gather the leading voices in these worlds into one room, where their learning across diverse businesses will form a chorus in a discussion of the pop culture consumer,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President of ReedPOP.   “The New York Comic Con exhibit floor represents everything that is real, tangible, and material in the pop culture universe, while WHITE SPACE will be the flip side, the foundation on which all of the content of NYCC is based.  Our discussion and focus will be on the consumer revolution and the complex and influential relationship between consumers, content, brands, and devices.”

In the modern world it doesn’t matter if content is being consumed via the big screen, the television screen, the computer screen, or on a mobile device.  Organizers note that pop culture – in all its forms – shares a specific language and WHITE SPACE will be an examination of its four most radically changing definitions: Platforms, Publicity, Profits and People.  “Not long ago there were TV channels and people watched what they were told to watch,” Fensterman continues.  “Today we make our own TV.  We have transformed the culture and the consumer is now the creator, creating content on demand, and our marketing has changed from a megaphone to a discerning ear.  Our goal at WHITE SPACE is to examine this transformation and to be the ‘discerning ear’ for the future.”

“The US audience and content creators are a driving force of the new fan engagement and innovation that has swept through the entertainment business.  TV content has been a cornerstone of popular culture for decades. Today, that content is not only produced differently, with far more input from audiences, brands, and technology, but also has access to exciting social, mobile and video-rich platforms for passionate fans! These communities come together at MIPTV and now they will share their collective knowledge of the business of popular culture with top US-based decision makers at WHITE SPACE,” enthuses Anne de Kerckhove, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Entertainment Division.

“ReedPOP is the premier player in the field of operating top shelf experiences around the space of popular culture,” states GeekChicDaily founder and CEO Peter Levin, “Their attention to detail and respect within the industry make partnering on their WHITE SPACE initiative an honor and a pleasure.”

WHITE SPACE executives will open this year’s event by describing plans for 2012 which call for a continuation of high-level discussion along with exhibits of the technology which is driving so much transformation in the pop culture universe.  The ultimate objective is to build a business-based show-within-a-show for the makers and developers of pop culture while providing the exposure, audience and reach which defines New York Comic Con.

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 and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and 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.

About MIPTV:
MIPTV is the annual gathering of international entertainment content producers for television, digital, mobile and video-rich platforms. Taking place in Cannes, France, it’s the place where television shows get bought and sold, where international co-production partners meet to launch new projects and where leading brands, advertisers and acquisition executives rub shoulders with entertainment technology start-up companies, digital innovators and venture capitalists. In short, MIPTV is a market place, a networking opportunity and a unique knowledge-sharing event. MIPTV is owned and produced by Paris-based Reed MIDEM, a subsidiary of the world’s leading event and conference organizer Reed Exhibitions.

About GeekChicDaily & Nerdist Industries:
GeekChicDaily (www.geekchicdaily.com) is the premiere popular culture newsletter and cross-platform publisher keeping genre fans up to date on comics, video games, movies, TV, collectibles, gear, events and more. With national and regional newsletters providing news, events, contests and deals, GeekChicDaily has been helping readers “feed their inner geeks” since October 2009. GCD is backed by industry notables such as Legendary Pictures, Mandalay Entertainment, Joe Roth, Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise and Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo. GCD has entered into a strategic partnership with Nerdist Industries (www.nerdist.com), producer and publisher of nerd culture fare. Chris Hardwick, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Nerdist, is a television personality with shows on BBC America and G4. He commands a substantial social media footprint, hosts Nerdist-themed live events, and his podcasts are a staple amongst the Nerd and Geek audience who have consistently made it a top ten iTunes comedy podcast.

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