I don’t know about you guys, but I’m proud nerd. I love games, books, films, TV shows and comics with a passion bordering on insane, and thus it goes without saying that I love Nerd HQ, an event held every year at Comic-Con and run by the Nerd Machine, which was founded by none other than Zachary Levi, star of one of my favorite TV shows, Chuck.
Every year Nerd HQ puts on a show where you can go in, play games and attend panels with all sorts of people, like Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon, for example. The idea is that they try to provide smaller, more intimate and unmoderated panels so fans get a chance to ask plenty of questions and everyone feels more comfortable. This setup has produced some of the most fun panels I’ve seen in years, and they put them all on Youtube free of charge, so people like me, who can’t afford to fly out there, can enjoy them.
Better yet, Nerd HQ also raises money for charity in the process, namely Operation Smile, which helps children with cleft lips.
It’s an expensive event to setup, though. The Nerd Machine as a whole is still an actual company that Zachary Levi and many other people have sunk a lot of money into. It’s a great site that you should go and check out. The past few years Zach and the crew have put forward the money for Nerd HQ and then recouped it through sponsorship deals, but this year they’re looking for some help.
Thing is, deals with various companies can be a problem as they often pull out at the last-minute or things change, and last year Nerd HQ took a big hit when just that happened. So the Nerd Machine is now asking for a small donation via Indie GoGo in order to keep the event going, and I urge you to consider it. Check out the short video at the top where Zachary Levi explains the deal, and then check out the one below which is a short clip of stuff compiled from panels the last three events. If that’s not enough, go check out their Youtube channel and work your way through the multitude of hour-long panels available there.
Zachary Levi is a good guy with some great ideas for the future of entertainment as a whole, and his company is for people like you and me. And all those bloody awesome panels are worth adding just a few pounds or dollars to the pot. I’ve chucked in what little I can because I want to watch new panels in 2014. Maybe one day I’ll get to go to one in person, probably via selling a relative on the black market.
To read about Nerd HQ in far more detail and to contribute to the campaign, go here;
I Want My Nerd HQ 2014