Jun 292013
 

You know I love me some San Diego Comic Con!

And it gives me great pleasure to announce that there are many sights to see for paranormal fans!  There are group meetups, tv/movie panels, author panels and events for every type of paranormal & urban fantasy fandom. For the next twenty days, I'll be blogging events, as they pop up (you know how crazy this con is when it comes to last minute additions).

Many of these events will be outside the convention center… so don't be afraid to come for the fun!  There's lot's to do, even if you don't have tickets to SDCC.

Let's start with

Paranormal TV Shows & Movies attending SDCC:

(dates/times will be added as they are announced)

 

Thursday

 

Beauty & the Beast Thursday, July 18th (Noon Ballroom 20)  Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan and EPs Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper

Teen Wolf Thursday, July 18th (6pm Ballroom 20)  Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Daniel Sharman, Max Carver and Charlie Carver, with EP Jeff Davis.

Friday

Haven Friday, July 19th (3pm Room 6DE) Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Adam Copeland and Colin Ferguson with the creators, producers and writers.

Helix Friday, July 19th (11:45am-12:45pm, Room 6A) Executive Produced by Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore discusses Syfy's hotly anticipated new series. Get an inside look at the thriller about a mysterious outbreak at a desolate Artic outpost. The truth will spread! Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher.

Sleepy Hollow Friday, July 19 (3:30pm Room 6A) screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A with stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.

The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad Friday, July 19 (Coming Soon, CWTV.com) Join producers Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) & Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale & Michael Hobert as they introduce a new digital series about the misadventures of a ragtag group of ex-community college students searching for paranormal and extraterrestrial (PET) activity.

The Walking Dead Friday, July 19 (1:35 Hall H) Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson and Chad Coleman, with showrunner/EP Scott Gimple and EPs Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero.

 

Saturday

Being Human Saturday, July 20th (4pm-5pm, Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom): Itching to know what goes on behind the scenes of Syfy's smash hit series Being Human? Give in to your temptation and join cast members Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), Kristen Hager (Nora) and Executive Producer Anna Fricke as they discuss what's in store for the new season. Moderated by Aaron Sagers, entertainment journalist (CNN.com/MTV.com) and geek culture expert.

Grimm Saturday, July 20  David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers Todd Milliner, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Norberto Barba  inspired by the classic Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales, follows Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli) as he tries to find the balance between normal life and his birthright as a Grimm, an elite line of criminal profilers who have the ability to see the monsters that lurk below a seemingly human surface.

Once Upon A Time Saturday, July 20 (11am Ballroom 20)  Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Carlyle, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue and Michael Raymond James, with EPs Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz.

The Originals Saturday, July 20 (1pm Hilton San Diego Bayfront: Indigo Ballroom) Vampire Diaries spinoff with Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis, with EP Julie Plec.

The Vampire Diaries Saturday, July 20 (4:30pm Ballroom 20) Comic-Con veterans Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.

TrueBlood Saturday, July 20 (3:30pm Ballroom 20) members of the cast not announced yet.

Warehouse 13 Sat July 20th (5pm-6pm, Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom): Go behind the scenes of America's top-secret supernatural storage facility with Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock (Pete), Joanne Kelly (Myka), Saul Rubinek (Artie), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia) and Jack Kenny (Executive Producer). Take a look back at four out-of-this-world seasons and get a glimpse of what's in store for the fifth and final season of the beloved Syfy series. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher.

Sunday

Supernatural Sunday, July 21 Returning to Hall H are cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer.

 

No details yet, but confirmed that they will be at the Con:

Dracula – will not have their own panel.  A special trailer of the show will be played during the Grimm panel.
 

Pilot Screenings & Miscelleneous Surprises

Wednesday, July 17 Ballroom 20 Pilot screenings of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People and The 100, as well as a special presentation of The Originals featuring never-before-seen footage

The X-Files has been confirmed to have a panel.  Details coming soon!

 

Events around the Con

(A big thanks to sdccblog.com)

Thursday
Steampowered Giraffe (steampunk)
July 18, 2013 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Join steampunk musical artists Steam Powered Giraffe with special guest from England Professor Elemental for a live show at the Four Points By Sheraton on July 18 at 3PM $

The Walking Dead Fan Meet-Up 
July 18, 2013 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Two Walking Dead podcasts, The Walker Stalkers and The Walking Dead Cast, are hosting a Walking Dead fan meet-up on Thursday, July 18th from 5 – 7:30 PM at The Corner 369 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States

Teen Wolf Fan Meetup 
July 18, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Teen Wolf Fan Works Contest is hosting the “Not Quite Teen” Teen Wolf Fan Meet up for fans of MTV’s series. This will be an opportunity for adult fans of the show to connect at San Diego Comic Con, and discuss Season 3 so far.  Yard House 1023 4th Ave, San Diego, CA

Beauty & the Beast Fan Meetup 
July 18, 2013 7:40 PM – 9:40 PM
The #BeastieRoundUp Beauty and the Beast Fan meetup will take place on Thursday, July 18, starting at 7:40PM at the Hard Rock Cafe San Diego. For more information, contact @ruthjccassidy on Twitter.  Hard Rock Cafe 801 4th Avenue , San Diego, CA

 

Friday
The Walking Dead Escape  
July 19, 2013 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
THE WALKING DEAD ESCAPE returns to Petco Park during SDCC for another grueling obstacle course dropping fans right into the world of the popular comic and television series from creator…  Petco Park 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

The Haunted Hotel 
July 19, 2013 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
An annual staple during SDCC, San Diego’s The Haunted Hotel is once again opening its doors for the bravest of souls during the convention weekend.

Saturday
The Walking Dead Escape  
July 20, 2013 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
THE WALKING DEAD ESCAPE returns to Petco Park during SDCC for another grueling obstacle course dropping fans right into the world of the popular comic and television series from creator…  Petco Park 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

7th Annual Comic-Con Zombiewalk & Afterparty 
July 20, 2013 6:30 PM – 11:55 PM
No details yet, but Zombie Walk San Diego has posted a Facebook event for their 7th Annual Comic-Con Zombiewalk Afterparty, currently scheduled this year for July 20. The event simply states…
 

There are also paranormal and urban fantasy author panels.  Click Here for that list!

 Posted by at 12:48 pm
Apr 202012
 

 

Nathan Fillion may have been dubbed “Geek God” by Entertainment Weekly, but in this post I want to pay tribute to another god in the Geek pantheon: Zachary Levi, Master of Nerds.

Who is this powerful patriarch of the nerd community?  

He first broke into our collective consciousness through the television show Less Than Perfect, but turned our nerdy hearts to goo as star of Chuck.  Chuck appealed to nerds of all ages.  It had action.  It had geeky references to nerd culture.  It had the Intersect. 

And if being a nerd with a computer in his head recruited by the CIA to fight evil villains wasn’t enough to make nerds of the world bow to this man’s nerdiliciousness, Levi blew out all the stops and created The Nerd Machine and Nerd HQ.

The Nerd Machine is a wondrous online community for and about nerds.  It celebrates being a nerd and calls for us nerd-types to stand up and be proud.   “Really, everybody is a nerd,” Levi told PEOPLE magazine. “I think a nerd is someone who’s passionate about something. I’m a self-proclaimed nerd.”  The fantastic "Nerd" t-shirts (that you can buy on the site) say it all.  

Each year The Nerd Machine festivities culminate in an event that runs concurrently with the San Diego Comic Con—Nerd HQ.  Think of Nerd HQ as a mini Comic Con complete with video games, fun-filled activities, trivia and a herd of celebrities from your favorite nerdy tv shows, movies and comics.

So if you don’t have tickets to Comic Con, come to San Diego for Nerd HQ.  It is well worth the price of airfare.  I should know, I did it last year.  I’ve already planned my trip for this year and intend to keep attending every year as a sacred pilgrimage.  Paying homage to the Nerd Master. 

 

THIS JUST IN! Zach on the Kevin Pollak Chat Show: