Nerd HQ – the biggest nerd party at Comic Con! Nerd HQ has everything every geek needs: guest panels, an abundance of gaming stations, nonstop big screen showings of the awesome ‘Trailer Park Heroes’, and copious amounts of alcohol.
If you haven’t seen ‘Trailer Park Heroes’ yet, stop what you’re doing, and head to TheNerdMachine.com’s video section and prepare for awesomeness. The three part short is about a lowly trailer park that gets overrun by cosplayers running amok. There are four residents that defend their home from the oncoming attack in the best way possible, lots and lots of guns. It features the talents of Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin, Joel David Moore, Aly Michalka, Nathan Fillion, and Alan Tudyk. It provides for a great escape from all that strenuous cubicle warfare.
Along with the showings, there’s an abundance of gaming stations courtesy of Xbox 360 and Visio. Featuring games like Assassins Creed, Tomb Raider, and Gears of War Judgment. Kind of ironic, stop playing video games to go to a bar, then ending up playing video games for hours at said bar.
Even with all the magnificent epicfication Nerd HQ had to offer, the best part of this extravaganza was the panels. Unfortunately I missed the first half of the day due to complications at Wired Café (open bar) but the last couple of panels I was lucky enough to catch were hilarious. The first I saw was a Q&A with Nathan Fillion. It started out one on one, until Adam Baldwin apparently got bored in the green room and crashed Nathan’s panel. The two of them unleashed the best combination of geek and man talk on the face of the planet. They talked about everything from their favorite moments on ‘Firefly’ to Nathan Fillion’s self-proclaimed strikingly good looks.
The last panel I caught was the mystery panel from anyone Zachary Levi could round up, which turned out to be himself, Summer Glau, Scott Wolf, Jason Ritter, and Levi also managed to stop Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion from running out the door to their next gig. From there it was an onslaught of random questions ranging from the classic what would you do in the case of a zombie apocalypse, to Summer Glau getting asked out, from which Zachary Levi saved her from an awkward rejection speech simply by moving on.
To top it all off, the panel got on the subject of Captain Awesome, and Adam Baldwin wandered off without saying a word leaving everyone incredibly confused. Zachary Levi asked one of the coordinators if it was Baldwin’s time to leave, because everyone thought he just left. About 15 seconds later he emerged from the green room with a statue of Captain Awesome’s head from the ‘Chuck’ episode “Chuck Versus the Coup d’Etat”. The mystery panel was an awesome event of randomness.
Since the first year of Nerd HQ Levi has built up ‘The Nerd Machine’ to this glorious foundation of events, reviews, videos, and excellent charity work, in which the profits from the panels, dubbed “Conversations for a Cause”, went to “Operation Smile”. According to the Operation Smile website, Levi has raised enough money for over 145 cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. Awesome job dude!
Nerd HQ is a must for all geeks and nerds alike. Being a fan of both “Firefly” and “Chuck” made this experience at Comic Con one of the most memorable. Seeing actors from both shows having a great time with fans is definitely a memory I’m never going to forget, and I already can’t wait to see what ‘The Nerd Machine’ has in store for next year.