Once Upon a Comic Con

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Stepping off the subway at 34th and Broadway, you can sense in the air that this is not your typical Thursday in New York City. Something special is going on.

Those in the know are aware of what that something is. But the lay people of NY may be confused by the sight of Gandalf the grey on their train. And really confused by Two-Face Gandalf the Grey and White. But hey… it’s New York. So maybe they chalk it up to the quirks and oddities that come with everyday city life.

But then comes Princess Peach and Darth Vader. A Jedi My Little Pony walks by followed closely by an Optimus-Bumblebee hybrid. (Hybrids were very big this year. Click HERE for a laugh about it from College Humor.) Maybe characters they don’t even have a name for. These are the unique, non-mainstream costumes that only those of the “nerd” persuasion can identify and truly appreciate.

Yes… this is New York Comic Con.

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A place where Harley Quinn and Iron Man can be seen walking hand in hand. A magical land where Bronies and Deadpools and Stormtroopers all belong. And where you can find a unique interpretation of Elsa around every corner. Basically it’s nerd heaven!

The second you walk through those big glass doors, after making it through the never ending line that finally ends and you have your bags and weapons checked at the door, you do one of two things… 1. Quickly race to the first panel of the day or 2. Head straight up to the showroom floor. Either way you head there will be another line waiting for you. But it’s a line filled with Poison Ivy’s, Slave Leia’s, 10th Doctors and Disney Princesses… so is this line the end of the world? Nope! Just another day at the office.

If you have any Comic Con Spidey sense, you brought your snacks, wore the proper footwear and have leisurely mapped your day out, incorporating ample people watching time. Because that in and of itself is a beautiful and fascinating thing.

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Witnessing people in their natural element is an amazing treat and these people, my people, are most at home here at the Con. Among thousands of other like minds who understand their fandoms and passions. I can fall as easily into conversation with the Cumberbitches as I can with the Whovians. And the Trekkies and the Hookers (a newer one for sure.) And even with the DC universe vs the Marvel universe… here at the Con we are all nerds in this together. No warring factions here.

And for the first year ever, we have eclipsed the staggering mythological numbers that SDCC pulls in every year. And why not? After all, we are no red-headed step child. We are NYCC. A tour de force, a tidal wave of nerd culture. And in New York City we never do anything small!!

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Friday’s Nerd on the Scene

Post by Taylor Henderson

We raised a huge amount of money for Operation smile today from a full day of back to back to back to back sold out panels-to multiple sets of Smiles for Smiles with the likes of Zac Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Elijah Wood, Colin Ferguson, Brenton Thwaites, and Kal Penn. There were book signings, poster signings, an auction of zac’s bag of stuff and so much more.

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Zac’s mystery panel had a plethora of wonderful people including the myth busters and Alan Tudyk and Nathan fillion made an appearance here today as well, as usual 🙂
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Seth green’s robot chicken panel was hysterical and a ton of questions got answered which the fans loved. It was another beautiful day in San Diego, and everyone seemed to have an amazing time today!
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all photos courtesy of Taylor Henderson

For more from Taylor follow her on Twitter @tellerdee

And make sure to check out The Nerd Machine and Operation Smile!

Thursday’s Nerd on the Scene

Post by Mels Lien

The first day of Nerd HQ is always the greatest. Everyone’s still exhausted and jet lagged, but they still manage to muster up the energy to attend panels and stand in a forever-long merch line.

This year’s opening day was particularly exciting: with a multitude of panels, including ‘Into the Storm’, ‘The Giver’, and ‘The Last Ship’, hosted by Zachary Levi himself, raising over $6,000 per session and photo ops bringing in an additional $14k, Nerd HQ has started off with a proverbial bang.

Into the Storm Conversation for a Cause

Intel Green Screen

Instagram's Superhero Photo Booth

 

Lovely volunteers at Nerd HQ and the ladies of Operation Smile

 

Of course, everyone’s favorite Nerd Party on Thursday evening remained a Fan favorite. With crowds of geeks and geek culture connoisseurs cramming into an already full dance floor and photo booth lines on constant rotation, the party lasted well into the morning hours and attracted high profile guests such as Zachary Quinto and Krysta Rodriguez. Friday will see additional appearances by Levi, Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski and Evangeline Lilly.

Nerd HQ Photo Booth photos

 All Photos courtesy of Mels Lien and Nerd HQ

If you are in San Diego for Comic Con this weekend, please make sure to head to Petco Park for Nerd HQ, you won’t be sorry!!! Support The Nerd Machine and Operation Smile with your presence and if you feel so inclined, with your money as well. They are doing wonderful things. For more from Mels Lien, follow her on Twitter @MelsLien.

Nerd HQ Recap

If you still don’t know what Nerd HQ is, then listen up.
It is equal parts pure nerd heaven and heart-warming philanthropic endeavor.

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To be a volunteer at Nerd HQ is like being at Nerd summer camp. You make great friends, have amazing fun and inevitably end up crying when it’s all over.

Comic Con is it’s own behemoth animal experience and every nerd should experience it at least once. And once they do, they should come over to Nerd HQ and never leave!

While Comic Con tends to be all lines and crowded spaces and over crowded panels, Nerd HQ is well orgnized and happy chaos. And because all the money made goes to Operation Smile, there is a sense of peace and happiness within everybody working there. Not only have we worked very hard to be chosen to be there, but we have chosen to be there for free. And that instantly becomes a rewarding experience!

The celebrities who come, new and returning seem constantly amazed at the blanket support given to this cause. And people walk away happy.

This is, of course, due in large part to the overall love that the nerd community has for Zachary Levi, prince of nerds (king would probably be Joss) arguably one of the kindest people in Hollywood.

He works to make his guests feel comfortable and protected and his fans feel special. All while being an ambassador and champion for Operation Smile. His team is made up of good friends and devoted family members. The kind of people he surrounds himself with says everything in the world about the kind of man he is. It was an honor to meet him.

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When I say it was amazing to be apart of, what I mean to say is that it was AH-MAZE-ING!!

I would gladly go back every year if they’d have me.
And I endeavor to make every nerd in America aware of what they are doing over at The Nerd Machine. Because it’s truly worth knowing about.

Here’s a snapshot of what the week looked like from a volunteer perspective. The things I saw and got to do. There was a lot of standing and running around,  lot of being ready for whatever may come our way. And at the end of the day, every moment was worth the next.

Gaming floor:

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NERD party:

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Panels:

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Nathan Fillion

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Evangelline Lilly

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Richard Madden

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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

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Tom Hiddleston

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Serenity in the park:

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Nathan and Alan narrating

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Fun with fellow volunteers:

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The whole amazing team!!

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 30: Mulan from Once Upon a Time

Today is the last day of the series and the last day of Nerd HQ. And I had a completely different hairstyle planned for today, but have decided to save it for a less sleep deprived day. If you know what thay style was then have no fear, I have it on standby for the next series.

So I chose Mulan from Once Upon a Time today. This is fierce hair and I love it!

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To create this look, I started with a nice sized puff in front. And secured that with some bobby pins. Then I smoothed the hair by my face straight back and added a little spray to keep it sleek.
Next I created another puff in the back and secured that at the nape of my neck.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 30: Mulan from Once Upon a Time

Today is the last day of the series and the last day of Nerd HQ. And I had a completely different hairstyle planned for today, but have decided to save it for a less sleep deprived day. If you know what thay style was then have no fear, I have it on standby for the next series.

So I chose Mulan from Once Upon a Time today. This is fierce hair and I love it!

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To create this look, I started with a nice sized puff in front. And secured that with some bobby pins. Then I smoothed the hair by my face straight back and added a little spray to keep it sleek.
Next I created another puff in the back and secured that at the nape of my neck.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 29 – The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Huntsman

Only one day left of this amazing experience here in San Diego. So much money has been raised for Operation Smile at Nerd HQ. It’s just inspiring to see. I will recap everything later and remind everyone what Nerd HQ is, if you don’t already know (you should already know!!)

With all this goodness going around I decided to go evil today with the hair. So I chose Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen from Snow White and the Huntsman.

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To create this look I just started making braids with my hair, in all different directions. And then somehow weaved them into each other.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 27: Princess Jasmine from Aladdin

Today is the first day of San Diego Comic Con. It’s also the first day of Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ, which is the real reason (and best reason)for being in San Diego, CA this weekend!!

To kick off the finals days of 30 Days of Nerdy hair, I chose Princess Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin.

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To create this Disney princess look, I started with pretty tealish ribbon. Created a headband in the front and tied it at the nape of my neck. Then I rolled the front pieces of my hair around to the back, bobby pinning along the way.

Next I created a low pony tail and wrapped that in the same ribnon, securing in the back with bobbys.
Finally I created a second pony tail half way down and did the same thing with the ribbon.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 26: Smurfette from The Smurfs

Today I travel to San Diego for Nerd HQ and all the San Diego Comic Con madness that the city has to offer!
So I chose Smurfette. That poor little girl Smurf who had no other girl around to talk to about girlie things. I spent many a Saturday morning watching and enjoying The Smurfs!!

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To create the smurfiest hair possible, I used my Chi straightener to give it a nice polished and curled texture. Then I added a slouchy hipster hat (which if you know me… I sorta hate and call parasite hats cause they look like they are eating your brains.)
And this is the only time you will ever catch me wearing one!

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