Nerd HQ Returns to San Diego for its 3rd Year


For the past two years, San Diego Comic Con has had a run for its money in the panel department. Zachary Levi and his company, The Nerd Machine, created Nerd HQ – a place where fans could have a unique experience without needing a badge to the convention.  Previous panels (called Conversations for a Cause) included Chuck, Doctor Who, Joss Whedon, Firefly, Psych, Supernatural and more.

Nerd HQ is returning to an even larger home base for it’s third year – from July 18th-21st you can find it at Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101), home of the San Diego Padres.

“With the move to Petco Park, we can bring fans an even bigger, more dynamic experience during Nerd HQ 2013,” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine.  “Moving to the ballpark is a major step in the growth of Nerd HQ and will allow us to expand our tradition of offering exclusive access to new games, technology, and the opportunity for intimate conversations with some of the Hollywood’s most influential celebrities and creatives.”

My favorite part of Nerd HQ are the panels – part of a series called  “Conversations for a Cause”. They will be streamed through The Nerd Machine’s YouTube page, NerdMachineTV. Essentially, they’re the BEST way to see your favorite stars in a more intimate environment than SDCC can provide with an actual assigned seat. Yeah. No waiting in lines!

Last year’s panels raised $140,000 for Operation Smile and consisted of some of the most talked about films, television shows and video games, including the shows I mentioned above and additionally: “Grimm,” “NTSF,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Man with the Iron Fist,” “Expendables 2,” “Tomb Raider” and “Twilight.”

Panelists included many of today’s top actors, actresses and film and game makers including Ashley Greene, Guillermo del Toro, Jason Ritter, Jared Padalecki, Joss Whedon, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Liu, Nathan Fillion, RZA, Seth Green, Stan Lee, Terry Crews, and Zachary Levi, among many others.

This year’s panels haven’t been announced quite yet but now that the full SDCC schedule is out – this will be the next big thing to fully plan how & where I’m spending my time in San Diego.  Individual tickets will sell for $22, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile.

For more information, schedule updates and tickets please visit You can follow TNM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Vine: The Nerd Machine.


Source: The Nerd Machine
 Sharlene Mousfar

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