Join GeekNation for Fun & Events at SDCC 2015!

By July 7, 2015
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GeekNation Has You Covered for Comic-Con

Unable to show up to Comic-Con this year? Don’t worry, because GeekNation has you covered! We’ll be shooting all week long inside Hall H and all around the convention center, and will post every big presentation and several other surprises in full both right here at GeekNation.com, and at our YouTube channel! We understand that many of you cant make it to the San Diego Convention Center itself, so we want to be there to help try and provide the experience to you from the comfort of your own home!

Be sure to keep an eye here and our YouTube channel for more details as the events go live at either of our outlets!

Thursday

10:30am – 2:30pm: Clare Kramer will be signing in the autograph area inside Under the Sails Pavilion at booth AA22.

5:30pm: Clare will be appearing at the Marvel booth — #2329 in the main exhibit hall — for Marvel Podcast Live!

Friday

10:30am – 1:00pm: Clare Kramer will be signing in the autograph area inside Under the Sails Pavilion at booth AA22.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Clare will moderate the panel for Tales from Halloween at the Horton Grand Theatre. Directors Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent), Dave Parker (Masters of Horror), and Paul Solet (Grace) along with producers/Epic Pictures founders Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson (Turbo Kid, 11-11-11) join cast members Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Pat Healy, BooBoo Stewart, Grace Phipps, Keir Gilchrist, Kristine Klebe and John Savage to discuss the making and collaborative process of the most ambitious horror anthology to date. See the Tales of Halloween trailer debut, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Clare Kramer, who is a cast member! This event is ticketed, click here for more details.

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Clare will moderate the panel “Care Bears and Madballs: A Look Back and A Look Ahead” in Room 8. A lively look back at the mega-popular ’80s franchises that are seeing a resurgence with new entertainment in 2015 with writer Georgia Ball (Care Bears graphic novel) and Adam Staffaroni (senior editor, Roar Comics). Fans will have a chance to meet the original and current American Greetings creative team including Rick Reising (senior managing editor) and Carlos Villagra (head of new IP & illustration) behind both properties and learn about their journey from greeting card idea to global phenomenon. Featuring sneak peeks at artwork from the new Lion Forge comics coming in 2016.

Saturday

10:30am – 2:30pm: Clare Kramer will be signing in the autograph area inside Under the Sails Pavilion at booth AA22.

11pm: Join us for our party! Details here:

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Friday and Saturday: Stan Lee to Appear at the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge

Look who’s going to be stopping by the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge! Be there at the following times to get a picture with “The Man” himself!

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Sunday

10:30am – 2:30pm: Clare Kramer will be signing in the autograph area inside Under the Sails Pavilion at booth AA22.

 

Where We Will Be

Be sure to join us in the exhibit hall for giveaways, celebrity visits, and more! Espionage Cosmetics will also be there, applying custom nails! Here’s where you can find our double-booth, the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge, on the floor at booth 4244:

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In partnership with ShowPitch, our booth is the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge!

In partnership with ShowPitch, our booth is the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge!

Come by the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge for custom nails applied by Espionage Cosmetics!

Come by the ShowPitch GeekNation Lounge for custom nails applied by Espionage Cosmetics!

GeekNation Partners With the Bad Ass Music Festival (BAMF)

GeekNation will be partnering with BAMF (the Bad Ass Music Festival), a 3-day event during SDCC!

GeekNation will be partnering with BAMF (the Bad Ass Music Festival), a 3-day event during SDCC!

GeekNation will be announcing our plans for next week’s Comic-Con International in San Diego right here, with our first major item being a partnership with BAMF, the Bad Ass Music Festival. Taking place a mere 10 minutes from the San Diego Convention Center, BAMF is a 3-day event that will be chock full of geek-centric panels and podcasts, while featuring awesome live concerts in the evenings. Organizers Ibba Armancas and Supriya Limaye have been working extensively on making this project a reality, and hope that it stands apart from many of the other festivities that will be happening in the city during the week of the convention.

The origins of the event come from humble beginnings. As explained by Supriya Limaye, she left her position as editor in chief and operations manager at Geek & Sundry earlier this year, “and I was approached about starting a brand new comic-con off-site shortly after,” she said. “I’d done Comic-Con and VidCon with them and headed up Gen Con and International TableTop Day in my time there. So I hired Ibba, a college roommate of mine, and we founded BAMF, the Bad Ass Music Festival.”

“BAMF is different from other music festivals in part because of it’s content: we’re all geeky bands, almost all the time,” said Ibba Armancas, who added that the event, “will pretty much feel like a internet playlist brought to life. Even our DJs rock that meme-flavor, spinning sci-fi/pop culture theme-music remixes. DJ Galactic Ray has an entire secret identity schtick, and performs only when wearing a full face mask (usually, dressed as Boba Fett).” Another thing that she says sets BAMF apart from other, similar festivals is the price. “Comic-Con pass holders, San Diego locals, and students can all get into BAMF for $5 a day, while others charge for $20 a day or $50 for the weekend. Our beer is cheaper too, just $2 until 2pm.”

Taking place outdoors, and in addition to fun quirks like bounce houses, Quidditch games, and a hopeful tattoo parlor, it’s also cooler — literally — with a venue right on the water, and featuring a lot of shade. “It keeps a solid ten degrees cooler than the rest of the city,” Armancas said. “The park itself is beautiful. The content is geeky and awesome, but at no point seeks to be alienating to a non-geek audience.” Limaye adds, “The main thing that separates us from other music festivals is that 100% of our music is geeky. We’ve something for every stripe: a video game music panel, the Baker Street Babes podcast, an indie comic panel, a women content creator panel, and even the Nerdist Writers Panel with Ben Blacker. Our creed is geeky authenticity.”

As for the tone of BAMF, Armancas says that they want it to be as inclusive as it can possibly be. “We envision an atmosphere where people will actually have the space to make new friends in our board game area, or honesty learn something!” She adds, “BAMF to me represents a part of geek culture that is hard to have amidst huge displays and packed ballrooms — and that part of geek culture is the inclusivity, warmth and sense of community geeks can so often provide to each other. A celebrity or two may come through, but I’m planning on spending most of my time out with the Quidditch peeps or in the board game/beer area. I think many of our artists believe that too.”

For more information on BAMF, including all of the artists and events that will be appearing, be sure to check out their website at TheBAMFest.com. BAMF will take place from July 10th-12th at Ruocco Park, right on the water and less than a mile from the Convention Center.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    Can’t wait to finally put some faces to the people I ramble at daily!!!

  • David Johnson

    I’ll just sit over here & patiently wait for next years schedule!!!! That was a FUN Weekend!!!!