Doubtless spurred by my relentless questioning of their existence, yesterday it was announced that Nerd HQ would be returning to Comic-Con this time merging with IGN and with a new venue, the New Children’s Museum at 200 W Island Ave—just across the tracks from the Hyatt and a very convenient spot for shilling. So this year we’ll have TWO nerdlebrity offsites, NerdHQ and Nerdist, which as we reported yesterday, will be located at PetCo. It’s unknown how extensive the Nerdist event will be, however.
According to some promo on IGN:
Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine’s Nerd HQ will return to San Diego Comic-Con this July, making its home at the New Children’s Museum for the four-day pop-culture mecca. In addition, this year IGN is teaming with Nerd HQ 2015 as their global media partner, helping to bring Nerd HQ to the fans who can’t make it to San Diego. We’ll be streaming all of Nerd HQ’s Conversations for a Cause panels on IGN as well as on our YouTube channel. The streams will also be available on TheNerdMachine.com and the Nerd HQ App. IGN will also be hosting its own live stream throughout Comic-Con.
Nerd HQ provides fans a free retreat during the con, with the New Children’s Museum’s creative venue providing a 35,000 square foot, three-floor space that will host an expanded Conversations for a Cause panel series, fan-focused interactions, and exclusive hands-on game play with a number of this years’ biggest titles.
Nerd HQ activites include lots of media panels with top names—but instead of queueing up, you buy a separate ticket in advance for every panel. All the activities will be available on a IGN powered Nerd HQ app, and the traditional open fan party has been extended to two nights: Thursday, July 9th and Saturday, July 11th.
It seems the comics-themed off-site Tr!ckster is no more, but I still think there’s room for such an event, if some enterprising entrepreneur has the guts to give it a whirl again. Give it time.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.