Hey everyone! This is technically my first official post, and I couldn’t be more excited!
I have been attending San Diego Comic-Con for about 20 years now, and this has been one of the most exciting days at SDCC I’ve ever had. When I decided to launch geektitude, I knew that it would change the way I did Comic-Con, but I don’t think I realized how much!
Panels for the Day – Geek Culture
I spent a lot of time in room 14A today. My goal was to hit as many geek culture panels as possible this weekend, but I had no idea the diversity I would find in one room. I started off with the “Wrath of Con Bloggers” panel. They started out by asking if anyone had a blog that was a less than a year old. Well…geektitude isn’t even a week old…so YES! After I explained what my goals with geektitude were (to create a safe community to support all types of geeks) I was immediately asked by panelist Alyssa Franks of the Friends of ComicCon Forum to get in touch with her afterwards. She obviously has a lot of experience creating and maintaining a community, and for her to reach out to someone as new to all this as me was really cool. Other panelists included Tony B. Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con), Megan Gotch (The Nerdy Girlie), and Leonard Sultana (An Englishman in San Diego). I’m very excited to check out their work.
Another highlight was the Jet Set Nerds panel. These 5 women were just fun. Anastasia Washington (Jet Set Nerds, TheStream.tv), Stephanie Pressman (Geek360, Fashionably Nerdy), Becky Sanders (Jet Set Nerds), Elle (Your Friend Elle), and Curious Joi (Curious Joi, Icon) made me want to hop on a plane and start exploring geeky places around the world.
I also want to mention that Elle is crowd funding for an app called Nerd Out which is basically a resource to consolidate all the different geek culture events and gatherings around the world in one place. Check it out and donate if you can, because I know I’d certainly love an app like this.
The last thing I want to mention was the really cool and very unexpected Nerdstrong panel. Basically, it’s a gym created by nerds and geeks to make health and fitness accessible to nerds and geeks. It was very inspiring and it seems like a very cool community to be a part of. Unfortunately, they are currently only in North Hollywood, but they are trying to find ways to expand without breaking the integrity of their concept, so keep an eye on them!
Very briefly, a audience member mentioned that he had a blog that dealt with similar concepts of nerds and fitness. I got the name of his blog (Dumbbells and Dragons—possibly the best name for a blog EVER) and it looks like it has some good things to offer!
At the end of the day, this is just a quick recap of the panels I saw today. Once the whirlwind of the convention is over, I’ll try and give more attention to each of these amazing geeks, but I wanted to get it all out there before a.) I forgot some of it and b.) before hitting the hay! After all…this was only day 1!
As one of my new twitter followers said to me today, “Keep it Geek!”