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Nerdist Industries Panels at Comic-Con 2014!

“I spent a month there one night.” Boots may be using this phrase to describe a night in Brooklyn in the film classic Newsies, but you’d wish you could manipulate time to that extent once you see the innumerable ways that we’ve arranged to show you a good time at Comic-Con this year. Team Nerdist is piling in the bus and heading down the 5 for five days of quality nerd community bro-time.

Jessica Chobot will be holding things down at The Stage at Nerdist Laser Tag at PetCo, but she won’t be alone. In case you miss him at the sold-out 10:30PM Nerdist Podcast on Saturday (you can still get tickets to the Evangeline Lilly and Michael Rooker show at 7:30PM), Jessica will be getting an assist with Nerdist News daily at 4:30 from CM Punk. Yes, the grammar gods have smiled upon us and granted us the best copy editor our Comic-Con coverage could hope for.

In addition to the live Nerdist Podcasts with Chris Hardwick, letting you Pew-pew-pewt down your friends at Nerdist’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel themed Laser Tag, seeing the first geek-couture fashion show at Comic-Con with Her Universe, giving away a custom Nerdist XBox One, and getting inside the minds of the brainiacs behind Scorpion, we’re also going to have tons of panel programming every day of the convention.

Here’s a complete rundown of where to find us at Comic-Con International with links to the official schedule for those using the Comic-Con app:


Thursday, July 24th, 8PM in Room 25ABC

Want to get deeper into your fandoms? Want to know about the biology of Game of Thrones’ dragons, the feasibility of Star Trek’s warp-travel or the virology of The Walking Dead? Join Nerdist’s Science editor Kyle Hill, Derek Muller (YouTuber Veritasium and science communicator), Bradley Voytek (neuroscientist and zombie brain specialist), and Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA’s own “Mohawk guy”) to talk about their favorite intersections between science and pop culture and take audience questions!


Friday, July 25th, 6:30PM, Room 24ABC

Interested in cosplay, but can’t get your look as spot on as you’d like? Join Nerdist in asking some of the best cosplayers we know your questions. Find out straight from the likes of cosplayers Chloe DykstraHolly ConradJessie Pridemore and costumers Hilly and Hannah Hindi of The Hillywood Show how they create their impressive looks, focusing on fabrication, design, and character. If you’re a cosplayer yourself, come show off your work and let us see what you’ve done!


Friday, July 25th, 7:30PM, Room 24ABC

Coming off of the heels of the immaculate chaos they caused at Emerald City Comic-Con, the dauntless fellows of the Nerdist panel have reconvened in San Diego for more hilarious and fascinating commentary on the video game culture. Join Blair Herter (DC All Access), Blaine Howard (Microsoft), Raphael Velasquez (GAEMS), Brandon Winfrey (Insomniac), and your friendly neighborhood moderator and Nerdist Gaming editor Malik Forte as the group once again dives head first into the bits, and discuss the happenings on the frontiers of the gaming realm.


Saturday, July 26th, 1:45PM, Grand Horton Theater  (FREE Ticketed Panel)

Matt Mira is your moderator for this hour long melding of the minds of some of your favorite personalities from the Nerdist Podcast Network. Joined by Jonah Ray (Jonah Raydio, The Nerdist Podcast), Janet Varney (The JV Club), Sandra Daughtery (Sex Nerd Sandra), Ben Acker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour, Nerdist Writers Panel, Nerdist Comics Panel), Dave Ross (Terrified), and Gil Dominguez-Letelier (Mutant Season), the panel will talk about their respective shows, the future of the network and just swap stories as only Nerdist podcasters can.


Saturday, July 26th, 3PM, Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Nerdvengers assemble! The many parts of the Nerdist empire come together for one incredible, must-see panel, hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Nerdist himself will be joined by the President of Nerdist Industries Adam Rymer as well as mainstays Jessica Chobot (Host, Nerdist News), Brian Walton (Editor-in-Chief), Dan Casey (Associate editor), Rachel Heine (Managing editor), Malik Forte (Gaming editor), Kyle Hill (Science editor) and Katie Levine (Nerdist Podcast Producer) to give you an exclusive inside look at all the awesome stuff happening within our pretty dope company. With exclusive announcements, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and quemments galore, there’s no better way to enjoy your burrito.


Sunday, July 27, 2PM, Room 24ABC

Jessica Chobot and the Nerdist News team  will be searching high and low all week long for the coolest panels, events and people at Comic-Con and then condense it into one action-packed hour of awesomeness. The whole team will be on hand including Dan Casey,  Malik Forté, Producer Mike Shaw, Director Andrew Bowser, Producer Jesse McKeil and Staff Writer Ben Mekler to break down the biggest news of the con and, of course, kick it over to you for some questions too. Who knows, maybe there’ll even be a prediction or two from Trongo the Haunted Seer?


In addition to all of our panels in the convention center and at the Horton Grand Theater, we’re going to be hosting some fun times of our own at the The Stage at Nerdist Laser Tag. You’ll have the opportunity to meet some of your favorite members of the Nerdist team, see some of the biggest names at the con stop by to talk to Jessica Chobot and company, and at least once a day you’ll get the chance to do the Moondance from the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel E3 trailer.

The Hillywood Show Meet and Greet

Thursday, July  24th, 11AM

Come meet Hannah Hindi and Hilly Hindi, a.k.a. the stars of the blockbuster movie parody-producing Hillywood Show and latest members of the Nerdist Alliance. They’ll be saying hi to and then leading a round of laser tag with fans and friends of Nerdist alike.

Nerdist Writer’s Panel

Thursday, July 24th, 3:30PM

Ben Blacker brings his signature Nerdist Podcast Network show to San Diego for a special Comic-Con edition with special guests! Scheduled to appear: Thomas Lennon (co-creator, Reno 911!; co-writer/director, Hell Baby; executive producer, @midnight); Neal Baer(showrunner, Under the Dome), and more to be announced.


We’re Alive Meet and Greet

Friday, July 25th, 4:30PM

The post-apocalypse never sounded so real. The brilliant minds behind  the Nerdist Podcast Network show We’re Alive are hosting their fans for a meet-up and laser tag battle royal.

Thrilling Adventure Hour Signing

Saturday, July 26th, 11AM

Kick off your Saturday the right way by meeting the cast and creators of the Thrilling Adventure Hour at The Stage at Nerdist Laser Tag. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and members of the Workjuice Players will be on hand to sign autographs and say hello.

Borderlands Cosplay Meet Up

Saturday, July 26th, 12PM

Join cosplayer Jessica Nigri in celebrating cosplay from Borderlands fans across Pandora. Jessica will be on hand until 3PM to meet fans and show off her latest Borderlands inspired cosplay, while photo ops for the non-suckerbutts in Borderlands cosplay abound.

Nerdist Comics Panel

Saturday, July 26th, 3:30PM

Ben Blacker brings his other signature Nerdist Podcast Network show to San Diego for a special Comic-Con edition with special guests! Scheduled to appear: Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Charles Soule (She-Hulk; upcoming: Death of Wolverine); Ben Edlund (creator, the Tick; writer for Gotham), Jill Thompson (creator, Scary Godmother), and Chris Roberson (co-creator, iZombie).

Nerdist Vs. Rocket Jump Laser Tag Grudge Match

Friday, July 25th, 2PM

Chris Hardwick and Freddie Wong are bringing their interoffice rivalry to San Diego. Team Nerdist and Team Rocket Jump may share an office, but that also means they share a bathroom. What was supposed to be a friendly game of Laser Tag will forever be known as where Team Nerdist stood against their neighbors and said, “No, we’re better at Laser Tag!”

Other places to see Nerdist Folk… 

You’ll also be able to catch Team Nerdist moderating panels for some of our favorite companies, movies, and shows. It’s not just Chris Hardwick getting behind the podium this year, as Jessica Chobot, Jonah Ray and more take the stage to nerd out over some of their favorite things. Here’s a quick rundown on where you can see our Nerdist brethren in action:

(This section will be updated as more panels are confirmed)

Anime Programming in the US with Malik Forté

Thursday, July 24th, 4PM, Room 25ABC

AMC’s The Walking Dead with Chris Hardwick

Friday, July 25th, 12PM, Hall H

An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids, and Scream Factory With Kyle Anderson

Friday, July 25th 7PM, Room 23ABC

Thrilling Adventure Hour Panel

Friday, July 25th, 8:30PM, Room 8

The Wonderful World of “Weird Al” Yankovic With Jonah Ray

Saturday, July 26th, 3:30PM, Horton Grand Theater (Ticketed Event)

Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect with Malik Forté

Saturday, July 26th 2:00PM, Room 25ABC

Sesame Street & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the ‘Street’ with Chris Hardwick

Sunday, July 27th, 10:15AM, Room 6A

Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig with Chris Hardwick

Sunday, July 27th, 1:00PM, Room 6A

Stay tuned to’s continued coverage of Comic-Con 2014. Make sure you follow NerdistDotCom on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to get the latest news and opinion directly from San Diego.

Additional reporting by Kyle Hill.
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  1. Jonatzin says:

    Question: Will some of the nerdist panels be available to listen at a later date? 

  2. Cj says:

    No course for the force this year …..