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LucasFilm Announces Second Annual “Star Wars Reads” Day

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Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013. Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America. On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

Official Star Wars Reads Day author events are already confirmed at the following locations:

Ann Arbor, MI – Barnes & Noble

Austin, TX – Barnes & Noble

Carle Place, NY – Barnes & Noble

Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Denver, CO – Tattered Cover

Madison, WI – Barnes & Noble

New York, NY – The Scholastic Store

Portland, OR – Wordstock Festival

Redondo Beach, CA – Mysterious Galaxy

Richmond, VA – bbgb

Roseville, MN – Barnes & Noble

San Francisco, CA – Books Inc.

Seattle, WA – University Bookstore

Warwick, RI – Barnes & Noble

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Mimoco announces limited edition Sulu flash drive

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Oh my! Mimoco, makers of the MIMOBOT line of designer USB flash drives, under license by CBS Consumer Products, are proud to announce the second installment in the Star Trek x MIMOBOT Series.

Hikaru Sulu MIMOBOT, a limited edition of just 1,000 hand-numbered pieces, joins Spock, Kirk, Picard and Data in MIMOBOT flash drive form and function. Sulu, the suave helmsman on the Enterprise as portrayed by actor George Takei in Star Trek: The Original Series, is brought to digital life in Mimoco’s stylized MIMOBOT appearance, suited in Sulu’s gold Enterprise command uniform. Sulu is a jack-of-all-trades who climbed the Starfleet ranks from lieutenant to captain, dabbled in botany and astrophysics, and now adds storing your data to his lengthy resume.

Available in up to 128GB and USB 3.0 capabilities, Sulu MIMOBOT also comes preloaded with bonus Mimory® and the MimoDesk personalization suite of wallpapers, icons and avatars. It also comes equipped with MimoByte sound software powered with an offering of iconic Star Trek sounds and Sulu character dialogue that plays each time Sulu MIMOBOT is inserted or ejected from one’s computer.

“After the success of our first Star Trek x MIMOBOT series, we’re excited to add Sulu Mimobot to this growing collection” explains CEO Evan Blaustein, “Always up for a new challenge, Sulu MIMOBOT can co-pilot all of your adventures and transport up to 128GB of all your personal documents, music, photos and data!”

Sulu MIMOBOT flash drive joins fellow Star Trek MIMOBOT characters and is now available at www.mimoco.com in a limited-edition production run of 1,000 pieces.

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Lego sculpture & photo collab gallery, “In Pieces”, going on in NYC

New York based LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya and Australian photographer Dean West collaborated on a new exhibit called “In Pieces” which is currently exhibiting at the OPENHOUSE Gallery in SOHO until March 17th. The exhibit will allow you to see LEGOs in an entirely new way and will inspire your children to try to create fantastic pieces out of LEGOs and perhaps other household objects!

Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and also played with LEGO. Sawaya attended NYU School of Law and became a practicing attorney. But soon he realized he would rather be sitting on the floor expressing himself with LEGO bricks, than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. It was then that Sawaya rediscovered his LEGO bricks and indulged in his inner child to create a new job for himself, as well as, what many believe is a new art revolution using LEGO.

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With full-time working studios in New York and Los Angeles, Nathan has 2.5 million LEGO bricks at his immediate disposal to craft large-scale sculptures for collectors, galleries and companies.

His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art.

Nathan’s art form takes shape primarily in 3-dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits. He continues to create daily while accepting commission work from around the world. In addition, he shows his art year-round in galleries in New York, Paris Miami and Hawaii.

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Enter our contest and win “Here Comes the Boom” on DVD

Greetings members of the NerdNewsToday! It’s contest time! Up for grabs are a few copies of “Here Comes the Boom” on DVD! If you have not seen the movie yet, former college wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler), Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek). But in his quest, as Scott becomes more and more committed to fighting for the students, he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

The Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include 18 deleted scenes, a gag reel and “Here Comes the Cast,” a featurette on the star studded cast. The Blu-ray also exclusively includes an additional five behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Pros” gives fans a look at the real MMA fighters that appear in the film; “The Three Amigos” showcases the camaraderie of Mr. Voss’ training team – Rutten, Winkler and DellaGrotte – and the fun they had on set; “Back To School” is a peek at Winkler showing off his classroom; “Learning How To Fight” takes a look at James getting schooled in the world of MMA; and “Gino Vs. Richie” chronicles a fun on-set challenge.

How do you win this DVD? Easy, all you have to do is tweet your friends to follow us on twitter. For example:

“Follow @nerdvolution for the best nerd news on the interwebs!”

Easy as pie! Don’t have twitter? You can do the same thing on facebook, just promote our fan page instead. Once the contest is over I will randomly choose who wins. Contest ends on February 28, so hurry!

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Enter our contest and win “Maximum Conviction” on DVD & Blu-ray

Hey? You like winning stuff? Sure, you do! Then why not enter our contest and win a copy of Steven Seagal and WWF/ WWE champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s newest direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray feature film from Anchor Bay, “Maximum Conviction”!

When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined. Fists will fly and bones will shatter as the situation escalates with every passing minute.

How do you win this set? Simple – use the power of the force to coax me into sending it to you. No, not really, but it’s the usual twitter contest goodness. All you have to do is tweet to your friends on Twitter to follow my Twitter account to win, using the hashtag #thefightnerd to make sure I see your entry. Here is an example:

“Follow @nerdvolution for the best news, reviews and videos on all things nerdy #nerdvolution”

Feel free to get creative with it too, as long as you have my account and hashtag, you are entered to win! If you want to increase your chances, have those same new followers tweet me back and let me know who sent them to join me. You can enter as many times as you want, but only TWO people will be chosen to win (who I will get in touch with after it wraps up). Contest ends on November 10, so hurry, hurry, HURRY!

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“Five Lines at NYCC 2012” – VIDEO

From October 11-14, New York Comic Con 2012 was held with a record 116,000 people flooding the Jacob Javits Center. With the entire convention center filled with comic book & entertainment companies, video game booths, cosplayers, vendors, and general comic nerds like myself, it was a busy weekend to say the least. One of my favorite parts of NYCC, and any comic con, is visiting Artists Alley, where all of the illustrators hang out and do their thing. This year, I decided to celebrate the artists and creativity, all while playing a little game with them.

“The Five Line Game” is simple; one artist draws five random lines on a piece of paper, and then another artist finishes those lines (using as many more lines as he needs) to complete the drawing. After that, that artist turns the page and draws a new set of five lines, and we pass it down to the next artist, and so on and so forth. All the while, we spoke with these illustrators about their creative process and what the words “creativity” and “inspiration” mean to them.

Big thanks to all of the artists that helped us out and played the game with us! While you are here, go check out their sites!

Jerry Ma
Amy Mebberson
James Silvani
Jesse Rubenfeld
Tyler Crook
Dan Khanna
Tim Chamberlain
Jordan Kotzebue
Carla Wyzgala
Todd Nauck
Jennifer Pastecchi
Matt Triano
Anthony Marques
Scott Cohn
Rodney Ramos
Cliff Chiang
Brian Kong

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Enter our contest and win Dolph Lundgren’s new movie, “One in The Chamber”

It’s contest time, and this time you can have a chance to win a Blu-ray/ DVD combo pack of the new action thriller from Anchor Bay, “One in the Chamber“!

In Prague, two skilled assassins make themselves available for hire to the Mafia. However, when one assassin, Carver (Cuba Gooding jr) takes a job with a gang he was once hired to eliminate, it launches into an all-out mob war where survival is about as certain as the number of bullets left in the clip. To make things worse, another assassin (Dolph Lundgren) has been hired to take out Carver and the result will make the streets run red. As Carver battles with his inner demons as well as his very real enemies, ONE IN THE CHAMBER doesn’t let up until the very last man goes down.

Bonus features on ONE IN THE CHAMBER Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD include audio commentary with director Will Kaufman.

How do you win this set? Simple – use the power of the force to coax me into sending it to you. No, not really, but it’s the usual twitter contest goodness. All you have to do is tweet to your friends on Twitter to follow my Twitter account to win, using the hashtag #thefightnerd to make sure I see your entry. Here is an example:

“Follow @nerdvolution for the best news, reviews and videos on all things nerdy #nerdvolution”

Feel free to get creative with it too, as long as you have my account and hashtag, you are entered to win! If you want to increase your chances, have those same new followers tweet me back and let me know who sent them to join me. You can enter as many times as you want. Contest ends on September 10, so hurry, hurry, HURRY!

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The Great Allentown Comic-Con is going down this weekend – meet the promoter, Chris Wertz

This August 4th and 5th in Pennsylvania, “The Great Allentown Comic Con” is going down, and it will be quite the two-day event. Featuring panels with some pretty big names in comics, movies and sci-fi, event promoter Christopher Wertz has been hard at work to put this regional comic con on the map with the big boys.

NerdNewsToday: What was the inspiration for the Great Allentown Comic Con?

Christopher Wertz: Well, put most simply it was a love of comic books and the sequential art form, and a desire to create a show that was fun for kids as well as adults…which is why we are free for children 12 and under.

NerdNewsToday: This is not the first GACC, so tell us a bit about the growth between past events and fan reactions to the show?

Christopher Wertz:Correct, technically this is our Eight show, and with the exception of a bad choice of a Halloween date show our first year each event has had more and more attendees.

Tell us about your background in nerdom and running events?

Christopher Wertz: Well…without getting too detailed I first started selling comic books and collectibles while I was still in elementary school, and while ultimately I did go on to college and have a successful consulting career I decided to get back into this industry. Eventually, I realized that the Lehigh Valley area was ripe for a mid sized show that is usually only found in major cities like New York, Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia.

NerdNewsToday: Who will be appearing at this event?

Christopher Wertz: My goodness, it is probably easier to say who isn’t appearing…alright, that might be a stretch, but here we go. For our comic book fans our biggest names are going to be Neal Adams and Jim Steranko, both legends in the comic art field. For more Pop Culture fans we have guests like Brandon DiCamillo of CYK/Jackass fame, Tron/Caddyshack actress Cindy Morgan, Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, Wrestler Brimstone, Kung Fu Legend Jim Kelly and Taimak, Power Ranger David Yost, and voice actor Kirby Morrow. We of course have dozens more guests who are talented fan favorites!

NerdNewsToday: As a comic fan, have you been able to have any of your idols appear at your conventions?

Christopher Wertz: Well I have to admit it has been fun getting to know many of the guests we have had, such as Lee Weeks, Mark Mckenna, Jamal Igle, and of course Tom Kane, Peter Mayhew and Robert Picardo.

NerdNewsToday: Are there any local comic artists or companies that event-goer’s should pay special attention to?

Christopher Wertz: We have local publisher High Evolution Studios who have supported us greatly the last few shows by hosting an after party for us. Scott Hanna, who has just recently founded a new art school, and well dozens of great local artists.

NerdNewsToday: As a man who has surely gone to many other comic cons in his lifetime, what has been the best thing you ever bought or saw at a con?

Christopher Wertz: I have seen some amazing costumes over the years, and probably the best was an Iron Man at NYCC a few years back that looked like it came right off the movie screen.

NerdNewsToday: You are also working with a charity for this event, tell us about what you are doing with them and how they are linked with this convention?

Christopher Wertz: Well we have tried to help good causes at our larger shows, last year we raised awareness of Epilepsy and the Toteman comic book, this year we are helping The Tomorrows Children’s Fund – which helps fund research and assist families with children fighting cancer and bloodborn diseases at Hackensack University Hospital.

NerdNewsToday: What are the plans for future events?

Christopher Wertz: We are looking at least two shows next year in the Lehigh Valley, and if things work out possibly more shows elsewhere in the country…wish I could say more right now!

NerdNewsToday: Why should people come check out the Great Allentown Comic Con?

Christopher Wertz: Because they want to have an exciting time with fellow lovers of comics, sci-fi, kung-fu, anime and general POP CULTURE…and at a decent price too!

The Great Allentown Comic Con goes down this August 4th and 5th at the Merchant’s Square Mall. Head to their official website for more details on all of the panels and how to get there. Team NerdNewsToday will be there, so say hi when you see us!

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Capcom & iam8bit collaborate on Street Fighter art exhibit

Among the many ways Capcom is promoting the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter, the video game company has partnered with the creative collective known as iam8bit to produce a special group art exhibition commemorating the occasion.  The gallery is going to feature artwork from over 50 world renowned artists with a grand opening to be held in Lost Angeles, California on August 3rd from 7 to 11pm. Admission is going to be free and available for viewing for all ages until August 19th.  Opening night will feature one-night only installations, including a real-life “Bonus Round” said to literally transport attendees right into the game.

For more information on the art exhibition, check out this website.

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Mimoco reveals series 8 of Star Wars flash drives

Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 8 is here! from MIMOBOT & mimoZine on Vimeo.

Mimoco, makers of the MIMOBOT® line of designer USB flash drives and MIMOMICRO™ card readers, is announcing the release of Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 8 featuring iconic characters from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The eighth series in the Star Wars MIMOBOT collection includes Jabba the Hutt, Slave Leia, Jedi Luke, Admiral Ackbar, and Biker Scout – a joint 2012 San Diego Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration VI exclusive – all sporting classic stylized MIMOBOT designs.

“We’re over the forest moon of Endor with this latest in our series of Star Wars MIMOBOT flash drives. It’s one of our best yet with a little something for every fan”, says Scott Seraydarian, Director of Media at Mimoco. “There’s cute, there’s sexy; there are heroes, villains, and even sluglike gangsters. Series 8 continues the tradition of bringing our favorite Star Wars characters to the world of designer personal tech.”

Available in 8GB to 64GB capacities, the Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 8 collection lets you store and transport all your digital music, pics, documents, and more. And with exclusive preloaded digital extras like Mimory™ & mimoDesk™ suites of Star Wars-themed icons, avatars, screensavers, wallpapers, and the mimoByte™ sound software that plays authentic Star Wars audio clips when MIMOBOT is inserted or ejected from your computer, you get a whole lot of function with a whole lot of form.

Check out the gallery below to see all the drives up close and personal!

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