Friday, July 26, 2013
Actor and well-known geek Zachary Levi has set up a nice little outfit called the "Nerd Machine" that has a side event held at Comic-Con every year, known as Nerd HQ. It's been going for about three years. Nerd HQ was set up as a more intimate alternative to Comic-Con, and the highlights are definitely the "In Conversation" panels. Each event is ticketed and the proceeds go to benefit Operation Smile, a charity that gives life-changing surgeries to young children with cleft palettes. I was able to snag tickets to two such panels: one for the upcoming action/horror/sci-fi film I, Frankenstein, and another for the 300 sequel/spinoff 300: Rise of an Empire. Both are films that I'm honestly not all that excited for, but it was great seeing such personalities as Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski and of course Zachary Levi himself in the flesh. All the panels were recorded, streamed online and are now available for viewing on Nerd Machine's YouTube Channel Scroll down for embedded vids!