Jared, Jensen, Misha and Mark Sheppard will all take part in one of the panels for Nerd HQ’s Conversations For a Cause at this year’s Comic Con.
Comic Con is one of the biggest events for fans of genre television and movies. Every year, production companies bring stars of their shows and movies to meet the fans and introduce the upcoming productions. Tickets are hard to to get and are treasured. In 2011 Zack Levi, of Chuck, and The Nerd Machine held a series of panels that would take place during Comic Con. Wikipedia reports the event was
created as an alternative to Comic-Con “to allow fans and the people that they’re fans of to interact in a more intimate, loving and, low-key setting, while still enjoying the same mecca of merchandise, video games and comic books they’ve come to know and love from Comic-Con.
The idea to create this event came from Levi’s Chuck co-star Adam Baldwin (also of Firefly fame). Levi “thought it was a shame that the entity of Firefly no longer had panel opportunities for fans and figured these intimate settings would be a great experience for approximately 200 people.” This event was also streamed live on Ustream so fans worldwide who were unable to attend could watch the event.
The Nerd Machine sold tickets to the panels and donated the proceeds to Operation Smile. Nerd HQ raised $40,000 for Operation Smile for their first event. The experiment was a success and Nerd HQ has become an annual event at Comic Con. The panel conversations were named Conversations For A Cause and continue to raise money for Operation Smile. Conversations For A Cause now has high powered stars from many popular shows. This year has more than 30 conversations including William Shatner, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillian and, of course, Jared, Jensen, Misha and Mark from Supernatural. The full schedule can be found here at Nerd HQ. The Supernatural panel will be at 2:30 on Sunday July 12.
This year, Nerdgasm Conversations For a Cause will be streamed in conjunction with IGN. The live streams can be watched at The Nerd Machine and IGN Videos. IGN will also have additional coverage of Comic Con at its YouTube Channel.
IGN’s coverage can also be watched through
- Desktop Computer
- Phone or Tablet
- IGN’s iOS App
- IGN’s Android App
- IGN’s PlayStation 4 App
- IGN’s Xbox One App
- IGN’s Xbox 360 App
- IGN App for Android TV
- IGN for Amazon Fire TV
For all those who can’t make it to Comic Con, we can still share some of the experience.
For a little taste of what the these panels are like, here is Jared in his first panel at Nerd HQ in 2011.