2014 Geekie Awards

Author John Mulhall + Rock Star Blayne Alexander + Hot Nerd Girl + Geek Outlaw = Podthingy

Author John Mulhall + Rock Star Blayne Alexander + Hot Nerd Girl + Geek Outlaw = Podthingy!

I just had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Geekie Awards, an awards show for geeks by geeks founded by Kristen Nedopak and hosted by Khail Anonymous. The purpose of The Geekie Awards is to honor the nerdier parts of pop culture that are often ignored by other larger and more mainstream award shows. The categories include: Lifetime Achievement, Geek of the Year, Geek Cred, Indie Video Game, Art & Craft, Comics & Graphic Novels, Cosplay, Podcasts & Vlogs, Short Films, Websites & Blogs, Trailers & Videos, Fashion & Armor, Tabletop Games, Personality, and the big award of the night, Web Series.

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Aside from an uncomfortably hot two hours on the black carpet (seriously, despite drinking water I started seeing stars at one point and had to sit down for a few minutes before I passed out in Manu Bennett’s arms – which, in hind sight, I probably should have just rolled with) and a few technical issues with the mics, the entire experience was a joyous voyage to my happy place. I love nothing more than to talk nerd with fellow geeks and it was an entire evening of doing just that. Nerdvana indeed. I also spotted and chatted with many of the same people I see at all of the local Cons so it was a blast seeing them in a different venue. Many of them were cosplayers there to bring out the statues during the show so they were in full costume making it easy for me to identify them. They, on the other hand, often took a second before they recognized me thanks to the fact that I was decked out in a dress and high heels. VERY different from my usual attire of jeans, t-shirt, and Chucks.

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Let’s start with the aforementioned black carpet, shall we? For this I teamed up with my NerdBFF, Geek Outlaw, to tackle and talk to the various celebrities, presenters, and nominees. To watch all of the black carpet interviews and shenanigans (gods, I love that word), check out the video here:


Some photo highlights from the black carpet!

Eric Won (Writer, Director, Producer) and Trip Hope (Executive Producer) of The Division, nominated for Best Web Series.

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Kaj-Erik Eriksen (See No Evil 2; The 4400) Presenter, Best Art or Craft


Vic Mignogna (Executive Producer and star) of Star Trek Continuesnominated for Best Web Series. I had a BLAST geeking out about Star Trek with him!

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Vic Holtreman (Owner) of Screen Rant, nominated for Best Website or Blog. We had a more in-depth conversation with him at the after party about how he started the site.


Jason Ritter (Parenthood; Gravity Falls) Presenter to LeVar Burton


Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds; King of the Nerds) Presenter, Best Website or Blog

P1050388cropRandy Couture (The Expendables 2 & 3) and Mindy Robinson (King of the Nerds) Presenters, Best Trailer or Video


Greg Grunberg (Alias, Heroes, Masters of Sex, SocialTronLive) Presenter, Best Tabletop Game


Amy Dallen (Host) and Jenni Powell (Producer) of Talkin’ Comics Weekly, nominated for Best Podcast or Vlog


Lauren Bregman of Castle Corsetry, nominated for Best Fashion or Armor


Jenny Lorenzo (Host) Aggressive Comix Presents: Geekgasm, nominated for Best Personality


Tony Swatton (Star, Master Blacksmith) for Man at Arms, nominated for Best Web Series


Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds; King of the Nerds) Presenter, Best Website or Blog


Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit trilogy, Spartacus) Presenter, Best Personality


Bonnie Gordon and Lina Carollo (The Quest)


Brian Bielawski, Co-Founder and Chairman of Gam3rCon


Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy trilogy, Falling Skies) Presenter, Best Cosplay


LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow) Geek of the Year Honoree. His super cute daughter and I bonded over our mutual love of Thor and my Mjolnir earrings while her Dad was being interviewed further down the line.

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And, of course, the real star of the black carpet: The Batmobile


Once the black carpet portion was over we were whisked inside to the press area in the mezzanine. Luckily, John and Blayne had already secured seats for us so we were right up next to the railing with a great view of the stage.

Lifetime Achievement

Presenter: Stan Lee

Recipient: Gale Anne Hurd

First up was a pre-recorded video of Stan Lee (his health seems to be a bit precarious lately but he looked great in the clip!) presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award (last year he was the first recipient) to Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator).


Gale gave a rather lengthy but charming acceptance speak that included walking us through the definition and the history of the word “geek” and describing her childhood as a nerd before being a nerd was cool.


Geek of the Year

Presenter: Jason Ritter

Recipient: LeVar Burton

Next was the Geek of the Year presented by Jason Ritter to LeVar Burton. As a bonus, Greg Grunberg and someone from Gibson guitars, came out to present Burton with a guitar of his very own. A major highlight? When he busted out the theme song to Reading Rainbow.


Geek Cred

Presenter: Malik Forte

Recipient: Oculus VR (accepted via a pre-taped video message)

In between the categories and during what was technically the commercial breaks of the show, we were treated to some trailers and funny filmed comedy bits. One of the most entertaining of which was Barry Dragonman. A dragon who found early success on The Munsters, then got sucked into the world of partying, alcohol, and drugs, eventually going broke. He later found success again appearing in “Lizardnado” and Game of Thrones. It was a feel good story. Turns out the guy who played Barry was sitting right next to us.

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Best Video Game

Presenters: Alison Haislip & Maude Garrett

Octodad: The Dadliest Catch
Don’t Starve
The Banner Saga

Winner: The Banner Saga


Best Art or Craft

Presenter: Kaj-Erik Eriksen & Anthony C. Ferrante

House of Darkly
Sienna Morris
Art of Kudaman
Kindra Nikole Photography
The Work of J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice

Winner: The Work of J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice


Best Comic or Graphic Novel

Presenters: Jason Charles Miller & Wendy Pini

Oh, Hell
Boston Metaphysical Society 
The Man of Many Shades

Winner: Oh, Hell


Best Cosplay

Presenter: Doug Jones

Trolloc Fist (The Wheel of Time)
Big Daddy Bouncer(Bioshock)
Totoro Ball Gown 
Steampunk Rowena Ravenclaw  (Harry Potter)  
Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones)

Winner: Big Daddy Bouncer (Bioshock)


This is the part where a baby T-Rex came out and Doug Jones had to awkwardly inform him that he’d already gotten the part in Jurassic World. Check out the clip and hilarious baby T-Rex impression HERE:


Some stills:

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Best Podcast or Vlog

Presenter: Lucky Yates & Rob Paulsen

Talkin’ Comics Weekly
We’re Alive – A Story of Survival
AMC Movie Talk
Sword and Laser

Winner: Talkin’ Comics Weekly

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Best Short Film

Presenters: Mark Ordesky & Jane Fleming

The Hitchhiker
Future Hero
Splinter Cell Extraction
Kepler X-47
The Field of Vision

Winner: The Hitchhiker


At this point the Founder of The Geekie Awards, Kristen Nedopak, came out to give her spiel.


Best Website or Blog

Presenters: Curtis Armstrong & Robert “Bobby” Carradine

The Escapist
International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club
Set to Stunning
Screen Rant
Geek Girl Authority

Winner: Screen Rant

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To watch Curtis and Bobby talk about being the oldest nerds there and other funniness, check out a snippet of their interaction (including a hilarious in-character laugh from Bobby) HERE:


Best Trailer or Video

Presenter: Randy Couture & Mindy Robinson

Nothing to Prove – Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks
Wonder Woman
Brielle and the Horror: The Graphic Novel Trailer
The Doctor Games (Parody Trailer)                
Legends of the Knight

Winner: Legends of the Knight

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For some reason this segued into a rather awkward bit in which the host brought Catwoman onto the stage and asked for a volunteer from the audience who would like to be whipped. I have a feeling that this looked a lot better on paper. But, hey, we’re geeks and we’re awkward, so I guess it was kind of perfect in a way.


Best Fashion or Armor

Presenter: Jessica Merizan & HipHop Stormtrooper

Kayla Stojek / Zombie Peepshow
Lauren Bregman / Castle Corsetry
John McGovern / Sharp Mountain Weather
Catherine Kim / IAMKNIGHT
Donna Ricci / Clockwork Couture

Winner: Lauren Bregman / Castle Corsetry

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Best Tabletop Game

Presenters: Greg Grunberg & Brea Grant

Little Wizards
Forbidden Desert
Dread Curse
Council of Verona

Winner: Belfort
(They were a no-show so the award was accepted by Greg Grunberg, who also helpfully reminded us that this year marks the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons)


Best Personality

Presenters: Manu Bennett (who took it upon himself to moon us…not that I’m complaining) & Olga Kay

Kim Horcher
Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox
Jenny Lorenzo
Jenna Busch
Danni Danger

Winner: Jenny Lorenzo

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Best Web Series

Presenters: Mychal Thompson & Meghan Camarena

Star Trek Continues
The Record Keeper
The Division
AWEme “Man at Arms”

Winner: Star Trek Continues

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We were then treated to a performance by Songhammer before spending a few minutes hanging out at the after party where we chatted some more with Doug Jones and a few of the winners.


All in all, a delightful experience that I very much hope to repeat next year!

For more information about The Geekie Awards go HERE!

Comikaze 2013

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This past weekend I braved the Southern California freeways and made the treacherous trek from San Diego to Los Angeles for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Comic Book Convention. Having moved from LA to San Diego a couple of years ago, the trip always reminds me of how much I don’t miss the traffic. It was worth it to attend Comikaze though. It’s a young convention so the booths on the floor are still nice and spread out, as opposed to the congested packed-in-like-sardines situation that is San Diego Comic Con. It’s grown into a mid-sized convention and, though it didn’t have as many actual comic book vendors as I had hoped, it did provide an excellent space for artists and crafters.

I went with my NerdBFF and regular Con comrade, Hayden aka Geek Outlaw and we had a great time chatting it up with artists, writers, and vendors, some of whom we see at Cons on a regular basis and some whom we met for the first time. We only had time to sit in on one panel, but we did catch some of the action on the Main Stage including Stan the Man himself, Weird Al Yankovic, and the guys from Comic Book Men. A childhood favorite of mine, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark) was there, which I was really excited about until I found out how much it would cost to meet her. I did see her from a few feet away though and, damn, she still looks really good! The highlight may have been meeting Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan (Admiral Adama and Colonel Tigh from Battlestar Galactica). And, of course, the cosplay!

So, without further ado, here’s a wrap-up of Comikaze in pictures. Enjoy!


Stan the Man himself! I feel very fortunate to have met and gotten my picture taken with Stan while I was at Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Con.

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The one panel we went to. It was a panel about writing and publishing novels and we didn’t read the description first. Turns out it was the Winner Twins, 18-year-old twin sisters who have written 4 novels. Power to them. The panel would have been better if they had talked less (they gave the same PowerPoint presentation they give to First Graders) and the two guys on the left had talked more. They had far more practical and applicable advice. But hey, who am I to argue with two published teenagers?

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By the power of Grayskull! I have the power!

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I got recognized a few times (including by this lovely TARDIS-clad fellow HNG) which was really trippy.

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I had to pick up a few of Lord Mesa‘s latest artwork. Most of it was for my sister-in-law, Troi, who just had a baby and couldn’t make it to the Con. She’s a HUGE fan of Lord Mesa and even had him do some custom artwork of my nephew, Zeke.


My friends Gabriel Diani & Etta Devine were there to promote the Kickstarter campaign for their new movie Diani & Devin Meet the Apocalypse. They’ll be joining us for the next HNG podcast! Check them out at www.ddmta.com (trust me, it’s worth it).


Alex Wer aka The Pumpkin Geek, carves custom pumpkins and they are AMAZING. I’m saving up to have him carve one with the HNG logo. They are hand carved into plastic pumpkins so they last forever.


Geremi Burleigh is a favorite of ours. He’s the nicest guy and his comics Eye of the Gods and Morningstar are fantastic.

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Robert Acosta of Graphic Lab designs geeky crossover tees like the popular “Ewoking Dead” and “Optimus TARDIS” ones you see us holding. I wore my t-shirt the next day and got at least one compliment on it everywhere I went.

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I’ve been told that These Are the Voyages is the best Star Trek: The Original Series book ever written. I can’t wait to read it and let y’all know if that’s true!


The USS Navras booth was helmed by this Commander Riker look-alike. I got a text message on Sunday that I had won a raffle prize but since I couldn’t make it to the Con on Sunday I couldn’t claim it. Sad robot 🙁 Ah well, the USS Navras crew does great charity work and the raffle money went to some great causes.

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The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D bridge restoration project is coming along nicely! Every time I see the bridge at a Con, more of it has been restored to is previous and rightful glory.

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All hands brace for impact!!

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Cthulhu paid a visit.

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Geek Outlaw got really excited when he found out that Ecto-1 was in the house.

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There are only a few franchises in which Geek Outlaw nerds out more than I do and Ghostbusters is one of them.

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Which leads us to Cosplay! That poor Ghostbuster in the party hat totally got slimed.

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There was some great The Walking Dead cosplay, including this Rick Grimes and Walker Shane duo.

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The family that Walks together, stays together. This is the first time I’ve seen Negan/Lucille cosplay so that was exciting.

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As always, there was a ton of Star Wars cosplay.

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This protocol droid had a creative way of dealing with a busted leg.

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These Stormtroopers were very serious about guarding Carbonite Han.

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One the other hand, this Trooper was only interested in the rights of the vertically challenged Stormtroopers.

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Every convention brings more and more Doctor Who cosplay. It’s refreshing that folks in the States are finally catching on to its greatness.

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The adorkable Whovians were way more excited about Geek Outlaw’s getup than they were about taking a picture with me, even though I busted out my Fourth Doctor scarf just for the occasion.


Hello, Sexy! (that’s me showing off my TARDIS ring; not me threatening to punch to photographer)

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Can’t we all just get along? LOL, just kidding. Get him, Doctor.

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Crossplayers after my own gorram heart.

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These TMNT costumes were made by scratch and were incredible. We saw Rafael and Donatello. Not sure where Michelangelo and Leonardo were. Presumably holding down the sewer.

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Tiny Lone Ranger and Tonto.

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Decepticon love.

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Awesome homemade Tetris costumes.

DSC00611 (Large)Well, Disney does own it now…

DSC00666 (Large)MST3K!!

DSC00675 (Large)Rufio! RUFIO! RU-FEE-OHHHHHH!!!!!! (there was TWO Rufios there, but this guy was the best by far).

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And finally (since this is a Comic Book Convention) the comicosplay!

We’ll start out with the DC ‘verse. Holy shit, it’s the Batman!

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And Robin the Boy Wonder!

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Riddler does what he wants!


Some of the Marvel villains were there, including Thanos.

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And Mystique.

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And the Destroyer.

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And Loki.

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But the Avengers were also there so it was cool. This Captain America cosplayer is in the Army in real life. Double awesome.

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Iron Maiden.

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It totally looks like I’m grabbing Black Widow’s bum so I’m just going to go with it and let you assume that I was 😉

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And, of course, my favorite (good little Norwegian girl that I am), Thor Odinson!

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And another!


And another!

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The highlight of the day was definitely meeting Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica. Both of them were so nice. Michael even helped me get some hair out of my face since I was squeezed in between them.


All in all, it was a great Con. Especially if you weren’t a lost child.

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Until next year, Comikaze!

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