It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least that’s what we are forced to believe during this time of year. But fear not, your pals at Nerd Nite Philadelphia are determined to keep the humbugging at bay with our first ever Holiday Spectacular. Join us for an evening of fun, talks, games and prizes that will give you a break from seasonal stress…at least for an hour or two.
Among the highlights will be:
Chris Cummins, “How Dragon Con Saved My Life”
In this talk, Chris will discuss Dragon Con, the annual celebration of nerd culture held each Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta. In a time where fandom is at its most toxic (see how Kelly Marie Tran, Ahmed Best, and Jake Lloyd were treated by Star Wars “fans”), this event is a much needed antidote where everyone is welcome, and multimedia franchises both obscure and mainstream are celebrated in a non-stop party that includes gaming, panels, the greatest cosplay on the planet, an incredible parade that the whole city comes out for and so much more. Along with presenting a history of the con and a look at such Dragon Con-specific wonderment as the Cult of the Marriott Carpet and the Rise and Fall of Jon, the FedEx guy, Cummins will also examine how the convention lifted him out of the worst depression of his life. What result will be a look at the healing power of fandom and community, thanks to the world’s greatest con.
BIO: Chris Cummins is the producer/host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, a writer who has contributed to Den of Geek, Geekadelphia, USA Today, Topless Robot and Archie Comics, and the producer/host of Music Video Book Club and Sci-Fi Explosion (the latter of which made its Dragon Con debut in 2019).
• Talks on the nerdiest holiday songs ever recorded, the greatest Muppet Christmas moments, and info on nerdy gift ideas!
• Comedy from returning guest Glen Tickle!
• A live performance from Skeletor Claus!
• The Nerd Nite Philly Ugly Holiday Sweater/T-Shirt Contest with prizes from NECA Toys, Mill Creek Entertainment, and more!
• The return of The Cost Is Correct, the retro-pricing game show from Ben Leach.
• Surprises galore!
As much fun as this event will be, it will also be bittersweet as this will be the last Nerd Nite Philly event with Gina Lavery. She has been the beating heart and soul of this event for the past ten years, and is leaving us to focus on her work in making Philly a better place to live! We absolutely love her, and we hope you’ll come on out to say goodbye.
Who knows, there might even be a holiday singalong or two!
The Nerd Nite Philly Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30pm
Be there or be ho ho ho square!