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Join the Darkside With Prophecy Girl Apparel

I love seeing new talent on the geeky clothing market. Prophecy Girl popped onto my feed a new months back and I was instantly impressed with the multitude of nerdy prints! I started a dialogue with her shortly after and we discussed her upcoming pieces. One such item is the “Dark Side Of The Moon” shirt. Not currently available in her store, but soon! I love this Star Wars apparel! You’ll notice it takes it’s inspiration from the Death Star.

“I find your lack of faith disturbing”

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, just mere days away we’re thrilled to be sharing this amazing #NerdingOut look with you! With the subtle nod to the Death Star and the actual Death Star necklace this is a perfect outfit to go from office to movie screening. The necklace is from the Disney Store. I bought it while at Disney Springs near Walt Disney World this past summer. I unfortunately cannot find a link for it, but you can find similar ones on etsy.

This is once again, a fantastic photoshoot brought to you by Katie Be Photography. We had a great time using the textured stairway to give the shoot a grungy style and feel. Katie really knocked it out of the park on this one!

Prophecy Girl’s Star Wars Apparel

What is currently available in Prophecy Girl’s store for Star Wars fans is the “I Rebel” Racerback, Need a Captain Pin, and the Galactic Spy Shirt. All great choices for your adventures with the Force, or for holiday gifts! I know a few nerds who would love one of these for Christmas!

We’ll have more #NerdingOut looks coming very soon! Let us know how you are bring Nerding Out into your style. We’ve been sharing photos on our Instastory of you guys! Share your photos with us by using #NerdingOut! In the mean time, may the Force be with you!

Ways to Celebrate The Last Jedi Near You

The Last Jedi is nearly here! I can’t wait! I’m sure you can’t either so here’s 12 events Jedi and Sith Lords alike can partake in. This is only a sample of all The Last Jedi events we have for you Rebels. To see them all, check out our calendar. Also keep an eye out for our upcoming Star Wars themed giveaway! If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the newsletter here. Events listed in order by date.


1. Chicago, IL – Rebel Yell!

If you’re looking for a new hope in these dark and troubled times, then join us for Rebel Yell. A Star Wars-inspired group art show celebrating the brave men, women and Mon Calamari that stand against the evil that has corrupted the solar system. (Don’t worry that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It’s not like we’re talking about our own time.)

Come check out original artwork featuring the lighter side of the force. Orange flight suits! Green and blue lightsabers! Old wizards and young hopefuls!

Also Star Wars crap always makes great Christmas gifts. Stop trying to guess if that nerd if your life already has a certain action figure or not. Get them something original while supporting local artists and businesses.

Per usual, we’ll have food and dranks. But feel free to bring whatever you want, byob style.

December 8, 2017 – 6pm

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
2064 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647 United States

2. Atlanta, GA – 6th annual BAR WARS Pub Crawl

Raise your geek flag high and join Atlanta’s 6th annual BAR WARS Pub Crawl – one week before the release of STAR WARS: The Last Jedi.

Produced by Markster Con
Hosted by Diesel Filling Station

REGISTRATION: 7pm-10:30pm (at Diesel Filling Station)

• ADV. TICKETS: Coming Soon to http://mcp.xorbia.com (21+ only)

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2015 VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/150081986

Costumes are strongly encouraged and will incorporate 5 pubs (with a complimentary shot at each stop for those registered and have an event wristband), an After-Party, costume contest and lots more.

TICKETS INCLUDE 5 themed shots, one at each of the participating pubs (see below), Imperial photo opps, 1.25″ collectible BAR WARS pin, costume contest, plus admission to the After-Party and food/drinks specials.
• Limerick Junction Irish Pub: Blue Milk
• Dark Horse Tavern: Gamorrean Grunk
• HAND IN HAND PUB: Rancor Juice
• Neighbor’s Pub Virginia Highlands: Tatooine Tea
• DIESEL FILLING STATION: Han Shot First

—-> FREE color-changing LIGHT SABER for first 50 registered attendees (online) via http://mcp.xorbia.com for pick-up at the event on Dec. 8th, 2017

December 8, 2017 – 7pm

Diesel Filling Station
870 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306 United States

3. Murrieta, CA – Star Wars Party! Art, Music and Games!

The new Star Wars installation is coming up and we would like to celebrate by throwing a party!

Music provided by DJ Anakin Flywalker

We will be hosting a trivia contest where participants can win gift certificates and prizes from Ryan’s Comics! We will be playing all kinds of Star Wars games too! Come check out local artists and take home a unique piece from one of our many awesome artist.

December 9th, 2017 – 7pm

Ryan’s Comics
25021 Madison Ave, Ste 101
Murrieta, CA 92562 United States

4. Fresno, CA – Star Wars Pub Crawl

Come on down to the Tower District for the Star Wars Pub Crawl on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm in celebration of, well, Star Wars and the new movie of course! Meet-up will be in the BofA parking lot at 730pm. We split into groups and head to the bars at 8pm.

Dress as ANY Star Wars character that you want to be! IF you can’t get a costume you may show up showing off your Star Wars pride in a Star Wars shirt and other accesories.

Adding even more features and fun so stay tuned!!!

Wristbands are only $5 and get you no cover at all bars and drink specials! Wristbands are available for pre-purchase now at BeBe O’s and Wonderland Comics in Tower and Blue Shell Gaming in Clovis. They will also be available to purchase at the meet up for the crawl, but we highly advise getting them in advance to avoid the line.

This event is 21+.

December 9, 2017 – 7:30pm

5. Fullerton, CA – Geek Meet Last Jedi Release Party!

Geek Meets annual Star Wars movie release party!! Free entry!

7pm-9:30pm in the front room play Cards Against Humanity with Horrible People with Candy and Danny

7pm- 9:30pm in the front room play Table Top games with Dungeons & Darren

10pm White Elephant gift exchange in vendor village
$5 Gift Minimum $10 Gift Max. 3 Steals only, Sign ups in Vendor village at the Geek Meet table

11pm Cosplay Showcase
Geek Card Raffle
Winner Announcements.

December 10th, 2017 – 8pm

The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832 United States

6. St. Louis, MO – Star Wars Trivia

Celebrate the release of Star Wars The Last Jedi by playing trivia at Star Clipper! Our questions will be pulled from all Star Wars media including the movies and content from the expanded universe. $5 entry fee. You can enter solo or as a team. The winning players receive all the entry fees in the form of store credit.

December 13, 2017 – 7pm

Star Clipper
1319 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

7. Estero, FL – Star Wars Last Jedi Party

Free to attend!

Stop in before the premier night of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, for fun, charity and beer! The Brass Tap – Coconut Point is teaming up with Project Pinball Charity and Coconut Point to host a Stars Wars: Last Jedi inspired party and fundraiser! Proceeds from all games played on the machines as well as a percentage from featured beer sales will go to benefit this amazing organization that places Pinball Machines in Children’s Hospitals all over the country! Please support their cause and donate!

Come dressed to impress as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best costumes! Be creative and original! Just a reminder that masks are NOT allowed to be worn in common areas outside in the mall area. Please only wear masks inside establishments.

December 14th, 2017 – 4pm

The Brass Tap – Coconut Point
23111 Fashion Dr, Ste 105
Estero, FL 33928 United States

8. Richardson, TX – The Last Jedi Opening Weekend Festivities

Merry Sithmas! The Force is strong this Festivus with our holiday-themed festivities for opening weekend of THE LAST JEDI! See the full schedule of events for Thursday, 12/14 – Sunday, 12/17 at both Richardson and Cedars.

December 14-17, 2017

Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth
100 S. Central Expressway Suite 14
Richardson, TX 75080 United States

9. Orlando, FL – The Last Jedi (After Party)

Join us late on Thursday, Dec. 14, after our SOLD OUT Advanced Private Screening (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) event at Regal Cinema Waterford Lakes! After we’ve laughed, cried, and FREAKED OUT with you, we’re headed back to the pub to open up at 10:30 p.m. for The Last Jedi Official After-Party!

* Themed Drink Specials!
* Costumes!
* Raffle Prizes!
* Star Wars!
* Porgs!

* Important: OUR KITCHEN WILL MOST LIKELY BE CLOSED. We are treating our entire staff to this viewing with all of you, so thank you for your understanding that we will not be able to open and prep the kitchen in time while also allowing them to watch the film with us. <3

You do not need to participate in our private screening to attend the after-party, but you SHOULD bring your ticket to unlock special discounts as a ticketholder!

December 14, 2017 – 10:30pm

The Cloak & Blaster
875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108
Orlando, FL 32828 United States

10. Los Angeles, CA – Lightsaber Battle!

This massive, no-holds-barred light saber battle is free, but your ticket gets you a three-foot long light saber that changes six different colors. Once on the battleground you will be divided into two teams: Jedi and Sith. If you need a break, there will be food trucks, a cash bar and DJ.

December 15, 2017 – 9pm

Pershing Square Farmers Market
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States

11. Orlando, FL – Star Wars Life Day Celebration & Cosplay Party!

Join us at Gods & Monsters, on Saturday, Dec 16th, 11am-1am, for a festive, family-friendly Star Wars Holiday Celebration! Star Wars movies and animations playing on our screens, kids activity station, and 15% OFF all Star Wars comics, books, toys, statues and merch!

We’ll also have a Star Wars Cosplay Party, in VAULT 5421 from 8pm-1am, with themed drink specials, entertainment and prizes awarded for best SW costumes, for all you grownup Jedi & Sith!

Both are FREE to attend!

December 16, 2017 – 11am

Gods & Monsters
5421 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819 United States

12. St. Louis, MO – Star Wars Gallery Show

Calling all artists! We are now taking submissions for the next gallery show! The upcoming theme will be STAR WARS! Both fan art and original characters are welcome!

The opening night for the Star Wars Gallery will be on December 16th at 12pm, however, submissions for art will be due on DECEMBER 9TH BY 6PM. If selected to be in the show, final artwork will be due by DECEMBER 14TH BY 6PM.

December 16, 2017 – 12pm

Star Clipper
1319 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

15 Geeky Events to Ring in the Holidays

It’s now officially December and the holiday season has begun! We’ve got the best geeky events for the holidays that you need to attend this Christmas season right here! There were so many we couldn’t put them all on this list so make sure to keep an eye on your Top 5 Events newsletters going out Sunday for even more holiday fun! If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the newsletter here. Events listed in order by date.


1. Hartford, CT – A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE!

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award‐winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

“A sweet and touching, live action version that is itself an instant holiday classic.” – Broadway World

December 1, 2017 – 7:00pm
December 2, 2017 – 10:00am
December 2, 2017 – 2:00pm
December 3, 2017 – 10:00am
December 3, 2017 – 2:00pm

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106 United States

2. Charlotteville, VA – Elf Movie Party

ENCORE Movie Party Saturday, December 2 at 4 p.m. This party is open to children 3 and up, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (or an oversize elf).

“Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color?”

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins this holiday season, come out to Alamo Drafthouse and spread the cheer at this sugar-fueled, interactive holiday spectacular! Packed with games, props and, of course, singing loud for all to hear!

Bundle up for this celebration of one of the best holiday films ever made, period. Will Ferrell as North Pole pole dweller Buddy the Elf trying to figure out Manhattan — “Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop” — is the role he was born to play.

Our ELF Movie Party features all sorts of fun props, a themed contest before the film, and a “real” snowball fight in the theater! We’ll have jingle bells for everyone, bubbles for a few key scenes, and a special scratch n’ sniff card so you can even Smell-Along with Buddy and his family.

December 1, 2017 – 7:15pm

Alamo Drafthouse Charlottesville
375 Merchant Walk Square
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States

3. Ashburn, VA – The Polar Express Movie Party

Come dressed in your pajamas and join us for an interactive family adventure aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY) reunite for this inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

We believe… do you?

December 2, 2017 – 10am

Alamo Drafthouse DC Area
20575 Easthampton Plz
Ashburn, VA 20147 United States

4. Huntsville, AL – Skate with North Alabama Cosplayers Club

Come in your best costume and skate with the North Alabama Cosplayers Club and Shimo-Con!

December 2, 2017 – 1pm

Skating in the Park
300 Church St SW
Huntsville, AL 35801 United States

5. Springfield, MO – Christmas Vacation Movie Party

Load up the RV and come join us for a deliriously fun, interactive holiday celebration! This movie party that will be more fun than a membership to the Jelly-of-the-Month Club! Missing this one could result in a four-alarm holiday emergency.

December 6, 2017 – 7pm

Alamo Drafthouse Springfield
4005 South Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

6. Orlando, FL – Happy Little Xmas Tree Party

This year, we’re celebrating Geekmas a *little* differently. As one of our most beloved heroes used to say, there’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend. 🎄🎄🎄 There are no mistakes, only happy accidents, so join us to celebrate the holidays at our Happy Little Christmas Tree Party!

Revel in countless lights and holiday decorations as we relax while we paint together a picturesque party landscape. Beat the devil out of themed cocktails. We’re featuring the very best of the holidays and our squirrel-loving friend, and Florida native, the extraordinary Bob Ross.

* Fully Themed Drinks
* Special Keg Tappings
* TVs Playing “The Joy of Painting”
* Bob Ross: The Art of Chill Board Game
* Bob Ross: Paint and Take (Buy the canvas. We provide the supplies. You paint the happy little trees.

Now let’s get crazy.

December 8, 2017 – 6pm

The Cloak & Blaster
875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108
Orlando, FL 32828 United States

7. New Haven, CT – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

December 8-10

Shubert Theater
247 College St
New Haven, CT 06510 United States

8. Orlando, FL – Camp Blood Christmas

Join us for a Camp Blood Christmas, with sponsors 13X Studios at Gods & Monsters, Saturday, December 9th, 11am-1am!

This will be a FREE, family-friendly, Horror-filled Christmas celebration, with activities throughout the day, vendors, cosplay, music, movies, gaming, entertainment and raffle benefitting Nathaniel’s Hope! Bring an unwrapped Toy and get a raffle ticket for prizes.

Also, a 21+ party in VAULT 5421, from 8pm-1am, with new drink specials, DJ and cosplay cage dancer! (VAULT will be open 2pm-8pm for 18+ patrons.)

December 9, 2017 – 11am

Gods & Monsters
5421 International Drive
Orlando, Florida

9. New York, NY – Elf Trivia

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

Does somebody need a hug? Don’t be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins and miss Elf Trivia at Killer B NYC on Thursday, December 14 starting 8pm! FIVE unique and challenging rounds OH SANTA! on making ginger bread houses, eating cookie dough, going ice skating, and maybe even holding hands.

Reserve your table at Gimble’s Department store by visiting; https://ElfTrivia121417.Eventbrite.comThe best way to reserve tickets is by selecting a team captain and having them be in charge of tickets for ALL team members.

PS, don’t eat the yellow snow. #SonOfANutcracker

December 14, 2017 – 8pm

Killer B Burger NYC
380 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States

10. Los Angeles, CA – The Ultimate Holiday Movie: Die Hard (35mm)

That’s right. DIE HARD. 35mm. You’ve seen the meme: there are those who think Die Hard is a Christmas movie. . .and there are those who are wrong. We got a great personal collector to loan us his amazing 35mm print. This is THE 1980’s ACTION MOVIE.

Bruce Willis, as New York cop John McClane, comes to LA to try and patch things up with his estranged wife, Holly (played with steely yet vulnerable perfection by Bonnie Bedelia). After a blow-out argument at Holly’s office’s Christmas Eve party, McClane and Holly are surprised by the arrival of criminal mastermind, Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman in THE DEFINITIVE 1980’s VILLAIN performance), and his merry band of bank robbers as they take over the building and hold everyone hostage. As of yet unmatched for its minute by minute explosions, laughs, cocky swagger, and gonzo performances. You want to believe in the holidays again? Merry Christmas, mother f@!kers!

December 15, 2017 – 11:59pm

Vista Theatre
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States

11. Manassas, VA – Jirani Con Christmas

The Holidays are here! Start enjoying the Christmas festivities on December 16th from 10 am-7-pm at ‘Jirani Coffee House & Art Gallery’ by bringing your family to “ Christmas at Jirani Con” where Christmas, pop culture and art collide! Looking for that one of a kind Christmas present or a great family activity to kick off your Christmas celebration? Would you like to participate in super hero themed Christmas contests, family friendly activities, and purchase fan art and original art by some of our area’s most talented artists and craftspeople? Then don’t miss Christmas at Jirani Con.

Never been to a con? Expect amazing artwork and products featuring some of your favorite characters from your favorite films and comic books, and original artwork in an eclectic setting characterized by con goers in cosplay (real life costumes of your favorite pop culture characters). Got it? Now, imagine all of that blended with a Christmas spirit. And there you have it : Jirani Con Christmas.

This is a Christmas/pop culture themed, family friendly event that will feature local artists selling their work, panel discussions, raffles and contests. Early bird tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. Children 9 and under are free!

December 16, 2017 – 10am

Jirani Con
9425 West St
Manassas, VA 20110

12. Winter Park, FL – Nightmare Before Christmas Party

Boy and girls of every age, would you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see The Geek Easy’s Halloween!

This is halloween. This is halloween. drink cocktails, maybe buy a flight. This is halloween, everybody make a scene. Trick or treat because we’re partying here all night!

Before we party, let’s get our shopping out of the way with a pre-Christmas sale in A Comic Shop. Save money on gifts for others so you can afford more beer for yourself!

December 16, 2017 – 11am

The Geek Easy
114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6
Winter Park, FL 32792

13. Orlando, FL – Yule Ball Brunch

You are cordially invited to attend our 1st annual Yule Ball Brunch. So dust off your best dress robes and gowns. Come enjoy yummy drinks and bruch food. More details to be added. Be sure to reserve your seat. Call Oblivion Taproom 407-704-4757

December 17, 2017 – 11am

Oblivion Taproom
5101 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803

14. Los Angeles, CA- Home Alone + Pajama Party

Our Annual Holiday Party!

90s wunderkind Macaulay Culkin stars as know-it-all Kevin McCallister, who lives the childhood dream when he wakes up to find his typically bustling house (with worrisome mother, irritating uncle, bully of an older brother) all gone. Accidentally left behind from the family trip, Kevin lives it up with endless junkfood and all access to his brother Buzz’s secret stash of sports cards and Twinkies.

What starts out as the perfect staycation quickly becomes a battleground when two conniving burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) try to run a suburban con.

Full of hijinks and hilarity, this ingenious film written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, still is the biggest holiday hit.

Grab your Talkboy and join our pajama party in an opulent movie palace. Show up in your PJs (your fun day best) for an ice cream bar to end all ice cream bars and a photo studio for the 90s kid inside! DJs, live music, bars (21+ w/ valid ID) Pajamas or holiday attire strongly suggested.

December 17, 2017 – 6pm

Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

15. New York, NY – Geeks Vs The World: Holiday Dance-Off

+ Drinks: Star Wars -themed cocktails
+ Large Dancefloor: Dance battle with prizes
+ Food: Wings + Drink Combo + more
+ DJ playing Top 40s: Dance, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Reggaeton + more
+ Cosplay allowed but not required. Come as you please

Ticket Details:
Freebie (Free ticket): Ends Monday 12/11
General Admission ($5): Ends Monday 12/18
Late ($10): Ends 7pm day of event

December 23, 2017 – 9pm

Legends
6 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

Channeling the Unusual Disposition of Luna Lovegood

Since my last post was about an entire outfit. I wanted to narrow this one to a specific item. This time the Spectrespecs – Enamel Pin Lapel Pin by The Geek Studio on etsy. Remember, with Nerding Out it can be as general as an entire fandom (ie. Harry Potter), or as specific as a single aspect of a character (ie. Luna’s Spectrespecs). In this case, it’s obviously a small nod to Luna Lovegood.

luna lovegood

“Some people call me ‘Loony’ Lovegood, actually.”

Luna Lovegood is a beloved character by many. My outfit for this shoot was all about being as low key as possible. The hat, dress, glasses, and necklace were just random items I had in my closet. I feel as if they give it a different personality, a more whimsical one like Luna’s. You can really pull off any dress or shirt with a pin of your choice. That’s what is so lovely about #NerdingOut, it’s simple and doesn’t have to cost a ton.

“The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness. Perhaps it was the fact that she had stuck her wand behind her left ear for safekeeping, or that she had chosen to wear a necklace of Butterbeer caps, or that she was reading a magazine upside down.”

Apologies for the delay in bringing you even more Nerding Out! I promise we’ll have more in the coming weeks. How do you bring Nerding Out into your style? We’ve been sharing photos on our Instagram of you guys! Make sure to share your photos with us by using #NerdingOut!

Header image by Xoeyslitphotos, other images by Katie Be Photography

Survive the Apocalypse with the Official The Walking Dead Cookbook

Now that The Walking Dead is back (and with Halloween just around the corner), I have zombie apocalypse on the brain. We’ve all seen zombie preparedness guides and after 7 seasons of watching Rick do his thing, I like to think I could get by. Rick and the gang have really shown us how to make it work with scavenging limited resources, finding weapons, and even having a green thumb through gardening. It’s hard to remember everything from seasons past, but now that I have the official The Walking Dead cookbook, I have all of those resources in one handy book.

The Walking Dead Cookbook and Survival Guide

the walking dead cookbook

When I was offered a copy of The Walking Dead cookbook to review, I jumped at the opportunity because this is more than just a cookbook, but a survival guide as well.

Season after season, The Walking Dead has been enthralling fans, drawing millions of viewers, and consistently breaking viewership records. Approaching its eighth season, the pop culture phenomenon has been the number one show on cable for five consecutive years and is the most watched series in cable television history.

From people foraging to fuel up for survival to buying allegiance with cookies, there’s no doubt that food plays an integral role in the series. With the dying need for these recipes, Insight Editions is pleased to announce the publication of The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide, offering unique recipes and survival tips inspired by AMC’s hit series.

The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide details the skills and recipes anyone would need to survive (while trying to avoid being eaten!) during an unexpected walker apocalypse. The cookbook features more than sixty mouthwatering recipes for breakfast, dinner, drinks, and even dessert, including iconic meals inspired by those featured on the show, such as Carl’s Chocolate Pudding, Carol Peletier’s Cookies, and Daryl Dixon’s Deer Stew.

The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide also contains vital information on foraging, hunting wild game, and cooking outdoors to help make the transition into any emergency scenario slightly less terrifying.

The Survival Guide

the walking dead cookbook

 

The first chapter of the book, Food Survival Basics, has every tip you could think of for surviving any type of situation, be it a zombie apocalypse or some other emergency scenario. For starters, there’s a list of basic essentials you should always have in your home as well as how to come up with a game plan in case things go south quickly. This section also tells you how to find and treat water, build a fire, forage for food, hunting basics, and more. This chapter alone is something everyone should read.

The Cookbook

the walking dead cookbook

The Walking Dead cookbook has 5 chapters all devoted to food. There’s a chapter dedicated to breakfast, main course, sweep treats, beverages and libations, and preserved foods. The photography on the food is amazing – everything, despite using relatively simple ingredients and preparation all looks delicious. The one thing I was hoping to find, and was not disappointed, was Carol’s beet and acorn cookies. That moment in the show was a turning point for me with Carol. It was when we really see that she knows exactly what she’s doing and how to get people to think what she wanted.

I cannot recommend The Walking Dead The Official Cookbook  and Survival Guide enough. It’s not only full of amazing looking recipes, but it’s got plenty of practical information in it, too. This would make an excellent gift for any The Walking Dead fan.

Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a special giveaway for you. To celebrate the release of The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide and the premier of The Walking Dead season 8, we’re giving away a Funko Pop! of the very badass, Carol Peletier. Open to US and UK.

Carol Funko Pop

Alston Stephanus with a Vintage Twist on Nerding Out

Nerding Out with Alston Stephanus

Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego marked my very first cosplay experience. As an accessories designer and a big nerd, dressing up for Cons came very natural. It was not long until I began Nerding Out as a way of expressing my interests in my everyday style. About seven years ago my fashion choices developed into a flair for the 30s and 40s vintage. When I began cosplaying it felt right to start combining the two together. My eclectic style is quite formal, think dapper suits with accessories like hats, waistcoats, and suspenders inspired by some of my favorite fictional characters. I also really enjoy going all out for a photo shoot.

Favorite Everyday #NerdingOut Looks

I’m a huge Disney fan. I’ve been to every Disney Park there is, and I love to “Disney Bound” when I go. Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit is a favorite of mine because the character’s costume coincides with my suits. I also love R2-D2 from Star Wars. On several occasions, I have paired a snappy suit with a casual graphic tee and accessories.

Favorite #NerdingOut Photo Shoots

Playing on the Star Wars theme, I did a photo shoot with friends with items from Her Universe. The dress with the AT-AT walkers and the sweater with X-Wings are both from Her Universe. I dressed up the looks with handmade pieces from my Alston Stephanus Accessories company.

Other #NerdOut photo shoots include Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, Wall-E, and Beauty and the Beast. They are all vintage inspired looks with a touch of whimsy. I assembled each of them with fashion that is not typically considered “nerdy,” but when all put together, it creates something special.

Star Wars on the Runway

In December of 2014, I was presented with the opportunity to design for The Masterpiece Strikes Back: A Fashion Exploration in Association with Star Wars ©LucasFilm LTD & TM. I designed a high fashion female version of Lord Darth Vader for the event. I thoroughly enjoyed putting together this formal ensemble for the runway, while incorporating Alston Stephanus Accessories pieces as well. Alsi, I stylized formalwear looks for C-3P0 and R2-D2.

Nerding Out for me was an evolution. I love to #NerdOut and dress in ways that are unexpected. When I travel now, I usually end up over packing several large suitcases just to have an assortment of my formal nerdy looks, accessories and all, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

5 Events You Need to Attend This Halloween Season

It’s now officially October and the witching season has begun! We’ve got the best Halloween events that you need to attend this spooky season right here! Now go out, scare some spooks, watch out for the full moon, and don’t get eaten by any vampires!

halloween events

1. Washington DC – Pub Dread – A Halloween Themed Pop-Up Bar

From the folks behind the Game of Thrones and Stranger Things Pop-Up Bars, comes PUB DREAD!

Horror fans are cautiously welcome to sip drinks in The Haunted Forest, which features blinking eyes, creepy creatures, and soundtracks that call back to classic horror moments. The Dollhouse features the most disturbing tribute to grandma’s vintage toy collection with dolls that seem to have minds of their own. The Crypt features coffins, tombstones, and room for more to join the dead.

Horror films rule the drink menu, with inspiration taken from childhood favorites and true chillers that still spook adults. A Zombie variation called BRAINS! pays homage to Night of the Living Dead, and is served in a skull tiki mug and topped with a candy brain. The coffee concoction that signifies the start of fall brought forward David S. Pumpkins, a mix of rums, sherry, pumpkin, spice, and coconut.

Geek Night Out is having a meetup at Pub Dread October 8th, 2017 at 1pm.

Eat the Rich
1839 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 us

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2. Chicago, IL – Nobody Sleeps, A Monster’s Ball!

For one Hallowed Eve, immerse yourself in a divine cast of decadent demons and ravishing ghouls at Nobody Sleeps, A Monsters’ Ball! Engage in mischief, escapades, lustful Tricks and a gluttony of Treats at Hates very own Costume Dance Party… Nobody Sleeps! Our underworld wizards will spin a hellacious rhythm of Top 40, Dance, Pop, Hip-Hop and Electronic Dance Music.

Give yourself over to nocturnal sights and delights that will take your last breath. Witches’ Elixirs, Vampire Burlesque, Zombie Circus, Voodoo Apparitions along with some sinful surprises. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to dress the part. Don your best Corpse Costume and knock ’em dead on the dance floor!

October 7th, 2017 at 8pm

Palmer House
17 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603 United States

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3. London, UK – The Addams Family in Concert

Film Concerts Live! proudly presents the delightfully twisted comedy fantasy The Addams Family, with composer Marc Shaiman’s charming and imaginative orchestral score performed live to picture!  The all-star cast features Golden Globe nominee Angelica Huston as the alluring Morticia Addams, Raúl Juliá as the suave and devilish Gomez Addams, Christina Ricci in her breakthrough role as daughter Wednesday, and the inimitable Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.

It’s 25 years since wealthy Gomez Addams’ older brother Fester disappeared.  When the family’s lawyer (Dan Hedaya) discovers that the son of a local loan shark bears a striking resemblance to Fester, he hatches a plan to bring Gomez’ long-lost brother back to life in order to take control of the family’s vast fortune.  But the Addams clan soon proves more than the unscrupulous lawyer bargained for.  As the imposter Fester grows closer to the family, the line between impersonation and reality blurs, and he begins to recall memories that he never knew existed.  Could he truly be an Addams after all…?

Presented by Film Concerts Live!

October 26th, 2017 at 7pm

Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom

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4. Fullerton, CA – Geek Meet: Nightmare Before Halloween

FREE ENTRY! Come Drink, Eat and Play! Cards Againt Humanity Hosted by Horrible People with Candy and Danny. Tabletop Gaming Hosted by Dungeons & Darren. Lightspeed Nerd Trivia Hosted by Garrett I Gage and WolverConnie. Geek Card with awesome Raffle Prizes! Find Solidus Wesker to sign up for the Cosplay Contest and possibly win a custom trophy by Candyland Cabaret. Awesome Djs Chuck Nöne and Chuck DanTana spinning till closing. Come get spooky with the Geeks at Geek Meet!

October 15th, 2017 – 8pm

The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832 United States

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5. San Diego, CA – Ghosts of the Gaslamp Walking Tour

Come take a stroll through the Gaslamp’s haunted history. Learn the ghostly happenings of the past and present hotels, saloons, brothels and a long-ago funeral parlor, then end the tour and the Gaslamp’s most haunted edifice, the Davis-Horton House.

If you are interested in joining us and we can get a group together. Food and drinks in the Gaslamp after? Depending on the size of the group, we could push the time a bit later as well. Let us know!

Feminist Comic Book Club of San Diego is hosting a meetup to this event on October 13th, 2017 – 5pm

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House Museum
410 Island Avenue
San Diego, US

Bring NerdingOut Into Your Everyday Style

Nerding Out is a stylized way to bring nerdiness into your everyday life. On a personal level, it’s also much easier and enjoyable. I’ve tried cosplay in the past, and I didn’t feel comfortable in it. Other than my most recent cosplay, Lara Croft, I’ve always felt like a fake in cosplay. (not sure why Lara is the exception) After nearly two years of trying, I had just about given up. I’d stick to my jeans and graphic t-shirts. Except…I got tired of that. Having a closet more than half full of graphic t-shirts was getting old. So old, some of them I had owned since I entered college. However, my mind soon changed.

I did a shoot with a friend, Katie York, in more casual attire than cosplay, but fancier than a t-shirt. And guess what, I greatly enjoyed it! More then enjoyed, I was thrilled with the results (see below)! From that, the Nerding Out seed was planted.

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 Dress by Hot Topic, Shoes by Converse

Nerd Out Squad

A couple months back, I created the Nerd Out Squad. It is the social club branch of Nerd Out. The need for such a group grew from wanting more than just a quick snap with other nerds, I wanted to connect. Community has always been the main objective for Nerd Out as a whole. So we decided to make that the focus of the Squad and it’s really resonated. With nearly 900 members in just a few short months, it’s been a wild ride! Events ranging from a Guardians of the Galaxy Brunch to a Back to Hogwarts day at Universal Studios Hollywood. With this in mind, a lifestyle aspect to Nerd Out was the next step. Between the photoshoot with Katie and the Squad, #NerdingOut was born.

#NerdingOut incorporates nerdy style into your every day.

A spin off from Casual Cosplay in that the outfits are inspired by your favorite character. But in Nerding Out it can be as general as an entire fandom (ie. Star Trek), or as specific as a single aspect of a character (ie. Luna’s Spectrespecs). It’s all about how you style it and what works for you! And of course, where you’re Nerding Out! Are you Nerding Out at one of the thousands of events we’ve listed on our Calendar?

Elhoffer Design

One of the designers that encapsulates Nerding Out is Elhoffer Design. Katie, founder of Elhoffer Design, prefers “a subtle geek nod in her designs, using silhouette, color, texture, and lines to tell the story of the character or fandom.” I wore her Magical Maxi Wrap Dress in Crimson and Gold on a sunny morning in Griffith Park. I also wore it to our Back to Hogwarts event! It was great to wear in the park as it wasn’t restricting as some cosplays can be. Most importantly, I felt great in it.

Bring Nerding Out Into Your Everyday Style

We’ll be bringing you even more Nerding Out from some of our friends in the coming weeks. Showcasing how a variety of people utilize it in their style. How do you bring Nerding Out into your style? Share your photos with us by using #NerdingOut!

Dress by Elhoffer Design, Bag by Bioworld, Necklace by KrausHausKrafts, Wand by BrandonMoellerStudio, Photos by Katie Be Photography

Happy 2nd Birthday Nerd Out!

Two years ago, Nerd Out became available in app stores. Two years and about 5 months ago I first came up with the idea of an event calendar for nerds. For those of you who haven’t heard our origin story. It all sparked when I had trouble finding events as they were scattered across different platforms. Today, we no longer have that issue. The calendar is not only available on the app, but as a website. For 77 locations across the United States, England, and Canada they have one central location, Nerd Out. 77 locations is the most we’ve ever had! And we’re not stopping there. Our plan is to fill out the rest of the United States, then the United Kingdom and Canada. From there we’ll add other locations such as Australia and more of Europe. Then….WORLD DOMINATION!

Big changes are coming for Nerd Out. I feel we have begun a new chapter of our story and I’m so thrilled to be able to share it with all of you. First, if you’re reading this you’ll probably notice we have a brand new website! We’re still working on a couple of bugs, but we wanted to bring you a site that focuses strongly on the events, rather than just a landing page. We’re also going to be adding in a load more giveaways and discounts for you guys. Think Groupon for Nerds. We want to give you guys more and this is the beginning of it. So make sure to sign up for the Top 5 Events Guide for your area. And check out our giveaway page for a special birthday present from Wizard World Chicago!

We’ve also decided to pull Gaming from the app. Not all gaming, gaming based conventions and special events will remain, but the weekly MtG and FNM type events are gone. We made this decision based on user feedback. But also because nearly every comic store has these events and we want to focus on the more unique events you aren’t going to find anywhere else.

Another big change here is Nerd Out Adventures

An adventure awaits you with fellow nerds into the landscapes of your favorite books, films and TV shows. Travel to far off places, delve into activities like your favorite characters, and most importantly…meet new friends!

We’re so excited to bring you physically to these amazing locations. They will be a unique and unforgettable trips with fellow nerds! It really is the pinnacle of what Nerd Out is all about (Find friends. Do cool stuff.) Make sure to sign up for the Nerd Out Adventures newsletter to be the first to know about our upcoming trips!

The Nerd Out Squad is going strong with it approaching 800 members in just a matter of months! The Squad is created as a social club. To give nerds a place to meetup, mix & mingle, and get to know each other. This has been our favorite part of Nerd Out lately as we’ve been able to meet a number of you in person! I do hope you join us soon if you haven’t already 😉

Finally, we have some excellent stuff in the pipeline. We don’t want to give too much away so I’ll just leave you with a sprinkle of hints. With the Squad doing so well, we’ve decided to bring more of a “lifestyle” aspect to the company. Keep an eye out for what #NerdingOut will be. Also, a podcast maybe in the works for you guys to get a behind the scenes on what it’s like here at Nerd Out HQ!

A special shoutout to those behind the scenes making it all happen! Danielle, you’re a lovely person to work with and an even better friend. I’m so glad we were finally able to meet this summer! You’ve been a part of Nerd Out for a while via the Nerd Squad (volunteers who help submit events) and now are part of the company as our marketing/outreach branch. I truly appreciate you!

Nick, you take care of the blog for me. It is a huge help to have a arm of the beast taken care of. You’re a great champion of the Nerd Out brand and it is greatly appreciated. You as well, were part of the Nerd Squad and have been with us for a while. I truly appreciate your help!

Lisa you’ve been an inspiration to me. I see you as a big sister I have and will learn loads from. I’m so happy we sat down back in February for dinner as it has changed the direction of Nerd Out for the better! I can’t wait to galavant to far off places with you! You’re one of the strongest, most intelligent, and worldly people I know! Lots of love to you!

I’d like to thank you (yes YOU reading this right now!) for supporting us these last 2 years! It is because of you we do this. Nerd Out has always been about community. Helping others, bringing people together, and giving you an experience you can’t get anywhere else. We can’t wait to share with you even more amazingness! It means so much to us that we’re all in this together. Here’s to many, many more years to come!

xoxo

Michelle Jensen

Cheers to SDCC at Heroes Brew Fest

Have no fear, beer is here! Grab a beer and give a cheer to San Diego Comic Con at this years Heroes Brew Fest. I can’t think of a better way to unwind after waiting in lines and sitting in panels all day than to grab a beer, listen to Kristian Nairn (Hodor) DJ, and relax – and you can have all of that and more at Heroes Brew Fest.

Heroes Brew Fest

Don’t miss out on the 5th Annual Heroes Brew Fest featuring beer, art, tech, music, and more on Saturday, July 22nd at Waterfront Park in San Diego!

Just steps away from the Convention Center, this year’s event will feature celebrity DJ Kristian Nairn aka Hodor from Game Of Thrones! Don’t miss live comic book artists such as the talented Lord Mesa, and custom augmented reality set pieces designed by world renowned art exhibitor, Sutu. With EyeJack App, attendees will be able to watch the art come to life before their eyes!

Heroes Brew Fest is also bringing back the infamous costume contest! Attendees will have a chance to win in categories such as Best Group, Best Look-A-Like and Best Superhero or Villain! Prizes will range from gift cards to unique, custom art pieces. Entries are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

Heroes Brew Fest

Heroes purchasing a General Admission ticket will have their choice of an impressive selection of craft beers for purchase from 4pm-8pm. An upgraded ticket is also available for a special 2-hour unlimited tasting event from 2pm-4pm that will feature over 50 types of beer from a wide variety of the nation’s top breweries! Purchase the Superhero VIP ticket to get unlimited beers during the entire event (2pm-8pm)!

This is the event you need to be at on the biggest comic weekend of the year! Tickets are limited & will be gone in a FLASH! Get your’s today at heroesbrewfest.com and we’ll see you on July 22!

Where:  Waterfront Park – 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, California 92101

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 2pm – 8pm

Tickets:  http://heroesbrewfest.com Starting at $20

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering a pair of general admission tickets to Heroes Brew Fest.

Enter here…

BONUS: A 10% discount! Use the code NERDOUT at the end of checkout when placing orders on the official site.