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.

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Game Masters: The Exhibition – Gamer Fun for SDCC

If you’re looking for a cool event that gets you away from the craziness of San Diego Comic Con, then look no further. From now through January, Fleet Science Center is featuring their newest and nerdiest exhibit yet – Game Masters: The Exhibition. Featuring awesome games, events, and more, this is something to visit more than once.

Game Masters: The Exhibition

Game Masters: The Exhibition showcases the world’s best video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online games. And with 100+ playable games, it’s game on! (No quarters needed.)

The work of more than 30 designers who have made a significant impact in the field is explored through rare concept artwork, newly commissioned interviews and interactive digital displays. This is the first large-scale exhibition to take visitors behind the scenes of how video games are made as well as spotlighting the people who actually make them. From favorites like The Sims and Minecraft to the immersive experiences of World of Warcraft, this is a landmark collection of the most popular video games on the planet, as well as independent games with a cult-like following.

Game Masters is an exhibition developed by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). It makes its California premiere at the Fleet Science Center, and will be open July 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018.

Game Masters
Photo from Fleet Science Center

Game Masters Events

Video Games to the Rescue!

On the third Thursday of every month the Fleet invites local scientists, researchers and engineers to talk about how video game technology is helping them find imaginative solutions to the world’s challenges. Scheduled speakers include Professor Kuester, Dr. Leanne Chukoskie and Dr. Nadir Weibel. Learn more.

Power-Up! Inside Video Games

On select Thursdays each month through September, get the inside scoop on video games, from the way they’re developed to becoming a pro player, straight from insiders. Scheduled speakers include the game development team from The Behemoth, John Smedley from Amazon Game Studios and the game development team from Daybreak. Learn more.

Late Night Gaming

Are you a player? We’ve got your games! Join us on Friday, November 10, for a fun night of gaming in our new exhibition, Game Masters! You can play 100+ games, enjoy gaming on the Dome screen in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, plus participate in an all-night tournament! Learn more.

Where:  Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101

When: July 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018 with special events on certain dates

Tickets:  http://www.rhfleet.org/visit/hours-admission

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering 10 pairs of tickets to visit Fleet Science Center and check out Game Masters: The Exhibition.

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Pirate Con Invades Downtown During SDCC

The pirates are coming! If you’re looking for the chance to party like a pirate, then do we have the event for you. This year for San Diego Comic Con, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is hosting their very own Pirate Con.

Pirate Con 2017

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is hosting a new pirate themed party called Pirate Con for adults ages 21 and up

Costume contests and prizes, games, live music, photo booth pictures, dancing and general piratical behavior.

Party will be held on the Star of India, which is known to be haunted, from 8pm-midnight. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest pirate attire for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Games will be played throughout the evening for opportunities to grab some pirate treasure.

TICKET INCLUDES: First 200 guests will receive a Funko Pop Barbossa collectible. All guests receive one drink ticket, and appetizers. Live band and costume contest with prizes also. TICKETS: $40 online or at the door.

Pirate Con

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India. Our collection of ships and exhibits are available for daily public tours. One of the best things to do in San Diego!

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, California 92101

Transportation will be provided at no charge to SDCC attendees by presenting their conference credential. Service provided by AALL IN LIMO.

When: Friday, July 21, 2017 from 8pm – 12am

Tickets:  https://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events-seasonal/pirate-con/

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering a pair of tickets to attend Pirate Con on the Star of India ship.

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Marked Men – Pirates are Crossing the Narrow Sea at SDCC

Pirates are crossing the narrow sea this year at San Diego Comic Con. The best part is, they’re doing it with a Game of Thrones twist. Come join the ultimate GoT party during SDCC Marked Men 7: Game of Thrones.

Marked Men 7: Game of Thrones

Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen is finally crossing the narrow sea! She has commissioned a pirate to take her and her queen’s guard secretly across the south part of the sea – a pirate by the name of Captain Jack Sparrow! The other great houses of Westeros will soon be sailing out to meet Daenerys Targaryen and her magnificent army, and the battle will be epic!

Whether you swear fealty to house Targaryen, Greyjoy, Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Martell or Tyrell, or perhaps another great house, it will be of the utmost importance that you should show your house pride! If none of those houses interest you, and you fancy yourself to be a pirate, Jack’s crew will also need all the support they can get in the fight!

There’s more than just pirates. Check out DJ Joffrey, sword fight stunt show, Melisandre fire dancing, costume contest, and more. Come celebrate with us for an evening of fun and entertainment!

Marked Men
Photo by Marked Men

Daenerys’ Court VIP Ticket

You will definitely not be disappointed if you upgrade your ticket to VIP where you get:

~The Famous Captains Quarters~

Which is filled with full screen used props from:
Pirates of the Caribbean but Hook, Man At Arms & Game Of Thrones!

~Pirates Feast of Food!!! ~

Professionally catered food!! Non-stop, piping hot, constantly rotated in, full food courses: turkey legs, cheeses, and desserts!

~Red Priest Fortune Telling Room~

Come into his dark, candle-lit domain as the lord of light tells you your future in the flames!!

~Upper Deck VIP Area~

With your own private bar*!
*NOT OPEN BAR…bloody pirates.

Where:  Star of India Pirate Ship 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8pm-1am

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marked-men-7-game-of-thron…

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering a pair of tickets to attend Marked Men 7.

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Rave of Thrones – The SDCC Event to Rave About

There is always one event during San Diego Comic Con that you tell everyone about. One event you ‘rave’ about dare I say. That event is Rave of Thrones at the Omnia! It’s Kristian Nairn’s (aka Hodor) DJ set featuring a Game of Thrones theme. This is THE event to be at when attending SDCC this year.

Rave of Thrones

Returning for his 2nd OMNIA San Diego show, Kristian Nairn brings ‘Rave of Thrones’ to kick off Comic-Con Weekend! This will be an epic event like no other so be sure to hold the door. Tickets are on sale now and range from $20 for a general admission ticket to $50 for a VIP Bar Card Package, which includes a $50 gift card to the bar.

About Kristian Nairn

“Transitioning from the stage to the screen, Nairn was voted one of the most memorable guests of Channel 4‘s The Salon and was consequently used in promoting the show’s following season. Nairn’s most notable role to date, however, takes the role of the fan favourite character Hodor in HBO’s series Game of Thrones based off of George R.R. Martin’s New York Times best selling novels.

During his free time, Nairn remains a loyal sci-fi and fantasy fan dabbling in not only his on-screen role of Hodor, but also finding himself on the [small] small screen via Blizzard’s award winning game, World of Warcraft. Look for him online, behind his DJ booth or on set shooting Game of Thrones.”

Where: Omnia Nightclub 454 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

When: Thursday, July 20 at 9PM

Tickets: Available here, prices vary.

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering a pair of tickets to attend Kristian Niarn’s Rave of Thrones at Omnia.

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BONUS: A 20% discount! Use the code RaveAtOMNIA at the end of checkout when placing orders on the official site.

SDCC Musicals You Don’t Want to Miss from Turning Tydes Theatre

One would not normally think ‘musicals’ when prepping for Comic Con. Yet, with the growing numbers of events outside of the convention you discover some new and cool stuff like musicals. This is where Turning Tydes enters the pictures with their two nerdy themed musicals happening at SDCC this year.

Turning Tydes Theatre

Turning Tydes Theatre is a small, San Diego based, start-up theatre company, “Turning mainstream on its side”.  They’ve produced two brilliant shows that you’re able to catch doing SDCC: Into the Walker Woods and The Phantom of the Empire: Return of the Opera.

Turning Tydes

Into the Walker Woods

From the writers and producers that brought you The Phantom of the Empire  –  Into the Walker Woods is the clever new mash-up of Sondheim’s prolific musical, Into the Woods and TV’s #1 TV Show, The Walking Dead! Featuring songs such as “Sanity, Suffering, Gore”, “There Are Walkers All Around”, and “Hello, Zombie Girl”, this Fringe Award-Winning show is sure to entertain. We’re slapping five and a half seasons into an hour long musical, so come prepared for lurching zombies, gratuitous southern accents, and a whole lot of death! We may be going “into the woods”, but we sure aren’t going to granny’s…

The Phantom of the Empire: Return of the Opera

A long time ago, in an OPERA HOUSE far, far away…yeah, you read that right! Get ready for this epic mash- up of the harrowing ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY, told through the beloved music of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Featuring songs such as “Rescue Me”, “Galactic Cowboy”, and “We Can’t Aim”, you won’t want to miss this Fringe Festival Award-Winning show. Grab your lightsabers and meet us at the Opera House!

Where:  The Geoffrey Off Broadway, 923 1st Ave San Diego, CA 92101 (Part of Spreckles Theatre Building, next to taping for Conan O’Brien)

When: Daily performances of each one-hour long parody July 20-23

Tickets:  http://www.turningtydes.org/tickets 

Single-Show: $16
Double-Feature: $27

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering a pair of Double-Feature tickets to see both Into the Walker Woods and The Phantom of the Empire: Return of the Opera.

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Game of Thrones: The Musical Heading to SDCC

Calling all houses! Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Are you attending San Diego Comic Con? If so, we have the best of both worlds for you! Introducing Game of Thrones: The Musical! Cause if the Red Wedding didn’t get your blood pumping, this will!

Game of Thrones: The Musical

GoT The Musical is an unauthorized parody performing during SDCC. The musical includes iconic scenes from the hit HBO show, but instead written as a parody. Spanning 8 showings in a very special, limited engagement during SDCC. The first show is Thursday night at 6pm, at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. Shows continue through the weekend, with the final performance at 1pm on Sunday.

The Story

What’s the plot of this satirical play? After all, Game of Thrones oozes with destruction, sex, and bloodshed. What will this show have to offer? I drink and I know things, so let me tell you…After accepting the King’s “Hand Job”, Ned Stark must protect the North and his family without losing his head. The incestual Lannisters and power hungry Targaryens are also out to capture the throne and no amount of singing and dancing is going to stop them!

From the teams behind “Lost: The Musical” and “Once Upon A Time: The Rock Opera” comes a great night out at the theatre that will have your toes tapping and hands clapping – providing you still have both hands.

“GAME OF THRONES: THE MUSICAL IS ALL THAT AND A BAG OF HODOR” – FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

The Soundtrack

The soundtrack is available via digital download or CD. Song titles include “All Men Must Die”, “You Can/Can’t Trust Anyone”, and “Let’s Go to War.”

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering 2 VIP Passes to See Game of Thrones: The Musical. The VIP experience includes priority seating, a free drink at the bar, and a cast-signed poster.

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

Charity Beneficiaries

Game of Thrones: The Musical is a proud supporter of The Wayne Foundation which is committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States. The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. They are dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.

Everything Shiny from Whedon Con

You might have seen Nick’s super informative post about Whedon Con, but for those of you who haven’t and don’t feel like opening another tab and adding to your already full browser window…. Whedon Con is a convention that focuses on the Wonderful Works of Whedon. If you sing along to a blog by Dr. Horrible or dream of a trip aboard Serenity, this is your con.

What makes it even more special though is that this is all in the name of charity. The efforts here went to support the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, which provides after school support for children in grades 3-12, and My Friend’s Place, which supports homeless youth in an inclusive environment.  Basically, Whedon Con bills itself as a convention for fans, by fans, “with the aim of harnessing the power of fandom for charity.”

So how is it?

Well, this was only the con’s second year. It definitely wasn’t the size or scope of any con I’ve been to before, but keep in mind that I’ve really only stuck to broad “comic cons”- nothing as specific as Whedon Con.  However, what it lacks in size it makes up for with the sheer accessibility of it all.  In one way it was the most inclusive con I’ve been to. You could see it in the “all genders” signs on the bathrooms or their support for My Friend’s Place, which specifically aims to help the high risk and marginalized community of homeless LGBT youth.  In another sense, the organizers took great pains to allow attendees an unparalleled access to the special guests.

They offered special Cards Against Humanity games and cocktail nights with the celeb guests that allowed anyone the legitimate chance to hang out with some of the cast from their favorite Whedonverse movies or shows.  This went far deeper than the long line of fans waiting to walk along a table of 6 actors from their favorite show and meet them all greeting line style.

Whedon Con Podcasts

There was also a cool variety of panels.   Some were directly related to the Whedon-verse,  like screenings of Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, or Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog or panels like “Speculation of Season 2 of Firefly” and “Ladies of Whedon.” Other panels incorporated special guests like a live taping of the “Big Bad Buffy” podcast or “Behind the Stunts with Jeff Pruit and Sophia Crawford.”  Still others ranged from industry related (“Finding and Pitching to a Producer”) to fan-based (“Character Acting in Cosplay”) to everything in between (“TRAPPIST-1 System” or “English is Easy: A Historical Exploration of They/Them”).

Truthfully, the variety of panels they managed to fit into a smaller convention really impressed me.  Not everything was necessarily intriguing to me, but I think that fits right into what seemed like the best part of the convention – everything was possible for everyone.  I didn’t worry that I wouldn’t make it into a panel or have to prioritize and choose just one to wait in line for while missing all the other things I wanted to see.  And when I did go to a panel, there was plenty of space where I could comfortably listen and take part in the panel.

For example, on Saturday we got to see The Movie Guys recording their podcast live.  If you don’t know who they are, The Movie Guys podcast basically is their group talking and joking about the new releases everyone else is talking about. Here, despite rushing in at the last moment, I still found a spot in the second row. I could comfortably laugh along as they talked about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the fact that Baby Groot was the best part of the movie. Duh!  Sunday I got to see panels like “Hackers, Don’t be a victim” or “Crowd Funding and Fan Acquisition with Legion M.”

Whedon Con Panels

In Hackers, they had a member of the LAPD discussing ways to be aware and defend yourself against hacking attempts and the audience was able to discuss and question certain hacking attempts.  Side note: if someone calls you saying its a friend or family member and they sound funny because they “have a cold” but know all this personal information and even an approximate location that person might be and now they immediately need you to send money for their bail and the best way to do this is with a Visa giftcard and just read them the numbers once you’ve bought it….. this is a scam.  You can thank me later for passing that on.

In Legion M’s panel, they discussed how their company is embracing the crowdfunding scene but offering something a bit more than a trinket, a shirt, or early access to exclusive footage (read: Kickstarter or Indiegogo). Instead, they offer donors shares in their company. To really get into what they’re all about deserves a blog post of its own. Point is, it was such an intimate setting that we were able to ask plenty of questions. Like having a conversation with a group of friends – no microphone line necessary.

The Exhibit Hall

Now of course, no convention is complete without an exhibit hall.  This one was named “Sunnydale Mall” and had a nice selection of vendors.  Again, nothing too overwhelming in size, but the tables that were there all displayed a connection to fandom.  The artists there clearly cared about what they were making and selling and it made the “mall” more worth it.  One in particular had 3D paintings and carvings- all handmade and intricate.  He in particular also contributed a peice to the charity auction at the end of the convention- a cool Mutant Enemy carving with a moveable zombie that the convention staff got signed by most of the special guests. Grrr, argh! It ended up taking in some of the highest bids at the auction.

Speaking of, the auction was an awesome display and included things like signed Firefly loot crates or vintage Buffy memorabilia.  It was hosted by UK comedian Bill Paddon who helped the auction raise more than $1700 to go straight to charity while keeping the audience laughing and interested.


Conclusion

My overall takeaway then was mostly positive.  I’ve said it already, but I’ll say it again… it was a small convention.  Whedon Con is in it’s infancy and that does show.  Some parts were a bit unorganized and there wasn’t an overwhelming attendance.  But feel free to think of it as one of those toddlers that you know are already a little advanced.  It had a great variety of panels and used the coziness to make it a better experience for fans.  It did it all in the name of charity and relied on its volunteer staff entirely.  Definitely a convention that I would love to see grow. I can’t wait to see the name that it can make for itself and how much good it can do in the name of fandom.

The Best Cosplay at Sherlocked USA

The LAX Marriott hosted the first ever Sherlocked USA convention on May 26th-28th, 2017. The convention revolved around…you guessed it, BBC Sherlock! Which of course included cosplay! The convention, which first premiered in the United Kingdom, featured guests Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Timothy Carlton, Alistair Petrie, Louis Moffat, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, Wanda Ventham, Jonathan Aris, and Arwel Wyn Jones. Attendees of Gallifrey One will know this is the same location that Gally takes place, and it was run by some of the same personnel.

A BBC Sherlock Convention

It was the first time Nerd Out attended a Sherlock Holmes only convention. While the convention was not as fully attended as Gallifrey One, there was still lots of lovely attendees to meet from all over the world! People from Australia, Canada, France, Chile, and more came out for the event! Our founder Michelle was a guest on three panels; Science of Deduction, Being a Sherlock Fan, and Setlocked.

Science of Deduction: Exploring common techniques used to make simple deductions and how they apply to Sherlock.  Hosted by Baker Street Babes.

Being a Sherlock Fan: Join the panel to discuss the dedication and commitment needed to be a Sherlock fan.

Setlocked: Arwel Jones and The Baker Street Babes talk about being on location and meeting the fans.

The Best Cosplay at Sherlocked USA

Nerd Out hosted a cosplay meetup on Saturday during lunch for anyone who wished to attend. It was lovely to see those who put in the little extra effort to bring their best cosplays to the con. Our photographer Victor was absolutely wonderful working with the cosplayers! We couldn’t have wished for a better experience for all! So without further ado, the best cosplay at Sherlocked USA!!!

(Cosplayers, please email us for HQ pics)

Pop Culture Meets Charity at WhedonCon

I was recently listening to the Dumbbells and Dragons podcast. I got totally excited when I saw that Kenny (Rotter, the host) was recording an interview with Christopher Cullen. Christopher is one of the folks representing WhedonCon. What’s that? WhedonCon is a Whedonverse convention, designed by fans for fans. It aims to harness the power of fandom to raise money for charities while creating a fun and interactive environment for attendees.

WhedonCon Guests

The convention will include a number of on and off screen guests attached to Joss Whedon projects. The Guest of Honor is writer/producer David Fury. David is an Emmy, WGA and Saturn awards winning writer/producer best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel. Comedian Ben Paddon is the Master of Ceremonies. Actors include Andrew Boden (Dollhouse), Gigi Edgley (Farscape), and Nicholas Brendon (Xander on Buffy). Other guests include Sophia Crawford (Sarah Michelle Gellar’s stunt double) and writer/director Tim Minear. View the full guest list HERE.

WhedonCon Events

WhedonCon features a huge vendor room, appropriately titled Sunnydale Mall. The con will also host a Blood Drive benefitting Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services. Cosplayers will have plenty of chances to meet up, including special tracks like Cosplay over 30. The list of panels is immense. Topics include “How to Make a Low Budget Movie”, “Behind the Stunts” and “Concept Development.” Join the Gaming room for Open Gaming, Firefly LARP and RPG, and Buffy RPG sessions. Pack your swimsuit! Private Cocktail parties and All Ages pool parties close out Friday and Saturday nights.

Join the Big Bad Buffy podcast for a live session Saturday morning and the Drinking with Comics podcast Saturday night. Feel like some prose? Join an open reading with the Two Idiots Pedalling Poetry. Sharpen your story creation with the Wehdonesque Sketch Writing Workshop. The Movie Guys bring their newest comedy show, “The New Movie Show” to goof on all the latest films and upcoming summer movies. In Memorium services for Ron Glass (Firefly) and John Vulich (special makeup effects for Buffy) take place on Friday. The full schedule of events can be found HERE.

Charity Efforts

The WhedonCon creators pride themselves on the charity efforts fulfilled by the convention. In memory of Ron Glass, this year’s charity will be one that was near and dear to Glass’ heart. Auction proceeds will benefit the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. Items include autographed merchandise, pictures, and more.

The Baby Item Drive benefits Newborns in Need – San Fernando Valley Chapter. Items include purchased, handmade or crafted items such as baby hat, scarfs and blankets. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be on hand for a performance. This organization offers comprehensive services to nearly half of the homeless youth population of Los Angeles County.

WhedonCon takes place on May 19-21, 2017 at the Warner Center Marriott in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and volunteer opportunities are still available. Contact the convention staff HERE.