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PLEASE read this even though it’s a novel.

Zachary Levi and some friends started The Nerd Machine a few years ago to give nerds and the usually maligned and perhaps unsocial masses of the world a place online where they could feel safe and welcomed, a haven free of bullies and general meanness. A place where they could come together to talk about the things they’re passionate about, from movies and video games to gardening and knitting. Anything. Everything. We became a family that spanned the entire globe.

In 2011, the Nerd Machine brought Nerd HQ to San Diego Comic Con. That tradition has continued each year. It’s a place where EVERYONE is welcome. There’s no entrance fee to get into the building. And they provide you with small, intimate panels with celebrities for $20 a ticket. Every cent of that money goes to Operation Smile.

Over the years, Nerd HQ has grown a little, raised over $400,000 for Operation Smile, and MORE people want access to its brilliance. And that means more lives will be changed—not just the lives of the lucky individuals who get to be there and attend panels, but the lives of the children who benefit from the beautiful work done by Operation Smile.

This year is going to be different. Bigger and better. But Zac, the Nerd Machine, and those of us who are passionate about this cause, need help making it so.

At its heart, Nerd HQ is about charity. And it’s about taking the I-Guess-If-I-HAVE-to element out of donating to a cause. Yes, it’s a massive nerd party. But since I first started going, every nerd I’ve met is passionate about Nerd HQ and equally passionate about Operation Smile. Even if you can’t be there, EVERY SINGLE PANEL will be live streamed on the Nerd HQ youtube channel FOR FREE. And this year, they’re even fielding questions from the internet to ask the celebrities in the panel. You’ll get free, interactive access to intimate panels with some of the most important people in the business. Let me tell you, these panels are the best panels you’ll EVER see. During his panel at NerdHQ13, Nathan Fillion paid for one girl’s entire two days’ worth of meals when she revealed she had her backpack stolen. And Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman crashed the Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden panel. These panels are up on the Nerd Machine youtube page right now for you to watch for free if you want examples. If you donate to this year’s Nerd HQ fund, everyone benefits, even you.

Please click that link. Even if you just want to learn more about Operation Smile, Nerd HQ, and/or Nerd Machine without donating. Please watch the video. You’ll see how incredibly massive Zac Levi’s heart is, and everyone affiliated with Nerd Machine.

Thanks everyone!!! From the bottom of my nerd heart!

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There are some amazing panels this year at Comic Cons biggest offsite event NerdHQ hosted by Zachary Levi.

Panels include Zachary Levi, Nathan Fillion, The Walking Dead cast, The Giver, Alan Tudyk, Sesame Street, Joss Whedon and more!!!

All the panels are broadcasted live and they will even be taking questions from the internet this year! Check the link for times! And be on the lookout for updates and additions!

anonymous asked:

I just don't think it makes sense for someone who has celebrity status to ask others with way less money to donate. It seems like it's something he and his celebrity friends can afford themselves. Why should we have to donate?

I understand your concerns, Anon.

But I think you are overlooking a lot of things having to do with the #IWantMyNerdHQ crowd-funding movement. All #IWantMyNerdHQ asks is that you donate $5. Trust me when I say that I completely understand being in a place where $5 seems like a lot. 

So let’s talk about what you’re going to get with that $5.

Unlike other Kickstarters, you aren’t going to get the immediate satisfaction of having a poster or DVD sent to your residence for donating amount of dollars. That’s because Zac and The Nerd Machine wants all of us nerds to feel equally important, whether we’ve donated $5 or $5000. To me, that’s a huge deal. And it shows more than anything just how much they appreciate and respect all of us. So, right. Okay. No tangible/immediate perks when you donate to #IWantMyNerdHQ. 

But then July rolls around, and SD Comic Con roars to life. Nerd HQ starts, and celebrities from TV shows, films, et cetera volunteer their time to sit in front of an audience of 200 or so for HQ panels. You get to turn on your computer, pull up the NerdHQ live feed on youtube, and watch every single one of those panels live. FOR FREE. You don’t have to download anything. You get to just sit back and enjoy the panel. FOR FREE.And I’m not sure if you saw any of the prior HQ panels, but they’re hilarious, interesting, exciting, and practically perfect in every way.

Now, nobody is saying you have to donate. The awesome people with TNM are asking that you do. (I am begging that you do. A tad desperately, if I’m being honest.) 

I don’t mean to be rude, but you’re being really unfair saying that just because Zac and his “celebrity friends” are rich they should pay for it themselves. Nerd HQ is for the fans. It's for the nerds. TNM isn’t asking us to help fund an event for celebrities. They’re asking us to help fund an event that's for us. Heretofore, they’ve given us an awful lot of their time, money, and efforts where Nerd HQ is concerned, and we’ve had to give very little–if anything–back. 

To expect our favorite celebrities to pay for Nerd HQ out of their own pockets is the epitome of taking advantage. Why can’t we pitch in, even if it’s only $5, when we’re the ones who reap all of the benefits? (To say nothing of the over $400,000 Nerd HQ has raised for Operation Smile over the last few years.) That’s like showing up at a restaurant, eating, and expecting your cook and waiter to pay for your meal afterwards.

So we should donate to #IWantMyNerdHQ, not because Zac and TNM expect us to, but because we want to. We should wantNerd HQ 2014 to be the best one yet. Because think of all of the amazing panels that would bring us. And think of all of the lives changed around the world thanks to the money raised for Operation Smile!

#IWantMyNerdHQ isn’t supposed to make you feel obligated. Yes, a rich celebrity is asking you to donate–so that he and his buddies can throw nerds of the world the most awesome, inclusive, beautiful four-day party ever. 

At the end of the day, #IWantMyNerdHQ is all for us. With the added bonus of doing some good in the world (ala Operation Smile). So try to ignore the whole celebrity-asking-for-money aspect if it bothers you. Instead think about everything that a quick and easy $5 donation is going to get you come July.

Donate to #IWantMyNerdHQ. Watch the video of Zac explaining #IWantMyNerdHQ. I promise you that the product in July is going to be well worth the donation.

Donate here at http://www.iwantmynerdhq.com!!!

Zachary Levi will call you no matter where you are in the world!

The phone call will occur on Monday, March 31. Winner will be emailed with all of the information. 

anonymous asked:

"I don’t mean to be rude, but you’re being really unfair saying that just because Zac and his “celebrity friends” are rich they should pay for it themselves. Nerd HQ is for the fans. It’s for the nerds. TNM isn’t asking us to help fund an event for celebrities." Not entirely true. One two nights, Zac has "invitation only" parties at NerdHQ. One was for the sponsors. The other for his celebrity friends. Do you think either group that attends are even paying for their own drinks? I don't.

Yes, there was a sectioned off area where Zac hosted his sponsors one night, and his friends on another night. This is true. But there was also an open-to-everyone party the night before. That he kept alive until well after 2 am. And he stayed the ENTIRE time. And Nathan Fillion and Matt Smith attended. And his sister Shekinah was there the ENTIRE time. They partied with us until dawn almost. 

Those other two nights, he didn’t close Nerd HQ. It was still open. We could hear the DJ’s beats, and frankly I danced just as hard as I did the first night. As did a few others.

To be honest, I thought the complaints after Friday night’s and Saturday night’s invitation-only parties were totally and completely uncalled for and ungrateful. Maybe Zac’s sponsors and friends didn’t pay for their drinks, but I bet if they didn’t, Zac did. Again, it’s really unfair to judge Zac for having a party primarily to thank his sponsors, and another night to just chill out with his friends.

He’s worked himself to the bone every day and night of Nerd HQ, for every single year it’s gone on. To the point of looking half-dead on Sunday. I was there. I took a picture with him the last day of NerdHQ13 and literally every teeny tiny thing was making him cry. Probably because he was mentally and physically and emotionally EXHAUSTED. 

So it’s really conceited to think you or I or any of us get to dictate what Zac does or doesn’t do in any capacity during HQ. Getting butt hurt that there’s a flimsy makeshift wall in between you and partying celebrities isn’t helping anybody. And I saw waaay too many people arguing with the security dudes and complaining about not being let in on those nights. That sort of entitled behavior is seriously frustrating to me. And I just barely held my tongue.

Zac isn’t our nerd-slave. He’s going nearly 24/7 during Nerd HQ to make it the best four days of our lives. He puts ALL OF HIS ENERGY into EVERY SINGLE MOMENT. If he wants to make every night just about his friends, I’m not gonna complain. Not even a little bit. He would never do that, but seriously. Let’s be real, here.

“No, Zac, you can’t hang out with your friends. That’s not allowed. You must spend every night making us nerds happy! Dance, Zac! DANCE!” I know I’m being rude, but that’s basically what I got from this argument. And it is really unfair to Zac. And it is really self-centered. And it’s just illogical.