July 4, 2012

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate make their first CCI appearance at a special live Nerdist panel.

Los Angeles, CA, July 3rd, 2012 – Nerdists of the world will unite in San Diego as Chris Hardwick brings the Nerdist Channel to Comic-Con International in a live panel discussion with friends, laughs and surprises. Hear the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Nerdist Industries Chris Hardwick talk about all Nerdist-centric goings on for 2012 and beyond.

The afternoon’s agenda will include a lively walk through the Nerdist Channel on YouTube ( with an exclusive look at upcoming programming for all in attendance. Find out more about new shows coming from the minds of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gary Dell’Abate, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Zombie and more.

The Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel will become the Nerdist Ballroom for an hour of comedy, insight and fun at 12:00pm on Saturday July 14th.

Come to the panel and hear from Nerdist Channel luminaries, such as:

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson StarTalk host and noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will make his very first Comic-Con International appearance on the panel.

Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate They Call Me Baba Booey host and Howard Stern show producer Gary Dell’Abate will also be making his San Diego Comic-Con International debut.

Alex Albrecht – Host of 4 Points and a co-host of Course of the Force, Alex returns to Comic-Con to talk about what viewers can look forward to on 4 Points and more.

Alison Haislip – Co-host of 4 Points and Course of the Force for the Nerdist Channel, Alison is a San Diego Comic-Con International staple. Come see what she has planned for her Nerdist shows and beyond.

Please note all times, dates and locations are subject to change. 

Saturday, July 14th 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Nerdist Channel Live! w/ Chris Hardwick – Location: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The host of BBC America’s The Nerdist and AMC’s Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick will host a lively discussion with special guests from the Nerdist Channel on YouTube. Join Chris and friends for a no-holds barred conversation and some surprise announcements plus all of your must ask quemments!


Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Nerdist was founded in 2008 by comedian, author, podcaster, new media personality and AMC’s The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. In 2011, Nerdist and GeekChicDaily merged to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder and Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin, founder of GeekChicDaily, serving as Chief Executive Officer. Nerdist Industries consists of a popular website at; a premium YouTube channel (, a top comedy/popular culture podcast network on iTunes that is also produced as a TV show on BBC America; the Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, a following of over 1.6 million Twitter fans, a book, The Nerdist Way, by The Penguin Group; a plethora of live events and much more. Nerdist Industries investors include Legendary Pictures, Mandalay Enterprises, Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise, Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo, Gamespy founder Mark Surfas and Revolution Studio’s Joe Roth. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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