When Nerds Travel 2017

Another year of traveling with big nerdy glasses on. 

The nerdy universe is vast and ever-expanding. Each year is filled with an eclectic combination of comic-cons, fan fests, spectacular events and flat-out nerdy places. Come with us as we revisit our trek through a small slice of this nerdy universe.

January

runDisney marathon participants Star Wars x-wing pilots

The year of nerdy travels began very early in the morning at the start line for runDisney at Disneyland and then off running to nerdy places all year long.

March

WonderCon exterior signage

The Wonderful World of Comics Convention, as WonderCon was originally named, was back home in Anaheim in March.

NERD HOLIDAY

Pi Day, March 14 (3.14)

May

Frida Kahlo and Mary Poppins cosplay

May was the nerdiest month of the year for 2017 with three nerd holidays and a plethora of conventions. Whovians and comic fans gathered in Minnesota for CONsole Room and MSP ComiCon and creative cosplayers flocked to Phoenix Comicon.

NERD HOLIDAY

Star Wars Day, May 4

Free Comic Book Day, May 5

Towel Day, May 25

July

SDCC Star Wars Cosplay

July is the apex of the nerd calendar. In 2017, not only Comic-Con International: San Diego and all its grandeur but also Disney’s event for its fan club. D23 Expo was more than mouse ears with properties like Star Wars and Marvel in their portfolio. Always sights to be seen at CONvergence, where all forms of art and fandom meet.

September

Cosplay at Dragon Con parade

Jaw dropping skill of artisans in costume design and execution everywhere you looked at Dragon Con.

November

 Padalecki and Jensen Ackles at Supernatural Convention in Honolulu

November’s convention locations were nothing short of breathe taking with Indigenous Comic Con in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico and Supernatural Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

February

Gallifrey One Tardis Hat

President’s Day weekend was busy in California in 2017 with cons up and down the coast. Gallifrey One, a staple on any Whovian’s calendar, got the party started. Then a road trip down to San Diego Comic Fest for a Mock trial on mutant rights, with a stop at Long Beach Comic Expo along the way.

April

Star Wars Celebration Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford and George Lucas panel

April saw George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on stage together at Star Wars Celebration. And Buzz Aldrin urging us to Occupy Mars at Silicon Valley Comic Con.

NERD HOLIDAY

International Tabletop Day

June

Albert Einstein Sculpture at Griffith Observatory

Off to Los Angeles to see Nerdy Places in June. First, pondering the universe with Albert Einstein at the Griffith Observatory and watching the International Space Station pass overhead. Then, exploring the maze of books at the Last Bookstore in downtown.

August

Cosplay at Dragon Con

August and September were bookended with Hawaiian conventions Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con and HawaiiCon with Dragon Con in the middle straddling both months.

October

Stan Lee's Comikaze cosplay

Fall was in the air in October with both Fall ComiCon in Minnesota and Harry Potter Festival in Wisconsin. Back into the sunshine at the end of the month for Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

December

December nerds everywhere spent time at the movie theaters, enjoying a bit of Star Wars again this year. Also, a stop was made to the Little Tardis Library to drop off some books on the way to see Doctor Who on the big screen.

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