Debuting on YouTube — Saturday, July 25 at 6:00pm
For the first time in nine years, we are not at San Diego Comic-Con – because no one is. Like everything (and everyone) else, things have changed… and July 2020 is definitely not a good time for an event that usually draws hundreds of thousands of people to it. While the cancellation was absolutely necessary, the impact of this and all other con cancellations in 2020 on the industries that rely on them is devastating.
However, thanks to the incredible team that organizes SDCC, San Diego Comic-Con is still happening — at home. During the Comic-Con @ Home online event, hundreds of panels will be streaming free on YouTube during the dates the show would have been happening in person – and we’re thrilled to be one of them with our How to (Still) Be a Nerd For A Living panel.
We’ve brought our How To Be A Nerd For A Living panel to San Diego Comic-Con for years, but the name—and overall message—of the panel needed to be updated to be appropriate and relevant for this years’ show.
We chat with four phenomenal “nerds for a living” who have all had to make huge pivots in their careers (and lives) due to the pandemic, and discuss how each of them is managing and evolving with their industries.
Please join us for the conversation, and support these and other creators through this time. We hope to see you in person again soon!
How to (Still) be a Nerd for a Living
Have you built a business or career in the “nerdy” industry you love—but now that a global crisis has blindsided the world, you’re not sure what to do? You’re not alone! This evolution of our annual How To Be a Nerd For A Living panel will share advice (and plenty of real talk) from a variety of pop culture industry professionals about the changes they’re making for our current times.
Panelists including Robyn Warren (founder of Geek Girl Strong), Valentine Barker (freelance illustrator and comic artist), Chris Sanchez (editor-in-chief of Mad Cave Studios), Jazzlyn Stone (freelance comics marketer and host), and Wendy Buske (co-founder of Nerd For A Living, Fictitious podcast) will discuss how they’re industries are evolving (sometimes day-to-day), where they are struggling, and what they’re doing to stay productive and plan as much as possible for future.
Robyn Warren, M.S. Ed. (B.S. in Physical Education, M.S. Ed. in Health Education, NY State certified teacher, Accredited Xpert Pole Instructor, and ACE certified Health Coach) is the founder of Geek Girl Strong (GGS) a wellness community for those seeking a fun and inclusive holistic health coaching experience. GGS clients and classes include folks who are beginning their wellness journey or are just in need of a supportive boost, and have a common interest in all things geeky.
Instagram: @geekgirlstrong & @healthygeekpod
Twitter: @geekgirlstrong & @healthygeekpod
Jazzlyn is a freelance comics marketer and avid, casual gamer. Seattle based, her greatest love is a tie between coffee and Donkey Kong Country. You may be familiar with her work with Bombsheller, Make Space Zine, or Cafe Marmalade. Her talents include fostering communities, designing and directing pop-up events, and building solutions to gaps in the system.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Valentine is a freelance illustrator and comic artist originally from San Jose, California. He studied illustration at the California College of Arts and Crafts and spends his days drawing things that make him giggle while singing Portishead songs to his dachshunds, Maxfield and Hazel.
Website: ValentineBarker.com Twitter: @chalkyheart