Nerdist – Course of the Force Charity Event

Lucasfilm Ltd., Nerdist Industries, Octagon and Machinima have teamed up to present Course of the Force, an Olympic-style lightsaber relay, where participants will make a journey from Santa Monica to San Diego while benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

At quarter-mile markers (much less than 12 parsecs), participants will hand off the official Course of the Force lightsaber to the next runner as they begin their leg of the journey. Course of the Force will take place July 7-11, in the days leading up to the annual San Diego Comic Con International.

Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick and co-hosts will follow the action from the Course of the Force lead vehicle each day, broadcasting live to the Nerdist platform, including its YouTube channel. Machinima, the leading next generation video entertainment network for gamers, will produce and simulcast exclusive Course of the Force content through its multi-channel video network and will provide promotion for the event.

As the Course makes its stops along the iconic California coast, Star Wars-themed parties, contests and live Nerdist shows will cap off each day for fans to enjoy.


July 7-11: Daily stops will be announced soon.

Q: What is Course of the Force?
A: Course of the Force is an epic journey through California and a tribute to Star Wars. It is an Olympic torch-styled relay from Santa Monica to San Diego, held in advance of the San Diego Comic Con International.

Q: What is the mission of Course of the Force?
A: Course of the Forces aims to celebrate Star Wars and build momentum leading up to the San Diego Comic Con International, all while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Q: Who can run in the Course of the Force?
A: You can, young Jedi Master! The Course of the Force has limited runner availability but anyone can participate and join alongside celebrities for this inaugural journey. Any runners under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Only adults are allowed to register, but one minor can accompany each adult runner.

Q: What is the registration price? 
A: The cost to register is $500, with all registration proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, visit the Registration page.

Q: Can I register on-site?
A: No. Anyone interested in participating as a runner must register in advance through our online system.

Q: What should I wear? 
A: Participants in the relay are encouraged to come decked out in their best Star Wars or pop culture-themed running gear, not only to look good but also to win prizes. Ancient Jedi Masters carried within backpacks are not required.

Q: Can anyone attend the parties at the end of each day? 
A: Stay tuned for announcements related to our daily stops and the entertainment that will be coming with it.

CCI 2012 HOTELS OPEN 3/29 @ 9:00 AM PST 5:00 pm GMT

COMIC-CON 2012 HOTEL RESERVATIONS will open March 29 at 9:00 AM Pacific time

Important note: We are offering a “sneak peek” at the hotels in our block and their rates and shuttle availability, but HOTEL RESERVATIONS DO NOT OPEN UNTIL MARCH 29, 2012 at 9:00 am Pacific time (5pm UK time). You cannot request your hotel through the Comic-Con reservation service at these special rates until then. This information is presented early to allow you to be better prepared when the reservation process goes live on that day.

As everyone knows from past experience, Comic-Con’s discounted hotel rates means rooms sell out very quickly. This year we have come up with a number of solutions that we think will help the reservation process:

  • There are more hotel rooms available than ever before. Most of them are on the Comic-Con Shuttle routes.
  • Once confirmed, all hotel reservations will require a deposit of two night’s room and tax for each room booked. This will encourage people to release unwanted rooms in advance so people on the wait list can reserve them.
  • Hotel reservation deposits are fully refundable until May 4, 2012.
  • For cancellations from May 5 to June 1, 2012, a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged. The cancellation fee will be deducted from your deposit.
  • Starting on June 2, 2012, ALL DEPOSITS ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
Location Hotel Rate/Night Starting at Distance to Convention Center Shuttle
Airport Courtyard SD Airport / Liberty Station $209.00 4.5 Miles Yes
Airport Hilton San Diego Airport Harbor Island $219.00 3.3 Miles Yes
Airport Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside $179.00 5 miles Yes
Airport Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina $204.00 3 Miles Yes
Coronado Island Coronado Island Marriott Resort $240.00 4 Miles No
Downtown Andaz San Diego $273.00 7 Blocks Yes
Downtown Best Western Bayside Inn $169.00 1 Mile Yes
Downtown Bristol Hotel $172.00 7 Blocks Yes
Downtown Courtyard San Diego Downtown $213.00 8 Blocks Yes
Downtown Doubletree Downtown San Diego $184.00 1 Mile Yes
Downtown Embassy Suites San Diego Bay $242.00 4 Blocks Yes
Downtown Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown $179.00 1 Mile Yes
Downtown Hard Rock Hotel San Diego $290.00 1 Block Yes
Downtown Hilton San Diego Bayfront $286.00 1 Block Yes
Downtown Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter $221.00 1 Block Yes
Downtown Holiday Inn Downtown $195.00 0.9 Mile Yes
Downtown Holiday Inn on the Bay $199.00 1.1 Miles Yes
Downtown Horton Grand Hotel $222.00 3 Blocks Yes
Downtown Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp $296.00 8 Blocks Yes
Downtown Hotel Solamar $275.00 3 Blocks Yes
Downtown Manchester Grand Hyatt $268.00 3 Blocks Yes
Downtown Omni San Diego Hotel $239.00 2 Blocks Yes
Downtown Residence Inn Downtown $219.00 1 Mile Yes
Downtown Residence Inn Gaslamp Quarter $250.00 3 Blocks Yes
Downtown San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter $224.00 2 Blocks Yes
Downtown San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina $282.00 Adjacent Yes
Downtown Sheraton Suites San Diego Symphony Hall $196.00 1 Mile Yes
Downtown The Sofia Hotel $194.00 9 Blocks Yes
Downtown The US Grant San Diego $299.00 8 Blocks Yes
Downtown The Westgate Hotel $231.00 7 Blocks Yes
Downtown W San Diego $299.00 9 Blocks Yes
Downtown Westin Gaslamp Quarter $214.00 5 Blocks Yes
Downtown Westin San Diego $205.00 9 Blocks Yes
Mission Bay The Dana on Mission Bay $209.00 7 Miles No
Mission Valley Best Western Seven Seas $153.00 10 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Comfort Inn and Suites Zoo/SeaWorld $175.00 5 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Courtyard by Marriott SD Mission Valley $181.00 6 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Crowne Plaza San Diego $207.00 5.8 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Days Hotel – Hotel Circle/SeaWorld $153.00 5.2 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Doubletree SD Hotel Circle (Formerly Doubletree Club Hotel) $181.00 6.6 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Doubletree San Diego Mission Valley $185.00 5.6 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Handlery Hotel and Resort $160.00 5.3 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Hilton San Diego Mission Valley $183.00 5 miles Yes
Mission Valley La Quinta Inn Mission Valley $178.00 5.1 Miles Yes
Mission Valley San Diego Marriott Mission Valley $189.00 6.5 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Sheraton San Diego – Mission Valley $175.00 5.2 Miles Yes
Mission Valley Town and Country Resort $167.00 5.6 Miles Yes
Old Town BW Hacienda Hotel Old Town SD $192.00 5 miles No
Shelter Island Bay Club Hotel & Marina $215.00 5.9 Miles Yes
Shelter Island BW Island Palms Hotel & Marina $205.00 6.1 Miles Yes
Shelter Island Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites $205.00 5.6 Miles Yes
Shelter Island Kona Kai Resort Spa and Marina $204.00 6.4 Miles Yes

PLEASE NOTE: Your reservations will be booked based on room availability. Bed type and special requests are not guaranteed. These requests will be noted with the hotel, but are subject to hotel availability at the time of check-in.

From EW & Game of Thrones – Win a Trip to SDCC

Entertainment Weekly is giving away a trip for two to this year’s Comic-Con International as well VIP entry into the Game of Thrones panel.

Good luck, everyone.

One (1) Grand Prize for two (2), Grand Prize Winner and a guest, to attend “Comic-Con®” and the Game of Thrones Panel at “Comic-Con®” in San Diego, California. Trip includes round-trip commercial airfare for two (2) to San Diego, California from winner’s nearest major airport, round-trip car transfers to and from San Diego airport and the hotel, three (3) nights, four (4) days standard hotel accommodations based on double occupancy at a hotel of the sponsor’s choice, two (2) four (4) day passes to “Comic-Con®” and two (2) tickets to the Game of Thrones Panel. Trip is available from July 12, 2012 through July 15, 2012.  $3,860 1 1 in 10,000
Fifty (50) First Prize Winners will each receive a Game of Thrones Hardcover Book Set. Each Book Set will be signed by George R.R. Martin. (ARV: $172.00 each).  $172 50 50 in 10,000
Fifty (50) Second Prize Winners will each receive a Box Set of Game of Thrones Season 1 DVDs. (ARV: $59.99 each). $59.99 50 50 in 10,000

Click here to enter and for official details.

SDCC Badges On Sale March 3rd!

It seems that the emails are starting to go out announcing the on sale date for San Diego Comic Con! It’s this Saturday, March 3rd at 8:00AM PDT 3pm GMT). Yes, this Saturday! I hope everyone is ready! Good luck to everyone!

REMEMBER: In order to purchase badges you had to create a Member ID. If you don’t have a Member ID don’t even bother on Saturday!

Here’s a video CCI posted on their Facebook page to walk you through the process: