Will you be attending Geek Prom at Phoenix Comicon next weekend?
Our favorite pastime when we were wee monkeys? Hands down: reading. Getting lost in a book and letting our imaginations run wild was the most fun we could have.
When we heard there were schools and libraries across the country that did not have access to books, we wanted to do something to change this. That's when Kids Need to Read came to the rescue. Their mission statement: "create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children." (It doesn't hurt that one of our favorite browncoats, Nathan Fillion, supports KNTR, too.) Reading inspired and let us dream of all the endless possibilities we could create for ourselves; it helped develop us to who we are today. This is something that we would not want to deny our future generations.
To support their cause, we've donated a ton of ThinkGeek goodies giveaway at their Geek Prom. (Pictured left.) This is a geeky soiree hosted at Phoenix Comicon where attendees get dolled up in their geekiest attire and dance the night away! All the ticket proceeds from this event go directly to KNTR.
We hope all the prom attendees have a grand ol' time next week. And thank you Kids Need to Read for doing what you do!
We hope you've planned something special for your Mother of Dragons this weekend. Perhaps you picked up one of our geeky bundles for her or you're planning a fancy meal. (The dragons will come in handy for that, but please keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.)
Here at ThinkGeek, we wanted honor all the mothers out there.
In the spirit of the season, we've donated $1,000 to Doorways for Women and Families, a local-to-ThinkGeek charity. Doorways provides housing, supplies, and supportive services to protect mothers and their children from domestic abuse and homelessness. Doorways imagines a future where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. We hope you'll consider volunteering or donating to their cause!
So thank you, moms, for everything that you've done for us. Whether it was by teaching us our first tabletop game, explaining why the sky's blue and how stars only seem to flicker, or just keeping us safe and warm, thanks for shaping us into the adults--and geeks--we are today.
Star Trek Into Darkness is coming out May 16, and we want to watch it with YOU! We're so excited for the release of this film that we'd love to see it with our fellow geeks once it's playing in theaters.
UPDATE: The long wait is over. Movie times have been announced! We'll be watching the 7:45pm showing on 5/22. You can purchase your ticket in advance: http://j.mp/14pqnjP or be a risk-taker and purchase it at the theater on the day of.
Regardless, we hope to see you all there!
Join us Wednesday, May 22 to watch Star Trek Into Darkness at Rave Motion Pictures Fairfax Corner in Fairfax, VA. (Hooray for $5 Wednesdays!) Movie times have not yet been announced, but we plan on watching it Wednesday evening around 7-8pm ET. Once we have selected a specific showing, we will update this post and let you know! Movie times have been announced! We'll be watching the 7:45pm showing: http://j.mp/14pqnjP
After the movie, we'll be waiting in the theater lobby, ready to hand out Star Trek goodies. If you dare to test your luck with the Gom Jabbar, be sure to stick around for your chance to win!
The ThinkGeek staff & Super Art Fight team join forces to create one awesome night!
How was your Star Wars Day? We hope it was amazing because nothing has topped ours! With almost 200 geeks in attendance, the ThinkGeek & Super Art Fight team up at Jammin Java was a great success.
If you were there, you know that you're now part of a super secret circle of inside jokes and "you had to be there" moments. For the rest of you: TOO BAD. ...Okay, fiiine. If you insist!
For those of you not familiar with the magic of Super Art Fight, they are the self-proclaimed "Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe." Super Art Fight artists (a.k.a. "fighters") battle it out on stage with their art. The topic of the round may be decided beforehand, but throughout the battle, the artists are given new topics, chosen by the WHEEL OF DEATH, that must be incorporated into the picture. Winners are then chosen based on audience applause. Adding in the commentary and witty banter from co-hosts Marty & Ross, the assistance of Chalmers, the referee, and the ThinkGeek staff with raffles and prizes (like the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag and Chewbacca Robe), this was the perfect recipe for an epic show.
ROUND 1: Original vs. Prequel Trilogy
Ashley "MarkerMancer" Katz vs. Jamie "Brawlin'" Baldwin
Jamie "Brawlin'" Baldwin's naked Emperor won the crowd over in this round, and she was declared the victor! Ashley "MarkerMancer" Katz put up a good fight, but the Original Trilogy will always reign supreme.
ROUND 2: Who shot first?
Jamie "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi vs. Chris "The Impact" Impink
Two veterans were put against each other in this round; they were asked the age old question: WHO SHOT FIRST? It was a close round, but Jamie "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi came out on top! Looks like diabeetis was too much for Pizza the Hut.
ROUND 3: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
"The Nicest Man in Art Fight" Brandon J. Carr vs. Red Erin
The final round of Super Art Fight plotted fandom vs. fandom: STAR WARS OR STAR TREK? To everyone's surprise (and the Trekkie fans' amusement), the representative of Star Trek, Red Erin, went home the winner. It's no wonder she's undefeated! "The Nicest Man in Art Fight" Brandon J. Carr definitely did not go down without a fight.
Star Trek winning at a Star Wars event is unheard of. This definitely calls for a rematch! We had so much fun that we hope to team up with Super Art Fight again in the future. Perhaps even some ThinkGeek monkeys will duke it out next time!
Until then, we'll look back and always have fond memories of Eworf, the Naked Emperor, Pizza the Hut, AT-AT Walker Texas Ranger, Storm Poopers, and Slave Llama.
Heroes. Whether super, in our everyday lives, fighting, or have fought for us, heroes hold a very special place in our hearts.
With the release of Iron Man 3, we're reminded of our love and respect for them, and how we should celebrate all that they do! That's why we've decided to donate $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project this month. WWP is a nonprofit organization with a mission to "honor and empower wounded warriors" and envisions the possibility of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in United States history. They wish to raise awareness, and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
With the help of WWP programs, these returning heroes are provided with advanced technology and care to help them readjust to the world around them. We're so happy to be part of an age where not only does technology create heroes (we dream of having our own Iron Man suit one day), but it helps our existing ones stay strong as well.
Thank you for all that you have done for us, heroes!
Friday, May 17, is the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness. We're kind of really excited. So excited that we want to host a movie night and invite 30 local-to-us geeks to our HQ to watch the 2009 Star Trek movie together!
Please join us on Thursday, April 25 in watching Star Trek and preparing ourselves for the premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness. We know what you must be thinking, "This sounds too good to be true! How many goats do I have to sacrifice to attend?" Answer: NONE! You only need to be willing to have a good time, consume pizza, and take home the freebies we may or may not be handing out. CAN YOU DO THAT?!
If yes, then please sign up via the form below by 5pm ET Wednesday, April 17 to let us know you would like to attend. RandomBot will then select 30 crew members to climb aboard the ThinkGeek ship. Good luck!
The sign up form will close on Wednesday, April 17 at 5pm, where we will then randomly choose 30 attendees and notify them via email that evening. Please be sure to bring your email confirmation on the day of the event! If you find out later that you cannot make it, please notify us ASAP, so we can select a replacement.
There can only be 30 people. If you would like to bring a fellow human being or other life form, then you must indicate that on the form.
Geeklings are welcome! We'd prefer it if they were 10 or up, though. Geeklings also count as your +1.
Doors open at 6:30pm. You can check-in, get yer raffle ticket, mingle with your fellow geeks, and get a tour of ThinkGeek HQ as well. The movie will begin at 7:00 with pizza and fizzy bevvies to accompany it. We'll hold the raffle around 9:00, and the festivities will end around 9:30.
If there's anything we haven't covered, or if you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!
See (some of) you on the 25th!
The sign up period has closed! Our randomly chosen crew members will be receiving an email shortly. If you don't get an email, this means you're on the waiting list in case one of the attendees can't make it!
Never have enough pockets to keep all your gadgets and swag in at conventions? Fear not! ThinkGeek & SCOTTEVEST are here to help you channel your inner pack rat.
There's still time left! Enter below by 11:59pm ET, Sunday, April 14 for the chance to win a fully furnished, con-ready SeV Tropiformer Jacket. One lucky winner will receive over $600 worth of prizes (pictured below), as long as you can correctly guess the weight of the jacket with all the items inside.
The jacket transforms into a vest! Here it is with all the prizes pictured on the right, inside.
While their weight should be considered in your guess, the iPad & iPhone pictured are NOT included in the Grand Prize. Unfortunately, their original owners would not be too happy about that.
The only unit of measurement we will accept is pounds! (Sorry, it's just simpler and yes, we're silly Americans.) Please convert ounces to decimals and enter ONLY THE NUMBER in the form. For instance, 5 pounds 3 ounces is 5.1875 pounds, and you would enter "5.1875" in the form.
One entry per person, please. We will only consider your first submission, even if you've changed your mind, so make sure you're set on your answer!
You can enter on this blog post or on our contest page, but NOT both. Remember: there can only be one!
The winner is the person who guesses the closest to the correct weight, without exceeding it. In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected randomly from those entrants.
Only the countries listed in the form can participate; if your country is not listed, sorry! Timmy sends you all his love and e-bananas.