Geekie awards give ambitious nerds the spotlight

Geekie awards give ambitious nerds the spotlight

By: Abigail Richards

Nerds united on Aug. 18 at Hollywood's Avalon Club for the Geekie Awards, which were created to highlight notable work in everything from comic books and graphic novels to web series and games. Even podcasts, trailers and crowdfunding campaigns had their own categories at the show.

USA Today noted that celebrity presenters included the original "Battlestar Galactica" star Richard Hatch and Brea Grant of the hit TV series "Heroes." Stan Lee, comic book legend, was given a lifetime achievement award. Attendees each got a swag bag that included nerdy gifts such as "lanyards that let you shoot robots with a laser gun," USA Today reported. Additionally, LA Weekly revealed that everyone was able to enter a raffle for merchandise autographed by Lee and other notable nominees. While a preshow party was only for VIP attendees, all were invited to dance at the after party.

According to The Hollywood Review, Kristen Nedopak, sci-fi writer, director, producer and actress, is the brains behind the Geekie Awards. Recognition came in many forms, but Nathan Fillion, who is celebrated for hsi leading role on the cult series "Fireflty," won the trophy for Geek of the Year. Since Fillion wasn't present, Jesse Heiman accepted the recognition award on his behalf while impersonating the actor. Meanwhile, the Geek Cred award was bestowed upon NASA's entire Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars Curiosity Rover team.