This Friday night I'm giving a 20-minute multi-media presentation at NERD NITE in NYC.
It promises to be an exciting evening.
Friday January 23, 2015
Trivia+Presentations at 7pm (doors at 6pm): $14
Presentations-only at 8:20pm: $10
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St (between Sullivan & Thompson Sts.)
Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
The Cold War Comic Book Massacre!
by George Pasles
Description: A presidential hopeful looking for a spotlight… A sex-obsessed psychiatrist looking for a scapegoat… An amphetamine-addled comic book publisher just trying to stay awake… WHO will survive and WHAT will be left of them? Grandstanding senators, shoddy scientific research, vengeful zombies, ambiguously gay superheroes, and catastrophic censorship collide in the unbelievable but absolutely true story of the strange birth, gruesome death, and terrifying afterlife of horror comic books of the 1950s.
Bio: Let your mysterious host, “Gentleman” George Pasles, guide you through the past, darkly, to see how any medium is only one moral panic away from oblivion.
New York City’s Greatest Myths, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends
by Mike Miscione
Description: Did the Dutch really buy Manhattan Island for $24? Were the winged moonmen that made headlines in the New York Sun in 1835 for real? Are there really Alligators in New York City’s sewers? Since colonial days Gotham has been an incubator for great myths, hoaxes, and urban legends. This presentation will separate facts from fiction.
Bio: Michael Miscione, is the official Manhattan Borough Historian and a native New Yorker. Every year on February 9th he holds an Alligators in the Sewers Day celebration. His presentation will explain why.
Nazi Zombies: Pop Culture’s Most Evil Villain
by Kevin Maher
Description: Can you think of a more terrifying bad guy than a Nazi Zombie? The recurring trope of undead S.S. soldiers has become a staple in video games, comic books and films from around the world. This talk examines the roots of the archetype and explores how its meaning has changed over time. We’ll observe how Nazi Zombies are similar to and different from other mythical monsters. And ultimately we’ll answer the question, “Why is this trope so popular?” Featuring rare video footage you won’t find on Netflix or Hulu.
Bio: Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer whose work has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. His short films have screened everywhere from MoMA to Troma. He hosted AMC’s long-running web-series “The Sci-Fi Department.” And he produces “Kevin Geeks Out,” a video variety show dedicated to topics like Bigfoot, Robots, Wrestling and Shark Cinema.