How do you want to celebrate New Year's Eve this year? Kissing at midnight is overrated. Ball drops have been done. So instead of any of those normal things, why don't you hang out with Stan Lee and a bunch of other geek culture stars?
Marvelous Nerd Year's Eve, taking place December 29 through January first at the Sheraton Dallas, will mark one of Lee's final convention appearances. The comic book legend (who created many of pop culture's most recognizable super heroes) is winding down his public schedule, and the Marvelous press release calls this event his "last hurrah in America."
Geek Expos' Devin Pike took to Facebook Live to make the first round of guest announcements and events, saying, "This is not just a show where it's just a bunch of celebrities and you're standing in a line getting shaken down for money. It's an incredibly interactive show over the course of four days, and I can't wait for you guys to be a part of it."
Confirmed guests so far include:
- Stan Lee (creator/co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, The Hulk, Iron Man and many, many more major comic book characters)
- Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who, The Hobbit)
- Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Maurice LaMarche (the main voice cast from The Animaniacs)
- Ming Chen and Bryan Johnson (Comic Book Men)
- Richard Harmon, Chelsey Reist and Sachin Sahel (The 100)
- Greg Sestero (The Room, author of The Disaster Artist)
- Keith Coogan (Toy Soldiers, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead)
- Glenn Morshower (24, Supergirl, Bloodline)
In addition to film/TV guests and photo ops, the event will host some "classroom environments" where attendees can learn from industry professionals. Heather Henry (SyFy's Face Off) will lead classes on special effects and David Gerrold (writer on shows like Star Trek) will teach writing.
Three rooms at the event will be dedicated to community content, for which Geek Expos is currently accepting submissions. These could end up being panels, quiz shows, debates or any other ideas that are selected, so if you have an awesome idea for a panel you want to host, now might be your time to shine.
And of course, there will be a cosplay contest, because it wouldn't be a proper nerd event without one.
Tickets are on sale now. Single-day tickets are available in prices ranged from $20-$50. Through October 15, you can buy a four-day pass at an early bird price of $95. If you want to go all-out, though, you might want to invest in a VIP pass for a whopping $295. That will get you full access to the show and related parties, a single photo op session (with anybody except Stan Lee) and a pass to the exclusive "Sector 37 Lounge" (on the 37th floor of the hotel), which will be a place to chill out and grab some complimentary soda or water.
There will also be after hour parties every day (not just on New Year's Eve itself), some of which are VIP only. Some tickets come with access to some parties, but you can buy a pass to the main event New Year's Eve party on its own for $20, or a VIP NYE party pass for $75.
Yeah, that's a lot of numbers, and it doesn't include prices you might see from individual photo ops. On the upside, it seems like a pretty flexible way of doing things for people who just want to go on a day or two to check out some panels or classes.