Nerd Con 2016 has come and gone from the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and its immediate environs. Gone, but not forgotten, as evidenced by memories, and when those memories fade, Vblog accounts.
Over 3,000 nerds and fellow travelers descended over, under, around and about the California Center doing what nerds do and heaven can wait. Major emphasis of the big show that ran away from complacency and many things normal Aug. 26-28 was on comic books, sci-fi, cosplay, video games and anime with liberal doses of music, art, shlock and display booths designed to satisfy all desires d’nerd.
Hardly anyone today — and even fewer at Nerd Con — remembers the venerable Walter Cronkite and one of his CBS News gems, the radio and TV show from the 1950s and 1960s, “You Are There.”
“Each episode would begin with the characters setting the scene. Cronkite, from his anchor desk in New York, would give a few words on what was about to happen. An announcer would then give the date and the event, followed by a loud and boldly spoken “You are there!”
At the end of the program, after Cronkite summarizes what happened in the preceding event, he reminded viewers, “What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times… all things are as they were then, and you were there.”
Such the concept gathers new life in these socially media-riffic times. Without further ado, Nerd Con 2016 and you…were…there.
CHAUNCEY PHILLIPS AND ETHAN IN “CRAZY FUN AT NERD CON 2016.” (For more visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShW2q6o7zP0.)
KILLER CARMEN MAKES NEW FRIENDS AT NERD CON 2016. (For more, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIebRrnliYI.)
CHAD “GOODY” GOODWIN, S.M. METZLER AND HANNAH HEATH — THE CONSTANT COLLECTIBLE CREW — REVIEWS NERD CON 2016. (For more visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBSEOEU6yLs)
LOKI SINGS KARAOKE COSPLAY. (For more, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlSB4Me-XNY.)