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In addition to presentations about why 1939 was the perfect time in America for Superman & Batman to be created, weird post offices of the U.S., and our greatest presenter (Shy) giving a new one, we bring speed dating back for the only time this Fall so you can find someone with whom to snuggle during the upcoming chillier months. Buy tickets here.

Nerd Nite
Friday November 14, 2014
Speed Dating+Presentations at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm) – $25
Presentations-Only at 9:15pm (doors at 9pm) – $10
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
F train to York Street or A/C to High Street
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Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
1939: The Year of the Batman (and Everything Else)
by Aaron Sagers

Description: A caped crusader emerged in the comics 75 years ago with homicidal tendencies and purple gloves. But before Batman became the nonlethal hero in black with a gravely voice, he was a product of his times. In this presentation, learn how the world’s greatest detective was created as a response to the conditions of 1939, WWII and the first World’s Fair in NYC. And most importantly, also see some of the first panels from each of these stories. And yes, you will see Superman fighting a bear.

Bio: Aaron Sagers is a professional nerd and paranormal authority. He is a host, journalist, author and expert on topics ranging from geek culture, paranormal pop culture, zombies, sci-fi, comics and horror. He was Host and Co-Executive Producer on Travel Channel’s “Paranormal Paparazzi,” hosted a talk show for the Syfy network’s “Being Human” premiere, and has appeared on CNN, MTV, BBC, HLN, The Today Show, Huffington Post Live, NBC Universal’s Blastr (where he serves as Editor At Large), TNT, 20th Century Fox, Universal Home Entertainment and additional Travel Channel projects. He travels the nation discussing pop culture at numerous fan conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con and Wizard World Comic Cons and has shared the stage with the industry’s biggest names. Along with a decade of experience as an entertainment journalist and syndicated columnist for MSNBC.com, Playboy, Chicago Tribune,The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald and more, Sagers is the founder of ParanormalPopCulture.com — an entertainment news site that explores the horror, supernatural and paranormal genres. His work has been the focus of interviews and articles in outlets such as Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. He has contributed to multiple books and is the author of “Paranormal Pop Culture: Rambling and Shambling Through the Entertainment of the Unexplained.” When he isn’t playing with action figures or his dog, he spends way too much time geeking out on Twitter (@AaronSagers) and Instagram – where he shows pictures of action figures and his dog.

*Presentation #2
by Evan Kalish

Description: With more than 31,000 post offices across the United States, the U.S. Postal Service is everywhere. (Johnny Cash would be proud!) Come see the story of America’s postal network presented by a man who’s personally visited and photographed more than 6,000 post offices across the country.  From Ben Franklin and freedom of the press to the ZIP code, Evan will present some of the ways the post office continues to influence modern life. He’ll also explain why the stories you read about the Postal Service are often entirely wrong.

Bio: Evan, New York-born and -raised, has degrees from Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in education and presently develops unparalleled resources for historically-oriented nonprofits. Evan blends his passions for travel and photography through massive road trips that have encompassed each of the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and parts of Canada. He chronicles interesting post offices and communities through his blog, Going Postal: A Photo Journal of Post Offices and Places. He has been featured by major media outlets around the world, including NPR, the BBC World Service, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine. Gallery exhibits and a book are scheduled for 2015.

*Presentation #3
shyScience of Supers: How to Become the Batman
by Shyaporn Theerakulstit

Description: In a world of super-powered aliens, ancient magics and mutant menaces, what are mere mortals to do in order to survive? One man has shown us a way – the Batman. In this lecture, we will explore the training secrets of the Dark Knight Detective to learn how to reach the pinnacles of human achievement; both to better ourselves… and stand in the face of gods and monsters.

Bio: Shyaporn Theerakulstit is an actor, writer, director and D-List YouTuber, where he posts videos about drug-addicted Easter bunnies, unemployed Superfriends, cosplay and flying kittens. He has previously presented at Nerd Nite on the topic of Godzilla biology and kaiju behavior. You can see and subscribe to his internet tomfoolery at http://www.youtube.com/shyaporn

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