It was only Monday that I told you about Of Dice and Men, the nerd play written by Cameron McNary, who hopes to put it on at PAX next month. Well, I mentioned that the theater troupe that’s putting it on is accepting donations, because it has a ways to go before it actually has enough cash to perform it — but things are desperate enough that McNary is spending his own time making the props. So watch the heartfelt plea by the playwright above, and please consider donating here to help put on what is by all accounts a truly wonderful nerd play. Like I said on Monday, even if you aren’t going to PAX, I think it’s in our best interest to support any art that portrays nerds as people that aren’t totally fucking insane and out of touch with all semblance of reality.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.